ISSUE : 45 VOLUME : 31 06-06-2012 PAGES - 4 ROLE OF MEDIA- TODAY By Prof. K.C. Belliappa, Chairman – Sree Cauvery Education Council Prof. Kambeyanda C. Belliappa, served as Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Central University at Arunachal Pradesh for nearly 4 years. Prior to that he was teaching in the Post Graduate English Department of Manasa Gangothri for almost all his teaching career spanning 33 yrs under the scholarly wings of the legendary Prof. C. D. Narasimhaiah and Dr. U. R. Ananthamurthy among others. While in Manasa Gangothri, he was acknowledged as one of the best English teachers apart from being a public speaker of oratorial skill. He was also associated with Dhvanyaloka, the Indian version of Arcadia of Athens that Prof. CDN founded and nurtured. The number of academic related offices held by him are many so also the seminar papers he has presented here and abroad. The crowning glory of Dr. Belliappas long academic career is, of course, in his being appointed the first Vice - Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, which was elevated to the status of a Central University. He is the author of the book, “The Image of India in English Fiction”. He has widely published articles on Indian, English and Commonwealth writers in UK, USA, Canada, Spain and Italy. He has visited UK, USA, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Iran and Australia in connection with academic programmes. He has participated in various academic activities in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. As Chairman and Member of NAAC Peer committee, he has inspected Educational Institutions in the states of Maharashtra, Nagaland, Rajasthan and West Bengal. During his long academic career, he has received several honours and awards. His column “Singular Voice “is published fortnightly in Star of Mysore. He is happily married to Thara and they have two daughters, Shruti and Tejasvini. Midtown extends a warm Welcome to Prof. Dr. K. C. Belliappa
06-06-2012 Presidents Message Last week I felt as if I was on the top of the Himalaya Mountain after seeing the overwhelming response from the members & their family for the celebration of Awards whichMidtown got. I was really moved with the good wishes from fellow Rotarians. It was a realsurprise for me when Rtn. PP.M.S.Raghu & his team felicitated all the Board Members on theoccasion. On behalf of the Board I sincerely thank PP Rtn.M.S.Raghu, Rtn. Harish, Rtn.Umesh& PDC Chandrika Madam for doing the honours. I immensely thank all the Rotarians & theirfamily for making the day so colourful and special. On 5th Tuesday we distributed some of the equipments which are required for givingtraining to students of National Association for Blind, Yadavagiri. I thank Rtn. Narendra ofVinyas for contributing the equipments. Today it’s my pleasure to Welcome Prof. Dr.K.C.Belliappa, Retired VC of Rajiv Gandhi CentralUniversity at Arunachal Pradesh, to our club. He will talk on “Role of Media Today” Bye till next week…. Thank You Rtn. Raghavendra MIDTOWN’S HOUR OF GLORY We are the best club in Dist. 3180 and each of us The meeting started with the customaryMidtowner needs no confirmation of this fact. But the pleasantries. Rtn. A. Ganesh’s birthday was celebratedDistrict Assembly ‘Aarohana’ held at Mysore Sports by cutting a cake. President started his addressClub on the 26th and 27th of May 2012 only affirmed recollecting his 10 years in Rotary and thanked all thosethis fact to the rest of the world. who were instrumental in making it a very memorable journey for him. He then made sure to recognize the efforts of his board members and chairmen of different projects who won accolades at the district by garlanding them individually. He made this event a little extra special with fresh jasmine garlands so that Rotarians could further thank their spouses for their support once they return home (?!). Hope made real good use of the Mallige Hoovu. The Jubiliant Team And our weekly meeting on the 30th was all aboutMidtown and the year that was. What was a regularweekly meeting was made into memorable evening byRtn. Harish and company. Rtn. Raghavendra and Rtn.Venkatesh had called for a family dinner meet andwanted to use this platform to thank all contributors for Kullappa - ‘PÁ®Ä J½AiÀÄ¥Àà!’making this a grand year which brought us so many After these rituals, it was Harish and his team all thelaurels. But our dear Kulappa had other ideas and way. Kullappa, the unbeatable master entertainer tooffered us a feast. A feast, not only for our stomachs, Midtown came out with his unique idea of felicitating thebut also for our hearts and minds. board members. It was preplanned as if it was a To start with, the meeting was a well attended one surprise. ‘From Raghu(MS) to Raaghu… 20 years andwith more than 80% attendance and lots and lots of back to glory’ was the theme. Individual members in theexcitement in the air with many Anns and Annets in team were suitable recognized by Harish and felicitatedattendance. The joy and thrill was there on everyone’s by none other than PP. Rtn. Raghu who took the club toface but was most evident and glowing on the faces ofthe President and Secretary. Continued to Page 3
