Recognition of Ambassadors of South Indian Culture


The President of India appointed four people to the Rajya Sabha on July 6.

Background: The president, on the advice of the central government, appoints 12 eminent persons from the fields of science, art, literature and social service.

  • With this year’s nominations, the representation of South Indian states in the Rajya Sabha is improving.

  • The four nominees are: Dr Veerendra Heggade, PT Usha, Ilaiyaraaja and V Vijayendra Prasad.

Doctor Veerendra Heggade is the dharmadhikari (hereditary administrator) of the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala in Karnataka – a temple which has Shiva as its main deity, Vaishnavite priests and a Jain house for administrators.

  • Dr. Heggade held this position for more than five decades, since he took over from his father at the age of 20 on October 24, 1968.

  • Under him, the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala became an example of how a temple that is not bogged down by state interference can become much more than just a place of worship.

  • He was the recipient of the Padma Vibhusan (2015), the third highest civilian honour, and the Karnataka Ratna (2007), Karnataka’s highest civilian honour, among several other national and global honours.

  • His interventions in the preservation of temple architecture, education, health, nutrition and rural development make him a remarkable and influential figure in the state.

Ilaiyaraaja is a musical genius nicknamed ‘Isaignani’ by millions of his fans around the world.

  • He has composed over 7,000 songs and provided film scores for over 1,400 films.

  • A resolutely composer dharmic vision of the world, he comes from a modest background and has reached the zenith of his field with brilliance and hard work.

  • Walking the path of Bhakti, Ilayairaaja has often revealed that he draws his strength from Kollur Mookambika, Tamil Shaivism and Adi Shankara.

V Vijayendra Prasad is best known for his work in the first “pan-Indian” film, Baahubali. He is a famous storyteller who has worked on films showcasing Indian history and culture in all its glory.

  • His recent works include Baahubali 1 and 2, Manikarnicaand RRRwhich have won awards around the world.

  • His work has been instrumental in shaping the Indian film industry in terms of scale and scope, defying language barriers.

  • Prasad, along with his son SS Rajamouli, could be credited with ushering in a cultural renaissance in the film industry.

PT Ucha has been an inspiration to millions of sports fans nationwide.

  • Beginning her career in 1980, Usha went on to make her mark in international sporting tournaments such as the 1985 Asian Championships in Jakarta, where she won six medals – five gold and one bronze, and the Asian Games 1986 in Seoul, where she won four gold medals. and one silver.

  • She lost a medal at the 1984 Olympics by 1/100th of a second.

  • Usha, from Kozhikode in Kerala, broke many records and became a pioneer in women’s sports in India.

  • She returned to the field after a hiatus due to her marriage in 1991.

  • She hung up her crampons in 2000 and launched her academy, Usha School of Athletics (USHA), where she trained future medalists.

PM Modi took to Twitter to make announcements and praise the nominees.

Sabka saath, sabka vikas‘: The four choices ensure representation of diverse underrepresented groups.

The appointed members include a woman, a Dalit and a member of a religious minority (the Jain community).

Political game: The decision came days after the BJP, at its national executive meeting in Hyderabad, identified southern India as the territory for its next phase of growth.

  • The saffron party is traditionally weak in southern India, with the exception of Karnataka.

  • While the party has largely reached a saturation point in terms of Lok Sabha seats in northern India, the southern states are the next logical stage of expansion from the perspective of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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