India Floods – Government Of Karnataka Flood Website Launched

India Floods – Government Of Karnataka Flood Website Launched
Bangalore, Oct 11, DH News Service:

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday launched an exclusive website — karunadu.gov.in/floodrelief2009/, which gives a detailed information about the recent flood fury.

It also has information about the relief and rehabilitation works the Government has taken up. The website will post the names of those who contribute for the relief works. It is connected to the official website of Karnataka Government — http://www.karnataka.gov.in

Meanwhile, donations for flood victims kept pouring in. As a contribution towards relief of flood victims, Sri Panduranga Vishnu Sahasranama Mandali, has transported and distributed 20,000 chapatis and bun packets.

The President of the International Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations (IFKCA), Bangalore, Ronald Colaco has donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh towards the CM’s relief fund.

Karnataka Medical Council has contributed Rs 1 lakh towards Chief Minister’s relief fund to help rehabilitate flood affected victims.

Basavanagudi Srinivasa BJP Mahila Morcha collected Rs 21,600 and donated it towards CM’s flood relief fund.

Karnataka State Tailor’s association contributed Rs. 1 lakh towards CM’ relief fund. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations (founded by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba), Karnataka have sent 5 truck loads of relief materials.

Federation of Karnataka Electricity Board Employee’s Union and Associations and all Escoms has contributed one-day’s salary and Rs 3 crore towards Chief Minister’s relief fund.

Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited have contributed Rs 50 lakh towards CM’s relief fund.

Deccan Herald Reference

Government Of Karnataka Flood Relief Website

STOI remembers Vinayak Krishna Gokak

STOI remembers Vinayak Krishna Gokak
Rishikesh Bahadur Desai, TNN
2 August 2009, 05:45am IST

Even as the debate rages on whether Kannada should be the medium of instruction in schools in Karnataka, the state gets ready to observe the birth centenary of the man who mooted the idea. STOI remembers Vinayak Krishna Gokak — legendary scholar, writer, teacher, and institution builder. The occasion will be celebrated in Bangalore on Aug. 3 and 4 as well as in Dharwad on Aug. 9 and 10.

In his famous report, Gokak advocated primacy to Kannada in education and administration. But, he was also a Jnanpith Award winner, distinguished academician and inspiring teacher.

He studied the status of other Indian languages in states where they were spoken. “However, the report is not just about implementing Kannada in Karnataka. Gokak felt that all Indian languages should get primacy in their states,” says his student and Hindi poet Siddalinga Pattanashetty.

Gokak was born in Savanur village, and climbed his way up through hard work. In 1938, he became the first non-white pupil to top Oxford University in its 340-year-old history.

Gokak changed the course of Kannada literature by batting for modernism as early as 1940. He won the Jnanpith Award for the modern epic Bharata Sindhu Rashmi. He was among the few modern Indian academicians who produced creative literature in more than one language. He wrote poetry in Kannada and English and spoke with authority on literature in Marathi, Gujarati and Sanskrit.

“As a writer and translator, he introduced Indian values and culture to the West. As head of academic institutions, he implemented the best practices from around the world into Indian education,” recalls his student and writer Chandrashekar Patil.

His teaching is the stuff of legend. His student Surendranath Minajigi recalls in his book on Gokak: “He was a creative influence, a cult figure on campus and students imitated him.” He was so popular in Pune that students from other colleges attended his classes.

He was the founding spirit behind several prestigious institutions like the Central Institute of English in Hyderabad and the M N College in Gujarat. CIE was to set the template for teaching and research in English in India. He introduced value-based education in the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, as its vice-chancellor.

Gokak committee and agitation
The Gokak agitation, demanding primacy to Kannada in Karnataka, was the first high-voltage pro-Kannada agitation after the one demanding unification of Karnataka in the 1950s. It started with the R Gundu Rao government failing to implement his report.

The Rao government formed the Gokak committee in 1980, after being criticized for its policy of regarding Sanskrit as the first language in schools. Gokak submitted his report in 1981 and recommended that Kannada be taught as the first language in schools. An agitation broke out when the government did not seem enthusiastic about implementing it. Though writers and Kannada activists started the agitation, it became hugely popular and glamorous when film stars led by Rajkumar joined it. The Kannada film industry struck work and stars led rallies across the state.

