Rise and Fall of the Coorg State – New book released

Rise and Fall of Coorg State

“Rise and Fall of the Coorg State”, a book on Kodagu district, attempting to throw light on the circumstances leading to the “unpopular” merger of the erstwhile Coorg State with the then Mysore State, now Karnataka, in 1956, has hit the stands.

The book deals with the “neglect” of Kodagu by the governments since its amalgamation with Mysore State, a press statement from P.T. Bopanna, who has compiled and edited the book, said here on Thursday.

Mr. Bopanna, a Bangalore-based journalist, says that the book tries to find answers to some of the questions such as why key players, including the then Prime Minister late Jawaharlal Nehru, took such a “short-sighted” decision resulting in the snuffing out of the independent existence of the Coorg by merging it with Mysore State.

The book discusses the growing demand for autonomy for Kodagu, previously statehood, and also suggests the political roadmap for the future of the district, Mr. Bopanna said.

Among the contributors are writer C.P. Belliappa, son of C.M. Poonacha, who was the Chief Minister of the erstwhile Coorg State.

Political scientist Sandeep Shastri has written a chapter on the feasibility of seeking statehood for Kodagu.

C.M. Ramachandra, former Chief of Bureau, The Hindu, Bangalore, who was the Coorg Correspondent of the newspaper in the 1950s when the crucial decision was taken to merge Kodagu with Karnataka, has written the foreword for the book.

The book, published by Rolling Stone Publications, Bangalore, is priced at Rs. 100.

For a list of books written on Coorg please click here

-The Hindu

One Response

  1. as we all know that kodavanaaD was a state which was one one among the five developed richest states of india and because of the merger with this backward karnataka kannada state we have lost our existence. and even social rights.this really a worst treatmeant by the kannada ruling government and also the central govt which has a memordum to protect the weak and minorities. even we are the only coffee producer in india, because of this merger we lost our coffee prices also and many kodava farmers are suciding themselves.

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