Beltangady: Litterateur Kudyady Vishwanath Rai Voices Need for Tulunadu State

Beltangady: Litterateur Kudyady Vishwanath Rai Voices Need for Tulunadu State
By Shekar Ajekar
Daijiworld Media Network—Beltangady (RD/CN)
Beltangady, Nov 24:
“The Tulu natives of undivided Dakshina Kannada (DK) district had not demanded the state of Tulunadu during the linguistic division of Indian states. Now the time has come for all Tulu natives to pressurize the union government with the demand for a separate Tulunadu state”, said renowned Tulu litterateur and Yakshagana artiste Kudyady Vishwanath Rai.
He was speaking after inaugurating ‘Tuluvere Parba’ at the taluk stadium here on Tuesday November 24.

MLA Vasant Bangera, in his presidential address, said, “Yakshagana plays which are usually staged in Kannada should be in Tulu language since the artistes and sponsors are locals”.

Bangera also urged all Tulu natives to join in the struggle for Tulunadu.
“As long as all Tulu natives are united, nobody can try to change the course of the Netravati River.  Those who proposed changing the course of the Netravati River have no brains”, said Harikrishna Punaroor, former president, Karnataka Kannada Sahitya Parishat. 
“The natives of the undivided coastal district are undergoing tremendous hardships as the vast fertile farmlands held by them are being exploited in the guise of development.  They can no longer bear the brunt of exploitation and it will be an appropriate time to revolt in order to demand a separate Tulunadu”, he added.

Most Holy Redeemer parish priest Fr James D’Souza, and Moulavi U K Abdul Aziz also spoke on the occasion.
Konkani Sahitya Academy president Kundapur Narayan Kharvi, S R Laxman, Somanath, Sheela Shetty, K A Rohini, Baby, Tanuja Shekar, Anantharama Bangady, Abdul Latif, Srinivas Kini, Laxmisha Tholpady, and Deviprasad were present on the occasion.
Sammelan chief convener K Somanath welcomed the gathering.  Dr Amratha Shetty Athrady delivered the introductory address. 
‘Jai Kannadamma’, a special issue of the city-based Kannada weekly ‘Suddi Bidugade’ was released on the same occasion.  Sridar G Bhide, Sundar Salian, and Raghav H compered the programme.


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  • Udayakumar Shetty, Kurkal,Udupi

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Perhaps there are more Tuluvas outside Tulunadu than in Tulunadu itself. Separate Tulunadu is neither viable nor practicable. We should demand special status to the region similar to the one granted to Hyderabad Karanataka region or Gorkaland in West Bengal.We Tuluvas are capable of overcoming all hurdles and developing ourselves. We do not depend on the Government or foolish politicians for development. We must strongly oppose change of course of our Holy river Netravati

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  • frank, tulu nadu

    Fri, Oct 19 2012

    dear friend, that is the reason we are asking for a separate tulu nadu. there are no developments. Kannadigas intentionaly not developing tulu nadu because they know on someday tulu nadu will separate itself from karnataka

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  • Arun Frank, Arva/ Belthangady

    Sat, Feb 18 2012

    In addition to whatever I have already written, I would like to add something more
    1) Kodugu, Mangalore, Udupi, kasaragodu,Brahmavar, Sakaleshpur should be added together to form Tulu Nadu
    2)Tulu should be made official language with encouragement for konkani, koorgi and byari bashe
    3)People should study in tulu & English and only our regional languages such as Sanskrit, koorgi, konkani and byari bashelanguages
    4)Tulu news paper should be published instead of kannada news papers
    5)All the people should be made aware of the need of a seperate state as it is our constitutional right
    6) All those who think that a seperate state is not needed unfortunately are not aware of few important factors and are not proud of our languages and culture
    7) having a seperate state is not against anybody as we will be still in India having our own state ( own identity )

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  • Arun Frank, Arva/ Belthangady

    Thu, Feb 9 2012

    Tulu Nadu should be created. Reasons
    1) There are 5 dravidian languages one of them is tulu and rest all have own states.
    2) As per the constitution a group of people speaking a language and having seperate culture are entitled to have seperate state
    3) Tulu and tulu Nadu culture will vanish if we do not have a seperate state. Tulu nadu had become kannada maya in the last 65 years
    5) Although tulunadu brings in 2nd highest income to Karnataka state hardly any of it spent on Tulu Nadu
    6) There are hardly any job opportunities in Tulu Nadu and hence people migrate to other places losing manpower
    7)We people from Tulu nadu do not have a seperate identiy of our own. kannada cannot be our identity and kannada is not our language
    8) If kannadigas argue that seperate statehood for tulu nadu is unacceptable, they only have to go back to their history ask themselves why they seperated from tamil Nadu.

