B.V. Kakkilaya Honoured With Suvarna Karnataka Ekikarana Award

Sri B.V. Kakkilaya was honoured by the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri H.D. Kumaraswamy with the Suvarna Karnataka Ekikarana Award on the occasion of the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the formation of unified Karnataka State on November 1, 2006 at a glittering function held at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Sri B.V. Kakkilaya received this honour in recognition of his immense contribution to the unification of Karnataka as the General Secretary of the Akhanda Karnataka Rajya Nirmana Parishat. He was also a member of the Rajya Sabha during the unification movement in the 1950s and had raised the issue of unification of Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha and several other forums during that period.

Photo: Sri H.D. Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of Karnataka, honouring Sri B.V. Kakkilaya (Photo courtesy Karnataka Photo News/Udayavani)

The award included a citation, a gold medal (Photo below) and a shawl.

Karnataka Samithi of Kasaragod was also honoured with the Suvarna Karnataka Ekikarana Award for the glorious struggle of the Kannadigas of Kasaragod. The award was received by Sri Vishnu Kakkilaya, President of Karnataka Samithi.

Sri Alavandi Shivamurthy Swamy, the President of the Akhanda Karnataka Rajya Nirmana Parishat and a member of the Loka Sabha during the period, was also honoured on the occasion.

Photo Left to Right: Sri Alavandi Shivamurthy Swamy (sitting), Sri B.V. Kakkilaya and Sri Vishnu Kakkilaya
Sri Durgadabailu Shankaragowda, another awardee with Sri B.V. Kakkilaya – Old comrades meet again!

Earlier in the day, Sri B.V. Kakkilaya and five other stalwarts chosen for the Ekikarana award were felicitated on behalf of M.S Krishnan Memorial Trust, Bangalore and Navakarnataka Publications, Bangalore.

Photo left to right: Sri Ko. Chennabasappa, Sri H.S. Doreswamy, Sri G. Venkatasubbaiah, Sri Alavandi Shivamurthy Swamy, Sri B.V. Kakkilaya and Sri Vishnu Kakkilaya, President of Karnataka Ekikarana Samithi, Kasaragod.
Left to right: Sri Ko. Chennabasappa, Sri H.S. Doreswamy and Sri B.V. Kakkilaya

Speaking on the occasion, Sri Kakkilaya recalled the glorious struggle for unification of Karnataka, against the designs of the erstwhile government and the Kings and rulers of the area. He pleaded that the unity of the state should not be compromised over trivial issues and the language should be the binding spirit for realisation of true democracy.

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