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Hardanahalli: Of beautiful roads and barren farms

April 29, 2009

What does it take to become a model village? It helps that a prime minister was born there, discover Vicky Nanjappa and photographer Reuben N V.

Hardanahalli village is located on an eight-lane highway. This village is the birth place of Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda, former prime minister and Janata Dal-Secular leader.

Every villager says with pride, "Idu Gowdru uru (this is Deve Gowda's native place)." A look around and one realises why Haradanahalli is called a model village.

Nearly 300 houses have been constructed free of cost for the villagers who have nothing but good things to say about the former prime minister.

"He has done so much for us," says Hanume Gowda, a resident of the village who was part of the celebration when Deve Gowda became the prime minister in June 1996. He takes us around the village and shows us the primary health centre, the schools and the new houses.

Also see: 'Language of politics needs change' | India Votes 2009