Ananth Kumar: A dynamic political journey of a college student that began with ABVP

Before entering BJP, he worked as a full-time ABVP worker for 10 years, including his stint as its state secretary and national general secretary.

Published: 13th November 2018 09:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th November 2018 09:28 AM   |  A+A-

H N Ananth Kumar at a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh event

Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was the launch pad for H N Ananth Kumar’s political journey. Before entering BJP, he worked as a full-time ABVP worker for 10 years, including his stint as its state secretary and national general secretary.

Although Ananth Kumar was leaning towards pursuing law as a career, the leadership qualities in him impressed leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who advised him to enter politics.

READ | Ananth Kumar: From teenage activist to face of Karnataka in Delhi durbar

“Ananth Kumar shifted from ABVP to BJP in 1987-88. Even there, he worked at the grass root level in the state for 10 years and contested his first elections in 1996,” recalled his college friend, Dr Vishnukanth Chatapalli, who is currently adviser to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

Ananth Kumar emerged as a student leader during his Pre-University days in Hubballi, and joined ABVP after the Emergency.  He became a full-time ABVP worker in 1977.

Prof PV Krishna Bhat, who was his mentor during the ABVP days, said, “During 1977, when I was on a tour in Hubballi to strengthen the organisation, Ananth Kumar and his friends were the first to meet me. I used to stay at his house in Railway Colony during my tour. His role was important in conducting ABVP’s National Conference at Hubballi in 1981.”

READ | Ananth Kumar's demise: Confusion over school holiday causes chaos

Another associate, MP Kumar, who runs a software company, said his hard work, dynamism and communication skills helped him grow. “He was a good speaker and excelled in Hindi, English and Kannada. This helped him get recognition at the national level,” he added.As an ABVP activist, he led agitations like Save Education, Assam Chalo, and against Ibrahim’s Rolex Watch.

His wife Tejaswini was also an active worker of ABVP, and that is where the two first became friends.
Ananth Kumar had a lively sense of humour and excellent memory. Even after becoming an active politician, he did not forget any ABVP worker who had worked with him.

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp