Ketoli Chengappa

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Diwan Bahadur
Ketoli Chengappa
Chief Commissioner of Coorg Province
In office
26 April 1943 – March 1949
Preceded by J. W. Pritchard
Succeeded by C. T. Mudaliar
Personal details
Born 3 March 1878
Alma mater University of Madras

Ketolira Chengappa was born in 1878 into the noble Ketolira (also called Ketoli) family of Coorg. During the Raj he was made a Commissioner of Coorg first and titled Rao Bahadur. He was later elevated to the position of Chief Commissioner of Coorg,[1][2] and then titled Diwan Bahadur. In 1947 when India obtained freedom, he hosted the Indian flag in Mercara fort during the ceremony in the then Coorg province. He was the last Chief Commissioner of Coorg and the only one of Indian origin during the Raj, as Englishmen held this position before him.

Chengappa's son Captain K. C. Medappa, an alumnus of Bishop Cotton Boys' School, Bangalore, was an officer in the Frontier Force Regiment who was killed in action on 16 December 1941 during the Malayan Campaign.[3]

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  1. ^ "Provinces of British India". 
  2. ^ "Provinces of British India". 
  3. ^ Aditya Sondhi (2014). Cottons in the Second World War. The Order of the Crest: Tracing the Alumni of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore (1865–2015).