Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Moral Policing in Mangalore

Moral Policing in Mangalore.

There's something wrong here. Why are women discriminated in a highly civilized place like Mangalore? One of the first English medium schools and colleges were started in Mangalore. People are rich, educated and friendly. Then why this moral policing? In what way are the men superior? Is it because they can scare you with their muscle power? Why do they roam about only in gangs of ten or more? The police in Mangalore should come down heavily on these gangs who frighten women. I vote that the women of Mangalore young and old to unite and oppose this discrimination. Women should be free to attend parties with their friends who could be both men and women if their parents or husbands know where they are going, especially if they are very young. This is happening because men in Mangalore are male chauvinist and they are brought up that way by their parents. One should respect women's right to go out. Boys in Mangalore always roam in groups and target women. The police should monitor such behavior. What if the police in Mangalore are male Chauvinists? Give martial art training to girls and women and let them counter act this horrible moral policing. Recruit more women or post women constables and officers in mangalore. Invite women to the police stations as a freindly visit, so that they have no fear of the police. All educational institutions in Mangalore should invite the local police personnel for a friendly talk and inter action. A single woman should be feel bold enough to enter a police station any time of the day or night if she has a grievance. I say, women of Mangalore unite and come out and oppose this moral policing. Start a morcha with placards and infront of the Town Hall. Let there be awareness to make Indian society equal and egalitarian. Justice for all for both men and women. Jai Bharat.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Nisha Dev9: The Portuguese Nazarenes - Part IThere were more t...

Nisha Dev9: The Portuguese Nazarenes - Part IThere were more t...: The Portuguese Nazarenes - Part I There were more than 30,000 Mangalorean Catholics in South Kanara district of present day Karnataka ...
The Portuguese Nazarenes - Part I
There were more than 30,000 Mangalorean Catholics in South Kanara district of present day Karnataka State when Hyder Ali of Mysore conquered the rich kingdom of Bedanore in 1763. The Christians under the Keladi queen Rani Chennamma (1671-1697) were hardworking and a prosperous community holding high posts at her court. She had donated land to them to build churches and they enjoyed her patronage which was later followed by other Keladi rulers. She is the same queen who stood up to Aurangzeb's great army and forced him to sign a friendly trade treaty with her. I have been reading about the Keladi Nayaks for a number of years who ruled Malanad, coastal Karnataka, North Kerala and Malabar. I have searched many libraries in Kerala, Mysore and London. Read the history of Mysore by Shastri and Mark Wilks. And the book - Journey from Madras through the countries of Mysore and Canara by Francis Buchanan which has thrown light on this episode. But, I am yet to go through the archives in Tamil Nadu State Library. This will be of interest because Mangalore went under the British rule after Tipu Sultan died in 1799 and then became part of Madras Presidency.Tippu fought four wars with the British East India Company, called Anglo-Mysore Wars. The Second Anglo Mysore war (1780-84) gave victory to Tippu Sultan and the British had to sign the humiliating Treaty of Mangalore. This is the only time, an Indian power dictated terms to the British. Tipu took many British officers and soldiers to Srirangapatna and had them tortured and killed. But, what is of interest to me and the people of Mangalore-- is that Tipu took all his anger on the poor helpless Christian Community in Mangalore who were Roman Catholics unlike the British who belonged to the Church of England and not Rome. And the British crown in England and the Portuguese powers in Goa and Portugal did not take any interest in the plight of Tippu's Christian prisoners. They were not even mentioned in the Mangalore Treaty. For the British the Indian natives were of no consequence. They were pawns in their great game of colonization and power. Tippu in his great wisdom thought it was the Christians of Mangalore who supplied food to the British Garrison at Mangalore when he surrounded the city to cut off supplies. He camped with his great army flying green flags of Islam and ordered that no food supply should reach the British holed up in side the fort; And it may bring a smile to Indians that the British surrendered to Tipu only after months of starvation when they were ready to eat rats, crows and insects as food. Many British soldiers died of starvation and scurvy.After the British left Mangalore, the Great Sword of Tipu Sultan came heavily on the Mangalore Christians who became his sacrificial goats. In a military type of pre-dawn operation; Tippu ordered the march of 30,000 well to do innocent rich Mangalorean Christians on foot through the jungles of the Western Ghats to the plains of Mysore into captivity in Srirangapattanna in the summer of 1784 with only the clothes they had on and nothing else. Most of them died on the way of starvation and those that lived and survived led a pitiful existence working in Tipu's ammunition factories till they were liberated by the British when Tipu died in 1799. It is assumed not more than 2000 came crawling back to Mangalore to find all their possessions and land confiscated and given to Tipu's loyal subjects. Though later, the British gave the Christians uncultivable or barren land which today are rich Coffee Estates and big mansions here and there and slowly they limped back to life and devoted their time in spreading education in South Kanara. It is even said that the young and handsome Christian boys captured were converted to Islam and Tipu Christened them Amadis or God's chosen people. And the girls and women were married off to his soldiers. He gave the boys military training and used them as front line fodder in his Anglo-Mysore Wars with the British! Even as late as the sixties many Mangalore Christians held Tipu Sultan in great awe and fear. In some of the Christian homes in Mulki,Kinnigoli and Kalyanpur little children crying loudly were silenced with the words "Don't cry Tippu will come and take you away!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Nisha Dev9: Raging Controversy over Tipu Sultan