    There are many other reasons which i am not posting here and I think these are enough

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  • chethan poojari, tulunadu

    Sun, Nov 21 2010

    wat ever it is tulunadu seperate state is important now...

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  • Raffiq, Puttur

    Wed, Feb 3 2010

    Jai Tulu Nadu, Bangerere, Ire separate state da samacesha shuru malpule. Nama barpa irna piravude.

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  • Anuradha V Bhat, Udupi/USA

    Thu, Dec 3 2009

    Just because Tulunadu is part of Karnataka does not mean that they have complete hegemony over us, which is leading to the demand of a separate state. If it continues, I am all for a separate state because I myself am a victim of it too.

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  • P.Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 26 2009

    God bless us, " Devastanakke hodarene Bhakti baruvuda?, Tulunadu State aadarene oggattu iruvuda? " Why unnecessarily creating new new problems ? First of all teach Tulu to your own kids & make them talk Tulu. Bloody English talking is become fashion for the young generation now. Instead of finding out the basic root, you people are creating problems.

    Tomorrow another voice will come , we want Konkani state, we want barri state, we want urdu state etc etc. And all tulu people will fight each other. Please work for Tulunaadu, & the unity of the Tulu people. Fight to solve the problem of Tulu people. See the only one Train available for Tulunaad from Bombay, see the condition of the train "Yekkale , yeli railu " became. Where are this politicians ? I know they never travel in Konkan rail. Please think for the present & future before come to any conclusion. Jai Tulunadu.

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  • Xavier, Belman

    Thu, Nov 26 2009

    What was spoken about tulunadu in the sammelan was the need of the hour. This is because there are not development projects in the undivided south kanara district which benefits the district. Our farmers sacficied their land where they were born for nagarjuna only to see that the power generated by it will be supplied to other parts of the state.

    There is no participation given to the crickets from the twin distrcts as cricket dayanand bangera observed recently in his article.If we keep quiet we will be the loosers. I request mr. Vasanth bangera to lead the struggle which will have tremendous backing from the tulunadu people "Let us start the struggle". It is not too late for it

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  • Fredrick Correa, Nairobi, Kenya

    Thu, Nov 26 2009

    I am sure all of us who speak Tulu are proud of the language. It has its unique charm. It can even be introduced in the school to ensure that it is preserved. But please, not a state on the basis of this language.

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  • John Tauro, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    When people speaking over 20 major languages can live in one country why can't the same people live together in a state speaking three or four languages? Dakshin Kannada District was divided for administrative convenience considering the growth in population and economic development. Does anybody know the costs involved in restructuring a distict? In such case can one estimate the costs involved in forming a separate state. It is all unnecessary expenditure on the nation. During these days of increasing terrorism and threats from neighbouring countries,it is high time that we should stand together and think of national unity rather than separate states. Tulu as a language may be identified and given due recognition by renaming the twin districts, Dakshina Kannada & Udupi as Dakshina Tulu Nadu & Uttara Tulu Nadu respectively since Tulu is the major language of these two districts. Further I suggest that the present Uttara Kannada District should be renamed as Konkan since Konkani is widely spoken in this district.

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  • Vinay Shetty, Udupi/Muscat

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    No.. Please don't start a new problem. We have enough in hand already, Creating Tulu Nadu will not make any difference. Guys being proud of Tulu is required but don't give our politicians a new reason to take the undivided DK for a ride

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  • Edward R. Monteiro, Kulshekar, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    A seperate State, comprising Dakshinna Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu and Kasaragod Districts, is the needed of the hour. to protect the people befor others take us for granted here. I support the idea of seperate State

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Doha Qatar

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    Is it possible to divide the Vast Karnataka state into pieces according to the spoken languages ? for example Tulunadu state, Konkan state, Coorg State, Mapilla state ? Dear all think twice and comment please.

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  • sathish, kudla

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    Please refer the links below to know about TULU language /TULUNADU before you ink...ROTTEN words .

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  • K.S.Poojary, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi.....Foolish idea by the foolsih people. It's shows your foolishness too...

