The mention of the word ‘national leaders’ naturally reminds us of those who fought against the British for the attainment of independence. But they are many illustrious who strove hard in many spheres to transform India into a country which is self-sufficient and making rapid strides in development.
Visweswarayya was one of the great architects of modern India who utilised all the opportunities to develop the nation in the technological field and to make it economically strong. Planned, ceaseless effort was his breath. He declared that he could be considered to be dead if he was not engaged in any undertaking. Numerous were the plans he formulated during his long life of 102 years and similar were the projects he built. It would not be far from truth to say that there had not been a city in the country which did not profit by his advices and services. He gave weight to merit. When he thought the post of the Dewan of Mysore was detrimental to his ideas and freedom, he gave it up without any hesitation. He was an ideal to government employees. He was a nightmare to the corrupt, lethargic and favouritism. Though he was the Dewan of Mysore he never utilised the paper provided by the Government for his personal correspondence. He was so honest that he did not allow even his mother to travel in the car provided by the government. His life will be useful to the young technocrats of the day to realise that there is a lot to be done to the nation.