Famous Kambala buffalo runners of Srinivasa Gowda lead religious harmony march in Karnataka
The streets of Udupi town in Karnataka experienced a carnival-like atmosphere on Saturday, where thousands of people staged a march for harmony to rekindle the idea of ”unity in diversity”. The purpose of the march was to share a message of interfaith harmony among the people of Udupi – the place that has recently made headlines for communal tensions.
The step that led was removed from the Hutatma Chowk in Ajjarkad at Mission Compound Christian School and saw people of all faiths attend. The march was led by Kambala buffalo runners from Tulu Nadu. Kambala is an annual bison race held in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. It is a buffalo race where the farmer runs with the buffalo pulling on a harness or rope and whipping them to generate speed. The track is a muddy paddy field and the farmers compete to win the first prize. The Kambala race became a talking point when one of the runners, Srinivasa Gowda made headlines to be india Usain Bolt after running a distance of 142.5m in 13.62 seconds.
The march for harmony ended with a harmony convention at the campus of the Udupi Christian School. The main guests of the convention were social activist Yogendra Yadav and former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil. The event also included a musical program by Kannada singer and activist MD Pallavi.
Udupi has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. A controversy has erupted over the wearing of the hijab in classrooms. This led the Karnataka High Court to ban the wearing of hijab in classrooms. In addition, in the same city, Muslim traders were being expelled from temple fairs such as that of Kapu Mariamma Temple and Mulki Bappanadu Temple.