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Pandyanda Belliappa

Pandyanda I. Belliappa (or Pandianda I. Belliappa) was a Gandhian, freedom fighter, politician and social worker from the erstwhile state of Coorg.

Family

Wife

Pandyanda Seethamma Belliappa

Children

six daughters (Almanda Sarojini, Bachamanda Leela, w/o B D Ganapathi, Sannuvanda Kamala, Neravanda Shanthi, Manavatira Latha, Buttiyanda Kusum), one son (Vijay Belliappa)

Achievements

  • Belliappa entered politics in 1921 as a member of the Coorg Planters’ Association. He later joined the Congress Party and became one of its prominent members.
  • A staunch Gandhian, satyagrahi and freedom fighter he courted arrest during the freedom struggle. His wife Pandyanda Seethamma Belliappa was also a freedom fighter who courted arrest.
  • He was also the editor of a periodical called the ‘Kodagu‘. At his invitation, Mahatma Gandhi, his secretary Mr. Thakkar, the President of the Dalit Sangha, a German journalist, Miss Jamnalal Bajaj and others came to Gonikoppal in Coorg.
  • In 1952, he separated from the Congress along with others and fought the Coorg state elections as independents while floating a new party called the Takkadi (‘justice scales’) party.
  • The issue they fought against was the proposed merger of Coorg with Mysore. They lost the elections to the Congress, led by C M Poonacha, but won nine of the Assembly seats. The Takkadi party was a dominant political force and voice in Coorg with its anti-merger plank.
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