Shri B.M.Patil (01 November 1931----27 July 1990)

Our foundation is named after this humble passioned visionary greately remembered today and who will always remain in the hearts of the Bijapurians.

The founder and president of the foundation is the grandson of Shri .B.M.Patil, who is also named after the same.

Popularly called B. M. Saheb, was a leading politician of Karnataka in India, hailing from the district of Bijapur. One of the distinguished congress leaders in north Karnataka, he was a worthy scion of the illustrious and affluent Patil family of the village of Toravi near Bijapur. A science graduate from Lingaraj College, Belgaum, he entered public life as a young man by joining the Congress party with a purpose and a vision, ---- to work for the all-round development and progress of the economically and educationally backward district of Bijapur.

Shri B.M.Patil went on rising steadily from his public service at the grass-roots level to the position of a minister in the Karnataka Government-----first a member and office-bearer of the Khadi Board, involving himself completely in all kinds of activities in the sphere of Co-operation at all levels, then an M.L.A and then a minister. Recognizing his organizing and constructive ability and his selfless service to the society, the elderly and enlightened leaders of the day made him the general Secretary of the BLDE Association, a premier educational association in north Karnataka. His service to the cause of education through the BLDEAs group of institutions deserves to be written in the letters gold in the history of education in Karnataka. It is fit and proper that the BLDEA has gratefully named its medical college Shri B.M.Patil Medical College

Childhood, youth and education

Basanagouda was born on 1st November, 1931 to Mallanagouda and Laxmibai of the aristocratic Patil family of Toravi, his mother being a daughter of the renowned family of Patils of Tikota. His parents died when he was only a child of two years and was brought up by his uncle Siddanagouda and his maternal uncles with love and care in an atmosphere of culture and noble human values. He had his higher education at Belgaum, did his B.Sc from the Lingaraj College. Quite early in his life, in his school and college days he developed leadership qualities, was the general secretary of the Lingaraj College students union while studying in the Sr. B.Sc class.

The young man, Shri Basanagouda, joined the Congress party, had a valuable political apprenticeship under the veterans like Shri Channabasappa Ambali, Shri Murigeppa Sugandhi and Shri B.D.Jatti. Within a short period of time he gained a lot of knowledge and experience of public life and became a young popular leader; very soon he became a leading light in the co-operative sphere, was elected as a director of the D.C.C Bank, Bijapur and became a member of the Khadi Board, later its chairman and remained its backbone for decades.

An MLA: Shri B.M.Patil strengthened and consolidated the Congress party from the grassroots; he came close to the Delhi leaders because of his hard and honest work and popularity among all sections of people in the district. In 1962 he got elected from the Tikota constituency to the Legislatives Assembly of Karnataka. Since then he did not look back; he was elected an MLA six times and become an MLC once. As a peoples representative he left no stone unturned in improving socio-economic and educational conditions of the poor peasants workers and their families.

A Minister: He became minister for civic Administration and Urban development in 1967 in the ministry of Shri Veerendra Patil. During his period as a minister he strove hard towards the development of towns and cities in the state in general and the historic town of Bijapur in particular. The Karnataka Government headed by Veerendra Patil did not last long because it was affected by what happened in the centre. The Congress Party split into two---the one called the Syndicate (the old Congress) comprising the old guard like Morarji Desai, Nijalingappa, Kamaraj Nadar etc. and the other (Indicate) headed by Indira Gandhi. The chief minister Shri Veerendra Patil remained with the old congress and Shri B.M.Patil along with his followers who believed in the progressive ideology and policies stood with Indira Gandhi and quit form the government and as a result the Government fell.

