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Constitutional special guarantee for Codavas land under article 370 and 371 of our constitution on the lines of Jammu & Kashmir andNorth Eastern States of India CODAGU – MADIKERI.
 

            Codava movement as a strong reasoning inrelation to Jamma property and at this juncture we would like to remind every one that the union govt. led by A.B. Vajpayee and Advani duo had invited the leaders of banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) Isac - Muiva who sphere headed the struggle for an independent Naga Sovereign Nation state basing themselves in Switzerland who had opened their consulates in 14 nations and had operated Naga federal Govt. and Naga Federal Army in exile had invited to Delhi for talks in the year 2003 December and Vajpayee even went to the extended of assuring them of his NDA Governments rediners to extend Artical 370 of the constitution the way it was done in relation to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. with such a background CNC has been fighting for the constitutional guarantee for our land under Article 370 of the constitution, but unfortunately some of our effete politicians now are trying to mislead the codava generality by saying that the constitution of India doesn't find a place for article 370. Codavas must be very careful about such misleading venomous spent forces and that Indian constitution is one of the best written constitutions in the world which is borrowed from the west minister system of constitution which is flexible and evolving in all aspects.

 
 THROUGH: THE HON’BLE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, CODAGU – MADIKERI.
 JAMMA MALAI - DEMAND FOR APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION CONFERRING ABSOLUTE RIGHTS OVER
 A letter to the Chief Minister & Governor by CNC The ill fate of Jamma male holders
 

            The anomalies that is being caused by the Karnataka Government touching Codavas knows no bounds. Here is one more example. There are about 42 Jamma Malai extending near about seven thousand acres spread over the areas from Nelaji to Chelavara in Western ghat and the same have been inherited by 42 different Codava clannish families traditionally inhabiting in the said area from time immemorial. The land holders enjoyed certain absolute rights and powers in connection with the respective malais as late as until the year 1965. The landholders besides having been permitted to extract tree growths in the said Jamma Malais for bonafide purposes, also enjoyed right to cultivate cardamom, what more, Revenue department had issued CDRC in relation to the said land. 

Unfortunately the govt had not laid motorable roads to or from the said Jamma Malais connecting other parts of the district. Even now the government has the audacity to scrupulously avoid laying of roads to these Jamma malais, perhaps with an intention to force the respective land holders surrender their rights back to the government or could it be possible that certain vested interests foster a secret plan to acquire the same under psedo reasons? Unfortunately even now the inhabitants of the said Jamma malais are forced to reach their places of abode with in the Jamma Malais by motorable road only through Kerala.

 

Transplantation programme at Paddy Field.

 

            The most disturbing feature of the entire thamasha took a definitive shape in the year 1965 when the record of rights in relation to the Jamma Malais were stealthily transferred to the forest department from that of the revenue department without even informing the respective Jamma malai holders. Ever Since the year 1965 the Jamma male holders have been relegated to the secondary position. Now that the government has created such a situation that the land holders could neither be considered has absolute owners there of. Nor they are allowed to enjoy the same to its fullest definition. Now a situation has reached to such as extend that no bank or any financing agencies are ready to sanction, grant and facilitate the respective Jamma Malai holders with  FINANCIAL  assistance for the development activities on the security of their lands on account of the inevitable fact that the record of rights remain with forest departments even though the land holders remit assessment and the payments in relations there to very regularly.

 
 

 

To:

 

25-May-07

 
 1. His Excellency The Hon’ble president
Sovereign Republic of India
Rashtrapathi Bhavan, 
New Delhi
 
 
 2. The Hon’ble Prime Minister
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 
 3. The Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs
Govt. of India.
 
 
 4. His Excellency The Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan, Bangalore-1.
 
 
 5. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 
 6. 6) The Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 THROUGH: THE HON’BLE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, CODAGU – MADIKERI.
 Respected Sirs,
 JAMMA & BANE PROBLEM EVOKED AND PROVOKED BY GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKA – PERMANENT SOLUTION – CENTRAL LEGISLATION. 
 i.e., Under Article 370 and 371 of the Constitution of India.
            
  • Before we could delve deep into the questions of law and the legality of the Governments exuberance to negative our birth right to own properties, be it is Jamma, Jamma Malai, Sagu or whatever it is, I take this opportunity to explain about the very existence, ownership and the very notion of Jamma properties it always is better if we try to know about the genesis of word “Jamma” is a direct derivative of the word “Zamindar” a Persian word to start with which in course of time came to be pronounced as Jamindar. Jamindar conveys a meaning that one who possess or holds or owns “jamin” in other words, land in our Codava parlance it is “Nela” formerly all those who used to hold extensive landed properties used to be called as Zamindars. One other corruption of word “Zamindar” is “Zami” once again further corrupted into the word Jammi. In all southern states Zamindar used to be identified as Jammis one who holds landed property becomes a jammi naturally when the word was introduced into Codagu or Codava thakk, it bloomed as Jamma. In other words Jamma is and shall never be classified as a type of land tenure. Unfortunately in the Government enacted law, for the first time when Coorg was C-type state under Coorg Land Regulation Act a certain variety of land was described as Jamma. The framers of law without going into the etymological background of the word “Jamma” have freely used the word in order to identify such a class of land which they intended to protect, preserve and retain forever and ever after in the hands of the actual owner or holder thereof. Even in the Niroopas handed down by the erstwhile ruler of the Codagu. Such of the lands granted under Niroopas was directed to be held, enjoyed and preserved so long as Sun and Moon exists in other words the grant of such lands were intended to be held, owned and enjoyed by the original grantee thereof and his heirs forever. Even Britishers also preserved such a sentiment touching lands in this district. The Coorg Lands and Revenue Regulations without any ambiguity directed the owners to hold the property exclusively and without alienating the same or any part thereof. Such a provisions was saved in the Karnataka Land Reforms Act 1964 Section 79(2) (202) when Coorg became merged with the larger state of Karnataka and when land and revenue regulation became repealed.

   
 

CNC submitting memorandum to D.C. regarding protection & ownership for Jamma Malai

 

a) One clarification we proposed to explain regarding the genesis of Jamma properties is that Codava’s from time immemorial had enjoyed such properties of their own free accord and the successive Raja’s have confirmed the rights over such lands to Codava’s by issuing land records and in addition to such properties, these Raja’s have issued Land Grant Niroopa’s to some of the families in recognition of their respective military service the way the land grants are made these days. Not all Jamma properties are grants of Raja’s. But, they are the inherent properties of Kodava race and only a few land grants have been made by Raja’s.

 

 

 
 

           

  • The original land records confirmed by Coorg Rajas, papers touching ownership of lands even during the period of British rule down to the amalgamation of Coorg with Karnataka and ultimate passing of Karnataka Land Reforms Act with a saving clause of the rights touching properties in Coorg, every inch of land within the revenue district of Codagu actually has been accepted to be the exclusive private property of each individual holder. But what turned out in course if time and that to when the present incumbent principle Secretary of the revenue department took over, we find every thing touching landed properties in our sacred Codagu blurred. 

