The veteran Kannada journalist Patil Puttappa is felicitated by Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa on turning 90, in his hometown, Hubli, on Sunday, 17 January 2010.
For a language whose journalism only goes back to 1840, Dr Puttappa is a pioneer and still a rare one at that. “PaaPu”, as he is more affectionately known, studied journalism in California in the late 1940s, and was founder-editor of the now-defunct Kannada weekly Prapancha and the daily Vishwavani.
Like many language journalists, Dr Puttappa’s chose to play a role beyond what went into his publications. He was elected to the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; became a strong votary of the Kannada language; and headed the north Karnataka development authority.
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