Press Release 2019


Date: 23-09-2019

Dear Editor/ Political Correspondent

To whom so ever it may concern

Sathyagraha by Indigenous Codava tribal people held on 23-09-2019 at Madikeri in the vicinity of DC’s Office.

Dear Sir / Madam,

Subject: - Highlighting our bellow mentioned demands of Three Paramount Constitutional Subjects.

1. Quest for Geo-Political Autonomy & Self-Determination rights.
2. Inclusion of Codava tribe in the Schedule list under article 340 & 342 appended to the Constitution of India.
3 Right to hold Gun which Codava tribe enjoys should be continued forever & ever after without any hindrance. And the same shall be treated as birth right being it is a customary law; LEX LOCI , Such a thing deserves to be made a separate law under a fresh enactment along with the exemption under Arms act, (Which will enrich folkloric belief of Codava tribe) and to further strengthen the already existing provisions of law in the Indian Arms act, being it is an article of worship for Codava Tribe.

In Codava Folkloric Chronology, 1.Mother earth 2. Tribalism  3. Traditional Gun culture, are the inseparable heritage markers of Codava tribe from time immemorial which has emotional & sentimental bondage with each other. 

Hence for the protection of our Mother earth: Geo-political Autonomy, For the protection of Tribalism: Codava tribe should be incorporated in the Schedule list of our Constitution and for the protection of our Traditional Gun Culture: The existing statutory protection under Indian Arms Act section 3 & 4 should be ratified & continued.

All these legitimate Codava demands have reached highest Constitutional destination of our Country. It is a known fact that we have been appealing continuously to both GOI & GOK to consider above mentioned Paramount subjects during the past 29 years under the banner of CNC.

Every Codava feels that CNC & the above 3 (Three) Paramount demands are the symbol of their proud identity. We are happy to announce that each and every Codava considers CNC to be their sole conscious keeper & irrepressible voice of Codava tribal world.

“Diversity is the hallmark of prosperity”

Let the Global community respect & protect the diverse Indigenous tribes across the Universe including Codava tribes. Thus let us join together to build a harmonious World.

Thanking you,

Date: 23-09-2019
Dear Editor/ Political Correspondent Press Release
To,
1. Shri Narendra Modi ji,
The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Sovereign Republic of India,
South Block,
New Delhi-01

2. Shri Amith Anil Chandra Shah ji,
The Hon’ble Union Minister for Home Affairs,
Govt of India,
North Block, New Delhi -01

3. Shri B.S Yediyurappa Ji,
The Hon’ble Chief Minister,
State of Karnataka,
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore -01

Memorandum

Through: The Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu/ Coorg

Sathyagraha by Indigenous Codava tribal people held on 23-09-2019 at Madikeri in the vicinity of DC’s Office.
Dear Sir / Madam,
Subject: - Highlighting our bellow mentioned demands of Three Paramount
Constitutional Subjects.
1. Quest for Geo-Political Autonomy & Self-Determination rights.
2. Inclusion of Codava tribe in the Schedule list under article 340 & 342 appended to the Constitution of India.
3. Right to hold Gun which Codava tribe enjoys should be continued forever & ever after without any hindrance. And the same shall be treated as birth right being it is a customary law; LEX LOCI , Such a thing deserves to be made a separate law under a fresh enactment along with the exemption under Arms act, (Which will enrich folkloric belief of Codava tribe) and to further strengthen the already existing provisions of law in the Indian Arms act, being it is an article of worship for Codava Tribe.

In Codava Folkloric Chronology, 1.Mother earth 2. Tribalism 3. Traditional Gun culture, are the inseparable heritage markers of Codava tribe from time immemorial which has emotional & sentimental bondage with each other. 

Hence for the protection of our Mother earth: Geo-political Autonomy, For the protection of Tribalism: Codava tribe should be incorporated in the Schedule list of our Constitution and for the protection of our Traditional Gun Culture: The existing statutory protection under Indian Arms Act section 3 & 4 should be ratified & continued.

“Diversity is the hallmark of prosperity”

Let the Global community respect & protect the diverse Indigenous tribes across the Universe including Codava tribes. Thus let us join together to build a harmonious World. All these legitimate Codava demands have reached highest Constitutional destination of our Country. It is a known fact that we have been appealing continuously to both GOI & GOK to consider above mentioned Paramount subjects during the past 29 years under the banner of CNC. Every Codava feels that CNC & the above 3 (Three) Paramount demands are the symbol of their proud identity. We are happy to announce that each and every Codava considers CNC to be their sole conscious keeper & irrepressible voice of Codava tribal world.

1. Codava Quest for geopolitical Autonomy & Self-Determination Right: The subject of Quest for Codava land Geo-political Autonomy has been taken up.

The indivisible and traditional homeland of Codava tribe i.e.; Kodagu AKA Coorg AKA Codava Land was a "C" type State until the year 1956 when State re-organization was carried out. Kodagu was known to be the best administered utopian model of tiniest States of Indian Republic & it became a part and parcel of the State of Vishal Mysore now Karnataka under draconian State re- organization act 1956. The merger of Codava homeland with Karnataka is one of the greatest Geo- political catastrophes of 20th century.

The Govt. of Karnataka exploited & looted all the wealth, resources including perennial water source, land, language, cultural heritage, folkloric identity, natural wealth, flora and fauna, rich Codava Martial tribal human resources. It has neglected the well being of natives and all other things possible without any hesitation, “As though Kodagu aka Coorg to be the sole supplier of the economic source to the superior king". All these years the Government has swindled/looted Kodagu aka Coorg and everything available in Kodagu aka Coorg in the manner of its internal colony and occupied territory. The aboriginal indigenous Codava tribes are treated as second class apartheid citizens/subjects and even now it is being followed.

We would like to inform you that all such activities have been carried out and being done by the nexus of Government supported deal makers, fixers, negotiators, underworld Dons, hawala racketeers, black marketeers,political vagabonds, power brokers, regular pimps, realtors, commission agents, swindlers, professional blackmailers, corrupt officialdom, (MNC and NRI business tycoons also have made their inroads in Coorg) and without any doubt each of them have become rich and flourished on account of their unholy act. The indigenous Codava tribes have become aliens in their own homeland.

Without any wish to continue to be a second rate citizen in our homeland and with a solitary intention/idea of liberation from the shackles of these nexus of notorious elements, we have been striving continuously & relentlessly during the past 29 years for re-determining our politico - Constitutional rights, and re-establishment of Codava Geo-political entity through the request for autonomy.

