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Sri Anantkumar Hegde
MP - Uttara Kannada

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Nationalist...... Hindu warrior turned national policy maker; for the past 2+ decades

6th Term Member of Parliament representing Uttara Kannada constituency, since 1996

Former Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India

Wasn't a born politician; nor would die as a politician!

It's been an unending fight against the radical Islamic terrorism for more than three decades for Anantkumar Hegde. His undiminished fight, continues in the midst of the deadly stare of the terror world, shadow following him, for years now!

Anant, unlike the common politician that one hops to see doesn't involve in indulging political jugglery or go to an extent of pleasing all! His hard earned on-ground experienced facts, beliefs, convictions and his sincerity is something of a great admiration for numerous fans. His braving instincts have always put his hard earned reputations and his very life on the line, reaching out across the arch of time....!

Parentage & Upbringing


Born on May 20th, 1968 to illustrious parents, Sri Dattatreya Hegde & Smt Lalita Hegde, Anantkumar Hegde had his basic education with strong flavour of rich culture and heritage. The traits of a robust mindset getting strengthened were found in the early days of young Anant. One of his grand mother had left an ever-lasting impression upon his life who was indeed responsible for developing his agitating skills which later defined his life in the later years. Young Anant's upbringing was in the pristine Western Ghats of the early 70's which also played a key role in mentoring his environmental concerns. This stands as a lively testimonial of his policies, even to this day in either working positively towards afforestation activities or defending more stringent environmental laws in the Parliament.

His passion towards Sanskrit at an early age has led him today to branch out his interests to other subjects such as ancient science, lipi origins, earth sciences, astronomy..... to the modern talked subjects such as nano science, black hole theory, etc.,

Study Culture


'Balasanskaar' has been one great factor that has been creating great minds in this part of the world and as such the nation has witnessed great personalities who had this basic traditional foundation during their initial upbringing. As goes the saying "Home being the first school & Mother, the first teacher", young Anant was also blessed to have his mother Smt Lalitha Hegde initiating the sanskaar ideals at his early ages. The Bhagavatha, mythological epics, bhajan's, Bhagvad Gita had an ever-lasting impression besides making Anant sensitive to the value based preaching's on ethics, morals life skills and beyond. His mother, besides another grand mother of his had tremendous influence in shaping young Anant, for what he has become today.

His formal education began at Dodnalli, a rural hamlet in the midst of pristine ecosystem of Western Ghats. The rural and the forest environment taught Anant valuable lessons, as he kept exploring the sensitive intricacies of everything right from fauna, flora, soil, water etc., The formal education however instilled a great sense of discipline and provided better dynamics to his cognitive learning process. Anantkumar had developed a strong quality of exploring trait which took him across different terrains of knowledge. More than the formal education, it was the "out of text-book syllabus" which created the Anantkumar Hegde of today.

Though Anant had his formal graduation in the stream of Arts from MM Arts & Science College, Sirsi, Karnataka, this did not prevent him in exploring the scientific advancements across different platforms of research and applications, alike. He firmly believes that learning and unlearning are an integral & eternal process which doesn't stop at the University, post the graduation. He cites that life is too good to have provided great journeys, fabulous people, fantastic opportunities, challenging situations and tremendous moments in exploring the world and beyond.

Avocation


True to the upbringing, Anantkumar Hegde has developed intrinsic fascination towards various diversified subjects right from ancient science to the modern technological advancements. He shines in authority when speaking on the evolution of lipi's across the world and so does his expertise convinces the authorities on subjects such as nano science, artificial intelligence, block-chain development, black hole theory etc.,

Though many consider him an introvert, he prefers speaking to himself which he calls it as a regular path of self realization.

Painting & poetry are natural skilled hobbies which have developed Anant into another world's unexplored star. His past journey with martial arts qualified him as a certified Tae-Kwon-Do martial artiste.

Social History

Anant’s initial societal concerns started blossoming while hearing the great Upanishads from his Grand Mother.

At a quiet young age, he got introduced to Rastreeya Swayam Sevak Sangha (RSS), a socio-cultural organization which is known for its selflessness, total dedication and social responsibility for the spirit of real nationalism. Post his formal education; he had the privilege of involving himself in socio-cultural awareness among the neglected, backward societies like the dalits & tribals in various remote areas of Karnataka state for more than a decade.

Anant's legendary involvement was launched through his parent organization, Hindu Jagran Manch through which he travelled across different parts of the State. His direct connect to the mass ignited numerous mindsets into the societal mainstream issues.

It was followed by a long-spirited agitation and sustained fight against the anti-national forces in the Coastal parts of Karnataka for a great period. This led to the deciding role of hoisting the Tiranga Jhanda (National Flag) in a so-called disputed land then known as “Idga Maidan” now the famous “Rani Chennamma Maidan” in Hubballi.