Life & times

  • Born in Savanur (Haveri dt) on Aug. 09, 1909
  • Joined Karnataka College, Dharwad after elementary education in Savanur
  • Won Daxina scholarship and Ellis prize for academic achievement
  • Completed MA English literature in 1931
  • First non-white to top Oxford University in 1938
  • Published first poetry collection in English
  • Started writing in Kannada under Bendre’s influence
  • Wrote 70 books that include creative works in English and Kannada literature, education, and contemporary thought
  • Awarded the Jnanpith for `Bharat Sindhu Rashmi’, an epic work of 35,000 lines on Indian cultural history
  • Served as president of the Bharatiya Jnanpith
  • Died in Bangalore in 1992

Time Of India Reference

Dr. Vinayaka Krishna Gokak (the first vice chancellor of Sathya Sai Baba’s university The Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning) related how one day he asked Sathya Sai Baba to come to his house for a meal. Sathya Sai Baba readily accepted.

Dr. Gokak was excited, cleaned his house, and waited for Sathya Sai Baba to come. Days and weeks passed. A year went by, Dr. Gokak began to think that Satya Sai Baba had forgotten.

Then one day, while sitting in front of altar, he noticed that the most prominent pictures were of a guru he had in the past and still had a fondness towards the pictures. Off to the side and hanging on the wall was a small picture of Sathya Sai Baba. “This is not right,” thought Dr. Gokak.

Remembering that now Sathya Sai Baba was the main focus of his devotion, he quickly changed the placement of pictures so that Sai Baba’s picture was in the centre.That very day, just after this seemingly small change occurred Sathya SaiBaba came to Dr. Gokak and said warmly, “Now I will come for the meal.”

When Baba visited Dr. Gokak’s home, he saw on the wall for the first time a portrait of an Indian saint, Shri Panta Maharaja of Balekundri, and asked about its presence there.

The Vice-Chancellor replied to Baba that the saint had been his father’s guru, and that he, himself, held the holy man in great reverence.

Sathya Sai Baba: “Have you a smaller portrait of him to carry when you’re travelling?”

Dr. Gokak: “No.”

Sathya Sai Baba: “Would you like one?”

Dr. Gokak: “Yes, Swami, very much.”

Sathya Sai Baba waved his hand, for a little longer than usual, remarking, “He is coming.” Turning the palm up, he handed the doctor a small enamel pendant. It bore a miniature replica of the saint’s portrait.

At another time, Dr. Gokak was to address a large gathering of Sai Devotees in the USA. Orator that he was, the crowd was expecting a heavy downpour of his resonant voice in meaningful words, but nothing came out for a minute or two. Dr Gokak could not believe such a situation he was in for the first time in his life. Suddenly he remembered Swami and mentally prayed to Him. And to his great surprise he found Swami sitting in the front row with smiling benediction. And then there was a torrential flow from the Professor providing a treat to the audience.

Book: Gokak, Vinayak Krishna, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba : an interpretation / Vinayak Krishna Gokak Abhinav Publications, New Delhi : 1975

Karnataka CM visits Puttaparthi

Karnataka CM visits Puttaparthi

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa With Sai Baba

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa With Sai Baba

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa seeking the blessings of Sri Satya Saibaba at Puttaparthi in Anantapur district on Monday.

Express News Service
First Published : 02 Jun 2009 03:40:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 02 Jun 2009 10:10:28 AM IST

ANANTAPUR: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa had darshan of Sri Satya Saibaba at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi today.

He was accompanied by Karnataka Minister Katta Subramanyam Naidu. After having darshan of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Yeddyurappa returned to Bangalore by a special helicopter.

Local legislator Palle Raghunatha Reddy gave a sendoff to the Karnataka Chief Minister at the airport.

Expresss Buzz Reference

Rehabilitation Scheme For State’s Patients

SSSIHMS

SSSIHMS


Rehabilitation Scheme For State’s Patients
– Aruna Chandaraju

The programme covering cardiac patients of SSSIHMS hailing from Karnataka began as a pilot project in 2005.

Anyone who has been discharged from a hospital after surgery, would know that once he pays his bills and leaves, the relationship with the hospital virtually ends there. Unless he himself were to renew contact by seeking a revisit-appointment. That is the norm anywhere.

Except at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Bangalore, that offers zero-cost treatment to all patients. In a first-of-its kind project, called Sai Rehabilitation Programme, the hospital has been tracking all its cardiac-surgery patients across Karnataka including remote areas, and providing recuperative medical-rehabilitation services.

Moreover, this post-operative care is offered at a local doctor’s clinic i.e. almost at a patient’s doorstep, explains Programme Coordinator, M S Umesh Rao who, along with former SSSIHMS director Dr A N Safaya conceived of and developed the programme.

Thus the hospital’s protective umbrella covers the patient even after he leaves the hospital for his home, often hundreds of miles away.

