P.T. Bopanna’s new book ‘Dateline Coorg’ released
The newly released book ‘Dateline Coorg’ is a compilation of articles on Kodagu (Coorg) written by senior journalist P.T. Bopanna over the last two decades.
The success of his last book ‘Rise and Fall of the Coorg State’, which went into a reprint within two months of its release, prompted him to bring out ‘Dateline Coorg’. The book also contains the text of the full bench judgement of the Karnataka High Court on the controversial Jamma lands in Kodagu.
Commenting on his new book, Bopanna says: “As a journalist based in Bangalore, I had taken active interest in the affairs of Kodagu in the last quarter of a century. This book will come in handy for those wanting to understand the major socio-economic issues prevailing now in Kodagu. Besides, the book is intended to serve as an important reference for students of history in the future.”
The author was one of the first to report on the Union government’s move in 1993 to withdraw the exemption given to Kodavas (Coorgs) and Jamma-holders to possess firearms without licence. The Centre wanted to withdraw the privilege after guns from Kodagu reached the hands of the banned Maoists in Andhra Pradesh.
Through his reports, Bopanna was able to put across to the policy makers in Delhi that people of Kodagu not only worshipped their weapons, but seldom misused their privilege. It was pointed out that the gun-running was the handiwork of a couple of gun dealers in Kodagu who had brought a bad name to the district.
There is a special chapter on India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s lurking fear of a military take-over and his unease with the two most popular Generals of independent India, Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa and General K.S. Thimayya, both hailing from Kodagu.
The articles in the book are diverse in nature, ranging from serious issues pertaining to separate statehood for Kodagu, Jamma land tenure, gun licence exemption, looting of forest wealth, etc., to subjects like the experiments involving the DNA study to explore the origin of the Kodavas and the moves to develop a script for the Kodava language by a German.
At the end of some of the chapters, a postscript has been added to incorporate the developments that have taken place after the articles were written. Published by Rolling Stone Publications, Bangalore, the book is priced at Rs 100.
Bopanna is the author of ‘Discover Coorg’, the bestselling handbook on Kodagu, published in 2006. The book has already run into three editions. Besides, a Kannada edition of the book has also been published.
‘Dateline Coorg’ is available at all the leading book shops in Bangalore, including the Gangarams on M.G. Road and all the branches of Sapna Books. The book is also available at Sapna Book House in Mysore, located next to Gayathri Bhavan on Narayan Shastry Road. You can also shop online at www.sapnaonline.com.Besides, the book is available at the Kodava Samaja Sports & Recreation Club, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore.
The book is also available at the following shops in Kodagu:
Daily Needs, Gonikoppal
Arun Stores, Madikeri
Nambikay, M.G. Road, Near Raja’s Seat, Madikeri
Komal Stores, Madikeri
Nilagiri Super Market, Gonikoppal
Devi Stores, Gonikoppal
M.S.R. Supermart, Virajpet