My school days – Shri Jagadish Shettar – Former Chief Minister, Karnataka
My teachers inspired me!
Mr. Jagadish Shivappa Shettar, 21st Chief Minister of Karnataka (2012-2013) recalls his school days with ‘School’. He studied in Kannada medium till high school then till graduation in English medium. His teachers played a vital role in his life. He says-
I studied in Basel Mission School, Hubli. It is a Christian organisation. My primary and high school education was in Kannada medium. Many teachers particularly during my school days inspired me. Precisely to share, Mr. Niranjan Walishettar was my guru in high school. He did lot of things, he taught us humanitarian values, gave us insight into history and present political scenario and developed leadership qualities. Hence I learnt lot of things in my life from him. And because of his inspiration I developed leadership in earlier days! In school I started participating in public functions like Independence day and Republic day etc. He always encouraged me to say something in the public meeting. Since then I developed leadership qualities. He played a key role in my life. Only after PUC I studied in English medium. In college I completed BCom and LLB degrees.
Today’s education system, I feel every young person should first develop their livelihood but they have started to maintain their life first. Next they have to take interest in the politics. Now politics has become a profession unlike earlier days which is not correct. It should not be a profession! We should not depend on politics as our livelihood.
I practiced advocacy for 18 years subsequently I entered the politics. First individuals have to strictly practise a profession then only he/she can give clean politics in the politics scenario. That is my suggestion.
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Mr. Jagadish Shivappa Shettar was 21st Chief Minister of Karnataka ( 2012 to 2013). He is senior leader of of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has served as Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and was the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly during 2008-2009.
Mr. Shettar was born on 17 December 1955 in Kerur village, Badami Taluk, Bagalkote district, Karnataka. Many family members in his family have been politicians. His father, Mr. S.S.Shettar, a senior activist of the Jana Sangh, was elected five times to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation. He was the first Jana Sangh Mayor of Hubli-Dharwad. His uncle Mr. Sadashiv Shettar was the first Jana Sangh leader in South India to get elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He was elected from Hubli City in 1967.
After completing BCom and LLB degrees, Mr. Jagadish practiced law for 20 years at the Hubli Bar. He started his politican career as an active member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He is married to Smt. Shilpa and the couple have 2 sons – Prashant and Sankalp.