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SADGURU APPAIAH SWAMI – A SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND INSTITUTION BUILDER

By P.T. Bopanna Sadguru Appaiah Swami (Palanganda), founder of Kaveri Ashrama in Virajpet, Kodagu district, inspired a generation of Kodavas (Coorgs) with his spiritual discourses. Appaiah Swami (in picture) had committed followers, both Kodava men and women, who were involved in running hostels at Virajpet, where thousands of Kodava children stayed as boarders over the […]

COORG PERSON OF THE YEAR: CREATING ROLE MODELS

C By P.T. Bopanna Kodavas, a microscopic minority community hailing from Kodagu (Coorg) in Karnataka, were once known for their leadership qualities. This Kodava trait of being natural leaders was very much in evidence in the Defence services and Kodagu came to be known as the ‘Land of the Generals’. However, in the last few […]

ARE KODAVAS (COORGS) A SEPARATE RACE OR A TRIBE?

A By Maj Gen Codanda K Karumbaya, SM (Retd) I am glad that Justice (Retd) P.P. Bopanna agrees with me that Kodavas are not Hindus. He has rightly pointed out that we presently come under Hindu laws. This anomalous situation has arisen because the Union government decided to bracket small communities like Kodavas, who do […]

SECOND EDITION OF KODAVA REFERENCE BOOK ‘PATTOLE PALAME’ TO BE LAUNCHED ON OCTOBER 1

S By Boverianda Nanjamma and Chinnappa* The second edition of the Kodava reference book Pattole Palame will be launched on October 1. The second edition has all the songs, ballads, proverbs, stories etc. in Kodava thakk with the corresponding English translation presented side by side. The book will be launched at the Madikeri Press Club at 2 p.m. […]

AUTONOMOUS KODAGU COUNCIL IS THE ANSWER

By Dr Sandeep Shastri* The Indian federal system is unique and distinct in a wide range of ways. The defenders of the classical Western notion of federalism even went to the extent of arguing that India was not a truly federal state. They were willing to concede only a quasi-federal status to the Indian arrangement […]

HEROES OF THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT IN COORG    

By P.T. Bopanna          Though the Coorgs (Kodavas) benefited from the British rule, the nationalist movement sweeping India, did not spare Coorg (Kodagu). The freedom movement threw up several leaders from Coorg. Many common people, including students, courted arrests in large numbers to protest against the British rule.  During the ‘Quit India’ movement alone, 150 […]