Report: Shodhan Prasad
Honorable Indian Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas H.E. Dr. M. Veerappa Moily paid a visit to India Club Dubai for a dinner meet hosted by Indian Ambassador for UAE, H.E. M.K. Lokesh along with Chairman of India Club Dr. Ram Buxani. He was returning from his Iraq business tour along with his delegation from Govt. of India, including Rajive Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Prabhat Kumar, Joint Secretary (Energy Security), Ministry of External Affairs, B.C. Tripathi, CMB, GAIL and Sanjeev Kumar, PS to Dr. Veerappa Moily.
Bharat Chachara, General Manager of India Club, Dubai welcomed the visiting Guests and local Guests comprising of various well known Businessmen of UAE including Padmashree Dr. B.R. Shetty of NMC Group, H.E. Sanjay Verma, Counsel General of India in Dubai, Herman Lewis of Radio Spice 105.4 FM, Community leaders of Karnataka to include Sarvotham Shetty, President of Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha, Satish Poojary, President of Karnataka Sangha Sharjah, Harish Sherigar, President of Devadiga Sangha, Shodhan Prasad, Convener of Nama Tuluver UAE, Lokesh V. Puthran, President of Mogaveers UAE, Prakash Rao Payyar, President of Dhwani Prathistana and many other invitees from various organizations.
Naresh Goyal – chairman of Jet Airways was present at the occasion.
Chairman of India Club, Ram Buxani welcomed Dr. Moily and introduced him with kind words of appreciation. To note few appreciations, Dr. Moily who was awarded honorary doctorate by Mangalore University in the year 2009 was also awarded for his 40 years of experience in public service by Russian Academy and NALSAR, Hyderabad. He was also a Chairman in Tax Reforms, Revenue Commission, Oversight Committee on Education, Govt. of Karnataka, Administrative Reforms Commission He was appraised with Next Step foundation Award conferred by Foundation of U.K., House of Commons for outstanding contribution to Judiciary.
Advocate Dr. Moily is not only a man of good politics but also has a name in Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishment as a columnist in various print and electronic media. Some of his well known literature published includes 5 volumes of Shri. Ramayana Mahanveshanam, 2 volumes of Musings of India, 5 volumes Collections of Poems, Kotta, Tembere & Suligalli Novels in Kannada, Unleashing India and many more.
Speaking to the guests, Dr. Moily briefed about his current tour finding solutions to the Petroleum needs of India and his meetings in Iraq and Khazagasthan for the requirements which he said was fruitful. He said that India has got plenty of natural resources including Oil & Natural Gas but the process of getting out the crude is still a slow process. However, he said he as the man in charge of this have planned a well written strategy goal to accomplish this by 2018 whereby India will be self sufficient and will not require to import any Crude Oil from external sources. He also briefed about the current works going on according to the plans with the laying of pipelines which is being done with modern technologies and at the same time saving the natural habitats.
Meanwhile, Dr. B.R. Shetty along with Tuluvas representation presented an application addressed to the honorable Minister to request the Parliament to include Tulu language in the 8th Schedule of Constitution of India.
The Constitution of India is not rigid and it has no fixed number of languages to be included in the 8th Schedule. Many languages have been included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution after India’s independence. Many languages were found neither numerically stronger nor more grammatically richer than Tulu. Assamese (approx 13,168,484), Sindhi (approx 2,535,485), Nepali (approx 2,871,749), Konkani (approx 2,489,015), Manipuri (approx 1,466,705), Kashmiri (approx 5,527,698), Sanskrit (approx 49,800) many of them have lesser population than Tulu speaking population which comprises of approx 5,000,000 but sad and unfortunately Tulu has not been included in the 8th Schedule. Tulu being one of the oldest Dravidian languages needs to be considered to be in the 8th Schedule of the world’s largest democratic Indian constitution and the Minister promised to present this in the next Parliament session.
The meet was followed by sumptuous buffet dinner was served on the table while Dr. Ram Buxani thanked all the guests Dr. Moily also briefed of his next visit to UAE in another 2 months time and thanked the invitees for the kind gesture.