‘RISE AND FALL OF THE COORG STATE’ VIDEO
In the video, Palanganda Kanthi Bippin reads out excerpts from the Kodava language translation of the book ‘Rise and Fall of the Coorg State’ authored by journalist P.T. Bopanna.
The original English version of the book was first published in 2009. The book was translated into Kodava language by eminent bilingual writer Nagesh Kaloor in 2012. The Kodava title of the book is ‘Coorg State: Udchad–Thandad’.
The book mainly deals with how the Coorg State was wiped out from the map in 1956 following the linguistic reorganisation of the States. The Coorg State merged with the erstwhile Mysore State. From being a Part ‘C’ State, Coorg which has now been renamed as Kodagu, was reduced to the status of a district.
The video deals with the sense of betrayal felt by the indigenous people of Kodagu on account of the neglect of the district by successive governments in Karnataka, and also the looting of the forests by the politico-timber lobby.
The video echoes the suggestion of Dr Sandeep Shastri, political analyst and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Jain University, Bengaluru, for setting up of an Autonomous Kodagu Council within the State of Karnataka to protect and promote the cultural, social, political and economic interests of the region. PTB. Click on the link to watch the video: