SIR M.VISVESVARAYA-DISMANTLING THE MYTHS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF SIR M.V AS A CIVIL ENGINEER
Many books have appeared on life of Sir M.Visvesvaraya both in Kannada ,English and other Indian languages along with hundreds of articles. All these books and articles depict the life and achievements of Sir M.V in typical hagiographical style. None of these books and articles provide different outlook. A few contemporary literati who did not have any proper idea of science and engineering and some like minded people of particular group who had social status started to propagate each and every work of Sir M.V as a great achievement. In due course of time this became a tradition. As continuation of this tradition books and articles on Sir M.V are being published one after the other. The author of this current book , who is a civil engineering consultant by profession has deviated from the trodden path and subjected Sir M.V to critical technical examination. Pride , devotion or fear , belief and blind majority does not have any place in science and technology. Objectivity is the only criterion for it. But in case of Sir M.V all these have combined and utilized to glorify him to divinity. Author argues that the achievements of an engineer shall be evaluated on technical grounds only and not on any other emotional issues. Through this author argues that Sir M.V was not a great engineer but only an ordinary engineer like many others.