Mysuru, October 30:- The Codava National Council (CNC) is organising a ‘Delhi Chalo’ march urging for a separate Codava land, Constitutional amendment and other demands on November 1, said N U Nachappa, president of the council at a press meet held at Mysuru Press Club on Monday.
“More than 500 Codavas from the state will participate in the march. We will hand over request letters to the President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Dr Subramanian Swamy and others,” he added.
CNC demands special autonomy state for Kodagu as Ladakh, Gorkha land, according to the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The council has also urged the central government to announce Kodagu as a Union Territory.
CNC has appealed to the Centre to declare Codava community as a tribe and to give tribal status. The committee demanded political reservation for Codavas as given to the Anglo-Indians. CNC wants Centre to announce the community as intangible culture under UNESCO.
“Kodagu, a sensitive area like Kashmir, is becoming a place for terrorists and fundamentalists. It is becoming a threat for the native Codavas. The government should take the issue seriously and launch an investigation agency similar to that of RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) for Kodagu. River Cauvery should be given the status of living entity, having status of a legal person,” he added.
“Those who are from outside Kodagu are buying land by paying double amount. Fundamentalists are trying to make the district a place for terrorists. They are backed by several politicians,” Nachappa said.
The council expressed their opposition to Tipu Jayanti calling Tipu a tyrant who massacred Codavas. CNC appealed to the state government not to observe Tipu jayanti.
Kalianda Prakash, Chambanda Janak Kumar, Kiriyanda Sharin, Apparanda Reena Poovanna and Apparanda Poovanna were present.