  • It may not be improper act on our part if we may be permitted to remind you a crude fact that the land mafia actively as elsewhere has been acquiring Jamma property in Codagu recklessly and with the all exuberant corrupt bureaucracy, needless to add that the registration of sale deed pertaining to the lands of Jamma tenure has been going on as documents in the offices of Sub-Registrar’s without any fear or shame on a vengeful footing and the persons with naxalites background and perpetually suspicious  MONEY  bags from Andra Pradesh are the ones who are exploiting the situation and unless a central legislation regarding the total ban of alienation of Jamma properties in order to protect the interest of the real inheritors of such properties on par with the legislations that has been enacted touching identical properties held by such and similar ethnic minority groups in the north eastern region of India, a day is not that for when Codavas and such other genuine inheritors of Jamma lands will have to browse the knowledge of touching such lands from the books of History.

 
              
  • 4) It reminds us of a suggestion made by the then Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, later on who rose to become the Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka and subsequently an ombudsman of Reserve Bank of India also, Sri. J.C. Lyn made in the graceful presence of no less a person than Sri. R. Gundu Rao the late Chief Minister of Karnataka while talking about Jamma problem in Madikeri and he had definitely suggested that it certainly requires a central legislation to solve the Jamma problem and it cannot be done by the State Government. 

    Therefore, what we may suggest to the Governments both central and state revoke, recant, withdraw and nullify all such provisions of law, periodic notifications, and unhealthy circulars that already have been issued and contemplated to be issued in relation to the landed properties in Codagu district irrespective of the impudent varieties of tenures and request the Govt. of Karnataka to enact such legislations are may be deemed necessary, fit and proper in the circumstances ensuring the preservation of every land holding within Codagu district by the respective traditional owners and their respective heirs, such a recommendation may be sent to the Union Government with a request to effect constitutional amendments under Article 370 and 371 of our constitution touching the rights over such of the properties in Codagu. We want every inch of Codava land to be protected, preserved and passed on to the lineal decedents of the original holders thereof. We want the Union Government to restrain the owners of the property be it is Jamma Malai, bane and sagu or whatever it is the properties in Codagu in any manner and under any guise or pretext.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava)
MEMBERS OF CODAVA PARLIAMENT
 
 

To:

25.5.07

 
 His Excellency the President,
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 
 The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 The Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs,
Govt. of India.
 
 His Excellency the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan, Bangalore-1.
 
 The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 THROUGH: THE HON’BLE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, CODAGU – MADIKERI. 
 Respected Sirs,
 JAMMA & BANE PROBLEM EVOKED AND PROVOKED BY GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKA- PERMANENT SOLUTION – CENTRAL LEGISLATION. i.e. Under Article 370 of the Constitution of India 
            
  • Before we could delve deep into the questions of law and the legality of the Governments exuberance to negative our birth right to own properties, be it is Jamma, Jamma Malai, Sagu or whatever it is, I take this opportunity to explain about the very existence, ownership and the very notion of Jamma properties it always is better if we try to know about the genesis of the word “Jamma” is a direct derivative of the word “Zamindar” a Persian word to start with which in course of time came to be pronounced as Jamindar. Jamindar conveys a meaning that one who possess or holds or owns “jamin” in other words, land in our Codava parlance it is “Nela” formerly all those who used to hold extensive landed properties used to be called as Zamindars. One other corruption of the word “Zamindar” is “Zami” once again further corrupted into the word Jammi. In all southern states Zamindar used to be identified as Jammis one who holds landed property becomes a jammi naturally when the word was introduced into Codagu or Codava thakk, it bloomed as Jamma. In other words Jamma is and shall never be classified as a type of land tenure. Unfortunately in the Government enacted law, for the first time when Coorg was a C type state under Coorg Land regulation Act a certain variety of land was described as Jamma. The framers of law without going into the etymological background of the word “Jamma” have freely used the word in order to identify such a class of land which they intended to protect, preserve and retain for ever and ever after in the hands of the actual owner or holder thereof. Even in the Niroopas handed down by the erstwhile ruler of the Codagu. Such of the lands granted under Niroopas was directed to be held, enjoyed and preserved so long as Sun and Moon exists in other words the grant of such lands were intended to be held, owned and enjoyed by the original grantee thereof and his heirs for ever. Even Britishers also preserved such a sentiment touching lands in this district. The Coorg Lands and revenue regulations without any ambiguity directed the owners to hold the property exclusively and without alienating the same or any part thereof. Such a provisions was saved in the Karnataka Land Reforms Act 1964 section 79 (2) (202) when Coorg became merged with the larger state of Karnataka and when land and revenue regulation became repealed. 

  • The original Niroopas granted by Coorg Rajas, papers touching ownership of lands even during the period of British rule down to the amalgamation of Coorg with Karnataka and ultimate passing of Karnataka Land reforms Act with a saving clause of the rights touching properties in Coorg, every inch of land within the revenue district of Codagu actually has been accepted to be the exclusive private property of each individual holder. But what turned out in course of time and that to when the present incumbent principle Secretary of the revenue department took over, we find every thing touching landed properties in our sacred Codagu blurred.

  • Nowadays the Government of Karnataka proved itself to be diabolically treacherous to the interest of Codagu, especially it came to the question of ownership of the landed properties. We do not understand as to whatever has prompted the immediate fast Principal Secretary of the Karnataka Revenue Department to prove himself to be much dangerous than Dacu Mansing, Thasildar Sing, or Lakan Singh of the yore. It is not a simple act of unprincipled Babu Giri and arrogant attitude of one single bureaucrat who is only fit only to be checked out. Let us not say anything further except that the Government circulars being issued periodically do convey to one single belief that the Government of Karnataka wants to do away with our right to hold properties as has been enshrined, evolvogised and exemplified in the constitution to be basic human rights. 

  • It may not be an improper act on our part if we may be permitted to remind you a crude fact that the land mafia actively as elsewhere has been acquiring Jamma property in Codagu recklessly and with the all exuberant corrupt bureaucracy, needless to add that the registration of sale deed pertaining to the lands of Jamma tenure has been going on as documents in the offices of Sub-Registrar’s without any fear or shame on a vengeful footing and the persons with naxalites background and perpetually suspicious  MONEY  bags from Andhra Pradesh are the ones who are exploiting the situation and unless a central legislation regarding the total ban of alienation of Jamma properties in order to protect the interests of the real inheritors of such properties on par with the legislations that has been enacted touching identical properties held by such and similar ethnic minority groups in the north eastern region of India, a day is not that for when Codavas and such other genuine inheritors of Jamma lands will have to browse the knowledge touching such lands from the books of History. 

  • It reminds us of a suggestion made by the then Principal Secretary to the C.M, later on who rose to become the Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka and subsequently an ombudsman of Reserve Bank of India also, Sri. J.C Lyn made in the graceful presence of no less a person than Sri. R. Gundu Rao the late Chief Minister of Karnataka while talking about Jamma problem in Madikeri and he had definitely suggested that it certainly requires a central legislation to solve the Jamma problem and it cannot be done by the State Government. 

    Therefore, what we may suggest to the Governments both central and state revoke, recant, withdraw and nullify all such provisions of law, periodic notifications, and unhealthy circulars that already have been issued and contemplated to be issued in relation to the landed properties in Codagu district irrespective of the impudent varieties of tenures and request the Govt. of Karnataka to enact such legislations as may be deemed necessary, fit and proper in the circumstances ensuring the preservation of every land holding within Codagu district by the respective traditional owners and their respective heirs, such a recommendation may be sent to the Union Government with a request to effect constitutional amendments under article 370 of our constitution touching the rights over such of the properties in Codagu. We want every inch of Codava land to be protected, preserved and passed on to the lineal decedents of the original holders thereof. We want the Union Government to restrain the owners of the property be it is Jamma, Jamma Malai, bane and sagu or whatever it is the properties in Codagu in any manner and under any guise or pretext.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
                                                                      (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
Members of Codava Parliament
 
 

To:

12.6.07

 
 His Excellency the President,
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 
 The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 The Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs,
Govt. of India.
 
