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bjaypee
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:39 am Reply with quoteBack to top

BADAGA DAY

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May 15th is celebrated as Badaga day, every year. Many may not be aware that this has been done from 1993 onwards. The Porangadu Seeme (Mainly Kotagiri Area) has been celebrating this day as 'Ari Gowder Day' also, in honour of Rao Bahadur H B Ari Gowder of Hubbathalai [See the link Great Badagas] who had done a lot for the Badaga Community, at Nattakal 'Naakku Betta Koottu Hane' (Naakku Betta Meeting Ground) which had seen many historic Badaga gatherings for over 80 years. Nattakal is near Kerben Village [near Kotagiri], on the main road from Coonoor.

While I was proud and honoured to attend this function this year, what saddened me is the fact that there seems no unity among the Badagas what with trivial and minor disputes resulting in boycott of this function by certain hattis at the behest of their 'Gowdas'. I believe, in the earlier years, this function attracted a lot of crowd. To add more dismay, there was a parallel Badagar Day celebrations at Ooty, organised by some self appointed Badaga leaders along with corrupt self serving and discredited politicians.

At Nattakal function, I was pleasantly surprised to see BADAGA FLAG being hoisted. Badaga Flag is completety white and I felt, it is appropriate that white colour has been chosen, as the same is totally identified with badagas [due to our dress] as well as HETHE AMMA etc.

In the function, many prominent Gowdas spoke and high lighted the contribution of Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder to our community.

It was also announced by the family of Ari Gowder (by his grand daughter Tara Jayaprakash & myself) that from next academic year onwards, three girls and three boys [from the Badagas] who get the first three positions in plus two exams will be given a cash incentive of Rs.3000,Rs.2000 & Rs.1000 each. This amount will be distributed during the next badaga day (15 May 2008) at Nattakal. Also, we announced that for the benefit of all those badagas who have to go to Mettupalayam and stay there due to sickness, can stay, along with their family members, in two houses located at 'Ari Gowder Thottam', Edayarpalayam road [near housing unit colony]. A nominal fee (to meet electrical & water charges etc) may be charged. The duration of stay could be from a couple of days to a few weeks. (For details please contact ; Wing Commander Bellie Jayaprakash at (o8o)25442234 or 9486631864).

Towards the end of the function, a sad incident of an eye being removed from Maasi Hethai from Aravenu Village was revealed. It was mentioned that the doctors at an eye hospital at Coimbatore, due to their total neglect and callous attitude, removed her GOOD eye instead of the person lying in the next bed in the hospital. She produced photocopies of her stay and medical history. Her case was highlighted by Mrs.Indu K Mallah, Badaga activist who was also a member of the Nilgiri District Consumer Court for five years. She strongly recommended that this case be taken up for suitable compensation by the concerned hospital.
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The function concluded with lunch (briyani with pachadi) being served to all those who attended the meeting.

This function was covered by CTN Cable TV network . Incidentally, CTN has a lot of Badaga content in their programmes with songs, dances, serials etc. Hats off to them and do not miss their Badaga programmes if you are in their coverage area (Coonoor & Kotagiri surroundings).

See http://badaga.wordpress.com/badaga-day-15th-may/ for photos of this function along with this article.

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ratheshb
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 3:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What ever you say its attitude and ego problem among our badagas.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:04 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for badaga day info..

Really useful and lets make it a day for ever.

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bjaypee
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:22 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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It was also announced by the family of Ari Gowder (by his grand daughter Tara Jayaprakash & myself) that .... that for the benefit of all those badagas who have to go to Mettupalayam and stay there due to sickness, can stay, along with their family members, in two houses located at 'Ari Gowder Thottam', Edayarpalayam road [near housing unit colony]. A nominal fee (to meet electrical & water charges etc) may be charged. The duration of stay could be from a couple of days to a few weeks. (For details please contact ; Wing Commander Bellie Jayaprakash at (o8o)25442234 or 9486631864)


I am glad to inform that our offer of free accomodation at Mettupalayam was utilised by [Retired head constable] Bhoja Gowda from Horasolai for the benefit of his wife Lakshmi Ammal. Having stayed in Mettupalayam for a few months, he had just (12 Feb 2008) taken her back to the hatti.
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Incidentally, Bhoju, as I call him , was a very good football player and played for Tamil Nadu State police for a number of years. He is remembered fondly by his collegues as a well informed 'writer'.


Full informatiom with photos published in http://badaga.wordpress.com/badaga-day-15th-may/

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