Posts Tagged ‘Kodagu’

In Coorg, ‘jumping japak’ when there’s a goooal!

16 April 2013

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E.R. RAMACHANDRAN writes: At a time when Hockey India (HI) and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) are at each other’s throats and dragging Indian hockey down the drain by filing cases against each other, in an idyllic part of the world 225 hockey-mad families are participating in the biggest tournament of its kind.

The idyll is Coorg.

In the cradle of Karnataka hockey nay Indian hockey, the 17th edition of the inter-family hockey tournament, which has entered the record book, quietly got underway near Virajpet on Sunday. And, despite IPL being on everybody’s lips, the passion for hockey remains high.

Some of the most popular names of Indian hockey, M.P. Ganesh, B.P. Govinda, M.M. Somaiya, Poonacha and Arjun Halappa have come from the hilly, coffee-country. If hockey has to have resurgence, is it time hockey is moved to Kodagu than be a part of Delhi where they play hooky with hockey and are mostly busy with court cases?

Photograph: Members of a visiting Punjab team in a duel with a local Kodava team at the inter-family hockey tournament at Balugodu Kodava cultural centre, near Virajpet in Kodagu district on Sunday (Karnataka Photo News)

Also read: What a martial race does when there’s no war

There’s blood on the ground when sticks rattle

8 reasons Karnataka is wrong on Cauvery issue

8 October 2012

Like a bad penny, the Cauvery “dispute” returns to the national discourse every few years with both the “riparian” States involved the story, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, making the same noises—the former of everlasting injury and the latter of arrogance, with the Centre acting like a traffic policeman with his hands tied.

Every time the dispute flares up, and that is usually when there is scanty rainfall, the same revanchist forces of linguistic chauvinism and parochialism dust themselves and utter the same threatening cliches.

The world’s topmost water resources experts—the moviestars of Gandhinagar—descend on the streets. Bandhs are called, roads are blocked, resignations are offered, the ruling party flexes its muscle, all-party delegations meet the PM, and the media beats the familiar wardrum that sends shivers down the spines of those who can remember 1991-92.

Lost in the melee is sense and common sense. A dispute involving a couple of districts in the deep south holds the rest of the State and its relationship with a neighbour hostage. Karnataka’s fair name as a law-abiding State and the reputation of Kannadigas as a decent, civilised lot is muddied in the eyes of the nation and the courts.

Here, a lawyer conversant with the intricacies of the dispute lists eight reasons why Karnataka is once again barking up the wrong tree in circa 2012.

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1. When the agreement of 1924 was signed between the Maharaja of Mysore and Madras, the former diwan of Mysore,  Sir M. Visvesvaraya, supported it unequivocally. The said agreement gave 80% of all the water to Madras, which is equal to 360 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) at the Border.

2. The Cauvery Tribunal, reduced the quantity from 360 TMC as provided by the agreement of 1924 to 205 TMC in its interim Order, or 192 TMC in its final Order, which is a reduction of about 50%. During the years of drought, the shortfalls are to be shared equitably by riparian states. How is this distress to be shared?

3. According to Tamil Nadu, if the shortfall in the flows is 40%, its share ought to stand reduced by 40%. On applying this simple mathematical reduction formula of pro-rata, the shortfall in the flows given to Tamil Nadu comes to 40 TMC as on 19 September 2012.

4. However, the Prime  Minister rightly ignored the pro-rata formula when he passed the Order on 19 September 2012 directing Karnataka to ensure 9000 Cusecs till 15 October 2012 equivalent to only 20 TMC. This 20 TMC not only includes the arrears but also the monthly quota. Therefore, in real terms, the Prime Minister has only given 10 TMC towards arrears as against 40 TMC which ought to have been due to Tamil Nadu under the pro-rata formula.

5. Present storages is about 65 TMC. Even in the worst year of 2003-2004, 30 TMC flowed into the Karnataka reservoirs till December. So, in this year too, a similar quantum of water can be expected.