The Constitution Review Commission of India (CRC) was constituted in the year 2000 by the then NDA Government and our (CNC's) repeated petitions and series of Memorandums and our peaceful movement have been considered by CRC and in 2002 CRC recommended for the creation of Coorg Autonomous Development Council under article 371 of our Constitution which finds place in the chapter of Centre-State relationship in our Constitution book.

We take pleasure to inform you that World Renowned Economist, Senior Statesman, former Union Law Minister, Rajya Sabha MP and Codava Samaritan Dr. Subramanian Swamy promised to get our lawful demands implemented through the Constitutional mechanism, when he participated as Chief Guest of 27th Annual Codava National Day held at Madikeri on 26th November 2017 under the aegis of CNC / Codava National Council. Added to it the Gentleman has addressed a letter to PM on 25th February 2019 re-iterating the significance and necessity of granting Autonomy & Self-Rule for Codava tribe since it happens to be nationally important and having greatest value among the people of India. By acknowledging the contribution of Codava tribe to the nation; particularly Codava tribes have protected ancient culture of India by foreign invasion besides they protected independent India's Sovereignty and National security through participating in armed forces. So one must concede and respect their legitimate demands as Dr.Swamy pressurized. We take this opportunity to remind a fact that your 1st NDA Govt has taken initiative to grant greater autonomy to already existing 10 autonomous regions of North-East and a Constitutional amendment Bill for 6th Schedule and article 280 is drafted under the aegis of Union Cabinet in February 2019. And the same is expected to be presented before the parliament in the 17th Lok Sabha Session during your 2nd regime.

Naga-Patkai autonomous region:-

Added to it the Naga peace agreement (India's one of the longest secessionist movements in the mankind)was entered between underground Naga outfit NSCN (I-M)and Union Govt.on 3rd August 2015 and the prime theme of the covenant is to grant shared Sovereignty to Naga's on par with Indian Sovereignty. Added to it the "Patkai region " is comprising of Naga inhabited area adjoining to neighboring state of Arunanchal Pradesh and Manipur which is an out station of Nagaland is to be granted as Naga-Patkai autonomous region.

Assam: - In Assam there are 3 Autonomous Councils under Sixth-Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

The 3 Autonomous Councils are:
Bodoland Territorial Council:

The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has legislative, administrative, executive and financial powers over 40 policy areas in the Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts comprising 4 Administrative Districts as- Udalguri, Baksa, Chirang, Kokrajhar comprising various protected tribal belts and blocks in Assam and 40 Elected Representatives to the BTC Legislative Assembly and provisions for 6 Nominated Members to be nominated by the Governor of Assam from the unrepresented communities in the BTCLA through direct election in the districts of Assam. It was established in 2003 following a peace agreement between the Government of India and Bodo Liberation Tigers and is functioning since 2003 under the provision of the Amended Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The first Chief Executive Member of the BTC was Hagrama Mohilary. Its predecessor body Bodoland Autonomous Council was functional with lesser power. Its headquarters is at Kokrajhar Town in Kokrajhar district hence it need to merge with Assam government fully for the better development

North Cachar Hills Autonomous District Council :-

The North Cachar Hills Autonomous District Council (NCHAC) is an autonomous council constituted under the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India to administer the district and to develop the hill people.

Its headquarter is Haflong in Dima Hasao district.

Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council :-

The Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council, East Karbi Anglong (KAADC) is an autonomous council in the district constituted under the provision of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India for the development of Karbi people.

Its headquarter is Diphu in East Karbi Anglong district.

In Jammu and Kashmir Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil:

Kargil is a district of Ladakh, Kashmir, India. Kargil lies near the Line of Control facing Pakistan- administered Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan to the west, and Kashmir valley to the south. Following demands of Ladakhi people to make the district a new Indian union territory because of its religious and cultural differences with Kashmir. The government of India formed the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), which governs the area with limited autonomy.

Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh:

Leh is one of the two districts of Ladakh. Following widespread agitations to make it a Union Territory of India due to the cultural and linguistic differences with Kashmir the government of India formed the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), which governs this area with limited political autonomy. The first elections for the LAHDC were held in the year 1995.

In Meghalaya :-
Garo Hills Autonomous District Council:

The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) is constituted for the development of Garo people and covers East Garo Hills district, West Garo Hills district, South Garo Hills, North Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district. It has headquartered in Tura.

Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council:
The Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) is constituted for the development of Jaintia people. It has headquarter in Jowai and covers the West Jaintia Hills district and East Jaintia Hills district. Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council:

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) is constituted for the development of Khasi people covers West Khasi Hills district, East Khasi Hills district, Southwest Khasi Hills district and Ri Bhoi district, It has headquarter in Shillong.

In Mizoram :-
Chakma Autonomous District Council:

Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) is an autonomous council for the Chakma people living in the south-western part of Mizoram.It covers Tuichawng subdivision of Lawngtlai district.

Lai Autonomous District Council:

Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) is an autonomous council for the Lai people in the South- eastern part of Mizoram.It covers Lawngtlai subdivision and Sangau subdivision of Lawngtlai district

Mara Autonomous District Council:

Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) is an autonomous council for the Mara people living in the Southern part of Mizoram.It covers Siaha subdivision and Tipa subdivision of Siaha district.

In Tripura:-
Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council:

The Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) is an independent council administering the tribal areas of the state of Tripura. Its council and assembly are situated in Khumulwng, a town 20 km outside Agartala, the state capital.

In West Bengal :-
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration:

Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) is a semi-autonomous administrative body for the Darjeeling hills in West Bengal, India. The GTA replaced the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, which was formed in 1988 and administered the Darjeeling hills for 23 years. GTA presently has three hill subdivisions Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Kurseong and some areas of Siliguri subdivision under its authority. It has headquarter in Darjeeling.

De facto autonomous:
North Sentinel Island:

North Sentinel Island is situated in the island chain of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which is a union territory of India. It is home to the Sentinelese people, who are some of the world's last uncontacted peoples. They reject any contact with other people and are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. There has never been any treaty with the people of the island nor any record of a physical occupation.

The local government (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) has stated that they have no intention to interfere with the Sentinelese's lifestyle or habitat. Although the island is likely to have suffered seriously from the effects of the December 2004 tsunami, the survival of the Sentinelese was confirmed when, some days after the event, an Indian government helicopter observed several of them, who shot arrows at the hovering aircraft to repel it.

