M. Veerappa Moily
M. Veerappa Moily is an eminent administrator, a statesman of high calibre, an economist of repute and a renowned literary figure. An advocate by profession, he has been in politics for almost four decades now. He has been the Chief Minister of Karnataka; served as the Minister of Finance and Planning and of Small Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka; served as the Chairman of the Tax Reforms Commission and of Revenue Reforms Commission, Government of Karnataka. He has also been the Minister of Law and Justice, of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.
A gifted writer, he has written extensively in both Kannada and English. His most ambitious work till date is the epic Shree Ramayana Mahaveshanam, which received the prestigious Moortidevi Award of the Bhartiya Jnanpith.