 His Excellency the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan, Bangalore-1.
 
 The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 The Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore- 1. Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 

 

THROUGH: THE HON’BLE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, CODAGU – MADIKERI.

 
 

 

Respected Sirs,

 JMINUTES OF THE RESOLUTIONS OF THE PRE MANSOON SESSION OF THE COVADA PARLIAMENT (I.E. THE CODAVA TEMPORAL SPIRITUAL LEGISLATURE) HELD ON 12.6.2007 AT CAPITOL VILLAGE, MADIKERI UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SRI. N.U.NACHAPPA CODAVA AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF CODAVA PARLIAMENT PRESENT IN THE SESSION AND UNAMINOULSLY RESOLVED 
            

“VRIKSHA BEEJA NYAYA” no purpose would be served if we probe into the question whether the seed took its shape first or the tree. In the same manner it is fruitless to unfold the unique question whether Codavas came into being first or their land. Let us not bother about the question regarding the genesis of the whole factum; Codava race and land both are inseparably intertwined and both are one. 

  • Unanimously to pressurize the Government to enact and implement appropriate central legislation on par with under article 370 of the constitution of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Article 371 of the constitution of India to the North Easter states of India to safeguard the interest of original holders of Jamma and other lands of various tenures inherited by Codavas from time immemorial and also to prohibit the alienation of such lands to others making it obligatory to retain the sole supreme indelible sovereignty over such properties to the holders in order to retain the exceptionally individualistic racial character of Codavas as has been done in North Eastern region of India under article 371 of the Constitution of India and article 370 of the constitution of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and middle eastern countries with regard to all Arab ethnic tribes and in relation to Zulu tribes of Natal province in South Africa. Such a step shall be felt imminent in order to rescue the Codava race from the intended over bearing behaviour of the people belonging to major and larger communities and as has been enshrined in the charter of United Nations. Such a design is incorporated in the U.N. Charter with a solitary idea to enliven the aims aspirations and ambitions of certain unique minority ethnic tribal groups and nationalities rooted to particular land and the main theme behind such a provision is that no land exists without a tribe rooted to in it and vice versa also is true. 

  • Resolved further to impress the Governments and the people in general who have been trying to make inroads into the lands of Jamma tenure under the pretext of converting such lands to be considered as common tenure, needless to add that they want to grab the lands with Jamma and other special tenures in Codagu by confusing the holders thereof and the government to permit the alienation of such properties on par with other lands elsewhere and it is a known fact that the all pervading land mafia, multinational companies, NRI’s underworld dons, narcotic rockets, Hawala backed Reddys of Andhra Pradesh and other North Indian business tycoons are active in such a heinous and dastardly program. 

  • Resolved to hold relentless awareness program and agitations every where in the district demanding the governments to formulate and promulgate needed central legislation prohibiting the alienation and transfer of interest and ownership over such lands of such tenures in the district making it obligatory to assign unrestricted sovereignty over the land, spring, visible and latent benefits therein for ever and ever after. Unless Codavas act now one must remember we are soon to dissolve and ruin ourselves. We shall hold public meetings, rallies and sathyagrahas in every nook and corner of the district towards such an end. 

  • Let not Jamma lands become a common tenure and let not the Government have any control or claim over the same. Let us not be under a false impression that if the land continued to be of Jamma or whatever it is we would be loosing our unrestricted proprietary rights over the same. Our agitation shall be intended to attain constitutional special guarantee for our land on par with state of J & K and North eastern states of India under Article 370 and 371 of the Constitution of India.
 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
                                           (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
Members of Codava Parliament
 

 

 

To:

5-May-07

 
 His Excellency the President,
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 
 The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 The Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs,
Govt. of India.
 
 His Excellency the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan, Bangalore-1.
 
 The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 The Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 

 

THROUGH: THE HON’BLE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, CODAGU – MADIKERI.

 
 Respected Sirs,
 MINUTES OF THE RESOLUTIONS OF THE PRE MANSOON SESSION OF THE CODAVA PARLIAMENT (i.e. THE CODAVA TEMPORAL SPIRITUAL LEGISLATURE) HELD ON 12.06.2007 AT CAPITOL VILLAGE, MADIKERI UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SRI. N.U. NACHAPPA CODAVA AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF CODAVA PARLIAMENT PRESENT IN THE SESSION AND UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED. 
            
  • Unanimously to pressurize the Government to enact and implement appropriate central legislation on par with under article 370 of the constitution of Indian in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Article 371 of the constitution of India to the North Easter states of India to safeguard the interest of original holders of Jamma and other lands of various tenures inherited by Codavas from time immemorial and also to prohibit the alienation of such lands to others making it obligatory to retain the sole supreme indelible sovereignty over such properties to the holders in order to retain the exceptionally individualistic racial character of Codavas as has been done in North Eastern region of India under article 371 of the constitution of India and article 370 of the constitution of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and middle eastern countries with regard to all Arab ethnic tribes and in relation to Zule tribes of Natal province in South Africa. Such a step shall be felt imminent in order to rescue the Codava race from the intended over bearing behaviour of the people belonging to major and larger communities and as has been enshrined in the charter of United Nations. Such a design is incorporated in the UN Charter with a solitary idea to enliven the aims aspirations and ambitions of certain unique minority ethnic tribal groups and nationalists rooted to particular land and the main theme behind such a provision is that no land exists without a tribe rooted to in it and vice versa also is true. 

  • Resolved further to impress the Governments and the people in general who have been trying to make in roads into the lands of Jamma tenure under the pretext of converting such lands to be considered as common tenure, needless to add that they want to grab the lands with Jamma and other special tenures in Codagu by confusing the holders thereof and the Government to permit the alienation of such properties on par with other lands elsewhere and it is a known fact that the all pervading land mafia, multinational companies, NRI’s underworld dons, narotic rockets, Hawala backed Reddys of Andhra Pradesh and other North Indian Business tycoons are active in such a heinous and dastardly program. 

  • Resolved to hold relentless awareness program and agitations every where in the district demanding the governments to formulate and promulgate needed central legislation prohibiting the alienation and transfer of interest and ownership over such lands of such tenures in the district making it obligatory to assign unrestricted sovereignty over the land, spring, visible and latent benefits therein for ever and ever after. Unless Codavas act now one must remember we are soon to dissolve and ruin ourselves. We shall hold public meetings, rallies and satyagrahas in every nook and corner of the district towards such an end. 

  • Let not Jamma lands become a common tenure and let not the Government have any control or claim over the same. Let us not be under a false impression that if the land continued to be Jamma or whatever it is we would be loosing our unrestricted proprietary rights over the same. Our agitation shall be intended to attain constitutional special guarantee for our land on par with state of J & K and Nort Eastern states of India under Article 370 and 371 of the constitution of India.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
                                                                  (N.U. Nachappa Codava)
Members of Codava Parliament
 
 

 

To:

 

18-july-07

 
 His Excellency the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan, Bangalore-1.
 
