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Basappa Danappa Jatti Biography

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Born on the 10th of September in the year 1912, Basappa Danappa Jatti, or B.D. Jatti as he was popularly known was the fifth vice president of India, who also served as the president of India for a brief period of five months from the month of February to July in the year 1977.

A legal practitioner in the district of Jamkhandi, situated in Karnataka, Jatti’s political career witnessed a variety of administrative elements, one of the most vital of which was him becoming the Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry, for a period of four years, from the year 1968 until 1972.

He also became the Governor of Orissa in the month of November, 1972. A big milestone in his career was when he became the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha in 1974, and the same year, he took office as the vice president of India, for a period of five years until 1979.

He is significantly remembered for his contribution to the “Jatti Committee Report,” which dealt in detail with various problems related to the land reforms in the state. The report was of great help for the government to come up with solutions for such problems.

A man of substance, he published a number of articles related to literature and philosophy. He breathed his last on the 7th of June in 2002.

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