Lohia once met Bharatha Rathna Mokshagundam
Vishveshvaraya, the great engineer-statesman, when he came to Bangalore.
Vishveshvaraya was ninety years old. Lohia writes that after Mahatma Gandhi
Vishveshvaraya was the second great man of India. Lohia recalls that in
the hundred- minute meeting he found that Vishvesh- varaya's memory never
failed him. He is all praise for Sir M.V.'S sharp intellect, his life of
hard work and his tidiness even in old age. Vishveshvaraya told him that
Indian steel was being sold in Glasgow in England even a hundred years
ago and that it was possible to manufacture steel of any grade as a small
scale industry. He told Lohia that he had no difficulty in preparing the
designs for the Cauvery Valley projects as he had visited the Aswan Dam
Project in Egypt.
Lohia evinced interest in such matters
as language and education. He studied the similarity in the scripts of
different Indian languages. It was his desire to design a single script
for all Indian languages. He felt that different scripts wasted the country's
time and money and divided the people. He wished that we had a single script
as in Europe.
Lohia was a very widely traveled man.
It was his wish to go round the world without a passport; he did visit
Burma once without a passport.