Basavaraja Kodagunti is Assistant Professor of Kannada and Coordinator of Department of Linguistics, Central University of Karnataka. He has been working on the Dravidian language family with a special focus on Kannada language. Through a study of Proto Kannada and the historical development of Kannada, he is trying to understand the socio-religious development of Karnataka. He has been advocating linguistics rights for minor languages and for the speakers of those languages. His exploration of the linguistic situation in Karnataka includes a study of tribal, minor, and endangered languages and mother tongues of Karnataka.