 
 Hon. Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha Banglore 1
 
 Respected Sirs,
 MEMORANDUM 
 Sub: Cnstitutional special guarantee i.e. central legislation to that effect under article 370 and 371 of the constitution of India on par with state of Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern states of India regarding Jamma property of Codavas – a request for.
            

“VRIKSHA BEEJA NYAYA” no purpose would be served if we probe into the question whether the seed took its shape first or the tree. In the same manner it is fruitless to unfold the unique question whether Codavas came into being first or their land. Let us not bother about the question regarding the genesis of the whole factum; Codava race and land both are inseparably intertwined and both are one. 

  • Unable to tolerate any more the unwanted fuss that is being created by vested interests rather dead hood entities and near forgotten disgruntled politicians with regarding the future of Jamma bane and other lands of tenures special only to Codagu in general and Codava race in particular regarding these days. We have felt the need to educate the people and correct the information with which the Government has been mislead. 

  • It is abundantly not worth while to go back to the genesis of the whole problem we feel that the representation already we have addressed to the Governments, copies of which are marked to you herewith, will explain the whole problems logically and in great detail. 

  • We the CNC has the only organization which represents the entire Codava ethos and existence (CNC is the only domineering politico-culture, socio-political movement of Codava race) have an undeniable precedence to reiterate and educate all the concerned regarding the same. The prime motive we have evolved consequent to the unhealthy problem that has been generated by the self styled leaders of the community regarding the nature and continuation of the land tenures under the main heading Jamma and the exclusive proprietary rights over the same by the holders thereof from the time immemorial, the one question what we propose to project is that whatever these entities who have been active in Karnataka Politics representing the masses of this tiny district during the past four decades or more. And those who held such positions and influence who could have translated the innate needs of Codavas into formidable and concrete action have done? Unfortunately when at a time the late R. Gundu Rao was at the helm of affairs had expressed his willingness to secure constitutional guarantee to the lands, especially of Jamma tenures, held by Codavas in particular and others in general, the very same persons who used to active and popular (?) at the time believably with a solitary intention of posing themselves to be the God sent protectors of Codava sentiments and Codava ethos prevented him giving effect to his ideas on the ground that you should not (Mr. Gundu Rao should not) “poke his nose” into Codava problems and Jamma subjects. Unfortunately for us the very same people who blocked the coming into being of the constitutional guarantee and permanent solution to the question of Jamma properties, especially bane lands are once again in the forefront with a new garb. 

  • The authentic information from close quarters of these very men are in actual fact trying to influence and mislead the Government and confuse the people in order to get the conversion of Jamma lands into a common tenures and help the Hawala backed land mafias from Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere and grab around 50000 acres of the lands which Codavas from generations have safeguarded, needless to inform you that transfer deeds would be registered as documents in the Sub-Registrar’s Office soon thereafter. 

  • It is with a sole intention of blocking these people trying to convert their evil designs in order to eke out fast bucks while succeeding common permission to alienate the properties of Jamma tenure we have come forward with the representation. 

  • Therefore, we request you the Government to carry out a suitable legislation to the effect that proprietary rights over such lands should forever vest with the holders of the lands together with the supreme right to hold property together with the sovereignty over latent, visible, spring profits there from including natural water resources. We will insist the Governments to initiate the promulgation of such legislations as may be necessary to evolve constitutional special guarantee to the properties in Codagu in general and Codavas in particular as has been done in relation to the such holders of lands in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and north eastern states of India under Article 370 and 371 of the constitution of India and in the case of Arab ethnic groups in middle eastern countries and Zulu tribals of Natal province in South Africa. 

  • a) Regarding the demand for constitutional protection to the lands of Jamma and other tenures, we would like to clarify that we insist for a total ban of alienation of such lands and prohibit the alienation of such lands to anyone other than a traditional land holder thereof. 

  • b) The main theme being allow such intended persons are business tycoons only to gain equal partnership in the  TRADE  along with actual Codava traditional holder thereof. Without acquiring the ownership over the Jamma property in any manner and for any duration of time. 

  • c) Should such a thing were to be incorporated even the actual holders thereof will be empowered to secure gain  FINANCIAL assistance even from the international  FINANCIAL  agencies. 

  • d) The sale transaction already done should be nullified immediately. 

  • e) Any constitutional amendments to that effect will be followed by suitable insertions to our both Central and State registration acts and other enactments. 

    Should the Government of Karnataka feel the necessity of withdrawing the much talked about questionable circular of the principal secretary to the revenue department of the state of Karnataka it may be done incorporating subject to the conditions as are mentioned below. 

    As an Ad hoc measure it may be done that the CRC, Cd.R.C. may be directed to be issued to the holders of such properties without any restraint and the financing agencies be directed to facilitate them with financial assistance on the security of such properties and facilitate to collect the assessments for the Bane lands for further cultivation and prohibit the alienation of such properties in the meantime. 

    Therefore, we request you to do the needful in the matter and please see that we are given justice.
 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
Members of Codava Parliament
 
 

 

To:

 

6.7.07

 
 The Hon’ble Prime Minister 
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 
 Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs
Govt. of India.
 
 His Excellency the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan, Bangalore-1.
 
 The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 The Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore- 1.
 
 

 

THROUGH: THE HON’BLE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, CODAGU – MADIKERI.

 
 Dear Sir,
 MEMORANDUM 
 Sub: Constitutional special guarantee i.e. central legislation to that effect under article 370/ 371 of the constitution of India on par with state of Jammu and Kashmir and North eastern states of India regarding Jamma property of Codavas – a request for. 
            
  • Unable to tolerate any more the unwanted fuss that is being created by vested interests rather dead hood entities and near forgotten disgruntled politicians with regarding the future of Jamma bane and other lands of tenures special only to Codagu in general and Codava race in particular regarding these days. We have felt the need to educate the people and correct the information with which the Government has been mislead. 

  • It is abundantly not worth while to go back to the genesis of the whole problem we feel that the representation already we have addressed to the Governments, copies of which are marked to you herewith, will explain the whole problems logically and in great detail. 

  • We the CNC has the only organization which represents the entire Codava ethos and existence (CNC is the only domineering politico-cultural, socio-political movement of Codava Race) have an undeniable precedence to reiterate and educate all the concerned regarding the same. The prime motive we have evolved consequent to the unhealthy problem that has been generated by the self styled leaders of the community regarding the nature and continuation of the land tenures under the main heading Jamma and the exclusive proprietary rights over the same by the holders thereof from the time immemorial, the one question what we propose to project is that whatever these entities who have been active in Karnataka Politics representing the masses of this tiny district during the past four decades or more. And those who held such positions and influence who could have translated the innate needs of Codavas into formidable and concrete action have done? Unfortunately when at a time the late R. Gundu Rao was at the helm of affairs had expressed his willingness to secure constitutional guarantee to the lands, especially of Jamma tenures, held by Codavas in particular and others in general, the very same persons who used to active and popular (?) at the time believably with a solitary intention of posing themselves to be the God sent protectors of Codava sentiments and Codava ethos prevented him giving effect to his ideas on the ground that you should not (Mr. Gundu Rao should not ) “poke his nose” into Codava problems and Jamma subjects. Unfortunately for us the very same people who blocked the coming into being of the constitutional guarantee and permanent solution to the question of Jamma properties, especially bane lands are once again in the forefront with a new garb. 