Simultaneously, he got involved in environmental preserving activities and continues to be super sensitive on this count till date. Being a born agriculturist, Anantkumar Hegde grew up in Areca plantations going through various process of their cultivation, processing and marketing aspects for years. These factors had ensured him a first-hand exposure and experience in knowing their highs and lows. To safeguard the areca grower’s interests and convey the realities and hardship faced by these farmers, he has initiated a forum bridge, which would ensure the Government to take pro-farmer policies. He is also Founder & Convenor of “The Parliamentarians Forum for Areca nut Growers”.

The climax of all these grounds zero activities led a churning within Anantkumar Hegde to have a constructive organizational structure to contribute for the well-being of the society. The resultant was the founding of “Kadamba” group of organizations, working in the field of multi-dimensional socio-economic-developmental activities for the downtrodden, weaker and the vulnerable section of the society, particularly in the rural areas.

He happens to be an exemplary example for a ground level kaaryakartha from Hindu Jaagran Vedike to graduate into a policy maker, par excellence.

Current Societal Role & Contribution

Entrepreneurship has been a driving force in Anant’s career journey. Being a visualizer, he was always sure that economics around the rural environs would thrive with proper nurturing and diligent networking. He ensured to provide solid institutional support to various focused activities and hence was in the forefront of several streams which have developed into flourishing verticals.

Anantkumar Hegde is the Founder-President of Kadamba (Kadamba Foundation), a trailblazing NGO working in diverse fields of rural development, agronomy, horticulture, health, formation of self-help-groups (SHG’s), rural marketing, rural welfare programs, eco-tourism and related social services, apart from host of eco-conserving activities. Kadamba Foundation works with the local population bridging across the national horizon.

Some of the social and commercial responsibilities for which he has been the Founder and Chairman are:
  • Kadamba Foundation
  • Kadamba Agro Producers Company limited
  • Kadamba Credit (Souharda) Co-operative Society
  • Betta Balakedaarara Sangha (BBS) { A unique initiative towards protection & conservation of privileged forest land – Betta Land, in Uttara Kannada district}.
Apart from these enterprises, Anant was instrumental and founder in creating other bodies which, he has now relinquished and handed over the same to public. Some of these bodies are:
  • Kadamba Organic Society
  • Kadamba Co-operative (Souharda) Marketing Society
  • Kadamba Co-operative (Souharda) Credit Society

Profession

Anantkumar is basically an exploring farmer by profession, with business interests extending to his farm produce along with the other farming community. He has been trading on the international market selling organic spices which happens to be the core business activity of his firm named Kadamba Intrac Private Limited.

Social & Commercial Responsibilities

Entrepreneurship has been a driving force in Anantkumar’s career journey. Being a visualizer he was sure that economics around the rural environs would thrive with proper nurturing and diligent networking. He ensured to provide solid institutional support to various focused activities and hence was in the forefront of several streams which have developed into flourishing verticals. He has been the Founder & Chairman for the following institutions
  • Kadamba Foundation
  • Kadamba Agro Producers Company limited
  • Kadamba Credit (Souharda) Co-operative Society
  • Betta Balakedaarara Sangha (BBS) { A unique initiative towards protection & conservation of privileged forest land – Betta Land, in Uttara Kannada district}.
Apart from these enterprises, Anant was instrumental and founder in creating other bodies which, he has now relinquished and handed over the same to public. Some of these bodies are:
  • Kadamba Organic Society
  • Kadamba Co-operative (Souharda) Marketing Society
  • Kadamba Co-operative (Souharda) Credit Society

Key Thrust Areas of Focus

Anantkumar Hegde has fascination towards several areas and in his quest towards acquiring more knowledge and utilizing the same in the capacity of being people’s representative he has narrowed the focus to the following areas
  • Agriculture / Horticulture
  • Environment & Forests
  • Women & Child Development
  • Health Services (Rural Areas)
  • Employment & Income Generation Initiatives
  • Skill Development
  • Rural Development
  • Rural Marketing
  • Eco Tourism / Community Tourism

Political Journey

His political career began, by joining Bharatiya Janatha Party in the early 90’s and was asked to contest the Lok Sabha seat from the then Canara constituency in 1996. He travelled in and around the constituency and mobilized popular support base for the party by conducting various programmes and agitations. He was successful in ensuring BJP’s maiden victory from the constituency which was earlier a strong Congress bastion. It was a refreshing change for the constituency to have a young 26 years representing without any political family backing or financial support. It was just a sheer popular mandate which responded to Anantkumar’s social background of having stood with them for various causes and agitations for years together.

