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Speakers

Grandson & Editor
Former Chief Justice of India
Author & Journalist
Journalist, Lawyer & Horse Racing Enthusiast
Writer & Historian

Date & Time

Monday Mon, 19 Jun 2023

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

The story of K N Guruswamy, the founder of Deccan Herald and Prajavani, is truly fascinating. Born in 1901, Guruswamy was the eldest son of Rao Bahadur Kanekal Nettakallappa. The family which belonged to the Ediga community, traditionally involved in toddy tapping and expanded its business across the State. Guruswamy in an atypical move for the times, turned entrepreneur, and ventured into the media business and that too in English. Deccan Herald was launched on June 17, 1948 and a few months later, Guruswamy launched the Kannada daily, Prajavani. A flamboyant personality he had a keen interest in horse racing, was a shikari and travelled a good distance from his community roots.

In a new book, Grandfather and Grandmother: A Memoir, KN Hari Kumar writes about the illustrious life of his grandfather: “He was identified by some iconic markers— the very large solitaire diamond ring on his fingers, the white kachche panche or traditional dhoti drawn between the legs, the closed-collar coat, the large white turban, the black Montblanc pen and the long, black Cadillac car. But more than that, he had somehow gone beyond the traditional mould of kings and warriors, of business, religion, caste, and family of the society into which he was born and flourished, and founded and nurtured a newspaper company which aimed to serve the public in the new democratic and independent India and which has endured.”

This session celebrates a man of a bygone era through stories from colleagues, family and journalists. June 17, 2023 is the 75th anniversary of the start of Deccan Herald.

Speakers

KN Hari Kumar

Grandson & Editor

KN Hari Kumar has been involved in and occupied top management and editorial positions in his family newspaper business, publishers of Deccan Herald and Prajavani, for four and a half decades. After schooling and college in Bengaluru, he did his post-graduate degree at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  After his father’s death in 1976, he returned to Bengaluru and joined the newspaper company.  As a journalist, he writes mostly on current affairs with specific focus on Karnataka and India.

Hari Kumar is grandson of KN Guruswamy and part inheritor of Deccan Herald and Prajavani.

MN Venkatachalaiah

Former Chief Justice of India

Justice Manepalli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah began his general practice of law in 1951. He became a permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court on 6th November 1975 and was later elevated as the judge of the Supreme Court on 5th October 1987. He became the Chief Justice of India on 12th February 1993, succeeding Chief Justice L. M. Sharma. He served in office for almost 2 years, retiring on 24th October 1994.

After his retirement, he continued to work for anti-corruption and human rights issues. He served as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of India from 26th November 1996 to 24th October 1999. In 2000, he also headed the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution. He received the Padma Vibhushan in 2004.

GN Ranganatha Rao

Author & Journalist

GN Ranganatha Rao is former Executive Editor of Prajavani. Starting his journalist career in Tainadu, he joined Samyukta Karnataka after a few years. Subsequently, he joined Prajavani, where he worked for 33 years. He has taught journalism at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s College of Mass Communication and Government Arts and Science College. He has published many books in Kannada, including on journalism and fiction. Besides, he has translated a number of books from English to Kannada, including Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire by Rajmohan Gandhi, for which he received the Central Sahitya Academy Award. He has also translated a number of Ramachandra Guha’s books, including India After Gandhi. He has won many prestigious awards including the TSR Award for Journalism.

PG Belliappa

Journalist, Lawyer & Horse Racing Enthusiast

PG Belliappa, a qualified Chartered Accountant and Lawyer, was the Secretary of the Deccan Herald Group of Publications during the 1980’s. Hailing from a family of horse racing enthusiasts, he has been a racing correspondent for the Deccan Herald & The Hindu. He was also involved in the administration of the Sport through the Bangalore Turf Club where he served as a Steward & Chairman for several terms.

Janaki Nair

Writer & Historian

Janaki Nair was Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her books include Women and Law in Colonial India (1996), Miners and Millhands: Work Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore, (1998); The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century (2005) and Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule (2011/2012). She has published widely in Indian and international journals. She has also contributed to popular journals and newspapers.