Once upon a time there lived a man called Gopal Gowda, who was a contemporary of Ramnath Lohia, the illustrious Socialite. Among his followers were S.M. Krishna, J.H. Patil, Aziz Seth, to name a few and the indomitable George Fernandes. Siddaramaiah was also one among them and for years was the blue-eyed boy of the firebrand socialist Georges Fernandes, both atheists.