Although this has not been done with any formal treaty, the official policy of minimal interference has ensured that they have de facto autonomy and sovereignty over their island under the framework of the Indian and local governments.

A case study of Autonomous areas across the world :-

Our Constitution is one of the best written Constitutions in the world and it borrowed on the directive principles of 11 first world countries. They are: Canada, USSR, USA,UK, Ireland, German, Japan, China, South Africa & Australia. Those countries have granted autonomy to various ethnic, national minorities and tribes of their place those who are living in a compact region.

List of Autonomous Areas by Country :-
Jew Autonomous Oblast in Birobidzhan of Russia:

Russia : (Former soviet Russia i.e. USSR); Surprisingly enough the legendary iron man and leader of Soviet Russia, Joseph Stalin when he was helming the USSR who himself being a & provided Autonomy for his own Jew minority community in a place called Birobidzhan in South Eastern Russia adjoining China called as & Jew autonomous oblast". Besides he incorporated Jewish languages ‘Hebrew & Yiddish” in Russian Constitution.

People Republic of China : China Provided Guangxi (1958) • Inner Mongolia (1947) • Ningxia (1958) Xinjiang (1955) • Tibet (1965) Autonomous regions. United kingdom of Great Briton: UK of GB provided Scotland (1999), Wales (1999) • Northern Ireland

Australia: Torres Strait Islands (1994) Regional Authority.

France: France provided autonomy for Corsica (2003). Besides Bretons / Celts who live in north- west France provided them Constitutional protection According to the French Culture Ministry, there are 280,000 Breton speakers, as well as over 600,000 people who speak it occasionally.

USA: Under the 1924 Act, indigenous people did not have to apply for citizenship, nor did they have to give up their tribal citizenship to become a U.S. citizen. Most tribes had communal property, and to have a right to the land, individual Red Indian people needed to belong to the tribe. Thus, dual citizenship was allowed.

Canada: In 1982, when section 35 was entrenched into the Canadian Constitution, Delbert Riley — who was then the National Leader of the National Indian Brotherhood (later known as Assembly of First Nations (AFN)) — was quoted as saying that "Aboriginal Rights are what First Nations define them as. Their rights are what they were before European contact, and remain the same after European contact

Japan: After the adoption of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007, the Government of Japan recognised the “Ainu” as an indigenous people in 2008, and it began developing the “Ainu policy”.

South Africa: Constitutional, legislative and administrative provisions concerning indigenous. Part II: Legal protection of indigenous peoples in South Africa. A.

Germany: The Germanic peoples were an indigenous ethno-linguistic group of Northern European origin identified by Roman-era authors as distinct from neighbouring Celtic peoples, and identified in modern scholarship as speakers, at least for the most part, of early Germanic languages

The post-war German governments sought to give some protection to their established minorities. Both enacted laws against the revival of National Socialism. The rights of the Sorbs were recognized by law in Saxony in 1948 and in Brandenburg in 1950. German Development Policy, which reconfirms Germany's commitment to a human and indigenous peoples. The BMZ Human Rights Strategy states that protecting and pro- ... Which human rights violations are indigenous peoples suffering from? 5. ... to Land, Forests and other Natural Resources (Territories) provide.

Before closing we re-iterate our demand of quest for autonomy and right of self- determination to become a formidable reality. We take credence to inform you that Codava tribes have participated in the first and second world wars. World War 2 became a formidable path to world peace. The world war was between Allied power and Axis power. America, USSR, France, China and England forming allied power. Codava tribal soldiers are known to have taken part as the representatives of British India by siding allied force. Austria, Italy, Japan and Germany forming an Axis force known to have oppressors.

One must know that as many as 635 Codava tribal soldiers have participated in the 2nd world war and 600 soldiers were martyred in different countries across the world in the battlefield. Only 35 wounded soldiers have returned back.

The net result of the finishing point of world war 2 was the birth of UNO(by relinquishing de-funct world body league of nations)which eventually transformed as the formidable path to world peace and new socio-political order and an altogether emergence(birth)of new civilization and Codava tribal world do have a definitive share in such noble deeds.

Codava contribution to the sovereignty and security of independent India is unparalleled. Foremost is the participation in the liberation movement against seditious Hyderabad Nizam who waged a war against Indian state through his rapacious Razakars army. Pemmanda Monappa was IGP and his band of entire HSRP was comprised of Codava tribal soldiers who heroically fought against Nizam force and defeated Razakars and integrated Hyderabad state into Indian Union. Monnappa was instrumental in suppressing the Razakars rebellion in Hyderabad as the Inspector- General of Police. The then Union Home Minister, Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, had chosen Monnappa to quell the mutiny in Hyderabad. (This is a feather to the cap of Codava tribalism) Codava tribes have fought heroically to protect their homeland Coorg aka Codavaland against the invasion of outsiders and prevented the invasion of Mysore rulers Hyder & Tippu in particular. Tippu got defeated 32 times by gallant Codava tribes. To avenge his defeat Tippu conspired to eliminate Codava tribal folk in its entirety. Tippu invited Codava tribes in the pretext of peace talks to Devaattparamb. There he massacred thousands of innocent unarmed Codava tribes with the help of French army. This traumatic tragic genocide cannot be forgotten. Codava tribes have sacrificed for their homeland Coorg, for India and for the universe (World War 2). Our contribution & sacrifice is unparalleled. Large numbers of Codava tribal soldiers did participate in the freedom movement as fighters in Subhash Chandra Bose's INA.

2. Inclusion of Codava tribe in the Schedule list under Articles 340 & 342 appended to our Constitution of India.

During pre- independence days all the Government records including Census report, encyclopedia, Anthropological study, Epigraphy, Ethnological Survey/study, Coorg manual, and Coorg Memoirs & Gazetteers etc. mentioned Codavas to be aboriginal, Indigenous Principal Tribe of the Land.

Codavas’ traditional habitation is in thick forests, Hill terrain, and Rustic geographical isolation. Their rich colloquial Mother tongue Codava Thakk, rich Cultural heritage, martial activities, unique Folkloric songs, folk legal systems, folk dance, food habits, group hunting, traditional food storage system, knowledge of ethno-medicine, dressing style, clannish systems i.e. Okka/Khandan/Kula/Tarwad etc., Social order, separate Clannish burial ground, use of artifacts such as Cane, Bamboo etc., using skins of wild animals underneath grinding stones and using it as bedding for new born babies, unique wedding/Mangala rituals, birth and death ceremonies, worshipping of their Supreme Deity Karona and their sanctum- sanctorum’ called Kanni kombare, Nellaki Nadu baade, Mund baade & Kaimada etc. Each Clannish Temporal seat called Ainmane, all these treasures proved Codavas to be the aboriginal independent tribe of their land.