  • The authentic information from close quarters of these very men are in actual fact trying to influence and mislead the government and confuse the people in order to get the conversion of Jamma lands into a common tenures and help the Hawala backed land mafias from Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere and grab around 50,000 acres of the lands which Codavas from generations have safeguarded, needless to inform you that transfer deeds would be registered as documents in the Sub-Registrar’s office soon thereafter. 

  • It is with a sole intention of blocking these people trying to convert their evil designs in order to eke out fast bucks while succeeding common permission to alienate the properties of Jamma tenure we have come forward with the representation. 

  • Therefore, we request you the Government to carry out a suitable legislation to the effect that proprietary rights over such lands should for ever vest with the holders of the lands together with the supreme right to hold property together with the sovereignty over latent, visible, spring profits there from including natural water resources. We will insist the Governments to initiate the promulgation of such legislations as may be necessary to evolve constitutional special guarantee to the properties in Codagu in general and Codavas in particular as has been done in relation to the such holders of lands in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and north eastern states of India under Article 370 and 371 of the constitution of India and middle eastern countries and South Africa for the permanent solution. 

    As an Ad hoc measure it may be done that the CRC, Cd.R.C may be directed to be issued to the holders of such properties without any restraint and the financing agencies be directed to facilitate them with FINANCIAL assistance on the security of such properties and facilitate to collect the assessments for the Bane lands for further cultivation and prohibit the alienation of such properties in the meantime. 

    Therefore, we request you to do the needful in the matter and please see that we are given justice.
 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
Members of Codava Parliament
 
 ADDENDA
 CAR – Codava Autonomous Region:
            
  • Declare the 45 ancient Codava Nad’s into a Codava conglomerate forming the indispensable and indivisible Codava heartland with full pledged autonomy as Codava Autonomous Region (CAR) and right of internal self determination under the overall patronage of Govt. of India and Govt. of Karnataka. 

                Codava Autonomous Region in its expanded form as done in other nations elsewhere in the world like TAR Tibetan Autonomous Region in China, JAR – Jew Autonomous Region of Russia’s Birobijan, FATA Federally Administrated Tribal Agency for Mehsud and Quabyli tribes in Waziristan of Pakistan, KAR Kurd Autonomous Region of Northern Iraq, Kosavo Autonomous Region for Albanian Ethnic groups in Serbia, CHT Chittagong Hill Tract for Chakma Ethnic group of Bangladesh, DGHC Darjeeling Ghoorkha Hill Council for Ghurkas of West Bengal, BTC Bodo Territorial Council in Assam, LBC Ladakh Buddist Council in J & K State with a solitary intention of protecting, preserving and promoting the interests of cultural, ethnic and linguistic minority nationalities by majority groups and it is significant that UNO supports it. As such we demand such an identical treatment for Codavas within Karnataka and it shall for all times to come be nomenclatured as Codava Autonomous Region CAR for short and Codava Land.

  
 
  • Declare and Classify Codava’s being belonging to an primitive ethno linguistic minority tribal group under article 340, 342 of the constitution as done in relation to the people of Lakshadweep. Even though the inhabitants of Lakshadweepa are not known to have belonging to any tribe and they do not have any tribal characteristics taking into consideration their habitation in a logistically, strategically sensitive area and they have been treated as such with that in background we would like to inform you that, Codava’s fulfill all the needed characteristics of tribals and further that we have all the criterions to be recognized soon, it is desirable that, Codava’s should be treated as a primitive ethno linguistic tribal group under the constitution of India such a thing is not new to the constitution of India. 

  • The recommendations of the Constitution Review Commission regarding the establishment of Coorg Development Council under Article 371 and the Central University for Codagu, the demand was originated, initiated and pressurized by CNC only, should be given effect to at once. (Please note: Chapter 8: Union State Relation 8.23.1 of CRC report). 

  • Codava Thakk (Language) is the living spoken language of the region must be included in the 8th Schedule of our constitution.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
Members of Codava Parliament
 
 (PS) Post Script: 
            
  • 1) At this juncture, may we be permitted to let you know that, this organization came into being with a solitary program of restoration of Statehood for Codagu and we have sincerely fought for such a thing, of course now we have diluted our demands. Since last seven years we are struggling for autonomy constitutional guarantee for Codava’s within Karnataka. But the very same persons, could they not be considered as disgruntled politicians who have lost their image in the public estimation and who only have been the prime perpetrators of the ruination of Codagu, Codavas and the entire  STOCK of Jamma properties together with demand for equal share of Cauvery waters and the anomaly’s caused by the delimitation commission (Kuldeep Sing Commission), for nine long years relentlessly we fought for statehood for Codagu, needless to add that, Govt. headed by Shri. J.H. Patel even had constituted a special committee to examine into the demand for statehood for Codagu but it was stalled by someone from Codagu who actually wielded unrestrained influence over the Govt. of Karnataka at the same time and the very same people are trying to gather momentum and achieve backdoor entry into the legislature by threatening and blackmailing the Govt. of Karnataka under the excuse of statehood for Codagu, Jamma problem, Codava subject and other such things. After all they are the persons who have lost credence and credibility in Codagu and they virtually are the traitors to any cause. One more fact is that the Codava Samaja of Bangalore raised aspersions when we demanded statehood for Codagu stating that Codava’s will have to leave Bangalore or in the alternative they would be thrown out by Kannadiga’s if our separate statehood demands were accepted. And the very same Codava Samaj of Bangalore now canvassing for a separate statehood for Codagu. What shall we call them for such a thing? Now under the shelter of Codava unrest two disgruntled Codava politicians are active and they are in forefront only because of their personal benefit, one person needed backdoor entry to the legislative council, and another person want to sell entire Codagu land and Codava ethos to land mafia’s and timber lobby’s, both are having a vested interests, they are imposters. 

  • After all this organization is known to be the sole representative of Codava’s in general and it necessarily is a truth that, at that time 3 individuals from Codagu given ministerial birth on account of our struggle. 

  • When such is the case Govt. Should not yield these two chameleon political vagrants instead of responding them Govt. should respond positively to our genuine cause, actual persons concerned. 

  • We have abandoned the claim for statehood seven years back, in the larger interest of nation it is better that we should avoid such a claim. After having enjoyed all fruits of democracy and benefits of larger Karnataka state during last half century now these two politicians have put on a Cadava garb for their own self interest every one should be very careful about them. It is in the best interest of Karnataka these two imposters should be incarcerated.

 
 

To:

August 3, 2007

 
 Her Excellency The Hon’ble President 
Sovereign Republic of India Rashtrapathi Bhavan New Delhi.
 
 
 Through; 
 
 The Hon’ble Deputy Commissioner

Codagu District, Madikeri – 571201.
 
 Hon’ble Sir/ Madam,
 Subject: Promulgate an ordinance to the effect that the ownership over the property of all tenures including jamma held by successively by the people, especially Codava’s of Codagu (Coorg) from generations under article 370/371 – A request for. 
            

The resolutions adopted in the monsoon session of Codava Parliament (i.e. Codava Temporal Spiritual Legislature) held on Kakkada Padinett i.e. on 3rd August, 2007 at Capital Village, Madikeri under the Chairmanship of Shri. N.U. Nachappa Codava. Resolved unanimously; 

  • Resultion 1: To send a Congratulatory letter to Her Excellency Mrs. Prathibha Patil for being elected as the President and Supreme Commander of India, the uniqueness being woman has been elected for the Gubernatorial Post since independence. 

