Origin of Mogaveeras
Mogaveera Community
Mogaveera Habitats
Mogaveera Customs
Festivals Observed
Occupations of Mogaveeras
Mogaveera Organizations
Mogaveera Religious Practices
Prominent Mogaveeras
Interpretation of Data
Appreciation of Website / Book


These Feedbacks are of www.mogaveeracommunity.com and “A Study of MOGVEERA COMMUNITY’.

The website was visited (hits) by more than one lakh fifty thousand people from 5th January, 2012 till the end of December, 2012 and more than 100 E-mail compliments have also been received.
Shri Anand, Editor of “Shree Mahisasuramardini” (Kannada Monthly) magazine of February, 2012 of Kundapur published a review of the Website.
“The Hindu”   (English Daily) of 25th June, 2012 of Mangalore published a review of the Website by Shri Mohit M. Rao, Correspondent of the News Paper.
“Kannada Malla” (Kannada Daily) of 24th August, 2012 of Mumbai published a review of the Website by Smt. G. P. Kusuma, an ex-editor of “Mogaveera” and well-known writer and poet.
Shri Sadananda Suvarna, Writer, Drama and Film producer reviewed the pre-publication copy of the book “A study of MOGAVEERA COMMUNITY”.
“Guruthu” (Kannada Daily), Mumbai, in November, 2012 published a review of the pre-publication of the book “A study of MOGAVEERA COMMUNITY” by Dr. Karunakar N. Shetty, Research Scholar & Writer.
Shri Vasudeva Bolar, Mangalore, a well-known  Mogaveera Social Worker reviewed the pre-publication of the book “A study of MOGAVEERA COMMUNITY” and conveyed his appreciation.
“Mogaveera”(Kannada monthly), Mumbai published a review by Smt. G. P. Kusuma, an ex-editor of “Mogaveera” and well-known writer and poet.
“Sneha Ganga” (Kannada monthly), Gulbarga in the month of November, 2012   published an article on the subject of Gangamath Brotherhood communities which is part of Website www.mogaveeracommunity.com.
A letter appreciating the project “Mogaveera Community” by Shri Keshava Kundar, President of Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera Mahajana Sangha, Uchila is received.
A letter appreciating the project “Mogaveera Community” by Shri Suresh Kanchan, President of Mogaveera Mahajana Seva Sangha (Bagwadi Hobali – 1941), Mumbai is received.
A letter appreciating the project “Mogaveera Community” by Shri B. M. Mahabala Rao, President of Shivamogga District Mogaveera Mahajana Sangha, Shivamogga is received.
“Mogaveera” (Kannada Monthly) Mumbai published a review by Dr.Karunakar N. Shetty, Research Scholar & Writer.
“Deccan Herald” English daily published from Mangalore reviewed the book “A Study of MOGAVEERA COMMUNITY’ in an article “A Journey into the life of Fishermen Community” on 21st June, 2013.
Prof. (Retd.) A. Sundara, Professor of Ancient Indian History and Archeology, Karnataka University of Dharwad has reviewed the Chapter “Origin of Mogaveeras”. He is of the opinion that evidences relating to the origin of fishing community exist at least from the latter part of the Upper Paleolithic stage (20000 - 10000 BC) and Mesolithic stage (3000 – 2000 BC). He has also cited several instances to justify the above conclusions. He has also given several instances relating to fishing communities of later period. His conclusions are; “In view of all these archeological and literary evidences, the antiquity, if not the origin of fishing for livelihood goes back undoubtedly to Mesolithic stage and even earlier since it was widely spread by the time”.

Critical Analysis by Shri Upendra Hosbettu Surtkal.

At last a Mogaveera writes about the Mogaveera Community, the day we have been waiting for. Many Mogaveeras have touched upon the subject often quoting local writers or foreign travelers. But what Mr. S. K. Uchila has come out with is an exhaustive, well researched volume which could be a reference manual for all those who wish do research on the Mogaveera community. He has traced the journey of the fishing community (Mogaveeras included) from the likely origin at the Sindhu valley to the present habitat on the Karnataka coast. Wherever no written records exist, he has, as he himself says ‘depended on reasonable hypothesis and drew reasonable conclusions’.

Apart from the usual details about the Mogaveeras what could be of interest and debate for the younger readers is to go through the chapter ‘Interpretation of Data’ and ponder over some of the issues raised. Issues like the primary membership to women in our traditional organizations, energy and money spent on constructing religious ‘monuments’ vis-a-vis educational institutions, revival of ‘Kulaguru Parampara’ and ‘Institution of Gurikaras’, ‘Rakthahara and Daiva Darshan’ and the need to rationalize our traditional institutions.

Then there are some interesting issues which need further research to correct the historical biases. The Mogaveeras had introduced certain practices, such as, contributions from the fishing units to Grama Sabhas which might have led to the modern concepts of ‘Tax Deduction at Source’ (TDS), a combination of Mutual Benefit Scheme and life Insurance, known as ‘Marana Phandu’ and co-ownership in fishing units, such as, Rampani etc. as co-operative society which did not get recorded anywhere in the history.Similarly, Mogaveera Naval Commanders Chennapa Gurikara and Kunja Marakala who led the fisher folk from Ullal to Barkuru under Rani Abbakka Devi and defeated the Portuguese in 1555, 1561 and 1581 and the fact that Kunja Marakala was stealthily captured and killed by the Portuguese who was the first martyr of Indian freedom struggle, does not find a place in the recorded history.

Similar is the fate of an event which could have been the precursor to the ‘Salt Sathyagraha’, a petition made to Government of Madras Presidency objecting the salt tax on ‘Mannuppu’ (a naturally formed salt) in 1894 by Mogaveeras living in Mumbai much before the resistance against levy in tax on salt in 1930.

The author has dealt with available information and cited source materials. But it is up to our youngsters to take up the challenge and record the facts in proper perceptive.

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