After having studied about all the above true facts, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru offered the concerned during the framing of the Constitution to include Codava tribe in the Schedule list of our Constitution. Subsequently former Chief Minister Shri R Gundoorao who was born & lived in Kodagu and having watched Codava tribalism from near quarters insisted the then Union Govt. to include Codava tribe in the Schedule list of our Constitution. But ironically the one percent Anglicized idiotic KUKLAK KLAN of people (who are the descendants of those who used to do slavery to the then Raja's & later Britishers) succeeded in blocking & defeating the entire move and thereby they deliberately destroyed the future of 99 percent of innocent Codava tribesmen. They were deprived of getting Constitutional protection by being included in the Schedule list of our Constitution. In reality it is a sin & worst possible international crime, planned & perpetrated by creatures who claimed themselves to be Codavas, who had access to the govt. channel. We (CNC) have taken up the matter to get the Codava tribalism to be incorporated in the Schedule list of our Constitution which happens to be one of the best framed & written Constitutions in the World. We are striving hard to convince the entire Codava tribe to know their rights and avail the facilities provided in the Constitution Book for their true empowerment, as Codavas are living in one of the largest democratic nation with largest ethnic diversity in a Country in the world. It is their right to get equal legitimate share of our Constitution.

Like Kashmiri Pundits are indigenous to Kashmir, We Codava tribes are indigenous tribe of Coorg. Codava tribes have no Cultural roots anywhere else in the world except in Coorg aka Kodagu, but others who are residing here have their own Cultural roots elsewhere outside Coorg. Our legitimate insistence for the inclusion of Codava tribe in the Schedule list has reached highest Political destination of the Country which resulted in conducting ethnographic survey/study on Codava tribalism which is being carried out under the aegis of TRI(Mysore Tribal Research Institute) under the joint instructions from Central & State Govts.

Only if our inclusion in the Schedule list becomes a reality, we the minuscule micro minority Codava can hope, survive, flourish and live as a true tribe hereafter. As such we insist the GOI & GOK to start the Constitutional mechanism as early as possible in relation to the preparation of Codava tribe being included in the Schedule list of Indian Constitution.

Already the Union Govt. (NDA 1st Gov.) has prepared a Constitutional amendment Bill to incorporate 6 (Six) Indigenous ethnic groups of Assam for the inclusion in the Schedule list with a solitary intention of protecting their unique Cultural heritage & distinctive linguistic identity. (The previous NDA Union Cabinet has approved Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities of Assam namely Tai Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutia, Tea Tribes, Moran and Matak. The move came before the centre introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 on February in Lok Sabha.)

Parivara; Talavara communities are in the que for the attainment of tribal tag through our young & energetic MP Pratap Simha. Simha took special interest in this matter and the incumbent Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr. B.S Yediyurappa favoured for the inclusion of “Koli Samaj” in the ST tag.

Preparations for ethnographic study are being made to include the HaluKuruba/Kuruba community throughout 25 Districts across the State who are about 80 Lakhs numerically and who have irrepressible strong Political clout.

It is an irony that the Govts have taken Codavas for granted and it seems that their ultra spirit of patriotism, hyper nationalism & pan Indianism has proved itself to be a stumbling block to the Codava tribalism to flourish statutorily and to attain their legitimate rights Constitutionally.

It is an undeniable fact that Mr. Narendra Modi as the PM of the Nation has under taken to protect Constitutionally, respect & preserve the ethnic, linguistic & national minorities, micro minority tribes, believers & non-believers irrespective of their cast, creed & religious affiliation when he spoke in the "World Sufi Conference" held at New Delhi on 05 March 2016. As such we request our PM to help us statutorily ratifying Codava tribalism by incorporating it in the Schedule list of our Constitution as committed in the World Sufi Conference. After landslide victory march for second term, PM Modi reposing highest respect by reverentially touching & bowing to our sacred Constitution indicating that he will adhere to our Constitutional norms for governing this largest democracy of the world. Our Constitution is framed on the principles of protecting, promoting & safeguarding the interests of diverse Ethno - Cultural & Socio - Lingual entities & pluralistic fabric of this country. Hence we hope that you will certainly fulfil all the aspirations of Codava tribe under the Constitutional provisions. (It will prove your true love for Codava tribalism)

3. Arms Exemption rights of Codava Tribe should be treated as utmost consideration amend the Arms Act and enact a legislation to protect age old customary practise of Codava tribe: Right to hold Gun which Codava tribe enjoys should be continued forever & ever after without any hindrance. And the same shall be treated as birth right being it as customary law; LEX LOCI , Such a thing deserves to be made a separate law under a fresh enactment along with the exemption under Arms act, Which will enrich folkloric belief of Codava tribe and further strengthen the already existing provisions of law in the Indian Arms act, being it is an article of worship for Codava Tribe.

Gun is religio- Cultural emblem & Socio- spiritual symbol of Codava tribal world which has unbreakable bondage with Codava tribe.

All the festivities & rituals of Codava calendar throughout the year evolves, involves & revolves around traditional gun culture.

1963 notification

As per a notification issued on July 6, 1963, under the Arms Act, “every person of Coorg race (Codavas) are exempted from securing license for possessing firearms.

Claiming that the continuation of the exemption, granted to some class of persons by the British government in pre-independent India in furtherance of their divide-and-rule policy, was unconstitutional, as it was based on irrational, fictitious and discriminatory grounds, such as race and ancestral land tenure, it was contended in the petition.

Since the matter involved, happened to be connected with Codava Tribe and its ancient heritage, we seem it fit to oppose the subject of the PIL writ petition initiated by a person working under the shadow of seditious TUKDE gang. We oppose the move with all sincerity and vehemence. We would like  to remind all the concerned that such previlages as is in question is not restricted to Codavas only. For instance, Nagas are empowered to carry and retain a long metallic sphere with them every time. Sikhs have the right to carry sharp sword with them at all times. Gorkhas can carry Kukri and Mizos are empowered to retain and exhibit their ancient customary rights. For example, a Khalsa Regiment strictly of Sikhs, a Regiment in Indian Army has permitted the carrying of a 1 feet Sword by every Sikh soldier. In the like manner there are Regiments under the name and style as Gorkha regiment which has been empowered to carry a Kukri by every Gorkha soldiers. All such rights and practices have been drawn from respective ancient practices and Folk legal systems of ethno-tribal  groups from time immemorial. Those British rulers continued the ancient rights and such things are never the result of their imagination. After all our Constitution came into being only in the year 1950. Nothing of the said practice is in violation of the privileges extended Under article 14 of our constitution.

