Born in Haradanahalli village of Holenarasipura taluka, Hassan District in Karnataka.
With a diploma in Civil Engineering, started as a small time contractor. Plunged into active politics at an early age. Starting from lower strata of the democratic set-up ascended the political rungs gradually.
When just 28 years old, the youthful Gowda contested as an Independent and was a runaway success from day one when he first became a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1962. Was L ....