The controversies that dogged the scholar
- Marga-1 (1989), the first volume of Kalburgi’s research papers, was probably his most controversial work. He interpreted historical writings to question the belief about the divine birth of Basaveshwara’s nephew Channabasava, a prominent sharana. Some intellectuals did speak up for him but Kalburgi faced a huge backlash from the community. There were calls for him to resign from the Basava chair at Karnatak University. He was forced to recant, later said it was to save his family but it felt like he was committing “intellectual suicide”.