  • Resultion 2: Resolved unanimously to pressurize the newly elected President of India and the conscious keeper of the citizens of India to promulgate an ordinance to the effect that the ownership over the property of all tenures including jamma held by successively by the people, especially Codava’s of Codagu (Coorg) from generations be treated as the exclusive properties of such holders thereof and prohibit the Government taking over and alienation except raising of developmental loans from FINANCIAL institutions on the security of such properties in any manner under any pretext. The ordinance so to be promulgated should be comprehensive enough to safe guard the interests, proprietorship and ownership coupled with the possessory rights; i.e. supreme sovereignty over the properties and all such other things appended thereto, for generations to come as a prelude to the causing amendments to article 370/ 371 of the constitution as done in respect of such lands in Jammu and Kashmir and North-Eastern provinces of India to remind the statement given by Shri. A.B. Vajapayee, the then Prime Minister of India in relation to the demands projected by the people of Nagaland under the leadership of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) headed by M/s. Isac-Muhiwa seeking supreme sovereignty and the independent nationhood of Nagalim promising to consider constitutional special guarantee to their land, customary laws, culture and language should they withdraw their demand for a separate sovereign nation as was done in respect of the state of Jammu and Kashmir under article 370 of the constitution even though the identical reliefs have been guaranteed to them under the article 371 of the constitution of India and even promised that, the enlarged protection under article 370 would be given to them i.e. Nagas, should them exceed his request.

  • Resultion 3: It is further resolved to remind the Hon’ble President of India that none of the constitutional provisions especially article 370 and 371 are rigid. But in actual fact, each and every operative constitutional provisions are so flexible so as to have included the problems of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland with its fold. As such it may not be an innocuous act if the demands of Codava’s are conceded. Even the UPA Government is thinking of extending the benefits of flexibilities of the article 370 of the constitution as was promised to the people of Nagaland by Shri. A.B. Vajapayee when he was prime minister. In order to avoid the exploitation of successive governments and our own Codava politicians and the fuss so generated by the Govt. of Karnataka in the manner of several circulars, notifications and orders touching jamma properties and protect Codava’s from the clutches of dishonest political vagabonds, arrogant bureaucrats, ubiquitous, land and timber mafia’s such a protection on permanent basis is very essential under article 370/ 371 of constitution of India. 

 

  • Resultion 4: Resolved further to request the Government of Karnataka to assure the inclusion of Codava lands, and Codagu in the protection i.e. expected of to be assured to the all party delegation headed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka when it meets the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in respect of Hyderabad Karnataka Region under article 371 of the constitution of India. 

  • Resultion 5: Resolved to inform the Governments of Indian union and the state of Karnataka that we would be constrained to petition before the United Nations Organisation (UNO) if the essence and the theme as is enshrined in the UN charter in case the majority sections of any given society/ state fails to protect and preserve the land, traditional habitations, customary laws and language being enjoyed by the minority sections from ages as the same amounts to the clear violation of human rights. India being the nation with largest ethnic diversity in the world and Karnataka being heterogeneous state such protection is very essential for Codava’s in the present prevailing circumstances. 

  • Resultion 6: Resolved to hold a daylong sathyagraha in Bangalore on 18th August, 2007 to mark world indigenous peoples day and a sathyagraha at New Delhi and Bangalore on 1st November 2007 to register a protest against the apartheid policy in respect of Codava’s by the Governments. Further resolved to hold a Codava National Day, to mark the 16th year celebration of our struggle on 21st November 2007 at Madikeri.
 
 Copies forwarded to:
 1) The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Sovereign Republic of India. 
2) His Excellency The Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka. 
3) The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka.
 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
Members of Codava Parliament
 
 

 

To:

 

September 21, 2007

 
 The Hon’ble Chief Minister 
State of Karnataka Vidhana Soudha Bangalore – 01.
 
 
 Through; 
 
 The Hon’ble Deputy Commissioner

Codagu District, Madikeri – 571201.
 
 Hon’ble Sir,
 Sub: The problems regarding Jamma properties in Codagu – Constitution of experts committee to find out a permanent solution for the same – non inclusion of Codava National Council is fatal to the very theme. 
            
  • We are happy that the Government is inclined to constitute a special committee of experts in order to look into the problem generated within amongst Codavas and other in relation to the properties of Jamma tenure special only to Codagu and we take this opportunity to congratulate you for not having opted to take a hasty decision touching the matter, but instead you have felt fit to assign the job to find our ways in order to give a permanent solution to the same. 

  • At this juncture may we be permitted to remind you a crucial factor that we, the constituents of Codava National Council, hither to have been fighting for the Codava Autonomous Region i.e. Codava Land and Codava subject including the Jamma properties regarding which we have been generating a struggle to the ultimate goal of securing over all constitutional guarantee under article 370/ 371 of our constitution as to Codava’s, Codava Land, our heritage, culture and private properties including the ones in the news these days as has been done in relation to such lands in Jammu and Kashmir and North-Eastern states of India. 

  • It may not be an innocuous act if we may take this opportunity to inform you that certain vested interest persons and parties and the headlong bureaucrats so far have attempted to create a sensation, a problem and a disaster seeking methods to scuttle the interests, enthusiasm and right of Codavas regarding the ownership of Jamma properties by defining the tenure in accordance with their whims and fancies and thereby ruin us. 

  • Now a time has come to assign a proper unadulterated definition to the Jamma tenure which we have acquired and inherited from time immemorial and have been enjoying the same hither to as of our own and consequent to the meddling by the concerned regarding ownership of the same. Codava National Council has been struggling for our rights and confirmation of our inherent rights and power regarding the said properties all these years and we are definite that we have forge ahead and such a point that the problems seems to be given a final touch and your readiness to constitute a special committee of experts. 

  • The final decision what we are fighting for is our exclusive ownership and power over the Jamma properties and we want such properties to remain with Codavas for all times to come and we seek a constitutional guarantee in order to save the properties to us by implementing legislation asserting our rights over the same and preventing the alienation of such properties under any colour, be it is sale or otherwise and there by stall the over exuberant land mafia, timber mafia making in roads into our main lands which otherwise may end up in Codavas being ousted from our mother land. We want a full fledged a constitutional guarantee to the effect that the jamma properties shall never be allowed to be sold the entire sovereign power over the same shall rest with Codavas or such traditional holders thereof, but schemes may be evolved in order to opening ways to improve, conserve and develop the properties in the manner of partnership regarding the usufructs thereof. 

  • May we be further permitted to inform you that we have met the Hon’ble Chief Minister in this regard with a perspective proposal recent times and we have been generating the interest touching the jamma problems by holding meetings in every Codava village of the district and we are happy that the entire generality in Codava land are with us. 

    As an Ad hoc measure it may be done that the CRC, Cd.R.C may be directed to be issued to the holders of such properties without any restraint and the financing agencies be directed to facilitate them with  FINANCIAL  assistance on the security of such properties and facilitate to collect the assessments for the Bane lands for further cultivation and prohibit the alienation of such properties in the meantime. 

    Therefore, we request you to do the needful in the matter and please see that we are given justice. 

