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2022, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part A

Constructing the identity of Karnataka: A study of select writings of early Kannada nationalists

Author(s): Dr. Pavamana RD

In the kind of cultural revivalism that emerged in the closing decades of 19th and early decades of 20th century, language, history and culture of a region became significant. Kannada provinces split as they were, witnessed a strong sense of Kannada revivalism. This was more pronounced in the provinces placed under the Bombay Presidency, popularly known as Southern Maratta Country or Bombay Karnataka. Since the closing decades of the 19th century, the region witnessed the emergence of several intellectuals who were more inclined towards Tilakism. Several publications brought out the rich historical and cultural heritage of Karnataka, importantly, a culturally ‘Greater Karnataka’. Significant in this direction is Alur Venkata Rao, Ra. Ha. Deshapande and Sham. Ba. Joshi In romanticizing Karnataka’s past, these writers through their scholarship attempted in a highly persuasive manner not only to project Karnataka’s history and culture as far superior to Marathi and other linguistic regions, but made a deliberate attempt to show the manner in which Karnataka’s geographical entity and her glorious cultural past was shattered by imperialist designs of the British Raj.
The paper in attempting a critique of these nationalist writer’s select works and also analyses the influences upon them, as well as situate them in the kind of a sub nationalism that emerged during the period.

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Dr. Pavamana RD. Constructing the identity of Karnataka: A study of select writings of early Kannada nationalists. Int J Hist 2022;4(1):33-37.
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