In fact our Constitution is the continuation of the legacy of the West Minister system.  After all  a good majority of all the provisions of our Constitution used to be in existence legally much prior to coming into the practice of our Constitution. Take for instance the Patriarch of our Constitution i.e MAGNA CHARTA – the Great English Charter of Liberty got from King John in 1215 and the Govt of India Act 1935 came into being by the Britishers only and both the Statutes have been handed down and strictly implemented by the British Rulers only. This does not stop with that. Our major enactments are the legacy of British Govts in essence. The theme involved in IPC and CRPC in effect are the continuation of the legislation practiced by British rulers only and abolition of Sathi act, Widow Remarriage act and abolition of Child Marriage act all are the legacy of Britishers.

In order to curb the Criminal activities of “Pindari” resistance in and around Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh during the period of Sipoy Mutiny, the British Govt has envisaged and introduced “Pindari” Act. Pindaris are known to create law and order problem in the area and banditry coupled with killing and looting of weapons from British Army and properties. Their activities against the state incidentally “Sipoy Mutiny” (when Pindaris escaped with robbed firearms from Britishers, the Pindari act came into being) & also their atrocious behaviour against the State which forced the British Govt to introduce a “Pindari” Act and Disarmament Act. Fortunately not a single word about any Codava rising in Mutiny with the help of fire arms against the Govt for a single Moment. It is only in order to continue the special privileges accorded to Codavas to carry and retain Fire arms. The far sighted Mark Cubban has promulgated and has supported Codavas to continue our rights and privileges. The promulgation of Mark Cubban reads thus.

Notification 26-02-1861

“in consideration of the exalted honour, loyalty and intrepidity, characteristics of this little Nation of warriors and in recollection of its conspicuous services in aid of the British Govt, it is my pleasing Duty to notify hereby, for general information, in virtue of the power vested in me by the Govt of India, that the provisions of the act, commonly called disarming Act are not applicable to the gallant people of Coorg” 

Signed.M.Cubbon,
Commissioner   

Use of Gun is a customary practice amongst Codava Tribe. During the Male child births in the family, during Marriage celebrations and Rituals connected with deaths in the family and all festivals,firing from a gun is mandatory. No Codava is known to have misused fire arms against the State ever since the promulgation of Arms act 1861. Now objection is being raised by certain self styled public personages who are migrants, against the Special privileges given to Codava Tribe. These days it may not be an out of place act on our part if we insist all the concerned to go through the 1948 Parliamentary records touching the deliberations made on the floor of the parliament by no less a person Sardarvallabai Patel who without mincing words has stated that “he expects no danger from Codavas since they have proved themselves to be exceptionally law abiding people.” He even further has stated that “other group of people except Codavas would certainly misuse the privilege given to any such groups.” This itself is a ratification for our special rights. We re-iterate that Codavas forever and ever after will prove ourselves to be law abiding citizens of this country.

Codavas never used gun against Govt. even during the following situations.

1. During Freedom struggle

2. When Coorg State become merged in the year 1956 with the state of Mysore, now Karnataka.

3. During the period of Emergency in the year 1975.

4. During the period of periodic General Elections and 

5. During the change of Govts.

(For Example, when India attained its freedom from Britishers, there were nearly 562 princely States, protectorates & Provinces existed in India. Unification mission was carried out under the able leadership of SardarVallabhabai Patel for the merger of these states into AkhandaBharath.Thus one unified India came into being. During that period Junagad, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Mysore & Travancoor Princely States wanted to continue as independent and they did not want to join India. They strongly resisted, that too the Razakhar rebellion of Junagad& Hyderabad took Arms against Indian State.)

It is important to note that during 1980's when Sikh uprising for Khalistan&Goorkha insurgents for Separate Goorkhaland, both have took weapon against Indian State but we Codava martial tribe never took Arms against Indian State. 

Our allegiance to Indian State is unparalleled.

Fire arms to every Codava is an Article of Worship and great reverence, always reposited under the “NellakkiNadubade” of every “Ainmane” and Individual Homes. Fire Arms is as well a religious symbol and cultural emblem for every born Codava. No doubt it is a part and parcel of every Codava traditional attire with Kupya (Long Coat), PeecheKatthi, QamarBandh and Fire arms. Codava traditional attire becomes complete with such items only. Every ancient Codava used to possess and carry sword, Bow & Arrow along with sphere, until such times when Babar introduced fire arms weapons in India. 

(Afghan warlord Babar in his conquest mission to India, The first Battle of Panipath, on 21 April 1526 was fought between the invading forces of Babar and the Lodhi kingdom. This was one of the earliest battles involving  Gun powder, Fire Arms and Field Artilleries in the Indian sub continent which were Introduced by Babar.

Babar had smallest Army which had only 25ooo soldiers where as Ibrahim Lodhi had  1,50,000 soldiers of huge Army. But he could not win the war against Babar because of Babar’s strength of Fire Arms & Gun equipment)

The present PIL in question is an example of normal behavior of intruders, money bag interested Tycoons swarming into Kodagu from outside with a solitary intention of Disarming of Codavas in order to enliven their evil designs. They have been propagating the theme against the special privileges of Codavas to carry Fire arms. It may be understood that the previous dispensation of Karnataka led by Siddaramaiah, with an idea of avoiding comments and revolt from Codavas has instigated someone to file the PIL & is supporting the evil designs of the present writ petition. The main theme of our Constitution is to protect the Unity in Diversity & Diversity in Unity of our Demographic Mosaic within amongst the citizens of India. It is with such an idea only our Constitution has extended reservations to various tribal groups, scheduled castes and special protection for religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities and their respective languages.

Moreover our Govt has continued the legacy of the British rulers in keeping alive such caste based traditions and formalities touching groups and caste and communities in India. For Ex: there is a Coorg 37 Medium rifles for Codavas and Coorg, there is a Sikh / Khalsa regiment for Sikhs, likewise there is a Rajputhan regiment for Rajputs, Marata regiment for Marathas, Mahar regiment for Mahardalits, Kummou regiment for Kummou people, Gadwal regiment for Gadwal people, Jaat regiment for Jaats, Dogra regiment for Dogra people, Gorkha regiment for Gorkha people etc and nothing is opposed to the theme as enshrined in our Constitution. 

