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Name:
Ramanathan A V (avramani2002@hotmail.com)
Date:Thu 19 Aug 2010 10:24:41 AM EDT
Subject:My reminiscences
 Hello! Is there the Pressmen of Karwar, whose lasting contribution was their conviction that the Western Ghats should not be denuded, destroyed, nor trees felled, large areas to grow industries etc. I do not have any idea about any one of them. They were Habbu, Hasyagar, Hiregutti, Kasbaker, S K Pai, and/or many others. I read somewhere about my good friend Kamalakar Gokrna. There were many many people I knew, but I do not know whether they have a fable impression about me. My youth, or say adolenscence was spent on the lap of Kali River. I was there, before the bridge connecting Karwar and Sadashivgad was built. I still remember my first ride. If anybody comes across this mail, please get in touch with my e-mail. I loved Karwar, its lush trees, mangroves, the beautiful Kali River, the lazy Arabian Sea, the Anjidiv island, etc. I do not know how Karwar looks after the naval base was established. I have faint description of Baithkol. Karwar Port? Ladies beach? Tagore beach?The library near to St Micheal's school.
 
 
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Name:
Ramanathan A V (avramani2002@hotmail.com)
Date:Wed 28 Jul 2010 06:07:39 AM EDT
Subject:Resurrected Mahajan Commission?
 When the agitation between Maharashtra-Karnataka reached its francied pitch many years ago, I was in Krwar. It was argued that Belgaum and other parts belonged to Karnataka due to lingustic affinity, administrative convenience, and economic viability. There has been no structural change since the issue was settled. Belgaum was a part and parcel of Karnataka. There were some choes of this in Karwar as well, suggesting that it should be ceded to Maharashtra because of language and MES won the elction to Parliemnt atleast on two occasions. But, most of the people of Karwar preferred to be part of Karnataka, and under Karnataka government, the Karwar port, Konkan railway, the kaiga atomic plant, INS Kadamba naval base, etc were established. These establishments were both directly and indirectly helped the economic boom. Goods and services, and the massive money invested found channelled to the local industry and people. Hotels propsered. More people came here. It was a win win situation. The Kali bridge was one act that saw the growth of Karwar. It was a good omen.
 
 
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Name:
Ramanathan A V (avramani2002@hotmail.com)
Date:Tue 13 Jul 2010 09:00:23 AM EDT
Subject:Uttara Kannada district was not scissored
 There are 27 districts in Karnataka. There would, actually have been 28. Hundakar Committee was appointed by late Shri Ramakrishna Hegde, the then Chief Minister to suggest bifuricating existing districts having large areas, so that from economic and revenue point of view, and from planning prespective, greater attention could be provided to these districts. Mr Hundakar, MLA belonging to the Janata Dal,at a press meet at Udupi indicated that the committee proposes to divide the coastal area and malanad into two districts as the economy of these two places were divergent. Shri S K Pai, a senior advocate of the Karwar Bar, who had represented Karnataka before the Mahajan Commission, and a fierce believer that Uttara Kannada should not be bufuricated sat with me, and we wrote a propsoal, arguing the need why Uttara Kannada should not be bifuricated. At that meeting, I had remarked that Karwar being a small district, with its revenue dependent on malanad, would find it difficult to raise revenue. With great projects coming in, the Uttara Kannada district was going to play an important role, and its commerce and economy should not be disturbed. After the Report was finalized, when I was a part of the delegation attending a meeting at CM's Home office, "Krishna", I met Shri Hundakar. He proudly told me that he has not disturbed Uttara Kannada. It would remain the same, even though Dakshinna Kannada would be divided into Mangalore and udupi districts. Later, it was Shri J H Patil, during his Chiefministership, announced enhancing the number of distrcits from 19 to 27. I do not know, what the people think today. Did they want two districts or happy with one Uttara Kannada. Karwar, the proud capital of Uttara Kannada, and the present generation may not be knowing this.
 
 
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Name:
Ramanathan A V (avramani2002@hotmail.com)
Date:Sat 10 Jul 2010 08:07:29 AM EDT
Subject:Karwar, just before the monsoons
  As I sit up in a far off place, Kochi, after being in Karwar when quietude was a way of life, and all the economic boom, zoom were less evident (between 1980-87), I remembered the monsoons and the turbulance it brought to the sleepy town of Karwar. The big boulders and sand bags dumped at Balakeri were not strong enough for the waves which hit 15 to 16' and invaded the national highway. These high currrents and ferocity of the water was explained as unscientific dredging for the Karwar port, which itself was sheltered through the different mountains adjoining by. The ladies beach had shallow water, and the ladies during the English rule is said to have bathed here. Anjidiv Island is another example. Light House also emphasis the point that the slit dredged by the dredger find deposits and these lands were formed in the middle of the Ocean. There has been wide discussions on reclaiming the land from the Sea, so that satellite township could be created. But in a sheltered bay like Karwar, which can become an all wather Port in the future, and Karnataka's pride, dredging will cause sea and coastal erosion. The beaches of Karwar are its pride possessions. In awe, Rabindranatha Tagore has written the 'Reminiscences' , a book which is avilable in the Karwar library. I would say, that Karwar library has a good collection of books. If the roaming mobile library is still there, people may not know, it was my idea that resulted in Binaga caustic Soda factory onating the Van with books (all of them worth Rs 2 lakhs in 1983). Is Mitra Samaj still there? I would appreciate some eader to give me a blow up account of Karwar, including the rains. The High Church Road where I stayed and the tiled roofed house where I spent my time, used to drench rain water. When high lightening hit ferosiousy, it was thunder. Days of Ligtening and thunder.
 
 
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Name:
Ramanathan A V (avramani2002@hotmail.com)
Date:Wed 09 Jun 2010 02:17:30 AM EDT
Subject:Karwar, a paradise
  When the monsoons are about to lash the West Coast and the Konkan Coast, I remember the stormy, rainy days of my Karwar days, where I stayed for 4 summers 28 years ago. At that time, Karwar was a sleepy town, with the London bridge, DRDS near to it, the Post office, and the lazy Arabian Sea inviting an occasional tourist though none came, as every body that nearby Goa was a better place to swim, surf. There was a Tagore statue which was descreated by crows. No INS Kadamba, no Kaiga plant, but just little bazars on the roadside. I lived in the High Chucrh Road, a tiled house with two rooms. When lightening used to strike, the whole room was a brilliant spark, and the heavy lashing rains used to make the canals overflow. The Cinema theatre which will overflow with people, will have very few visitors. those days were without TVs. I remember Sanjay Das Gupta, IAS, Spl Dy Commissioner, Shri R Suresh IAS, dy Commissioner, Manjunatha, AC, Karwar, Hon'ble Shetty, District Judge, Shri M N Singh, Supdt of Police, talking about the future Karwar, when I used to join them. I will definitely go to Karwar one day by Konkan Railways.
 
 


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