Sunday, September 16, 2012

"Gowda" is not a Caste Name

Recently have come across people who think "Gowda" is a caste, but it is not a community or caste but just a title used to denote the head of the family or community. I have seen the Gowda surname being used by almost all communities of Karnataka, Here I will give some examples with their castes Junje Gowda - was a Kuruba who built male Mahadeshwara temple, more recently we had A. Dodde Gowda who was a MLA from Holenarasipur in Hassan district, Basavan Gowda  is a common name of many Lingayats from north Karnataka, I think there is a minister called Raju Gowda who belongs to the Nayaka/Valmiki community, Golla Gowda - from the famous poem "Dharini mandala madhyadolage" was a Golla/Yadava and many Golla's use Gowda as surname, Edigas use Gowda as a username as well the most famous person being M.Thimme Gowda the liquor baron, many other small caste people as well use Gowda as surname.

But in the past 10 years or so one particular community is trying to monopolise the name " Gowda" as to belonging to their community.It's a sad show of the imagined superior mentality by few people. They are trying desperately to convince the world that Gowda is a caste. When the truth is contrary to their argument. This false propaganda has been carried out in a large scale both by the written and visual media aided by politicians and swamijis. The press obviously been based in Bengaluru, and being run by the people who do not know the culture and traditions of the people of rural Karnataka are propagating this without looking into the background of the argument.

It all probably goes back to the time about 15 yrs ago when a man who did not deserve to become the Chief Minister became the Prime Minister of India. The most famous person with a Gowda surname - H.D.Deve Gowda. Since then lot of people started to use the Gowda word. Surnames were proudly displayed as Gowda even though they did not have one. The media of course with little knowledge of the error took it as the truth, and started associated Gowda surname with a particular community or protraying it as a seperate community itself. It's a tragedy and shame that such a minuscule  thing as a surname was used to propagate one false information.

To quote an example a book written by Mr L A K Iyer in 1965 called "Mysore - Tribes and Castes" states in page 27 under the heading "Kuruba" that "Gauda" and " Heggade" are the titles used by Kurubas with their corresponding feminine equivalents of "Gaudathi" and "Heggadithi". Which clearly indicates that it is just a title and not a caste or community name.

So even before you ask some people voluntarily say that they are " Gowdas" and go to the extent of displaying it everywhere including their houses and vehicles. So I request these people to write a memorandum to the government to recognise them as a separate caste, or else I think they are spreading a false propaganda to achieve their menial political and social goals. If they thing just by using Gowda as a caste name their status in the social strata of rapidly changing India increase then it's their narrow mindedness. They are trying to undo the truth and rewrite history.

I hope these so called English educated press people try to know the culture, tradition and demographic nature of the state they live in before just blindly using Gowda word to denote one particular community. This article is not to hurt anyone or any community but just an effort to bring out the truth.

31 comments:

  1. Hi Vikram, firstly this is a wonderful blog you have started, the information you have shared is very useful & i feel this has to be taken up on a serious note that people from other communities are just trying to cash on the name Gowda. I shall do my part in spreading this across & look forward for more such blogs from you.
    RaviChandra

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  3. There are few people who still think Gowda is a Caste, especially Vokkaligas! They need to learn the history

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    1. kanda namge nam histry gottu nev tillkolle

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    2. nen hellode neja adre vokkaligaru jasti gowda ant edkotara illa kurbra?

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    3. nen hellode neja adre vokkaligaru jasti gowda ant edkotara illa kurbra?

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    4. kanda namge nam histry gottu nev tillkolle

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    5. We have name in our caste only....kurubha gouda. ..show the name in ur caste with gouda. ..totally baselesss

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    7. Kurubha gowda is rajagowda who ruled state before,not village gowda😂😂

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    8. Kurubha gowda is rajagowda who ruled state before,not village gowda😂😂

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    9. Tika urkond yakro hegradtira....gowdru gathu deshuke gothu ....ninigen gothu Nan....

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    10. Ninige base ediya correctagi nodkolapa Pradeep kanaka....

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  5. I am from AP.
    Gowda is going as a caste here.
    Gamunda=> gavunda=>gawda=>gowda
    Gamunda means gramadhipathi as per Sanskrit
    According to our sastras there is no cast only varanas ,they are four types
    Brahmins
    Lustrous
    Vista
    Shudra.
    Finaly if u feel gowda is not a caste ,there is no caste on earth.and some people use gowda caste name but can't to do anything,here not great but there karantaka why that much populer?

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  6. Are you a Kuruba? Kuruba which loosely mean, a shepherd. Jesus Christ was a sheperd too. You can start visiting churches from tmrw, and yeah u got a caste now.I am happy being a gowda. Guess you are trying to sneak in and attach Gowda to your surname. Anyway dont feel insecure. As I said Jesus was a kuruba too. You can join them. Amen!

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  7. ThanQ For Such Detail.. People Need More Knowleadge About This...But One Thing To Say All ,, We Wont Get Gowda Caste Certificate Remember That ,,,

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  8. Kuraba Gowda means not only Shepherd it involves agriculture to Allama Prabhu, President of Lingayat Temple at the time of allowing saint Rewad in the temple stated "Kuruba Hutavamunna Kulavilla Gotra Villam, Kuruban fal kani Basawanna." meaning "Before the kurubas there were no gotras, gotras came with kurubas, Basawanna, we are the decendants of kurubas". This shows that many Lingayats were kurubas/Dhangars previously.
    V know about our origin.. first u try to search yours k n mind your words

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  9. Kuraba Gowda means not only Shepherd it involves agriculture to Allama Prabhu, President of Lingayat Temple at the time of allowing saint Rewad in the temple stated "Kuruba Hutavamunna Kulavilla Gotra Villam, Kuruban fal kani Basawanna." meaning "Before the kurubas there were no gotras, gotras came with kurubas, Basawanna, we are the decendants of kurubas". This shows that many Lingayats were kurubas/Dhangars previously.
    V know about our origin.. first u try to search yours k n mind your words

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  10. Is it Gouda any one can use by their surname

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    1. Yes , it based on pronoun of english, but Gowda ,gowd, Gouda,Goud are all same.

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  11. Looks like you are jealous of the Vokkaliga community.... Get a life and new surname bro.

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  12. Even nayak name is not limited to one community. There are many kurubas having nayak as their surnames. eg kaka nayaka.

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    1. Thimmappa nayaka became kanakadasa
      Bhima nayak

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  13. Gowda is only for surname not a caste, in long back years some political votings are captured and some peoples are they are hidden own caste And show a he is also gowda. Gowda name is on not history in their,its first started in North Karnataka. South vokkaligas and some castes are a word gowda taking as a caste.in 1965 "Mysore-tribes and castes" page no.27(read it) written by an iyer,gowda not including to a caste I'm not said the book record.first read it who doesn't know u r history.sounth Karnataka is only vokkaligas and kurubas etc.some political back ground involving in their long years ago.we r not disrespect for u all,we r one,we r own back ground is their,any castes will it's for only for identity and equality for proofs that's and all we for only our state and India.we r kannadigas b proud k.

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  15. **Andhra &Telangana ***
    Here Gowda is a caste .... no pride &no royality not like karanataka there many groups use Gowda ,but they are not belongs to Gowda just use Gowda surname. Please consider Gowda is a caste in Andhra and Telangana. Here we can get certificate as Gowda caste

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