(Text: Mookonda Nitin Kushalappa; Photo: Kushalappa A A)
GONIKOPPAL: The Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimayya Forum has been doing its best to spread the message of Kodagu generals which they conveyed by means of their lives. The Forum presently has 16 retired senior army, navy and air force officers, including Major Generals and Air Marshals. A number of other soldiers are part of this organisation as well.
The Forum succeeded in getting the statues of Field Marshal K M Cariappa and K S Thimayya made at the cost of Rs. 35 lakhs at Cauvery College, Gonikoppal. It has also strived hard to convert ‘Sunny Side’ in Madikeri into General K S Thimayya museum, which is likely to open in 2018.
The President of The Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimmaiah Forum is Col. (Retd.) Kandrathanda C Subbaiah, Ulliyada M. Poovaiah, editor of the Kodava periodical Brahmagiri is the secretary and the convener is Major Biddanda Nanjappa. Machimada Ravindra, former Kodagu District BJP President, is the vice president of the Forum.
Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat will unveil the statues in Gonikoppal tomorrow.
Photo caption: President Col. (Retd.) K. C. Subbaiah, Vice President Machimada Ravindra, committee members Marchanda Ganesh and Chendanda Chummi are seen in the photo.