Activists recall struggle for unification

The demand for unification of Karnataka began 128 years ago with the founding of the Vidyavardhak Sangha in Dharwad. Many writers and activists from Old Mysore region had also joined the Ekikarana (unification) movement.

The movement took a turn with stalwarts such as Aluru Venkata Rao taking a lead role and Huilgol Narayana Rao composing the then anthem
Udayavagali Namma Chaluva Kannada Naadu.
Writers, intellectuals and Kannada activists from regions outside North Karnataka, including Kuvempu, B.M. Srikantaiah, M. Govinda Pai, K. Shivarama Karantha, Kayyara Kinhanna Rai, Aa. Na. Krishna Raya, Ma. Ramamurthy, Benegal Ramaraya, B. Shivamurthy Shastry, and others, had joined in. Political leaders who led the movement were Kengal Hanumanthaiah, T. Mariyappa, Sowkar Chennaiah, H.C. Dasappa, H. Siddaiah, Harnahalli Ramaswamy, and others.

Recalling this long history, president of Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan Chandrashekar Patil said separatism will be detrimental to land, language, culture and everything related to Kannada and Karnataka.

Describing the demand for separate statehood as “politically motivated” and driven by the BJP with an eye on the polls to Lok Sabha, Prof. Patil said the party was capitalising on a “chance remark” of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. Also, chastising the Chief Minister for his remarks, he said: “Political leaders, especially those who occupy top post, should be doubly careful while commenting on emotional issues pertaining to land, language, culture, religion, and caste.”

S.G. Siddaramaiah, chairman of Kannada Development Authority, said the demand for separate statehood would result in further division and it encourages every region to make such demands.

Meanwhile, several Kannada organisations led by Karnataka Rakshana Vedike held an emergency meeting on Monday opposing the demand for separate statehood for North Karnataka.

We should join hands for a fight for justice for North Karnataka region. It’s time to strive for Akhanda Karnataka, not division.Vatal NagarajPresident of Kannada Okkoota

The BJP is trying to capitalise on the chance remark of the Chief Minister for political gains… People in tops posts should be doubly careful while commenting on emotional issues of land, language, culture, religion, and caste. Chandrashekhar Patil President of Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan

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