Vanishing Kodavas:  Some facts
Voice of The Reader

Vanishing Kodavas: Some facts

May 28, 2017

NOTE: Here we reproduce the letter titled ‘Vanishing Kodavas: Some facts’ for the reading pleasure of ‘Star of Mysore’ readers. —Ed

It’s Kodavas all the way!


Though Kodavas belong to ethnic minority tribes of Kodagu, they were quick enough to adapt themselves to civilisation under British influence, when Kodagu, then known as Coorg, was a ‘C’ Class State under British rule.

With literacy and civilisation, they soon entered the mainstream of our national life emerging as a martial race and went on to occupy important positions in armed forces, sports and other walks of life.

The first Indian to become Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army was Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa (a Kodava), who succeeded the last British Army Chief Butcher.

The first Chief Commissioner (CC) of the erstwhile Coorg State after the exit of the last British CC Gordon was                             Dewan Bahadur Ketolira Chengappa (Kodava).

When Coorg (Kodagu) was merged with Karnataka and became a district, the post of the Chief Commissioner was re-designated as Dy. Commissioner and the first DC of the newly-formed Kodagu District was I.C. Subbiah (a Kodava).

Will not these achievements bear ample testimony to the calibre of Kodavas, with their minority status notwithstanding?

– V.R. Srinivasa Murthy, Brindavan Extension, 4.10.2015



Mysuru’s favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 41 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it’s readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.


Academy News Papers Private Limited, Publishers, Star of Mysore & Mysuru Mithra, 15-C, Industrial ‘A’ Layout, Bannimantap, Mysuru-570015. Phone no. – 0821 249 6520

To advertise on Star of Mysore, email us at

Online Edition: [email protected]
Print Editon: [email protected]
For News/Press Release: [email protected]