Why this programme?
The management explained that post-surgery recuperative care––continuing doctor-consultations, regular medication and diagnostic tests, and lifestyle changes––is vital for cardiac patients. However, most patients are poor and illiterate––hence unlikely to understand this and do the needful. And considering that SSSIHMS gives its hi-tech treatment entirely free of cost, the doctors felt their efforts shouldn’t go waste once the patient returns home. Even in case of an aware patient wanting to return for a check-up, the effort and cost of travel involved could be daunting.

Rehab scheme
The Rehab Scheme uses the vast network of registered volunteers including doctors constituting Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (SSSSO). This vast resource, divided district-wise, formed the starting point, explains Nagesh G Dhakappa, Karnataka State President, SSSSO.

So, how does the scheme work? First, the Sai Organisation enlists the support of volunteer-doctors across all 30 Karnataka districts.

The doctors are screened and attend an orientation workshop at SSSIHMS. These doctors–––who offer their services free of cost––submit their address and contact numbers to the hospital and to their own district’s Sai Organisation President and Coordinator all of whom then create a Rehab Scheme database.

When a patient from Karnataka––after surgery at SSSIHMS––is being discharged, his address is checked against the database to identify a doctor nearest his residence. This doctor’s contacts are given to the patient as part of his discharge summary.

He is asked to contact this doctor for three check-ups in the first six months following discharge, and also when he feels seriously unwell. Simultaneously, this doctor and relevant District President and Coordinator are contacted by SSSIHMS and given details of the patient being put under their charge and care.

With this two-way channel established, the patient visits this local doctor for regular consultations and lifestyle-check, all done free of cost.

This doctor also guides the patient in getting his medicines and follow-up tests from reliable pharmacists and labs.

The local doctor sends up the patient’s reports to SSSIHMS whose doctors are thus able to regularly monitor their patients from a distance. Based on these reports, if need be, SSSIHSM doctors might ask a patient to return to hospital––for further, zero-cost treatment.

In cases where the patient can’t afford the monthly medicines and tests (for eg, valve-replacement patients need expensive after-care), the local doctor and Sai Organisation members arrange free drugs and tests.

If a patient fails to report for check-up, the District President/Coordinator, who has his address, might even land up at his doorstep to take him to the clinic! The hospital, however, has been unable to reach out to a small percentage of patients who have relocated without informing SSSIHMS or local doctor of their new address.

Already, SSSIHMS has taken on the mammoth task of providing zero-cost, hi-tech medical care to thousands of patients. So, is not the Sai Rehab Programme a tremendous extra burden?

“Not at all,” replies Dr A S Hegde, Director, SSSIHMS, “It is an extension of the hospital’s charitable work. In fact, we derive great satisfaction from being able to extend our service to patients even after they leave us and are living far away.”

The programme covering cardiac patients of SSSIHMS hailing from Karnataka began as a pilot project in 2005.

Given its success, it’s now being replicated for rest-of-India patients beginning with Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

A similar programme is being planned for neuro-patients too.

Deccan Herald Reference

Muddenahalli Gears Up To Welcome Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Baba Bhaktas Anticipate Sathya Sai Baba

Bhaktas Anticipate Sathya Sai Baba


Muddenahalli Gears Up To Welcome Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

13 Feb 2009: Muddenahalli, which was hailed by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as a Thapo Bhoomi during His maiden visit to the place has a story of an assurance of a Divine Master Plan. The Divine Master Plan seems to have been evolving, simmering to take the desired shape as the Institution has been prospering over the years. But, the Divine Call came at the most unexpected time when Bhagawan made an epoch making announcement on the twilight of 23rd November 2008, during the occasion of Bhagawan’s 83rd year of Advent. Bhagawan, the Indweller that He is, long since recognised the severe hardships faced by the poor and illiterate village masses in and around the Chikkaballapur district. In 1986, while laying the foundation stone of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Junior College building in Muddenahalli, Bhagawan declared that he would start a full-fledged Arts college in the same campus. Ever true to His divine promises, Bhagawan announced on the 23rd Nov 2008 that He would establish a University Campus in Muddenahalli within the next one year.

Brushing aside the tremendous costs that would be entailed, He declared that it was His Sankalpa to bestow free education, boarding and lodging facilities on those that are unable to afford even the basic amenities of life. Moreover, in line with the vision and objectives of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, the education imparted here would be infused with spirituality. Muddenahalli graduates would attain specific scholarship in the scriptures of Ramayana, Bhagavata and Bhagavad Gita, which they would thereafter disseminate amongst the masses.

“There is a Sathya Sai college in Muddenahalli, near Bangalore. Several boys coming from poor families in the villages around it are studying in this college. A number of philanthropists extended help to the college in different ways. Some built classrooms, others a bhajan hall, etc. However, this institution is not affiliated with any University. Once the boys finish their education here, they have to go to places like Bangalore to pursue a degree course. When I thought of their plight, I got a good idea. Here in Puttaparthi, our college and University are housed in spacious and beautiful buildings. Suppose we establish a campus in Muddenahalli, the boys there will also be happy. Is it not? Hence, I have decided to establish a college campus of Sri Sathya Sai University in Muddenahalli too”.