As regards the protection for land tenure held by different class of people as enshrined in our Constitution, the relief sought for by the petitioner against protection of Land tenure extended to Codavas, his claim becomes a nullity in law if the Govt takes into account such special preveleges extended to different classes of people to hold lands such as the people of the 8 North Eastern states in India under Article 371 of our Constitution. Simply said the existence and belief of our Nation hood is akin to a common banquet with a variety of flowers and the same is enlivened in our Constitution. Strictly said the petition reflects the mental derangement of the person. The writ petition seems to have forgotten the existence of different classes of people with different belief, language and customary practices and folk legal systems in India. Strictly speaking the PIL writ petition amounts to insulting the flowering constitution of India and nothing more than that. Therefore we desire that Govt be pleased to extend all the clauses touching the special privileges which are mentioned above to Codavas & it should continue without any hindrance. Let not the Govt Violate the fundamental rights and our human rights as are enshrined in the Constitution of India by disturbing the entire class of Codavas who are known to be very strict, patriotic and loyal to our Great Nation. The enigma so generated should stop. There is no locus standi. Hence the petition filed with mollified intention may be closed in the interest of justice and equity. 

Addenda: 

These kind of unique and rarest of the rare special heritage markers of the different ethnno-tribal groups across the World have been protected, respected& adored through the State patronage.

 For instance 

1. Zulu tribes of Natal Province in South Africa

2. Scottish tribes of Scotland in Great Britain of UK have their traditional knifes.

In the year 1987 Sri MG Ramachandran, the then CM of Tamilnad, promulgated an order that Tamilians can possess dagger or knife in their pocket for self protection. But this order was refuted by the then Police Commissioner of Madras City Commissionerate. Further he quoted that only 3 Communities in India are entitled to possess Arms in India. They are Codava tribe, Gorkhas& Sikhs; Gun/Fire Arms for Codava tribe, Kukri for Gorkhas&Kirpan for Sikhs. For instance, In 2016-17 there was uproar across the country. Few animal protection groups have challengedin the Appex court to dismantle rather curtailment of the ageold customary art & folkloric games/ sports such as"Kambala" of Tulunaad& “Jallikat” of Tamilnaad alleging that these

2 village games while conducting sports, they are torturing dumb animals like Buffalos& Bulls which is  an act of stone age, primitive  barbaric act and unconstitutional.

Subsequently the people of the respective regions strongly resisted against the court order and they expressed their desperation by resorting to agitation in the streets.

Later both the State & Union Govts intervened and respected the sentiments of the people concerned and recognized the age old religio- Cultural & Socio-Spiritual significance for its ratification and they made a law to protect & continuation of these two cultural games & sports statutorily.

We further resolved that the issuance of gun exemption certificates should be under single window program. The  concerned authorities are exploiting the innocence of Codava tribe whenever  he/ she applies for Gun exemption certificate, unnecessarily dragging and harassing the applicant by delaying and pending the paper. It is the violation of our fundamental rights as well as abusing and insulting the rule of law made by Parliament which amounts to contempt of our statutory rights. 

It is not alms given by anybody to Codava Tribe. It is our special Privilege & statutory right. It is not Coorg Arms act or Karnataka Arms act. It is Indian Arms Act.

Hence here it is the duty of a District magistrate to provide exemption certificates by ascertaining that beneficiary is a Codava & nothing else is required.

PS: CNC will be conducting a Peaceful Satyagraha in the vicinity of Parliament street New Delhi on 01 November 2019 to re-insist & re-present our claim and to re-register our solidarity for the above mentioned 03 Paramount demands & Other allied subjects. & on 2nd November 2019, CNC observes Sathyagraha in the vicinity of French Embassy as Devaattparamb Codava genocide by Tippu was perpetrated with French army collusion; - seeking an apology from French Govt... We request the NDA 2 Govt. to consider our legitimate demands with judicious perspective as the most warranted demands.

Thanking you,

With Warm Regards
NU Nachappa Codava
President CNC Codava National Council
PB No 12, Madikeri 571201-
CodavaLand& Southwest Karnataka,India
Residence-Noorokkanad Hills.
Cell NO. 9448721200
www.codavanationalcouncil.in
Email: nachappa.cnc.codavaland@gmail.com,
Nachappa@codavanationalcouncil.in

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Sovereign Republic of India,
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New Delhi – 01

3. His Excellency
Sri Venkaiah Naidu Ji,
The Hon’ble Vice President,
Sovereign Republic of India,

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The Hon’ble Rajya Sabha M P,
& World renowned Economist,
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The Hon'ble Minister for Tribal
Affairs.
Union Govt. of India
Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra
Prasad Road
New Delhi, 110011
Date: 23-09-2019

Press Release

Dear Editor/ Political Correspondent

To,
Shri Narendra Modi ji,
The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Sovereign Republic of India,
South Block,
New Delhi-01

Shri Amith Anil Chandra Shah ji,
The Hon’ble Union Minister for Home Affairs,
Govt of India,
North Block, New Delhi -01

Shri B.S Yediyurappa Ji,
The Hon’ble Chief Minister,
State of Karnataka,
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore -01
Memorandum

Through: The Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu/ Coorg

Sathyagraha by Indigenous Codava tribal people held on 23-09-2019 at Madikeri in the vicinity of DC’s Office.

Dear Sir / Madam,

Subject: - Right to hold Gun which Codava tribe enjoys should be continued forever & ever after without any hindrance. And the same shall be treated as birth right being it is a customary law; LEX LOCI , Such a thing deserves to be made a separate law under a fresh enactment along with the exemption under Arms act, (Which will enrich folkloric belief of Codava tribe) and to further strengthen the already existing provisions of law in the Indian Arms act, being it is an article of worship for Codava Tribe.

Arms Exemption rights of Codava Tribe should be treated as utmost consideration amend the Arms Act and enact a legislation to protect age old customary practise of Codava tribe:

Right to hold Gun which Codava tribe enjoys should be continued forever & ever after without any hindrance. And the same shall be treated as birth right being it as customary law; LEX LOCI , Such a thing deserves to be made a separate law under a fresh enactment along with the exemption under Arms act, Which will enrich folkloric belief of Codava tribe and further strengthen the already existing provisions of law in the Indian Arms act, being it is an article of worship for Codava Tribe. Gun is religio- Cultural emblem & Socio- spiritual symbol of Codava tribal world which has unbreakable bondage with Codava tribe.
All the festivities & rituals of Codava calendar throughout the year evolves, involves & revolves around traditional gun culture.

