A Muslim police officer who moves to the Skeffington Coffee Estate to keep an eye on Kanthapura after Moorthy hires the Harikatha-man Jayaramachar to talk about Mahatma Gandhi’s movement. Achakka’s descriptions of Khan often liken him to an animal. Khan enforces and represents the government’s will in Kanthapura, and commits the book’s first act of violence when he attacks Moorthy. When the Gandhians practice their resistance methods, they imagine Khan attacking them. Moorthy wants to convert Khan to Gandhism and even convinces him to attend some of his bhajans, but Khan ultimately ends up helping the police suppress the rebellion.
Badè Khan Quotes in Kanthapura
The Kanthapura quotes below are all either spoken by Badè Khan or refer to Badè Khan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Kanthapura published in 1963.).
Badè Khan Character Timeline in Kanthapura
The timeline below shows where the character Badè Khan appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...coolie Rachanna thinks he hears Moorthy in Vasudev’s shed, but the noise is actually Badè Khan and Achakka warns that “Moorthy will not come tonight.” Rachanna and Madanna head down to... (full context)
...calm affection towards our fellow men” can convert enemies. He hopes to win over Badè Khan in particular. Achakka admits that “Rangamma did not understand this, neither, to tell you the... (full context)
...feels stronger and leads a bhajan attended by people from throughout Kanthapura, including even Badè Khan—but very few of the brahmins. Moorthy vows yet again to “send out love where there... (full context)
...to force the pariah boys to follow Gandhi after the harvests. He worries that Badè Khan will attack the men, and Vasudev agrees, citing his violence at the Skeffington Estate. But... (full context)
...On Tuesday, the villagers prepare for both Moorthy’s return and Venkamma’s son-in-law’s family, and Badè Khan arrives as “the cornets are already piping the Song of Welcome on Venkamma’s veranda.” (full context)
...watch the policemen congregated on Rangamma’s veranda and depart at night. Another policeman joins Badè Khan at the Skeffington Estate, and in the morning the villagers see Moorthy by the river. (full context)
...the Karwar Committee, and they continue to do practice drills in Rangamma’s courtyard, imagining “Badè Khans after Badè Khans” beating them and becoming “more and more familiar” with the idea. They... (full context)