Our Chief Patron
Shri. N. Vittal
A Maharashtrian, he was born in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the Indian state of Kerala, and was educated in Tiruchirapalli and Chennai (then called Madras). He joined the Indian Administrative Service on 16 May 1960. He belongs to the then Tiruchirapalli District of Tamilnadu, India.
Shri N Vittal is from the Indian Administrative Services cadre 1960 batch. He has held many high profile posts such as Telecom Commission Chairman, Secretary of Department of Telecommunication, Government of India, Public Enterprises Selection Board Chairman and Central Vigilance Commissioner.
Shri N Vittal was born on 31 January 1938 in Thiruvananthapuram]. He had his early education in Tiruchirapalli and Madras. Graduated with B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry degree from Loyola College, Madras – 1958. After a short time as Lecturer in Jamal Mohammed College, Tiruchirapalli, he joined the I.A.S on 16 May 1960 and was allotted to the Gujarat Cadre. In his career of more than 35 years, Shri Vittal has held a number of assignments at the State Government, Central Government as well as in a joint sector enterprise.
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A few Desastha Maharashtrians of Dakshina Desa, that is Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and other parts, migrated from the Desa region of Maharashtra (that is between the catchment area of Krishna and Godavari river and the Deccan Plateau) and settled in these places very early. They have certain very unique traits and they still preserve the language that was spoken by their forefathers and almost all the customs while smoothly integrating with the local population.
While this integration has helped their continuing with the tradition and the customs of their forefathers, they have become an island of a community where they are settled. This community had rich traditions and many educationists and able administrators providing a stream of Diwans equivalent to Chief Ministers to many Indian Princely States prior to Independence.
Many attempts were made to bring them under one umbrella and notable among them was M.E.F. of Madras.
The community has deep religious affinity and belongs to both Madhwa and Smartha orders.
In order to take advantage of the revolutions in the electronic age, a few of us notably, Ms. Jaya Rao, Mr. Vijendra Rao, Mr. N.Pandu Rengan, Mr. Suresh Maruthi, Mr. Suresh Naig, Mr. Gurunandan Balvantha Rao, Mrs. Latha Ramakrishnan and the writer came together and started a Facebook group called Marathi Desastha Madhwa Samagam to promote the language, culture, religious practices. A project on preparing the Lexicon of the Desastha Dakshina Marathi was also started.
In future the group intends to work for the upliftment of the community in all possible ways. A need was felt that the group should have its own website and so we have started the MDMSIN.COM website, primarily for Madhwa Maharashtrians but to include all Desastha Maharashtrians and Madhwas.
The motto of the Samagam is " Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jeevothama" and looks forward to be of use to humanity and in particular to the Desastha community and the Madhwas.