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Sir MV is the most loved Kannadiga

Sir MV is the most loved Kannadiga
DH News Service
The most eagerly awaited result is out. Sir M Visvesvaraya, legendary engineer and statesman, has emerged, by a huge margin, as the most popular Kannadiga in a poll conducted by CNN-IBN, Deccan Herald and Radio City.

The most eagerly awaited result is out. Sir M Visvesvaraya, legendary engineer and statesman, has emerged, by a huge margin, as the most popular Kannadiga in a poll conducted by CNN-IBN, Deccan Herald and Radio City.

In a week-long poll conducted via Internet and SMS, which concluded on Sunday, over 1.06 lakh people participated. Visvesvaraya polled 46 per cent of the votes. Kannada superstar Rajkumar was voted the second most popular Kannadiga with 26 per cent votes.

Infosys chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy got 19 per cent, former chief minister S Nijaligappa 4 per cent, cricketer Anil Kumble 3 per cent and Hindustani musician Gangubai Hangal 2 per cent.

The poll was the fourth in the Golden South series, which included Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. While about 50,000 people participated in the Kerala poll electing actor Mohan Lal as the most popular Keralite, 70,000 people took part in Andhra poll, electing actor N T Rama Rao, and in Tamil Nadu, about 12,000 people voted and President Abdul Kalam was the winner.

Popularly known as Sir MV, Visesvaraya is described as the architect of Old Mysore state. As Dewan of the Mysore province, he initiated a number of development works, including the construction of KRS dam.

His brilliance, efficiency, integrity, love for the people, legendary administrative skills, immense contribution to public life made him a cult figure during his lifetime.

Though he died 44 years ago, his memory is still green in the heart and minds of millions of Kannadigas. The poll has proved that the state is still indebted to him.

Sir MV had no children. His grand niece Shantha Nanjudaiah expressed joy over the poll results. She said it was heartening to know that the people across the state still love her grandfather. “It is not unexpected. But in a way surprising. These days people vote for film stars. Visvesvaraya has done great service to the state. He is remembered for his personal and public integrity, love for the people. We are very happy. It is great to be associated with his family, with his name,” she said.
Life & journey of a centenarian

Sept 15, 1861: Born at Muddenahalli,

Kolar district, Karnataka

1871-1874: Had his nitial education at Chickballapur

1881: Passed BA in first class at Central

College, Bangalore

1881: Joined engineering college at Pune

1883: Obtained engineering degree with


1884: Appointed Assistant Engineer in PWD, Bombay Government

1884-1908: Served Bombay Government till he became the Superintending Engineer and took voluntary retirement

1909: Special Chief Engineer with Hyderabad Government

1909-1912: Chief Engineer and Secretary, PWD, Government of Mysore

1912-1918: Dewan of Mysore

1919-1959: Served several parts of India in various advisory capacities

April 14, 1962: Breathed his last in Bangalore


November 27, 2006 - Posted by | Kannada DASA SAHITYA, Kannadigas


  1. Vishveswaraiah Born on Sept 15, 1860 not on 1861, Please correct it…

    Comment by Bhanuprakash | September 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. Sir,
    The spelling of Sir M.V has noticed with different signature of spelling. Hence kindly mail the correct spelling of Sir M.V and also it is very clear in Kannada that the name of Sir M V has no dispute. But, unfortunately the spelling in English is being used as
    follows. M.Visveswaraiah
    Kindly advice to follow one spelling in english usage.

    This is for your comments and notice.

    Comment by H N Bindu Madhava | June 3, 2009 | Reply

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