‘Coorg State: Udaya-Pathana’ book released
Thambanda Vijay Poonacha (in picture, left), Registrar, Kannada University, Hampi, released journalist P.T. Bopanna’s book ‘Coorg State: Udaya-Pathana’ on Sunday at the Bangalore Press Club.
‘Coorg State: Udaya-Pathana’ is the Kannada translation of Bopanna’s most successful book ‘Rise and Fall of the Coorg State’ which mainly deals with the circumstances leading to the unpopular merger of the erstwhile Coorg State (now known as Kodagu) with Karnataka in 1956.
The English version of the book was published in 2009. Journalist B.K. Ganesh, who also hails from Kodagu, translated the book into Kannada.
“I was keen to bring out the Kannada edition of the book to reach out to the Kannada readers as I felt that people in the rest of Karnataka should understand the feelings of the people in Kodagu. Even though Kannadigas were overjoyed by the integration of Kodagu with Karnataka following the linguistic reorganization of the state in 1956, a large section of the local people in Kodagu still feel that they would have been better off had they remained an independent State. The policy makers in Bangalore should try to remove this feeling of alienation by striving for the all-round development of Kodagu, considered by many as a jewel in the crown of Karnataka”, says Bopanna, author of the book.
The book has been translated into the Kodava language by Nagesh Kaloor, a Madikeri-based writer.