Anantha Tirtha, (Banglore)|
The interview with Anantha Tirtha who is now in his 80s too proved to be very important from the labour history point of view for he provieded a full glance of tile TU histroy from the 40s and 50s in Kamataka. He narrated his life story how he was born in a feudal rich Brahmin family and how he for more than 6 years worked dedicatedly in the RSS and how models were Golwalkar who he saw in a meeting and felt blessed. He also narrated how he fell out with die RSS and moved into the mainstream later. In between he narrated how he worked as a workman to a laundry shop owner then as a workman cum manager to a mechanic shop owner and how he first organized his co-workers there but in the process got thrown and how he cane out of all this and later joined a company as a workman and there he worked for many years and organized die workers and die was removed and finally came full time in the trade union. About the TU movement he narrated how even his marital life at one juncture was going to collapse when he had to pawn even his wife’s jewellry to pay for die various expenditures to save a particular union which at that time was being denied recognition. And as a result all his wife’s relatives thought he used to spend his wife’s jewelry in some illegitimate activities and his wife as a result decided to commit suicide for she felt it was her ill-fate to have married a man like. Anantha Tirtha too decided to die but his wife changed her decision in the last moment. They produced only one child a girl. It was also a decision taken due to the conditions created by the TU work. Aanantha Tirtha narrated in depth the various unions he was associated with from Davagere Textile Mills unions that were many in the town of Davagere. Then Kolar Gold Fields unions where most of the workers were scheduled castes. Then he worked among a host of unions in the chromium mines sector, bauxite mines sector and various other mines related industries as Kamataka was rich in iron and other minenil resources. Then he worked in chemical industries, iron ore industries, and various unions in the IT industries like WIPRO etc in and around Banglore city. Overall what one gets from the interview with Anantha Tirtha is that he is definitely one of the big leaders of the TU movement in Kamataka.