1963 notification

As per a notification issued on July 6, 1963, under the Arms Act, “every person of Coorg race (Codavas) are exempted from securing license for possessing firearms. Claiming that the continuation of the exemption, granted to some class of persons by the British government in pre-independent India in furtherance of their divide-and-rule policy, was unconstitutional, as it was based on irrational, fictitious and discriminatory grounds, such as race and ancestral land tenure, it was contended in the petition.

Since the matter involved, happened to be connected with Codava Tribe and its ancient heritage, we seem it fit to oppose the subject of the PIL writ petition initiated by a person working under the shadow of seditious TUKDE gang. We oppose the move with all sincerity and vehemence. We would like to remind all the concerned that such previlages as is in question is not restricted to Codavas only. For instance, Nagas are empowered to carry and retain a long metallic sphere with them every time. Sikhs have the right to carry sharp sword with them at all times. Gorkhas can carry Kukri and Mizos are empowered to retain and exhibit their ancient customary rights. For example, a Khalsa Regiment strictly of Sikhs, a Regiment in Indian Army has permitted the carrying of a 1 feet Sword by every Sikh soldier. In the like manner there are Regiments under the name and style as Gorkha regiment which has been empowered to carry a Kukri by every Gorkha soldiers. All such rights and practices have been drawn from respective ancient practices and Folk legal systems of ethno-tribal groups from time immemorial. Those British rulers continued the ancient rights and such things are never the result of their imagination. After all our Constitution came into being only in the year 1950. Nothing of the said practice is in violation of the privileges extended Under article 14 of our constitution.

In fact our Constitution is the continuation of the legacy of the West Minister system.

After all a good majority of all the provisions of our Constitution used to be in existence legally much prior to coming into the practice of our Constitution. Take for instance the Patriarch of our Constitution i.e MAGNA CHARTA – the Great English Charter of Liberty got from King John in 1215 and the Govt of India Act 1935 came into being by the Britishers only and both the Statutes have been handed down and strictly implemented by the British Rulers only. This does not stop with that. Our major enactments are the legacy of British Govts in essence. The theme involved in IPC and CRPC in effect are the continuation of the legislation practiced by British rulers only and abolition of Sathi act, Widow Remarriage act and abolition of Child Marriage act all are the legacy of Britishers.

In order to curb the Criminal activities of “Pindari” resistance in and around Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh during the period of Sipoy Mutiny, the British Govt has envisaged and introduced “Pindari” Act. Pindaris are known to create law and order problem in the area and banditry coupled with killing and looting of weapons from British Army and properties. Their activities against the state incidentally “Sipoy Mutiny” (when Pindaris escaped with robbed firearms from Britishers, the Pindari act came into being) & also their atrocious behaviour against the State which forced the British Govt to introduce a “Pindari” Act and Disarmament Act. Fortunately not a single word about any Codava rising in Mutiny with the help of fire arms against the Govt for a single Moment. It is only in order to continue the special privileges accorded to Codavas to carry and retain Fire arms. The far sighted Mark Cubban has promulgated and has supported Codavas to continue our rights and privileges. The promulgation of Mark Cubban reads thus.

Notification 26-02-1861
“in consideration of the exalted honour, loyalty and intrepidity, characteristics of this little Nation of warriors and in recollection of its conspicuous services in aid of the British Govt, it is my pleasing Duty to notify hereby, for general information, in virtue of the power vested in me by the Govt of India, that the provisions of the act, commonly called disarming Act are not applicable to the gallant people of Coorg”
Signed.M.Cubbon,
Commissioner

Use of Gun is a customary practice amongst Codava Tribe. During the Male child births in the family, during Marriage celebrations and Rituals connected with deaths in the family and all festivals,firing from a gun is mandatory. No Codava is known to have misused fire arms against the State ever since the promulgation of Arms act 1861. Now objection is being raised by certain self styled public personages who are migrants, against the Special privileges given to Codava Tribe. These days it may not be an out of place act on our part if we insist all the concerned to go through the 1948 Parliamentary records touching the deliberations made on the floor of the parliament by no less a person Sardarvallabai Patel who without mincing words has stated that “he expects no danger from Codavas since they have proved themselves to be exceptionally law abiding people.” He even further has stated that “other group of people except Codavas would certainly misuse the privilege given to any such groups.” This itself is a ratification for our special rights. We re-iterate that Codavas forever and ever after will prove ourselves to be law abiding citizens of this country. Codavas never used gun against Govt. even during the following situations.

1. During Freedom struggle

2. When Coorg State become merged in the year 1956 with the state of Mysore, now Karnataka.

3. During the period of Emergency in the year 1975.

4. During the period of periodic General Elections and

5. During the change of Govts.

(For Example, when India attained its freedom from Britishers, there were nearly 562 princely States, protectorates & Provinces existed in India. Unification mission was carried out under the able leadership of SardarVallabhabai Patel for the merger of these states into AkhandaBharath.Thus one unified India came into being. During that period Junagad, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Mysore &Travancoor Princely States wanted to continue as independent and they did not want to join India. They strongly resisted, that too the Razakhar rebellion of Junagad& Hyderabad took Arms against Indian State.)

It is important to note that during 1980's when Sikh uprising for Khalistan&Goorkha insurgents for Separate Goorkhaland, both have took weapon against Indian State but we Codava martial tribe never took Arms against Indian State.

Our allegiance to Indian State is unparalleled.

Fire arms to every Codava is an Article of Worship and great reverence, always reposited under the “NellakkiNadubade” of every “Ainmane” and Individual Homes. Fire Arms is as well a religious symbol and cultural emblem for every born Codava. No doubt it is a part and parcel of every Codava traditional attire with Kupya (Long Coat), PeecheKatthi, QamarBandh and Fire arms. Codava traditional attire becomes complete with such items only. Every ancient Codava used to possess and carry sword, Bow & Arrow along with sphere, until such times when Babar introduced fire arms weapons in India.

