MP Iranna Kadadi has demanded that the Central Government commemorate the 200th anniversary of Kittur Rani Channamma’s victory in the first war against the British in 1824. He suggests celebrating this momentous occasion as a national festival by 2024. Additionally, Kadadi proposes renaming Belagavi Airport as Kittur Rani Channamma Airport in honor of her achievement. Furthermore, he suggests that Channammaji commemorative coins and postage stamps should be issued during the zero hour of the winter session of Parliament.
“The annals of history bear witness to the countless individuals who joined the nation’s fight for freedom. Amidst these fierce warriors, one woman from Karnataka stood tall, defying the British Empire. In the year 1824, Surya Mulaga, known as Kittoor Rani Channamma, fearlessly confronted the British officer Thackeray, earning her the title of the silver bullet of the freedom struggle. Hailing from our beloved Karnataka, she is hailed as a heroic figure. It is said that she was the trailblazing pioneer among Indian women in the fight for independence.”
2024ರಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿತ್ತೂರು ರಾಣಿ ಚನ್ನಮ್ಮನ 200ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ವಿಜಯೋತ್ಸವವನ್ನು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಉತ್ಸವವಾಗಿ ಆಚರಿಸಬೇಕು. ಅದರ ಸವಿನೆನಪಿಗಾಗಿ ಬೆಳಗಾವಿ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಕಿತ್ತೂರು ರಾಣಿ ಚನ್ನಮ್ಮ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ ಎಂದು ನಾಮಕರಣ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಸಂಸತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಸಂದರ್ಭ..@aaiblgairport @BelagaviKA @Belagavi_infra pic.twitter.com/1NXtF7aLav— Iranna Kadadi-MP (@Irannakadadi_MP) December 7, 2023
“Chennamma, born in Kakati, Belagavi district, Karnataka, entered into marriage with King Mallasarja Desai of Kittur. She bravely stood up against the British, who unjustly denied her adopted son’s right to the throne following her husband’s demise. Historical records confirm that Rani Channamma’s forces held British officers and their families captive during the ensuing conflict. Eventually, through negotiations, the dignity of the Kittoor state was preserved as the Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha gracefully released the officers and their families.”
“Following their defeat in the war, the British persisted in launching numerous attacks on Kittur as a means of seeking revenge. For a period of 12 days, the armies of Channamma and Kittoor engaged in relentless battle against the British in defense of their fort. In the midst of this struggle, the British cunningly managed to capture Rani Channamma. Although she had previously emerged victorious against the British in the initial war, she was unable to replicate this success in subsequent conflicts. However, during this time, a woman who had initially harbored fear in confronting the British displayed immense bravery, serving as an inspiration to our nation’s freedom fighters.”
“During the tenure of Chief Minister Bangarappa, the Kittoor Utsav was initiated after Independence to ensure that the historical significance of this event is not forgotten. Initially celebrated only in Kittoor, the festival gradually expanded to the taluka level and eventually became a district-level celebration. Today, it is widely recognized as a state-level festival in Karnataka. Efforts are currently underway to renovate the fort and shed light on the remarkable history of Channamma. In 2007, the former President, Mrs. Pratibha Patil, honored Kittur Rani Chennamma by unveiling a statue of her in the Parliament premises. This gesture serves as a tribute to the brave individuals who sacrificed for the country’s freedom struggle. On behalf of the people of Karnataka, the speaker humbly appeals to the government to take necessary action in this regard.”