Ananthkumar Hegde was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the 11th Lok Sabha from Canara constituency in the year 1996. The introductory entry to Lok Sabha enriched Anant’s quest for learning the constitutional functioning of the Nation and its impact on the people. He won his first election by a convincing lead of 55,896 votes over his nearest rival. He served in various committees, during this period, which include:
  • Committee on Finance,
  • Committee on External Affairs,
  • Spices Board of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
He was re-elected to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 from the same Canara Lok Sabha constituency, to serve as Member of Parliament for second term, with an increased lead margin of 87,047 votes over his nearest political opponent. The political turbulence then, resulted in the 12th Lok Sabha getting dissolved pre-maturely. However, in this brief period he has served in the following working committee’s and Board-
  • Committee on Home Affairs,
  • Committee on Environment & Forests
  • Committee of Parliament on Official Language (Rashtrabhasha)
  • Spices Board of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry (2ndTerm)
It was the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004, that Anantkumar Hegde got elected for the third term from the newly termed Uttara Kannada constituency. The victory margin was unprecedented which witnessed a historical lead of 1,72,226 votes over the nearest congress rival candidate. The governing party on the treasury benches happened to be Congress which curtailed the achievements for the constituency and its people. Anant served once again in the following committees for the term.
  • Standing Committee of Privileges & Ethics,
  • Committee on Commerce,
  • Consultative Committee on Defense,
  • Committee on Human Resources,
In the year of 2009, Anantkumar Hegde got re-elected for the fourth term from the same constituency, Uttara Kannada for the 15th Lok Sabha, with a comfortable margin of 22,769 votes over the nearest congress candidate. Unfortunately, the trend of Congress ruling the nation continued. It was a term marked by high agitations and voracious participation on various subjects for discussion. He served for the following committee’s and boards
  • Committee on Public Undertakings
  • Committee on Agriculture,
  • Committee on Women & Child Welfare,
  • Committee on Public Accounts
  • Spice Board of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry (3rdTerm)
Come 2014, Anant got mandated once again from Uttara Kannada constituency for the 16th Lok Sabha, for the 5th term. The lead margin in this election rose again to cross, 1,40,700 votes against a strong congress rival. For the first time, in his five terms as Member of Parliament, he then had the privilege of representing the governing party. His enthusiasm led to take issues which had been ignored and snubbed for the past two decades. In the current term he served the following committee’s and boards. Besides the period also witnessed Anantkumar Hegde being appointed as Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India. The period witnessed various activities on the skilling front and taking the subject closer to the youths along the length & breadth of the country.
  • Standing Committee on External Affairs,
  • Consultative committee on Environment & Forests,
  • Standing committee on Human Resource
  • Committee on Privileges & Ethics
  • Coir Board, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
The 2019 general elections witnessed another record making statistics for the state, with Anantkumar Hegde getting elected from Uttara Kannada constituency by a huge margin of 4,79,649 votes over his nearest rival. He polled 68.15% of the total votes polled in the constituency and this turns out to be highest margin for the state in any elections, till date.Sri Anantkumar Hegde, with this thumping victory has now recorded his sixth Parliamentary presence, entering the 17th Lok Sabha. He has been nominated as a member of Parliamentary Standing Committee for the Department of Science & Technology and Environment & Forests.

Political Responsibilities

Anantkumar Hegde having been groomed in nationalistic ideology has stayed firmly loyal to his mother political organization for more than two decades. His association with the party is similar to a typical loyal son to his Mother. He has believed and lived to his theory of contributing his might and mite to the party organization with the least expectations. He served BJP to handle the following responsibilities in the party -
  • Member of Bharatiya Janatha Party, for the past 2+ decades
  • Vice President of Bharatiya Janatha Party, Karnataka State Unit, since 2016
  • Ex-National Vice President Bharatiya Janatha Party – Yuva Morcha (Youth Wing)
  • Former Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Voluntary Initiatives

Anantkumar Hegde having been groomed in the rightist ideology has stayed firmly loyal to his mother political organization for more than two decades. His association with the party has been just like a loyal son to his Mother. He has believed and lived to his theory of contributing his might and mite to the party organization with the least expectations. As such he has been designated to handle the following responsibilities in the party -
  • Member of Bharatiya Janatha Party, for the past 2+ decades
  • Vice President of Bharatiya Janatha Party, Karnataka State Unit, since 2016
  • Ex-National Vice President Bharatiya Janatha Party – Yuva Morcha (Youth Wing)
  • Former Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Countries Visited

  • United States of America (USA)
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Sri lanka
  • Armenia
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Nepal
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Taiwan
  • Japan
  • Vietnam