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  • sathish, kudla

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    I hole hartdly being a tuluva fully support for the formation of tulunadu state .( i am not against kannada people )...just to say that i need to prevent my language in its own soil where it was born and struglling to surrive .(For eg. as said above "“Yakshagana plays which are usually staged in Kannada " by this form the tulu yakshagana plays will vanish one day as day by day only kannada plays will be played in TV/stages , hence it will make the next generation to have only kannada yakshaganas as it happened to TULU scripts.)

    Also please introduce TULU in school as an optional language ,whoes ever parents wish their childerns to learn TULU scripts can opt for it (karnataka govt. never permits this , why?).rejoin udupi..kudla and northern kasargod ...jai tulunad....

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  • Anushka, Vamanjoor

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    TULUNAD STATE has to be formed ,It should include UDUPI,MANGALORE ,KASARGOD Districts & also Sakleshpura & Mudegere taluks .Its the only way to protect Tulu. Kannadigas will never support development of Tulu .They claim Tulu as an dilect of Kannada ,Infact they wouldnt be able to utter one sentence in Tulu to be frank. Some think creating state will divide country which is foolishness ,if it was true why do we have karnataka state .Think before you talk .Tulunad state is very much necessary.

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  • Manjunatha Bangera, Kasaragodu/Bengaluru

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    No..not again. Already there are many problems in our country, people demanding separate states like Telangana, etc. I dont advocate having a separate state for us. Yeah, if Kasaragod can be joined to Karnataka, fine.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    Tulunadu people should join hand and protect from those outsiders who is sowing seed of hatred to divide them in the name of religion, region etc. The politicians should emphasize on bringing Heavy & Medium Scale industries into the barren outskirt of Mangalore. We have Seaport, Airport, Rail Routes and Highways connecting to our region. If more organised, we have more of exports & tourist potentials.

    We should try & ban selling plastic bags, gutkas etc. Our health department should become stricter on use of hand gloves & head gears in restaurants & road side stalls. We should introduce fine on those who spit, smoke or throw wastes on the roadsides. We should convert all private buses into a corporate body like BEST in Mumbai with uniform colour & shape like Gay-hound in USA.

    We should give job to the fisher folk women in the newly introduced KFDC Fish outlets which will reform their personality. In the first place, we should learn to trust one another and on false propagandas & lies, we should not fight in the name of religion which is esteem to everybody. This is more important to those highly respected priests of all religion whose verdict is law for god fearing believers. They should not let down their own disciples by preaching them with political or personal motives. They should act above self like “Panch-Parmeshwar” where they give just-verdict which is good for the whole human kind. Let us all work towards this goal and bring back those Golden era of Tulunadu. Jai Tulunadu! Jai Karnataka!! Jai India!!!

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  • fardaan, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    Also we need some more nadu..... Konkaninadu....Bearynadu...etc. etc. These modern Thackeray of DK want to divide the state on language.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Wed, Nov 25 2009

    Rotten idea. Just politics. Why do we need tulunadu state. Tulu is spoken by the people of 90 km radius and not beyond that. First of all try to get tulu language recognised by the State and Central government. Tulu is not a language but its dialect. Language has its own alphabets and dialect is a type of language that is ver old and widely spoken without any literature/grammer/alphabet of its own. If we demand states on the basis of dialects, then we shall have more than 200 states as India has more than 200 dialects. Foolish idea by the foolsih people.

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  • Chetan .S, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 24 2009

    Why Not Have A Seperate State For Udipi ,Seperate Manipal,Seperate Mangalore...and so its become a big joke when the whole world is trying to move ahead in technology,science ,education and health. we foolish people are still very backward , my stong belief is that we are still under the BRTISH coloniel rule mentally even though we got freedom in 1942 .These seperate words can be used in families but not outside ,First of all we INDIANS should get united in all feilds and not just on paper.

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  • Prasad .N.shetty, kudla/dubai

    Tue, Nov 24 2009

    Having a separate TULUNADU state is not an gud idea. but we can fight for Tulunadu district including udup & kasaragod..and Tulu language should be implemented in School as 3rd langauage. mangalore international airport should be called as Tulunadu international airport..same for Railway station...and the important thing we should not forget we are tuluvas we should be porud for being a Tuluva. speak and save tulu and tulunadu. jai tulunadu jai karanataka.solmelu!

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