November reminds us all of Kannada, then follows deep silence!! Software companies, medical, engineering colleges and universities too celebrate this festival in grand. Kannada is now a language accepted wide and across. If we don’t love and accept this language with such scale, the language can vanish in days to come just in front of our eyes. Love for the language and fanaticism stand on two different corners. Loving one’s language and respecting others is the thing needed today. Which is greatly explained by Dr. Chidanandamurthy as Swabhimani (Self-Respect) Kannadiga. According to him this majestic Kannada empire was built on the foundation of self respect. The statement is based on examples of Mayura Varma whose Kadamba dynasty which rose conquering the humiliation by Pallavas of Kanchi. Queen Abbakka who stopped the Portuguese from entering the shores of this land stands as a symbol of Pride. Rani Chennamma who flooded with this self respect squashed her sword against Dalhousie’s Doctrine of Lapse two centuries before Rani Laxmibhai. Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna too was the embodiment of this self respect. The tribes of Halagali, Babasaheb of Naragund or even for instance Kumararama who battled against the Tuglaq are the celebrated figures of this state. This self respect was the base of the Golden Empire Vijayanagara which was built on the spiritual power of Sant Vidyaranya and the bravery of Hakka and Bukkaraya. Entire country including great emperors like Shivaji were inspired by the glory of Vijayanagara.
Incidents like these can be noted in pages yet it is our responsibility to learn about the lives of those who built this Kannada heritage later on. Aluru Venkatarayaru known as the ‘Kula Purohita’ of Kannada did extensive research on the palm leaf scriptures and found old age coins in villages which helped him judge the border of this land. This man who worked day and night on this one task was called ‘Karnataka Pranopasaka’ (One who breathes Karnataka) by D R Bendre. Though Alur was inspired by Tilak and Savarkar flooded him with patriotic thoughts Alur always wanted Karnataka to be a tribune to this mighty river India. To him the inspiration was from the ruins of Hampi. Later when Karnataka got unified with India, Alur himself worshipped Lord Virupaksha of Hampi. He then started Jai Karnataka newspaper and filled the hearts and homes of Kannada people. He even provided the material to many authors and made them write on variety of topics relating to this land and culture. Like him Galaganatha who encouraged young writers like A N Krishnarao, Masti Venkatesh Iyengar by selling books toiled his life for Kannada. G P Rajaratnam and modern Kannada writers like B M Shri, Kuvempu are to be remembered forever.
Karnataka is not mere land of literature. Great engineers like Sir M Visvesvaraya, Warriors like Field Marshall Kariappa, Manekshaw have contributed to this legacy. On the other hand the Sharana traditions, the Dasa traditions have made great impact on social life who are termed the true the gems of Karnataka.
Karnataka remained the only state to think ahead of the rest of the country. The credit should go to the Kingdom of Mysuru. Long before the quarrels of castism begun the Sharana tradition found ways to overcome it in the 12th century. The fight for self respect incepted by Rani Chennamma, centuries before the country arouse for it. The three Acharyas found this land the ideal place to give light to the world. The parliament was never as neat as what the Maharajas of Mysuru did. Above all, when the country imported machinaries from the world, this state offered land to J R D Tata to start a research institute and develop science which today is the Indian Institute of Science. Upset by people of Bengal, Sir Raman opted this place ideal to continue his research which again is the foresight of Mysuru Maharajas.
Undoubtely Karnataka is an indivisible part of India. Development of India includes development of Karnataka. Karnataka too has much more to contribute towards India’s growth. If these celebrations of November leads us to this responsibility it truly becomes a festival.