Hands Rule The Land
There was only one way, thought Chennamma,
for the kindgom to continue and the dynasty to survive; she herself should
rule the land and also hold the sword. Trusting God, the young Queen took
this crushing burden on her tender shoulders. The clever and heroic Queen
also took the counsel of her father Siddappa Shetty. She enlisted the help
of trustworthy commanders. Delicate hands adorned with bangles now brandished
Arrogant enemies thought that after
all she was a woman and could be frightened. They began to threaten her.
One day the Chief Minister, Thimmanna
Nayaka of Kasaragod, went to her with Subnis Krishnappa and said to her,
"You must adopt as son Veerabhadra Nayaka, the son of the Commander-in
Chief, Bhadrappa Nayaka. It is only then that we shall support you. Or
else, we will unite the people against you and crown him." The same threat
was held out by another minister, Narasappayya and a senior officer, Lakshmayya.
Queen Chennamma heard them all patiently.
On one side, Bharame Mavuta had the King under his thumb and was eager
to take over the kingdom. On another side, all the ministers and other
important men were ready to bring some one whom they liked to the throne
and perpetuate their own positions. The Queen could not approve of either
of these developments. She had no child; so she decided that she should
adopt a boy who was virtuous and would herald the welfare of the State.
She choose a boy by name Basappa Nayaka. She decided to give him the proper
type of training so that the kingdom survived and the people were made