Kanthapura

by

Raja Rao

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Badè Khan Character Analysis

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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Kanthapura published in 1963.
Section 5 Quotes

What is a policeman before a Gandhi’s man? Tell me, does a boar stand before a lion or a jackal before an elephant?

Related Characters: Achakka (speaker), Rachanna, Badè Khan, Sahib, Vasudev
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:
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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.
Section 1
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
...but he soon starts converting the villagers to Gandhi’s cause. After two days, Policeman Badè Khan moves into the village. (full context)
Section 2
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Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
Badè Khan was a Muslim, and nobody in Kanthapura wanted him to live with them. Patwari Nanjundia... (full context)
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
But Rangè Gowda is the Government Representative in town, Badè Khan remarks, so finding Khan a house is Gowda’s responsibility. The Patel responds that he just... (full context)
Labor, Exploitation, and Economic Independence Theme Icon
The Khan sulks away, kicking the town’s one-eared dog on his way to the Skeffington Coffee Estate.... (full context)
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Nobody in the village sees Badè Khan for the next few days, and rumors spread about his motives for coming to Kanthapura.... (full context)
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Labor, Exploitation, and Economic Independence Theme Icon
...he meets to start spinning. A crowd follows him to the village gate, where Badè Khan is smoking a cigarette on the village train platform in plain clothes. After they pass,... (full context)
Section 3
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Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
Labor, Exploitation, and Economic Independence Theme Icon
...you?” Bhatta follows the figure into the courtyard and he turns out to be Badè Khan, who prostrates himself before Bhatta. (full context)
Section 5
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Labor, Exploitation, and Economic Independence Theme Icon
When Badè Khan came to the Estate, the new Sahib figured he would be useful. In fact, the... (full context)
Section 6
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...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)
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Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
Badè Khan orders Moorthy to leave—even if he is a free man, says Khan, Moorthy is not... (full context)
Section 7
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...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)
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...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)
Section 8
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...admits that this might bring trouble with the government in the future, especially with Badè Khan around. (full context)
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When Rangè Gowda mentions his fury at Badè Khan, Moorthy explains that “the Mahatma says you must love even your enemies” but Rangè Gowda... (full context)
Section 10
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Suddenly, the Police Inspector shouts to Badè Khan: “bind this man!” Rangè Gowda stands at Rangamma’s door with “Pariah Rachanna and Madanna and... (full context)
Section 11
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...where her husband beat her, but then she looked up and it was actually Badè Khan. She worries that she cannot fight, but Rangamma insists that they all must. (full context)
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...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)
Section 12
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...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)
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...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)
Section 13
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...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)