3 06-06-2012 Continued from Page 2 immediately elevated to the position of PDG (Prospectivel District Governor) from Midtown. Ann Ashwini who was a proud lady among the audience was ecstatic of her hubby’s achievements and was sighing relief -finally he will be hers unless Raaghu takes Nandoo’s suggestion seriously. The AG Aacha Ashoka Kumara was really proud of Midtown’s achievements and participated in the celebration event enthusiastically, released the bulletin specially done for £Á ¤£Àß ªÀÄgÉAiÀÄ¯ÁgÉ...similar heights 20 yrs ago. Felicitation included amuslin type shawl, unique and made for the occasiontrophy with “you have made us proud” engraved on it,garland, and chocolates. It was a group photo at theend which is to be archived in the showcase ofMidtown. It does not end there. President Raghavendra was F ¢£À ±ÀÄ¨sÀ¢£À...made to sit on the hot seat and was made to face somedifficult questions by the Amithab Bacchan of the day- the occasion and gave away a few PHF Medallions.Harish. And not able to give answer tricky questions he Finally the crowd dispersed for the sumptuoushad cough out few bucks to the community service. dinner – and the gathering at the dinner was seen busyThat was an entertainment and everybody really congratulating Raaghu’ s board members for theenjoyed. extraordinary achievement, Kullappa for the So the evening was really memorable for Raaghu impressive entertainment, and the party will go on forand secretary Venky. Few members took the days to come and culminate on June 30th when theopportunity to express their appreciation to Raaghu, president’s hosts his official dinner and from then on itmost notable being the one from PP. Nandoo who was will be ‘The Don’ Vishwa’s show.full of appreciation to young Raaghu and was Rtn. Farooq with inputs from Rtn. Prahlad A group of Midtowners made a visit to Rtn. PP On 5thJune 2012, Rtn. Narendra of VinyasKanakaraj at his house in Bangalore on Sunday. distributed some of the equipments which areKanakaraj sir was ecstatic to see his midtown required for giving training to students of Nationalfriends eventhough he is yet to recover fully from Association for Blind, Yadavagiri.his devastating stroke. Midtowners wished him aspeedy recovery and his family strength to bearthe difficult times.
Finally ¸ÉÆ¥ïà ¤AUÀªÀÄä - Spotted at RI Convention - Bangkok 2012 Photo Contest winners DO WE REALLY LOVE? A story is told about a soldier who was finally cominghome after having fought in Vietnam. He called his First place. Shot outside Kisumu, Kenya. Says Benson,parents from San Francisco. "Mom and Dad, I’m coming “This photograph, of a little child trying to get fresh waterhome, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to for the family, is unpretentious and poignant and tells anbring home with me." "Sure," they replied, "we’d love to important story. You know exactly the situation and aremeet him". moved by the look of expectation in her eyes, as if she’s "There’s something you should know," the son asking for help. It is an image you stop and look at, andcontinued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He that is the main criterion for good photography.”Darrylstepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has Brown, Rotary Club of Boulder, Colo., USAnowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.""I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him findsomewhere to live." "No, Mom and Dad, I want him to livewith us." "Son," said the father, "you don’t know what you’reasking. Someone with such a handicap would be aterrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, andwe can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. Ithink you should just come home and forget about thisguy. He’ll find a way to live on his own." At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parentsheard nothing more from him. A few days later, however,they received a call from the San Francisco police. Theirson had died after falling from a building, they were told. 2nd Place. Shot in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Says Benson,The police believed it was suicide. The grief–stricken “Covered with mud, this group posed for their pictureparents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city without trepidation. They were open and seemed happy.morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized The decision to use black-and-white instead of colorhim, but to their horror they also discovered something makes this photograph more dramatic and gives thethey didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg. viewer insight into these innocent children.” Zahid The parents in this story are like many of us. We find Hasan Moon, Son of Md. Abdur Rashid Talukder, Rotaryit easy to love those who are good looking or fun to have Club of Sylhet New City, Bangladesharound, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us ormake us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay awayfrom people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart aswe are. Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat usthat way. Someone who loves us with an unconditionallove that welcomes us into the forever family, regardlessof how messed up we are. Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, saya little prayer that God will give you the strength you needto accept people as they are, and to help us all be moreunderstanding of those who are different from us!!! Next Week in Midtown 3rd Place. Shot in Entebbe, Uganda. Says Benson, “The maze of bright blue umbrellas surrounds the graceful fountain in the center of the photograph. It’s almost as if Visit to it were a frame from an old Busby Berkeley film in which Community Centre the dancers move in unison while the camera shoots them from above.”. Joe Otin, Rotary Club of Nairobi- East, Kenya Date: 13-06-2012 at 6.30pm Venue : RCL Hall, JLB Road