(Afghan warlord Babar in his conquest mission to India, The first Battle of Panipath, on 21 April 1526 was fought between the invading forces of Babar and the Lodhi kingdom. This was one of the earliest battles involving Gun powder, Fire Arms and Field Artilleries in the Indian sub continent which were Introduced by Babar. Babar had smallest Army which had only 25ooo soldiers where as Ibrahim Lodhi had 1,50,000 soldiers of huge Army. But he could not win the war against Babar because of Babar’s strength of Fire Arms & Gun equipment)

The present PIL in question is an example of normal behavior of intruders, money bag interested Tycoons swarming into Kodagu from outside with a solitary intention of Disarming of Codavas in order to enliven their evil designs. They have been propagating the theme against the special privileges of Codavas to carry Fire arms. It may be understood that the previous dispensation of Karnataka led by Siddaramaiah, with an idea of avoiding comments and revolt from Codavas has instigated someone to file the PIL & is supporting the evil designs of the present writ petition.

The main theme of our Constitution is to protect the Unity in Diversity & Diversity in Unity of our Demographic Mosaic within amongst the citizens of India. It is with such an idea only our Constitution has extended reservations to various tribal groups, scheduled castes and special protection for religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities and their respective languages.

Moreover our Govt has continued the legacy of the British rulers in keeping alive such caste based traditions and formalities touching groups and caste and communities in India. For Ex: there is a Coorg 37 Medium rifles for Codavas and Coorg, there is a Sikh / Khalsa regiment for Sikhs, likewise there is a Rajputhan regiment for Rajputs, Marata regiment for Marathas, Mahar regiment for Mahardalits, Kummou regiment for Kummou people, Gadwal regiment for Gadwal people, Jaat regiment for Jaats, Dogra regiment for Dogra people, Gorkha regiment for Gorkha people etc and nothing is opposed to the theme as enshrined in our Constitution. As regards the protection for land tenure held by different class of people as enshrined in our Constitution, the relief sought for by the petitioner against protection of Land tenure extended to Codavas, his claim becomes a nullity in law if the Govt takes into account such special preveleges extended to different classes of people to hold lands such as the people of the 8 North Eastern states in India under Article 371 of our Constitution. Simply said the existence and belief of our Nation hood is akin to a common banquet with a variety of flowers and the same is enlivened in our Constitution. Strictly said the petition reflects the mental derangement of the person. The writ petition seems to have forgotten the existence of different classes of people with different belief, language and customary practices and folk legal systems in India. Strictly speaking the PIL writ petition amounts to insulting the flowering constitution of India and nothing more than that. Therefore we desire that Govt be pleased to extend all the clauses touching the special privileges which are mentioned above to Codavas & it should continue without any hindrance. Let not the Govt Violate the fundamental rights and our human rights as are enshrined in the Constitution of India by disturbing the entire class of Codavas who are known to be very strict, patriotic and loyal to our Great Nation. The enigma so generated should stop. There is no locus standi. Hence the petition filed with mollified intention may be closed in the interest of justice and equity.

Addenda:

These kind of unique and rarest of the rare special heritage markers of the different ethnno-tribal groups across the World have been protected, respected& adored through the State patronage.

For instance

1. Zulu tribes of Natal Province in South Africa

2. Scottish tribes of Scotland in Great Britain of UK have their traditional knifes.

In the year 1987 Sri MG Ramachandran, the then CM of Tamilnad, promulgated an order that Tamilians can possess dagger or knife in their pocket for self protection. But this order was refuted by the then Police Commissioner of Madras City Commissionerate. Further he quoted that only 3 Communities in India are entitled to possess Arms in India. They are Codava tribe, Gorkhas& Sikhs; Gun/Fire Arms for Codava tribe, Kukri for Gorkhas&Kirpan for Sikhs.

For instance, In 2016-17 there was uproar across the country. Few animal protection groups have challengedin the Appex court to dismantle rather curtailment of the ageold customary art & folkloric games/ sports such as"Kambala" of Tulunaad& “Jallikat” of Tamilnaad alleging that these 2 village games while conducting sports, they are torturing dumb animals like Buffalos& Bulls which is an act of stone age, primitive barbaric act and unconstitutional.

Subsequently the people of the respective regions strongly resisted against the court order and they expressed their desperation by resorting to agitation in the streets.

Later both the State & Union Govts intervened and respected the sentiments of the people concerned and recognized the age old religio- Cultural & Socio-Spiritual significance for its ratification and they made a law to protect & continuation of these two cultural games & sports statutorily.

We further resolved that the issuance of gun exemption certificates should be under single window program. The concerned authorities are exploiting the innocence of Codava tribe whenever he/ she applies for Gun exemption certificate, unnecessarily dragging and harassing the applicant by delaying and pending the paper. It is the violation of our fundamental rights as well as abusing and insulting the rule of law made by Parliament which amounts to contempt of our statutory rights. It is not alms given by anybody to Codava Tribe. It is our special Privilege & statutory right.

It is not Coorg Arms act or Karnataka Arms act. It is Indian Arms Act.

Hence here it is the duty of a District magistrate to provide exemption certificates by ascertaining that beneficiary is a Codava & nothing else is required.

PS: CNC will be conducting a Peaceful Satyagraha in the vicinity of Parliament street New Delhi on 01 November 2019 to re-insist & re-present our claim and to re-register our solidarity for the Paramount demands of Codava Tribe & Other allied subjects. & on 2nd November 2019, CNC observes Sathyagraha in the vicinity of French Embassy as Devaattparamb Codava genocide by Tippu was perpetrated with French army collusion; - seeking an apology from French Govt... We request the NDA 2 Govt. to consider our legitimate demands with judicious perspective as the most warranted demands.

Thanking you,

With Warm Regards
NU Nachappa Codava
President CNC Codava National Council
PB No 12, Madikeri 571201-
CodavaLand& Southwest Karnataka,India
Residence-Noorokkanad Hills.
Cell NO. 9448721200
www.codavanationalcouncil.in
Email: nachappa.cnc.codavaland@gmail.com,
Nachappa@codavanationalcouncil.in

Copies Marked to below mentioned Dignitaries:-
His Excellency
Sri. Ramanatha Kovind Ji,
The Hon’ble President
Sovereign Republic of India,
Raisina Hills, Rashtrapati Bhavan,
New Delhi – 01

His Excellency
Sri Venkaiah Naidu Ji,
The Hon’ble Vice President,
Sovereign Republic of India,
Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi, 110001

Dr. Subramanian Swamy ji,
The Hon’ble Rajya Sabha M P,
& World renowned Economist,
Senior Statesman & Former Union Law Minister,
MP AB-14, Pandara Road, New Delhi -110003

Sri. Arjun Munda Ji
The Hon'ble Minister for Tribal Affairs.
Union Govt. of India
Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi, 110011