Kanthapura

by

Raja Rao

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A village chief and large landholder.
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Patel Term Timeline in Kanthapura

The timeline below shows where the term Patel appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
Labor, Exploitation, and Economic Independence Theme Icon
Patel Rangè Gowda, “a fat, sturdy fellow, a veritable tiger amongst us,” lives just past the... (full context)
Section 2
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Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
...Representative in town, Badè Khan remarks, so finding Khan a house is Gowda’s responsibility. The Patel responds that he just collects taxes and has no such responsibility. Khan accuses the Patel... (full context)
Section 10
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...ask Rangamma about Moorthy and continue to talk against the government. Rangè Gowda loses his “Patel-ship,” which means the government has broken “the ancient laws,” and the villagers pray that Kenchamma... (full context)
Section 12
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...assembles with their cattle and Rangè Gowda, whom the people still recognize as their true Patel, rides his horse into town. The Goddess Kenchamma appears to the townspeople, and Rangappa splashes... (full context)
Section 13
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
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...for bhajans, during which Moorthy tells them stories about activists across India, like the 170 Patels that resigned and the thousands who came to watch the Mahatma’s pilgrimage. Rangamma thinks the... (full context)
Section 14
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...unhappy;” and they will “establish a parallel Government” with Rangè Gowda back in charge as Patel. (full context)
Section 16
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The new Patel tries to collect revenues, but the villagers refuse despite the government’s threats. The police go... (full context)
Section 19
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...only villager to return to Kanthapura. His wife and daughter went to stay with the Patel in Kishipura and waited for his return. He told them he “couldn’t leave” Kanthapura until... (full context)