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Nisha Dev9: India's Holy Cows and Holy Go Moothra

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Raging Controversy over Tipu Sultan

Raging controversy over Tippu Sultan
There is no doubt that Tippu Sultan fought against the British and died in battle in his fort at Srirangapattanna and became a hero to his people. But, it should be mentioned here and now that he took the help of the French (a foreign power like the British) to build his army. The French were one of his most important allies that supplied him with arms, ammunition and horses and trained his army in the European manner. He invited Napoleon Bonaparte to invade India against the British during Napoleon's expeditions in Egypt. Besides, the Indian sub continent in 1799 and before was not an Indian nation as it is now. It was fragmented into so many princely states, of which Mysore was one. There were the Peshwas in Pune and Nizams in Hyderabad and the State of Travancore in the South. Hyder Ali conquered the rich Hindu kingdom of Bednore (the present Malanad and Shimoga district, Western Ghats, coastal Karnataka,Malabar and parts of northern Kerala) in 1763 after defeating the last Keladi queen Virammaji at Bedanore and transferred all her wealth to his kingdom in Mysore. The Bedanore rani had hoarded all her wealth got from the trade in Pepper and rice with Europeans and others. Instead of building a strong army like the Mahrattas or Hyder Ali with guns and horses she accumulated gold and jewels and her the happiness of people through peace. She made many interesting and far reaching treaties with the Peshwa Madhavrao, the Portuguesee and many other small and big powers with whom she had trade relations. She believed in peace and treaties which eventually bring prosperity to any nation. Wars brings destruction and death. Asoka the great realized it after the Kalinga war. His remorse led him to embrace Buddhism and spread it in his vast kingdom. But, in this context, history will tell you what Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan did to to the defeated people of Bedanore, of Mangalore, Nayars of Kerala and the Coorgs of the Coorg Kingdom. Read the history of Mysore by Shastry and Mark Wilks. To these people Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan were as much foreigners and of a different religion as the British. The people of Bedanore, Mangalore and the Nayars of Kerala have horrific stories to tell about Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. Want to know more?

India's Holy Cows and Holy Go Moothra

On Holy Cows and the Holy Go Moothra
There's talk about Cow's urine good for this and good for that. I have seen many people slurping drops of urine on their way to office in Bombay. Well. I definitely think cow's urine is a good liquid manure when mixed with other foliage naturally found in the garden. But, to drink it as a medicine is taking things a bit too far. Let me tell you something, lots of cows come and sit in the shade of the trees planted by me many years back near my house in Bangalore. It's just not the cows, guys and girls too like to stand and loiter in front of my house because of the refreshing shade of the trees. Birds, bats,dogs, cats, squirrels, bees including cows patronize the space in front of my house. But, these cows in Bangalore seem to have a bad tummy and have loose motion all the time, it may be because they consume a large amount of garbage on their way to my place. Hence, the space in front of my gate looks like a cow shed with cow dung splattered all over the place. I would love to gather the cow dung (to make vermicompost being the most important ingredient) if it looked like it is in the villages solid and with no smell. A funny incident took place yesterday, I had swept the place clean because of Ganesha Habba and these cows came and did their thing, and I lost my temper. I took a big stick and drove them away. A few guys who had parked their vehicles came out and told me not to shoo away the holy cows, some of them even touched them and did namaskar. Then, I had to point out rather sternly, that the cows in question were not Indian cows, they were imported American or Australian (sperm imported I guess) cows huge and smelly. I told them not to worship imported Western cows. Our Indian cows are small and dainty like my Malenadu Gidda in my village in Karnataka which gives just one and half litre of milk and it is so tasty and sweet. Its roams the forest and eats the sweetest grass for free. I love it and give it ad big hug now and then. But, will I drink the holy urine, oh no. I will not. I will leave it for the holy people of my country.