GOURI SATYA writes: Apropos the churumuri debate on WODEYAR: Part of Royal Mysore’s History or Not, allow me to say this.
Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar is the scion of the Mysore royal family. Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wodeyar had conducted royal rites and declared Srikantadatta as the ‘Prince’. Mysoreans had witnessed a procession of the ‘Prince’ from Palace to the K.R. Circle then.
I may also recall here that Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was made the ‘Rajapramukh’ of Mysore after Independence and was appointed as the head of then Mysore State. He continued to receive the privy purse till Indira Gandhi abolished it.
That means the Government of India had recognized him as a ‘Raja’ and hence he was entitled to the benefits that Sardar Vallabhai Patel had promised the rulers of the then princely States before Independence.
When a foreign tourist visits the Mysore Palace, a common question he (or she) asks is whether the Maharaja still lives there. A tourist guide, who conducts these visitors, has to reply and tell them that the prince lives there.
Whether Dr. Lingadevaru Halemane likes it or not, Srikantadatta Wodeyar forms part of Wodeyar dynasty and its history. He continues to live in the Mysore Palace.
After all, Dr. Halemane is presenting the history of Mysore, the dynastic details of the Wodeyars, to the tourists. It will be incomplete without mentioning Srikantadatta.