A gentleman and Peoples friend

Shri Patil was not taken into the ministry that was formed after the assembly election formed under the leadership of Shri Veerendra Patil. But B.M.Patil was not upset at the unpleasant development which he took in his stride and for him it was a blessing in disguise because he now could devote more time and more energy to the task of addressing the agro-economic problems, health and sanitation and education of the villages of his constituency of Tikota and also of the city of Bijapur. Every inch a gentleman as he was, he was loved by one and all, all classes and sections and communities. He was every ones friend and nobodys foe because he loved and liked every one around him. All through his long public career he remained untainted by corruption and narrow isms like casteism and communalism; maintained a high moral probity and pristine purity of personal life which was as immaculate as the Khadi he wore.

He strongly believed in the dicta service-before-self and charity to all and malice to none. He utilized his political power and influence for the good and welfare of the whole society. That was the reason why he was friendly even with his political opponents.

He was like a bridge between Hindus and Muslims. He believed in intercommunity relationship and happy harmony. He solved a number of problems of the Muslim community. Bijapur has fostered and developed and sheltered noble traditions and arts and literary compositions. This is one of the very few places that are known for the happy synthesis of different cultures and traditions. As Sikandar-Shah of the 17th century the last ruler of the Bijapur Sultanate-was known as a friend of Hindus, Shri B.M.Patil was known for his tolerance and sympathy towards the members of other faiths also.

The Bijapurians remain for ever indebted to Shri B.M.Patil for the welfare measures he undertook and accomplished for them. He got a fully-equipped seven-hundred bedded hospital with all the necessary facilities, the water barrage near Kolhar for water supply from the Krishna River, the underground sewage pipe line and the famous Sainik School and so on.

A great Visionary: He had noble thought and high dreams for the all-round progress and development of the Bijapur district. He strongly believed that education alone could be a mighty instrument to lift people socially, economically and culturally. As the general secretary of the BLDE Association, verily its primum mobile, he chose to start institutions of all kinds of education, especially professional and technical colleges.

Shri B.M.Patil was a politician with a difference. He succeeded in harnessing the spiritual power of religious heads and saints like the swamiji of Banthanal swamiji of Babaleswar and Vedant Kesari Mallikarjun Swamiji with the temporal power of the political class of the time for the development and enduring value of education. He ably carried forward the lamp of knowledge and education lit by Shri P.G.Halkatti and the like-minded enlightened band of progressive thinkers, the founders of the BLDEA, and then kept burning bright by His Holiness Swamiji of Banthanal and his followers. He worked for the expansion and diversification of the BLDEAs sphere knowledge-dissemination by starting more than 25 schools and colleges not merely of traditional education but of professional and technical character. This shows how he was not simply an idealist but a down-to-earth realist too.

A dauntless fighter for justice:

He showed his grit in getting the governmental permission for starting the BLDE Associations medical college at Bijapur. When the Associations application was turned down by the Janata Party government of Karnataka headed by Shri Ramakrishan Hegde and a Bangalore based institution was permitted to open a medical college at Bijapur, the righteous indignation of Shri B.M.Patil (normally a quiet and balanced person) surged up at the injustice, and he took it up as a challenge and put up a legal fight. He went to the Karnataka High Court. And then to the Supreme Court, won the case and started the college, fulfilling all the conditions laid down by the government in the stipulated time.

Family and Personal life: Shri B.M.Patil lived a happy domestic life with his wife Smt. Kamalabai and six children, two sons and four daughters. It is worth noting that his elder son Shri M.B.Patil (Mallangouda B. Patil) is a worthy son of a worthy father. An MLA and a charismatic political leader of the congress party. It is the good fortune of the BLDE Association that he is its President and taking it to greater heights.

Shri B.M.Patil was a man of regularity, discipline and punctuality. He never missed doing some yoga exercises and morning meditation and evening walk. He was a lover of books and works of fine arts. He read books of literature, philosophy and history and particularly books of biography and autobiography.

He fell ill for some days and was shifted to Bangalore and hospitalized there. All efforts failed and he breathed his last at Bangalore on 27 July 1990. Today there stands his Samadhi at the centre of the BLDEAs campus, speaking for ever of the gratitude and adoration of the people for the great soul.


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