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Who is warrior woman Onake Obavva?

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 12, Nov 2021
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From this year, the Karnataka government has decided to celebrate ‘Onake Obavva Jayanti’ on November 11 throughout the state.

Who is Onake Obavva?

  • Onake Obavva is a woman warrior who fought the forces of Hyder Ali single-handedly with a pestle (‘onake’ in Kannada) in Chitradurga in the 18th century.
  • She died protecting the Chitradurga Fort, which was ruled by Madakari Nayaka in the 18th century.

Legacy and relevance today:

  • Obavva is considered to be the epitome of Kannada pride and celebrated along with other women warriors of Karnataka state.
  • Onake Obavva’s courage and quick thinking have been praised by the people of Karnataka, especially in the Chitradurga region, where a stadium is named after her.
  • Inspired by Onake Obavva, in 2018, the Chitradurga police started ‘Obavva Pade’, a squad of women police constables to protect and educate women in the district. This was later extended to Bangalore.