A rare honour for Kodagu

The election of Kombarana Ganapathy Bopaiah as Speaker of the legislative Assembly on Wednesday has come as a rare honour for Kodagu.

Born on October 17, 1955, at the sleepy Kalur village near here, he is the second son of Kombarana Ganapathy and Chinnamma. He was closely associated with the Sangh Parivar since his school days. He had his primary education in the Kalur Government Primary School and went to Chettalli in Somwarpet taluk for high school.

Mr. Bopaiah obtained B.Sc. degree from the then Government Senior College here (now Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College) in 1974. He was as an active ABVP member during his college days. He participated in the movement against the Kambadakada dam project in Kodagu proposed by the government in 1970.

After completing B.Sc., Mr. Bopaiah joined the BMS College in Bangalore for LLB course. He was arrested during the Emergency in Bangalore and jailed for some time. After completing the LLB course as a gold medallist, Mr. Bopaiah returned to Madikeri in 1980 and started practising law.

He was appointed as general secretary of the Kodagu unit of the BJP and elevated as its president in the 90s. He was chosen to contest from the Madikeri Assembly segment in 2004, which he won as the BJP candidate comfortably.

In the previous elections, Mr. Bopaiah contested from the Virajpet Assembly constituency.

Mr. Bopaiah served as pro tem Speaker for four days after the BJP won the mandate and has the honour of administering oath to all the members of the legislative Assembly in that capacity. Later, he was made Deputy Speaker of the legislative Assembly. His wife Kunthi is the principal of the Kudige School in Somwarpet taluk. His elder daughter Prajna is an engineering student in Bangalore and second daughter is studying in the St. Joseph’s Convent School here.

Biddanda S. Kushalappa served as Speaker of the then Coorg State Assembly in the early 50s. Coorg was a Part “C” State from 1952 to 1956.

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-The Hindu

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Two-day Kodagu Sahitya Sammelan from January 20

The seventh district Kannada Sahitya Sammelan will be held at Shanivarasante in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu on January 20 and 21, the president of the district unit of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, T.P. Ramesh, said on Wednesday.

Addressing presspersons here, he said writer M.G. Nagaraj would preside over the sammelan. The Kannada Sahitya Parishat would release Rs. 4.7 lakh to organise the sammelan.

Of the amount, Rs. 1 lakh would be spent on bringing out four books — a collection of stories, collection of poems, Dalit literature and on Kodagu and its culture, Mr. Ramesh said.

He said 1,000 copies of each book would be brought out for sale.

A sum of Rs. 9 lakh was expected to be spent on the two-day sammelan. People from Arakalgud and Sakleshpur areas of Hassan district were expected to attend the sammelan as Shanivarasante was on Kodagu-Hassan border.

Shanivarasante was a historical town where Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa was born.

It was also known for freedom fighters such as Bidanur Madayya, B.K. Shantaveerappa, and G.K. Chandrashekar, Mr. Ramesh said.

The main entrances of Shanivarasante would be named after them.

The book stall would be named after freedom fighter N.K. Murthy.

The dais would be named after S.V. Ranga Rao, who started the first newspaper, “Kodagu Chandrika”, at Shanivarasante in 1884, he said.

The Shanivarasante PU and GMP School Grounds, where the sammelan would be held, would be named after folklore expert Besur Nanjanna, he said.

Director of Kannada and Culture Manu Baligar would inaugurate the sammela. The sammelan souvenir would be named “Sahitya Saptami”. Seven seminars would be held during the two-day event.

Students from VIII to X standards would participate in a poets’ meet. Twelve persons, who had worked for the cause of Kannada, would be honoured on the occasion, he said.

He said preparations were on for the fourth Madikeri taluk Kannada Sahitya Sammelan to be held at Napoklu on January 4.

Members of the parishat here mourned the death of singer C. Ashwath and actor Vishnuvardhan.

The president of the Somwarpet taluk unit of the parishat, J.C. Shekar, the honorary secretary of the district unit of the parishat, B.A. Shamsuddin, the secretary, Bharati Ramesh, the sammelan sub-committee members, Sripathi Rao, D.B. Somappa, Pushpa Nagaraj, Prem Kumar and R.P. Mohan, were present.

-The Hindu