‘Our history has been shaped by various movements’

Staff Correspondent

Co-op. movement took birth in Puttur: Savitri

‘Social movement should espouse human values’

Manipal: Head of the Department of History, Besant College, Mangalore, K. Savitri, said on Friday that various movements played vital roles in shaping the history of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts.

She was delivering a lecture on “Movements in coastal Karnataka” organised by Prasaranga of Mangalore University at Madhav Pai Memorial College here.

Dr. Savitri said that land reforms and elimination of bonded labour system initiated by the former Chief Minister D. Devaraj Urs had a significant role in shaping the destiny of these two districts. These reforms went a long way in strengthening the weaker sections and rescuing them from the stranglehold of landlords.

The valiant Tulunadu Rani Abbakka, who fought against the Portuguese in 16th century, repulsed many attempts made by them to capture the strategically located port of Ullal.

Her army consisted of people from all religions and castes, she said.

The cooperative movement took birth in Puttur of Dakshina Kannada in the early 20th century. It had since spread to Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts.

Any social movement should have noble purpose and espouse human values. These values should not be sacrificed for selfish motives, Dr. Savitri said.