Special Correspondent

Queen's role in fighting foreign aggressors recalled at utsav

THOKKUTTU (ULLAL): The sixth Veera Rani Abbakka Utsav began here on Sunday with a call to place Rani Abbakka on a par with other nationalist personalities.

Speaking at the inaugural session, well-known writer and Nadoja Award winner Sara Aboobackar said Rani Abbakka was not like other queens who stayed in palaces; she lived amid people and when it came to protection of the independence of her people she fought with all her might and laid down her life.

Ms. Aboobackar said Rani Abbakka was as valiant as Kittur Rani Channamma, but her history was not very well known. Two other queens who were of Rani Abbakka's stature were Chand Bibi and Razia Sultana, she said.

President of the Dakshina Kannada district Kannada Sahitya Parishat Pradeep Kumar Kalkura regretted that the history of Rani Abbakka had not being documented in a scientific way, and the Government had neglected her role in fighting foreign aggression.

He said a statue of Rani Abbakka should be installed not just in Mangalore but also in Bangalore near the Town Hall. President of the Karnataka State Tulu Sahitya Parishat Seetharama Kulal said the Tulu Academy would set up a fund for taking up research on Rani Abbakka. Mr. Kulal said he had already spoken to the Mangalore City Corporation to name the circle outside the Deputy Commissioner's office after Rani Abbakka.

Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority B.M. Idinabba said it was not correct to restrict Rani Abbakka's identity to Tulu Nadu just because she ruled a part of that region. She should be recognised on a national level.