Kengal Hanumanthaiah
1908 - 1980

K. Hanumanthaiya was born in 1908 at Bangalore. He graduated from Poona Law College in 932 and joined the Bar Council in the same year. He soon left and joined the freedom struggle, becoming very active in the then Mysore Congress. In 1948, he was elected as the leader of the Parliamentary Party wing of the Congress Party in Mysore Assembly. He became the second Chief Minister of Mysore state in 1952.

He played a central role in unifying Kannada speaking areas into a single state – Karnataka. One of his major contributions was the construction of the “Vidhana Soudha” – the seat of the Karnataka legislature. From 1962 to 1977, he served as Union Minister for a number of portfolios such as Railways and Industries. He was a philanthropist and visionary with exceptional administrative capabilities.

1. Member,Committee for the Drafting of a Model Constitution for the Indian States.