CNC to continue struggle for homeland

NachappaThe secretary-general of the Codava National Council (CNC), N.U. Nachappa, said on Friday that the CNC would continue its peaceful struggle for autonomous Kodava homeland status to Kodagu, stating that a nation could ignore its minorities only at its own peril.

He was speaking to presspersons here. Quoting Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s speech in Kashmir recently, Mr. Nachappa said that the majority community should always protect the minority community, be it religious, social, linguistic or political cause. It was a rule that was firmly rooted in human rights. Therefore, any opposition to the CNC’s struggle would amount to violation of human rights.

The CNC had successfully put-forth its points in New Delhi on November 1, Mr. Nachappa said. There would be no meaning to celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava without fulfilling the demands of the CNC, he said.

The CNC members met the AICC general secretary, Oscar Fernandes, who, had promised them to engage them in a dialogue with the Union Government, Mr. Nachappa said.

The members also met Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, who too promised support to the CNC’s struggle. Mr. Moily stated that he would take up the issue with the Prime Minister, Mr. Nachappa said.

The detractors of the CNC had claimed that Kodavas constituted only 18 per cent of Kodagu’s population. Even if it was the case, there was hope for the CNC that the UPA Government stood for granting demands for autonomy to any given specific area and any given minority community as stated by Mr. Chidambaram in his speech in Kashmir on November 3, Mr. Nachappa said.

The Supreme Court advocate and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, M.N. Krishnamani, would attend the 18th Codava National Day celebrations here on November 21, Mr. Nachappa said.

 [Source: The Hindu]

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