6. Cauvery is a political issue for the Vokkaligas. Historically, none from the Vokkaliga belt in Mandya and Mysore ever raised a word of opposition in 1924. Even after independence in 1947 or the re-organisation of States in 1956, none from Mandya or Mysore sought revision of the agreement of 1924. It is only after 1974, that the Opposition to the 1924. After 1974, the opposition in the Vokkaliga belt started but it is selective, targeting Non-Vokkaliga Government.

7. Mandya Vokkaligas opposed the Varuna Canal because it benefitted the Lingayats and Backward Classes in Mysore District. Mandya Vokkaligas do not bother when water is released from Kabini to fulfil the Order because Kabini caters to Lingayats, SC, ST and OBCs.

8. The ones who should really be complaining are Coorgis, since Coorg does not have drinking water though more than half the Cauvery water comes from there.

Photograph: Kannada movie stars (from left) Pooja Gandhi, Prameela Joshai, Shruti, Tara and Sudharani emerge out of the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore on Saturday after submitting a memorandum to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Cauvery issue (Karnataka Photo News)

Also read: If it’s summer, it’s time for a nice Cauvery row

Not everybody is a loser in the Cauvery dispute

It isn’t a pretty sight when a giant walks no more

10 August 2011

An elephant lies motionless in a trench in Tithimathi near Virajpet on Wednesday. It is not clear how and in what circumstances the animal met its end.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: The leopard, the kite, the elephant and the prize

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There’s blood on the ground when sticks rattle

2 May 2010

A member of the Maneyapanda family watches the Cheriyapanda family slug it out with previous winners, Nellamakkada, in the inter-family hockey tournanment hosted by the Maneyapanda family in Ponnampet in south Coorg on Sunday.

The “Kodava Hockey Festival“, as the tournament is known, is one of the largest field hockey tournaments in the world if not the largest, drawing tens of Kodava families to showcase their skills with the stick each year, in a different location in coffee country.

Nearly 250 teams  and 3,500 players are taking part in this the 14th edition of the tournament, whose intensity often demonstrates that blood is a thick marker of identity, thicker than virtually everything, including probably even nation and state. The final is on May 9.

Also read: What a martial race does when there’s no war

View more pictures of the 2010 Cup: Coorg hockey

A leopard can’t change its spots. So can’t man.

10 March 2010

Forest officials try to rescue a six-year-old leopard that was caught in a hunter’s net at Tithimati in Coorg district on Wednesday. The effort went in vain.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

CHURUMURI POLL: Separate statehood for Coorg?

11 December 2009

There are three visible dangers from the manner in which the process of statehood for Telangana has been initiated overnight.

One, it will act as a spur for other claimants to ramp their demands for statehood, legitimate and otherwise. Two, K. Chandrashekhar Rao‘s fast unto death will result in copycat protests. And three, there will be widespread opposition, legitimate or otherwise, from the rest of existing States, like there has been in Andhra Pradesh with the resignations of MLAs and MPs.

Even so, few can deny that the toothpaste of decentralisation is out of the tube of federalism.

Separate statehood for Coorg in Karnataka is one of several applications pending with the Union home ministry.

Questions: Will it now be entertained? Should it? Do regions like Coorg, despite their vast riches, have it in them to survive and sustain themselves as separate States? Are the grievances, real and imagined, so intractable that they can never be solved in the existing state? Will a strong votary of smaller states like the BJP, allow Coorg to be hived off? Or it it time to reorganise States nationally, once again, going beyond language?

The gods, they must be crazy seeing this abuse?

21 May 2009

KPN photo

Legend has it that Lord Aiyappa betrayed the tribals of Coorg on a hunting expedition aeons ago. So, on the fourth Thursday of May every year, they take “revenge”. They dress themselves up in strange costumes, shout expletives at the gods, and create a cacophony as part of Kunde Habba.

Or, if you find that difficult to believe, on the eve of monsoon each year, the tribals drink, dance, tie their banians down, make merry and let go of their frustration because of the tension of having to stay indoors for next few months due to the pouring rains. This scene is from the exotically named Devarapura in Virajpet.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News


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