This happened some years ago in the United States of America. Some Indians stood at the
foot of a seventy-five-foot ladder in a factory. They were visiting important factories in
the States to study th9ir working.
Officers of the factory were with them, explaining how the factory worked In one part
Of the factory, the officer said "If you want to see how this machine works you will
have to climb to the top,"
That meant that they had to climb up the seventy-five-foot ladder, past four stories.
The leader of the Indians was "Very well, let us climb," he said.
The others were very much surprised. He was the oldest of them all; most of them
trembled at the thought of climbing up the steel ladder.
The old gentleman briskly stepped towards the ladder, and started to climb. Many of the
others stayed back. A few followed as a matter of duty, but some of them soon gave it up.
The old gentleman reached the top, completed the inspection and briskly climbed down. Only
three others completed the feat.
It was always so with the gentleman - anything he undertook he did systematically and
very well. No difficulty, any danger could keep him back.
The old gentleman went up the ladder!
He was Doctor Sri M. Visvesvaraya -or, Sir M.V., as he was popularly known.
Mysore (Karnataka), in South India, has made great progress.
The Krishnarajasagara Dam - or KR or Brindavana, as it is also called - has amazed and
enchanted thousands of visitors from all countries. It is one of the biggest dams in
India. It waters a hundred and twenty thousand acres of land. It supplies electricity to
hundreds of towns and villages.
The Bhadravati Iron and Steel Works is today an asset to India.
The sandal oil and the sandal soap of Mysore are famous all over the world. The Mysore
Sandal Oil Factory and the Mysore Soap Factory export sandal oil and sandal soap to many
Mysore University is one of the oldest in India. The State Bank of Mysore (it was first
named the Bank of Mysore) has branches, not only all over Karnataka, but also in every big
city in India.
The man who gave even one of these would deserve admiration and gratitude.
But all these were the gifts of one man - and he gave these to his country about
fifty-five years ago, when it was still not free and when few people here cared to study
This great man, this worker of miracles, this Bhagiratha of Karnataka, this Bharata
Ratna (the Gem of India) was Sri M.V.