B. V. Kakilaya, Karnataka|
belong to a landlord family. My father was a “Patel” during the Great -‘
Economic Depression. My date of birth is 11th April 1919. My father
died when I was very young. I was educated by my brothers. Our family had close
connections with the nationalist movement. (Gives lot of details).
first studied in Kasargod, then for futher studies I came to Manglore. I was
involved in the student movement. Manglore was an important working class and TU
center. There were lots of tile factories in and around. There were several
strikes. The tile workers needed somebody educated to help them. They therefore
came to me. I put their case before the managing director. This is how I came
into contact with the TU movement. In 1944 I founded the Tile Workers’ Union
with over six thousand workers. I also organised bidi, handloom, printing press,
cashew-nut, and other workers. Women were very strong amoung them. (Gives
details) I organzed separate women’s and children’s meetings in cashew-nut
I organized Bengal famine relief work. It was the T.Us in Manglore who enforced informal rationing in the town. In 1946 the govt. announced a cut of ration. I went round all over from Manglore to far South and east. (Detailed description given by him). I was very active amoung the bidi workers. I organized them to get a wage-rise. They went on a long strike of over 52 days. We used to hold South Canare district T.U. conferences at regular intervals. I had been arrested several times, I escaped from Davangere Jail. Even today at this ripe age I contribute to hold meetings and take part in the T.U. activities. I have been and MLA also. People know and love me so much.