Badagas at the cross roads, need to change with changing times
Recently (on the 10th and 11th Feb 2018), a seminar was organised by The Nelikolu Charitable Trust at Coimbatore. The seminar was called “Nangava Nanga Arivo – Let us know about ourselves”. This is to make a select group of scholars/youngsters to present their views on issues concerned/connected with Badaga, both the people and language.
This topic is most appropriate and needed focussed attention.
We Badagas stand at the cross roads, at a crucial time in history. Some of the urgent issues that we face today, if not corrected now, will result in reducing us to history.
I chose to speak on “Badagas at the cross roads, need to change with changing times”
Some of the issues I touched upon are
1.Who are Badagas?
The similarity, differences or otherwise of the Badaga, Odaiya and Thoraiya groups,
2. What is Badaga origin?
The myth, mystery and mistakes of migration from Mysore theory.
3. Badaga language.
The decline of the purity of Badaga language due to inadequate knowledge of the present generation. The systematic omission of HA sound from the language and its impact. The influence of Tamil and English on Badaga in the day to day conversations.
4. Moray system
Is the Moray system playing a major role in the large number of marriages breaking up? Is it time to change the fundamentals?
5. Need to involve the women as equal partners
No elaboration is required about this issue when we consider ourselves as HETHE MAKKA
6. Music, Dance, Chant and keeping the traditions
The originality of our music and dance is lost in the present day blind copying of cinema ‘koothattam’ dances. Are we cutting short the important traditions/rituals like funerals due to paucity of time?
What we should do?
What we know about Badagas is much less than what we do not know
I will elaborate on each of these issues soon – Wg.Cdr.JP