A coolie who joins the Gandhians early in the book and eventually becomes one of the group’s most important leaders after the maistri kicks him off the Skeffington Coffee Estate and he moves into Kanthapura as a pariah. He is the fourth leader of the Village Congress and the most fearless of the Gandhians—he regularly taunts the police and is the second Satyagrahi to get arrested, after Moorthy. After the colonial government releases him, Rachanna helps lead the toddy protests and is the first to jump the fence into Boranna’s toddy grove. He is arrested again, never to return.
Rachanna Quotes in Kanthapura
The Kanthapura quotes below are all either spoken by Rachanna or refer to Rachanna. 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.).
Section 5 Quotes
Rachanna Character Timeline in Kanthapura
The timeline below shows where the character Rachanna appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the courtyard, excitedly awaiting his arrival and watching a lantern in the distance. The coolie Rachanna thinks he hears Moorthy in Vasudev’s shed, but the noise is actually Badè Khan and... (full context)
When Moorthy awakens, Rangamma, Seenu, and Ratna are watching him and Pariah Rachanna and Lingayya stand nearby. Moorthy feels that “something was the matter,” looks around Kanthapura, and... (full context)
...shouts to Badè Khan: “bind this man!” Rangè Gowda stands at Rangamma’s door with “Pariah Rachanna and Madanna and Lingayya and Lingayya’s woman” and shouts at the policemen, “what are you... (full context)
...villagers begin marching to Boranna’s toddy grove, led by Moorthy, Rangamma, Rangè Gowda, and Pariah Rachanna in a cart. They announce their intentions in song and stop for prayers along the... (full context)
...their fresh wounds but also a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The police arrest pariah Rachanna and the potters Lingayya and Siddayya, separating the other men, young women, and old women... (full context)