While candidates who have filed nominations for Shivamogga parliamentary seat are occupied with campaigning, Mahima Patel, son of late J.H. Patel, former Chief Minister, is attending a meditation course in Bengaluru.
Mr. Patel filed his nomination for the election as a Janata Dal (United) candidate on October 15. He told The Hindu that he had enrolled for a course in Vipassana, a Buddhist meditation tradition conducted by a Bengaluru-based spiritual organisation, before he had decided to contest. “My objective is to cleanse the political system and bring changes in the way the elections are fought. I will refrain from luring voters through distribution of cash and liquor or appealing on a caste basis. I want to appeal to the hearts of the voters and motivate them to become agents of change,” he said. He believes meditation is a means to connect with the hearts of the people albeit in a silent manner and therefore he opted to attend the Vipassana course.
It may be mentioned here that when Mr. Patel had contested from Channagiri segment in the Assembly election held in 2008 as a candidate of Suvarna Yuga, a political outfit that he had launched, instead of indulging in campaigning, he had observed ‘Satyagraha’ (fasting) for more than 20 days on the bank of Shanthisagara lake.