Former Minister Amarnath Shetty Inaugurated Katapadi Bunts Association
Udupi , Sunday, May 15, 2011 : The Katapadi Bunts'' Association was inaugurated by Amaranath Shetty Kodman in the M R Kamath auditorium in Katapadi in the taluk on May 14.
In his message, Shetty, a former minister and past president of Bunts'' Association - Mangalore (mother organization) said that the Bunt community had always had leadership inherently in its blood. The Bunt community members always mingled with others and maintained good relations. It has also effectively harnessed the leadership quality for the benefit of the society. Even in the reservation system, the community has been getting a fair share, solely on the strength of its leadership, he opined.
Speaking further he said that when, under land reforms, they lost a large chunk of their property holdings, the Bunts diversified into banking and education and made a mark in these fields. Education considerably helped in the progress of the community. He also gave a call to the community to bring together all other communities towards general betterment of the society.
He also rued that the fact that politically the Bunts had not progressed much. He recalled that when he entered the state assembly, there were seven Bunts in the house. But there are only one or two. The community should seriously ponder over this point, he added.
The meeting was presided over by Shirva Bunts'' Association president Sacchidananda Hegde, with Justice K S Hegde Memorial Institute of Management - Nitte former principal Dr N S Shetty, ACP Susheel Chittaranjan Shetty and Bellary entrepreneur Gurme Suresh Shetty as chief guests. Katapadi Bunts'' Association president Dayananda Shetty, Kaup Bunts'' Association president Sacchidananda Shetty and women''s wing president Anasuya Shetty were also on the dais.