Kodagu, a small district in Karnataka, S.India, has a unique distinction. Since the Kodavas belong to a martial race, till recently there was a tradition of at least one representation from each family to the Indian Army. Some of them have risen to the topmost post in the army. The first Commander-in-Chief of India, Field Marshal Cariappa, belonged to this place. And so was General Thimayya. Both were recognised by the UNO for their contribution to peace of the world. Besides them there have been innumerable soldiers of all ranks who have served the Indian army with great distinction. Today, it was the turn of Major Muthanna to be recognized for sacrificing his life to the nation. In the 90's, when he was serving in Kashmir, one day he got the news that some terrorists had holed up in a lodge. He and his men rushed to the place and when the door of the room was forced open, they were fired upon by the terrorists inside. Major Muthanna was in the fore. He got hit on the chest, but he still managed to shoot all the three enemies. He then died subsequently of the wounds he received. Today, his statue was unveiled in a prominent place in Madikeri. His widow and his daughter, both present on the scene, were inconsolable. One of his friends had come from a long distance to pay tribute to this hero, in spite of his handicaps… for he would have died also but for his friend. Major Muthanna, we salute you for your sacrifice so that we all could continue to live in peace. Thank you!