  • With such a background and CNC being the prime socio political and politico cultural organization established exclusively with such a motto and has been in the job during the past over 16 years, is it not proper that CNC too is inducted into the proposed special committee of experts regarding the subject and after all CNC is the solitary body which represents Codva ethos generally. The committee so proposed by you to be established would be incomplete without the active participation of CNC as a main party. Should this be not done, we fear that the outcome would be one sided and may prove diabolical to the interest of Codava ethos. 

  • Therefore, we request you to look into the matter and include CNC in the experts committee slated to be constituted. Should such a committee has already been constituted in order to avoid any such possible future complications please introduce us in the committee.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
Members of Codava Parliament
 

 

 

To:

October 27, 2009

 
 The Editor/ Bureau Chief 
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 An invitation to attend the Press Conference on 29 October 2009 at 11.30 am At Press Club, Bangalore 
            

NEW DELHI CHALO PRORGAM followed by a peaceful sathyagraha on 1 November 2009 to observe Karnataka Rajyothsava Day as the Blackest Day in the lives of Codavas and so the “Codav Land” – sathyagraha will be held at Jantar Mantar. 

As a precursor to the programmed sathyagraha at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 1 November 2009 in order to pressurize the demand for the establishment of autonomous “Codava Land” i.e. Codava Autonomous Region (CAR) on the lines of Darjeeling Gorkha Land under the 6th schedule of our constitution and inclusion of Codavas in the tribal list and constitutional special guarantee for our land, language and cultural heritage etc., a press conference will be held at 11.30 am on 29 October 2009 at Bangalore press club, in order to highlight the prime features of our activities and demands and we would be much thankful to you to depute your press correspondents with cameramen and videographers for the same. 

We request you to be kind enough to do the needful in the matter and please see that our demands are given wide coverage.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
President
 

 

  

30.11.2009

 
 An Invitation to annual public “Puthari Celebration” by CNC at Nandineravanda Uthappa’s residence in Chikkabettageri village on 2 December, 2009 Morning. 
            

Our organization CNC would be celebrating annual public Puthari festival at 9’o clock in the morning on 2 December 2009 at the residence of Nandineravanda Sri Uthappa at Chikkabettageri village, Kushalanagar and we request you to make it convenient to participate in the celebration and give wide media coverage regarding the celebration. Kadedpa ritual would be accompanied by other Codava cultural activities such as Pariyakali, Dudikuttpat and Bolkat followed by traditional Codava cuisinery refreshments. The very purpose of this public Puthari celebration is to keep alive the “Codava Land” struggle accompanied by legitimacy to our rights besides educating the younger Codava generation to enliven the rich cultural heritage of Codavas.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
President
MEMBERS OF CODAVA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
i.e. 
MEMBERS OF CODAVA PARLIAMENT
 

 

 

To:

08.12.2009

 
 The Editor/ Bureau Chief 
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 AN INVITATION

SEMINAR ON CODAVA LAND AT CAPITOL VILLAGE, MADIKERI to mark “World Human Rights Day” on 10 December 2009.
 
            

We take this opportunity to request you to be good enough to participate in the seminar to be addressed by Prof: M.D. Nalapath, the renowned expert in Geo-Politics besides being the Trustee of Naveen Hindusthan Foundation, Dr. Cleopaskal, Royal Institute of International Studies, Professor at School of Management, Cochin and Sri. M.C. Nambiyar, a popular journalist of National acclaim. Both would speak insupport of “Codava Land” struggle and the matters touching Codavas by race scheduled to be held on 10 December 2009 to mark the “World Human Rights Day” at 9.30 am the venue being Capitol Village, Madikeri-571201. 

We request you to do the needful while the entire transaction would receive wide media coverage.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
President
MEMBERS OF CODAVA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
i.e. 
MEMBERS OF CODAVA PARLIAMENT
 

 

 Annual Puthari Celebrations by CNC on 2 December, 2009 at Chikkabettageri Village, Codagu. 
   
   
    

 

 

To:

30.11.2009

 
 Ms. Shalini Dewan 
Director
United Nations Information Centre 
55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003, India.
 
 
 Dear Madam, 
 Sub:- To mark the “World Minorities Rights Day”, Codava Land Autnomous Region and Codava Identity – establishment and recognizing of long standing demads of Codavas for - desire to knock at the doors of UNO – regarding. 
            

In the manner of exordium we would like to inform you that we are one of the most ancient and living class of racial group habitating within a given periphery of 45 segments of villages in a distant track of land called “Codagu” i.e., ‘Coorg’ in state of Karnataka still nurturing the cultural heritage and retaining martial qualities and yet going with times. We are Codavas by race and infinitesimally very insignificant numerically at that. 

This district once was a ‘C’ type state prior to the coming into the force of the state re-organisation act, not to mention the fact that Codagu was under the suzerain of Britishers until the dawn of independence from 1834 and prior to that was being ruled by alien Raja’s. The name of the place as Codagu is the derivation of the word Codavas, admittedly the main and ancient aboriginal indigenous residents of this tiny district. This district become merged with the state of Karnataka in the year 1956 and all the successive Governments which managed the affairs of the state deliberately have attempted to eliminate and obliterate all such things connected to Codava race. Now we are at the fringe of extinction. 

It is with a solitary idea of rejuvenating the very existence of the race what is called Codava this organization took its birth some 19 years ago, and we have been fighting a relentless struggle to re-establish our identity as an “ethno linguistic national racial minority tribal group beside the status of Autonomous Region for our nucleas habitate. It may not be an in appropriate act on our part if we may try to convince you that all our efforts to get ourselves classified as an ethno linguistic national minority tribal race besides the establishment of Codava Land autonomous region having been rendered futile, a massively attended congregation of Codavas by race held at Gandhi Grounds, Madikeri on 21 November 2009 has decided to knock at the doors of the UNO. After all we don’t desire to be suceeded from the Union of India in the manner of Kashmiris and Nagas. We don’t aspire to be a separate state also. What we just now want is the establishment of Codava Land Autonomous Region comprising of 45 ancient regional segments called Codava Naads (i.e. Cluster villages) where Codavas normally habitate under the 6th schedule of our constitution. We are within our bounds and our claims are within definitive requirements as are mentioned in the constitution of India and it is in the ambit of the intentional human rights declaration. Besides being a racial class retaining all Codava behavior, we have our own language and interestingly enough the UNESCO already has classified it to be one of the 196 endayered languages in India. Since the Union and Karnataka Governments have attempted to cause, ethnic cleansing and so obliteration of all these things what is Codava, we were forced to form ourselves as an organization and fight for our indentity, existence and the things what we demand. We might have met in massive rallies at nations and state capitals and the district on innumerable occasions during the past 18 years and might have submitted detailed request and memorandums to all the concerned, including the head of the Nation in this regard, but in vain. 

India being the largest ethno linguistic diversity nation in the world and since all our relentless, continued and peaceful attempts to let known all the concerned about our hopes, aspirations and demands having been denied, we have decided to take the matter to the UNO and a delegation of Codavas and Codavathis by race in our customary traditional costumes would be meeting you on 18 of December 2009, after having squatting in an absolutely peaceful sathyagriha at Lodhi Road, Delhi on that day to mark the observation of the “World Minorities Rights Day”. Please be reminded a fact that the UNO essentially established to know the feelings, pains and pangs of the aboriginal minority group and indigenous people and their politico-cultural identity done peacefully and be it known that violence towards such an end should never be taken into account. 

