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Demand for special package to preserve Kodava culture
Kodava language is on the verge of extinction: UNESCO
Madikeri: Codava National Council (CNC) secretary-general N.U. Nachappa has urged the State Government to implement the recommendations of the Karnataka Permanent Backward Classes Commission to consider a special package to help preserve and foster Kodava culture.
Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Nachappa said that the commission, headed by C.S. Dwarakanath, had stated that Kodava groups came under III A category in the list of backward castes and it remained backward, socially, educationally and culturally.
The commission had met leaders and members of the Kodava community here for three days from February 5, 2008, to study the problems of the community, Mr. Nachappa said.
Quoting UNESCO, the commission observed that Kodava language was one among the 196 languages in the world on the verge of extinction and the Commission regretted that a language replete with such glory should be saved from passing into oblivion, Mr. Nachappa said.
The lifestyle, marriages, funerals, naming ceremonies, ancestral and occasions such as new year were unique to the Kodavas, the commission had noted.
The commission recommended to the Government to establish a central university at Kodava Kund, near Kakkabe, to perpetuate the cultural, educational and social values pertaining to the community.
The commission had also recommended removal of the word “Kodagaru” in section 2 of group IIIA (backward class category) and replace it with the word “Kodava” or “Codava”.
This would enable the Kodava people to obtain caste certificates in those names.
The CNC would extend support to the caste-based census as it would help protect the identity of Kodavas and stake claim for all benefits within the constitutional framework, Mr. Nachappa said.The CNC would felicitate Mr. Dwarakanath at the “Kail Poldu” festival here on September 1, Mr. Nachappa said.
The CNC, which had established the “Kodava parliament” in 2004, would dissolve the “ad hoc” body and pave the way for constitution of a “bicameral” body on the occasion, Mr. Nachappa announced. A list of memorandums addressed to the Central and State leaders were later submitted to the Deputy Commissioner.
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