Nestled at the foot of the iconic Nandi Hills about 50 km from Bangalore and strategically located just off the Bangalore-Puttaparthi highway, Muddenahalli, the birthplace of Sir M. Vishveshwaraiah, has become synonymous with Bhagawan’s residential school. Founded by an ardent devotee of Bhagawan, Revered Madiyal Narayan Bhat (fondly called Anna), this school is one of the educational institutions run by the Tyagajeevis of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust. August 1978 was the watershed date for these noble institutions when Bhagawan bestowed His infinite grace and took them under His fold as the sole trustee, in response to Anna’s fervent prayers. Swami, during His very first visit to Muddenahalli, remarked “This is veritably a Tapo Bhoomi.” In spite of the various problems that were ailing the location at that time, Bhagawan assured the Muddenahalli staff that they had nothing to worry and that he had a master plan in mind for this sacred place! In a manner that is customary to the avatar, Bhagawan declared that the number of Tyagajeevis would swell from a mere 6 at that time to not just 60 or 6000 but 60,000! A mere visit to the Muddenahalli campus is sufficient to acquire manifest proof of this fact, considering the number of selfless workers that are active there. No doubt these sylvan surroundings have become a heaven to all forms of spiritual and Seva activities of the Sathya Sai organization. Gram Seva, free medical camps, orientation courses for spiritual development, summer camps for children, etc. are the norm here.

The expectation that Bhagawan is going to lay the foundation stone of the University on 14th February 2009 has stirred a surge of feverish excitement, enthusiasm and activity in all the campus inmates, devotees and well-wishers of the institution. Led by the students and staff, work is on round the clock to make the Divine visit a memorable event and a cynosure of all eyes. A bird’s eye view of the extensive and meticulous arrangements in progress follows:

  • Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has personally hand-picked the perfect venue for the foundation stone. This is the highest spot in the location, which in His words, “can be easily viewed even from the Puttaparthi-Bangalore highway”.
  • The hilltop has been levelled and a road paved with cobbled concrete blocks which snakes its way up to the summit. The slopes and bordering land have been manicured and beautified for the purpose.
  • A simple yet exquisite Mantapam has been erected on the hilltop, which commands an exhilarating view of the verdant surroundings.
  • The entire campus is being spruced up to welcome the Lord in all His glory. Starting from Premdeep, the sanctum sanctorum, the Bhajan Mandir, the temple ensemble, the school buildings and the hostel premises, to the innumerable grounds, parks and orchards, Muddenahalli is bursting forth like a garden in full bloom.
  • Needless to mention, wherever Bhagawan goes, the sea of devotees follow Him. Meticulous plans are being put in place for accommodating, managing and controlling the 8000 odd devotees expected. Important dignitaries of the Sri Sathya Sai organization have visited the campus to approve the plans and supervise the arrangements.
  • A special stage has been constructed in front of Premdeep for Bhagawan’s Darshan to the public gathering, with ramps on either side to facilitate Bhagawan’s free movement.
  • Areas have been clearly demarcated for the hosting of guests, parents of the students, devotees and other visitors and also for distribution of Prasad.
  • Shamianas will be put up to protect devotees from the hot sun and inclement weather.
  • Closed Circuit LED screens will be set up all around the campus for covering Bhagawan’s presence continuously so that devotees may feast their eyes on the Lord to their hearts’ content.
    Parking arrangements have been made for the deluge of vehicles that will descend on Muddenahalli.
  • 150-200 Sevadals will report at Muddenahalli on the previous day itself so that they can be assigned clear duties well ahead of time in aspects of crowd control, organization of the public function, cooking, etc.

The Divine backyard at Muddenahalli is all set to embrace the moment of glory in waiting. And she is fully geared to grab this destined good fortune with all her might. Muddenahalli is rejoicing and with her thousands of children who are being groomed to bloom.

Reference

Muddenahalli is a village situated within close proximity of the Nandi Hills in Kolar District. This village is well known as the birthplace of Visveswaraya, the great architect who built modern Karnataka. His ancestral home is situated there, which today constitute a museum. The nearest attraction includes Biligirirangana Hills, Agumbe Hill and the Madikeri Hills. Muddenahalli is about 38 km from Bangalore. The nearest railhead and airport are at Chikballapur and Bangalore respectively.

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Sathya Sai Baba In Muddanahalli

Sathya Sai Baba In Muddanahalli


Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in Muddenahalli, 14 Feb 2009, Report & Images