Therefore, we fervently request you to be kind enough to grant an audience to the deligation of Codava and Codavathis numbering around 30 hailing from the district Codagu in Karnataka on 18 Dec, 2009 time to be fixed by you, in your office. We always desire that you would meet the deligation personally in your office, but should circumstances be negative otherwise, we may request you to direct one of your responsible officers to receive the deligation and the memorandum on that day. Our spokesperson and the leader Sri. N.U. Nachappa Codava of the delegation would meet you personally either on 15 or 16 of December 2009 at your place in this regard.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
President
MEMBERS OF CODAVA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
i.e.
MEMBERS OF CODAVA PARLIAMENT
 

 

 

To:

18th Dec. 2010

 
 1. His Excellency The Hon’ble president
Sovereign Republic of India
Rashtrapathi Bhavan, 
New Delhi
 
 
 2. The Hon’ble Prime Minister
Sovereign Republic of India
 
 
 3. The Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs
Govt. of India.
 
 
 4. His Excellency The Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan, Bangalore-1.
 
 
 5. The Hon’ble The Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka,
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 
 6. 6) The Hon’ble The Principle Secretary - Law Dept. Govt. of Karnataka
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-1.
 
 Sub:- To mark the “World Minorities Rights Day”, Codava Land Autnomous Region and Codava Identity – establishment and recognizing of long standing demads of Codavas for - desire to knock at the doors of UNO – regarding. 
 Honourable Sirs, 
 Sub: Exemption to hold fire arms without the necessity of being empowered with Gun Licence under Indian Arms act as demanded by groups of Individuals whose antecedents are always of shady nature in Codagu, Karnataka Reg. 
            

1. Reference : Memorandums are said to have been submitted by groups of people known to be self proclaimed doyens of Codagu District in Karnataka seeking exemption to hold fire arms without gun licence on par with Codavas by race. 

2. Reference : It is for the DC to ascertain as to weather castes mentioned in the representation do come within the meaning of Coorg race and are they holder of Jamma Tenure. If records are available to buttress the fact that castes mentioned in the representation do come within the meaning of Coorg race and they are also Jamma tenure holders, then their representation to grant exemption from the provisions of the Section 3 and 4 of the arms act, as has been granted to Codavas can be considered. 

1. Before we delve deep into the subject in hand we would like to inform you that there has been an exemption clause in section 3 and 4 of Indian Arms act empowering individual members of Codavas ( Coorgs) by race and without any doubt such an exemption clause is made open to Codavas by race suggesting an undeniable surmise that Codavas by birth, by trait and beliefs. 

2. Before we could touch the subject once more we propose to let you know about the genesis of the word ‘Codava’ or ‘Codavas’ or ‘Codaga’ and the best thing we propose to bank upon the authoritative explanation of the term ‘Coorg’/ Codava / ‘Codaga’ is to quote from ‘Gazetteer of Coorg’ compiled by Reverend G. Richter, Principal Govt. Central School, Mercara ( now Madikeri 571 201) and instructor of Coorg Schools of the erstwhile British India Province of Coorg first published in the year 1870 and it happens to be the only authentic cobblestone enabling the future generation to know about Coorgs/ Codavas. 

3. The Part II of the said gazetteer explains about the residents of Coorg under the caption “The people of Coorg” and it makes particular mention of the tribes who speak the peculiar Coorg language as listed in para A. The first of the tribes the list makes mention of pertains to Coorgs (i.e. Codavas) and followed by as many as 12 other tribes. Section 2 of part II of the Gazetteer of page 117 under a caption ‘ Personal appearance, occupation, general character of the Coorgs in detail furnishes the main characteristics of Coorgs (Codavas) by race and the explanation so given does not find place for the communities, tribes or classes of people whom the memorialists give tall talks about in order to secure exemption to hold fire arms without being issued with licence. The word as spelt by British rulers has been ‘Coorgs - Coorgie’ for the colloquial nomenclature ‘Codava / Codagaru’ such a thing decidedly has happened on account of the variations in the pronunciations. Quoting excerpts from Mark Cubbon, the then Commissioner of Coorg Nation the Coorg Gazetteer at page 365 furnished the real picture touching who in reality are Coorgs / Codagaru. In other words even according to Mark Cubbon Coorgs by race are a martial class recognised to be so on account of each member of Coorg race by the exceptional gallantry, loyalty, intrepidity which characteristics cannot be found in any other tribes mentioned in the Coorg Gazetteer and for certain the list has profounded by the so called leaders or group of leaders who have presented memorandums. 

4. Taking you a step forward we would like to inform you that Sikhs are permitted to carry Kirpan and the Gorkhas the Kukris. But the erstwhile rajas of the princely states in India and Coorgs/Codavas were exempted from holding fire arms without being issued with licence under Indian Arms act. When the privypurse was abolished, the erstwhile rajas and rulers of respective princely states had to forego the benefit of holding fire arms without licence. With the privypurse the exemption until then the erstwhile rajas were empowered to hold fire arms without proper licence was withdrawn, but such a thing did not happen in relation to Coorg race (Codava) which undoubtedly signifies a well founded interpretation that exclusively Coorgs by race are under law empowered to hold fire arms without gun licence which benefit should never be extended so as to encompass the members of other tribes, groups and communities. One other mischief should the exemption so claimed be extended to others as demanded by the mischievous memorialists will only facilitate the new converts and to those whom new family names have been granted by the so called self imposed leaders of Codavas these days. 

5. Going still farther the memorialists claim Codava language to be the main yard stick to claim exemption as mentioned. For instance the classes of people of different communities speak Kannada has been their mother tongue. Interestingly take for instance Harijans, Gowdas, Edigas, Kurubas, Brahmins, Veerashaivas, Ganigas and Bedas etc. etc. do speak Kannada, but they are not equals each others, each of such communities have their own religious beliefs different from other communities and the language Kannada never has been made to prove each of such communities to be one and the same. Such being the case many other classes of people do have Codava language to be their home language, but none of them are treated as Coorgs or Codavas. 

6. As regards legal systems the nation has folk legal system, religious legal system and state legal system, but the state legal system is not empowered to over ride or obliterate or efface the folk and religious legal systems of any give groups. Such being the case any attempt to classify other tribes, communities and groups simply on the basis of spoken language will only violate the spirit as enshrined in articles 25, 26 and 51 A of our constitution. 

7. Added to it the Deputy Commissioner of Codagu district is reportedly asked to ascertain if all other groups of people who speak Codava language do belong to Codava by race / Coorg by race by the Govt. of Karnataka and also is empowered to decide the matter. Interestingly enough the matter involves the amendments to the IPC and CrPC besides constitution of India. It essentially is a state subject and no office of any rank, calibre or status shall be delegated with such law making power. Therefore we request you to look into the matter with a realistic judicious perspective and decide to dismiss the memorialist’s claim. We have already submitted a detailed memorandum on this subject on 15th July 2010. Try not to evoke general unrest.

 
 Thanking you, Yours Faithfully, 
   (N.U. Nachappa Codava) 
President
MEMBERS OF CODAVA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 
1. Kalianda Prakash Codava,
2. Maneyapanda Thara Codavathi,
3. Badumanda Dinu Codava 
4. Mookonda Dilip Codava, 
5. Chambanda Janath Codava, 
6. Pullera Kalappa Codava, 
7. Puliyanda Sathya Codava,
8. Ajjikuttira Lokesh Codava, 
9. Pullangada Natesh Codava