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P. I. Belliappa
Born Pandyanda I Belliappa
Kodagu (Coorg),
Nationality Indian
Occupation Freedom Fighter, Politician

Pandyanda I. Belliappa (or Pandianda I. Belliappa) was a Gandhian, a freedom fighter and politician from the erstwhile state of Coorg.

Freedom StruggleEdit

Belliappa entered politics in 1921 as a member of the Coorg Planters' Association.[1] He later joined the Congress Party and became one of its prominent members.[2] A staunch Gandhian, satyagrahi and freedom fighter he courted arrest during the freedom struggle. His wife Pandyanda Seethamma Belliappa was also a freedom fighter who courted arrest.[3] He was also the editor of a periodical called the 'Kodagu'. At his invitation, Mahatma Gandhi, his secretary Mr. Thakkar, the President of the Dalit Sangha, a German journalist, Miss Jamnalal Bajaj and others came to Gonikoppal in Coorg.[4]

Coorg StateEdit

In 1952, he separated from the Congress along with others and fought the Coorg state elections as independents while floating a new party called the Takkadi ('justice scales') party. The issue they fought against was the proposed merger of Coorg with Mysore. They lost the elections to the Congress, led by C M Poonacha, but managed to win nine of the Assembly seats. The Takkadi party was a dominant political force and voice in Coorg with its anti-merger plank.[5][6][7][8]


  1. Report on the Administration of Coorg. Coorg, India: Government of India. 1923. p. 19. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  2. Muthanna, I. M. (1953). A Tiny Model State of South India. Tiny Spot. pp. 103, 104. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  3. Kumar, Radha. The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights .. p. 80. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  4. Gandhi's campaign against untouchability, 1933-34: an account from the Raj's secret official reports. Gandhi Peace Foundation. 1996. p. 111. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  5. RAMACHANDRA, C.M. (20 October 2013). "Coorg and the reorganisation of States". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  6. CHINNAPPA, K. JEEVAN (20 April 2014). "Kodagu fighting to maintain its existence". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  7. Muthanna, I. M. (1953). A Tiny Model State of South India. Coorg: Tiny Spot,. p. 119. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  8. Park, Richard Leonard (1956). Reports on the Indian general elections, 1951-52. Popular Book Depot,. p. 272. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 

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