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Indian Railways & Karnataka Tourism Department in love with Coorg Traditional Attire.

The male waiters of The Golden Chariot to serve the guests in Kuppya and Chele, Coorg Style ?.

What next? Female attendants in Coorg Saree ?


But any Coorg(Kodava) is not going to like this one for sure. The Kuppya and Chele are sacrosanct to the Kodava People..

The Karnataka Tourism Department or the Indian Railways seem not to know about it.
What are the Kodava Community doing about this?. Seems the information has not reached Kodagu yet.

C B Muthamma passes away

Chonira Belliappa Muthamma, the First women IFS ( India Foreign Service ) Officer passed away in Bangalore on Wednesday. She was 85.

Born at Virajpet in Coorg on Jan 24, 1929, she was the first women to appear for the Indian Civil services examination in 1948. She joined the Foreign Service in 1949.

She took the ministry of external affairs to court for discriminating against women in the service and not being promoted to the Foreign Secretary post.

Though the case was dismissed, the court noted that there was indeed discrimination against women in the service .

Looking back on her tenure in IFS, she wrote in a book;

Looking back, I cannot help but conclude that my tenure with the external affairs ministry was one long tussle
with the anti-women bias.

The Forest Dept and Timber Mafia Party busted


If we thought the threat to rape Coorg forests is only from the Mafia, we must have been day dreaming. Some of our very own, who are there to protect the forests of Coorg were caught red handed colluding with the Timber Mafia. And they are not some small fish.

The DCF ( Deputy Conservator of Forests ) H C Kantharaj, ACF ( Assistant Conservators of Forest ) Alexander MF and Cariappa, plus the Ranger Forest Officer (RFO) C K Muthanna were caught playing ball with the Timber Mafia. Serving the timber to the Mafia on a platter, at throwaway prices.

The Lokayukta slueths caught them red-handed with Rs. 2,49,000 of unaccounted cash.

Kodagu BJP goes after NGO’s


Cauvery Sene and few other NGO’s are the receiving end of BJP’s anger, after the sene alleged that bribe had exchanged hands in the Nagpur Variety of Oranges being distrubed in Coorg by the Horticulture Department.

The BJP even threathed Cauvery Sene and Other NGO’s “with severe action” if they do not stop opposing development activities in Coorg.

Is BJP referring to Barapole, PowerGrid and likewise projects in Coorg ?

BJP itself once opposed such projects. The U-Turn has been quick after winning the elections.

M.B.Devaiah, BJP spokesman, accused the NGO’s of unnecessarily raising objections to development activities and of throwing false allegations against the MLA from Virajpet cum Deputy Speaker K.G.Bopaiah.


“Kodagu(Coorg) is our motherland and it should be protected now before it is too late.” This was the resolve of the Kodavas for the conservation of Kodagu, the source of Cauvery river.

The leaders of Cauvery Sene, environmentalists and the prominent citizens exchanged views on the steps to be taken for the conservation of Cauvery River Basin at an interaction and awareness meet organised by Kodava Samaja at Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa Community Hall in Vijayanagar yesterday.

Nature lover and an engineer by profession, M.N. Appaiah said that forests in Kodagu are fast diminishing and expressed fears of an adverse impact on the catchment area of Cauvery river.

The water sources in Gangotri, the birth place of river Ganga too, are facing threat because of deforestation. Even US researchers have expressed concern over the danger. Deforestation has led to global warming, Appaiah said.

It has caused melting of snow in Gangotri thus threatening Gangotri’s water base. Similarly, deforestation is going on in Kodagu at a fast pace and this has posed a grave threat to Cauvery river basin, Appaiah explained.

Original inhabitants

Coorg Wildlife Society President Col. C.P. Muthanna (retd.), in his power-point presentation, said that the

number of Kodagu’s original inhabitants is rapidly on the decline and instead Keralites are settling down in Kodagu in large numbers. Timber mafia of Kerala is eating away Kodagu’s forests and there is no doubt that Kodagu will become another Kerala if the situation continued

, he warned.

Kodagu is faced with twin threats of deforestation and Keralisation. Hence it has become absolutely necessary for Kodavas to be united to face these threats. Kodagu is our motherland, he said and called upon everyone to protect it at least now.

He urged the Kodavas and the original inhabitants numbering about 24 to purchase land in Kodagu and discourage outsiders from buying land for commercial purpose.

Observing that illegal sand mining in Cauvery basin is another big problem that Kodagu was facing, Col. Muthanna said this also contributed to deforestation and drying up of Cauvery basin causing ecological imbalance.

Outlining the major problems that Kodagu was facing, Col. Muthanna said that rampant encroachment of forest land, opening of teak plantation, illegal entry to Kodagu by outsiders who encroach on government land, conversion of forest land for habitation, conversion of agricultural land in a large scale for commercial and residential purposes were the major problems faced by Kodagu today.

The deforestation in Cauvery catchment areas has gone out of control as illegal residential layouts and holiday resorts are mushrooming in the name of tourism, he added expressing concern that this was the main reason for the low rainfall this year.

Cauvery Sene Convenor K.A. Ravi Chengappa, who spoke, said that Cauvery Sene is relentlessly fighting against deforestation and illegal mining in Kodagu. Severe protests led to the stopping of Barapole project and currently an agitation is being carried on against the setting up of a power generation project in Abbe Falls. About 40 per cent of Madikeri will be lost if this project comes up. A PIL has been filed in the Court against the setting up of Abbe Falls and Irupu Falls Hydro-electric power generation projects, he said.

It may be recalled here that when Gundu Rao was the Chief Minister some timber merchants had the audacity to retort that soon they would make Kodagu forest a football ground.

About 500 people attended the meeting yesterday.

How to save Coorg.

• Prevent illegal encroachment.
• Prevent deforestation.
• Ban illegal sand mining in Cauvery river basin.
• Prevent Keralisation of Kodagu by Kerala migrants.
• Implement the concept of Greater Talacauvery Wildlife
• Ban felling of trees in Pushpagiri, Talacauvery, Brahmagiri Wildlife Parks.
• Prevent urbanisation of Kodagu.
• Halt conversion of agricultural land for commercial and other purposes.