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Meera Bhuvanesh

Bellie Gowder Jayaprakash, known as JP, was born in Hubbathalai Village, a Badaga hamlet, in the Nilgiris (South India) in 1948. After completing his schooling, he went on to do his engineering degree in Govt College of Technology, Coimbatore and had a short stint at PWD, Ooty. He has done his post graduation from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. He joined the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer in 1972. He served in the Air Force bases spread around the country and was deputed to the Special Organising Committee, 1982 Asian Games, New Delhi as Joint Controller (Accredition) and Deputy Director (Protocol) as he has been a keen sportsman having done his Diploma In Coaching (Hockey) from the National Institute of Sports, Bangalore . He was a selector of the Services hockey team for a number of years and was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka. He took premature retirement from the Indian Air Force in 1992 as a Wing Commander. Now, he devotes his time to the development of his community. He feels what we know about the Badaga tribal community is much less than what we do not know about them. This unique mountain tribal community has its own language, customs, rituals and rites. His website has more than 550,000 hits.

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