Ananth Kumar had arrived in Bengaluru after undergoing treatment in London and New York. He was admitted to Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Basavanagudi. Kumar represented the Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency as many as six times. Anant Kumar became an MP and Minister at the Centre in 1997.
Very few people know that it was Ananth Kumar who suggested cable operators to start celebrating ‘Cable TV Day’ as a sign of their solidarity, in a national meet of the cable TV industry in Bengaluru on 21 August 2002 where he was invited as a chief guest. Shri B K Hari Prasad, Rajya Sabha MP and shri Roshan Baig, MLA Karnataka Assembly were also present as honourable guests.
The all India meeting of cable operators was held in Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram Bangaluru to address the issues related to cable operators including highhandedness of Pay Broadcasters, Taxation and Right of Way (RoW).
The Karnataka Chambers of Commerce organised the mtg along with other associations.
P.Mohan, Late Jagdish Kumar, Late Amruth Kumar, Sudeesh Kumar, Nagesh Kr, Lokesh, Ramu Gaowda and many other prominent cable operators were instrumental in bringing success to the grand event.
Mrs Roop Sharma, President COFI and Rakesh Datta, Secy CNA took Active part in discussing operators' problems and finding solutions.
Cable Quest had covered the event in detail. Some glimpses of the event are shown here. Cable Quest deeply mourns the death of Anath Kumar ji and prays for the peace to his soul.