There is also a modern-day speculation that during the conquest of Alexander the Great, many of his Indo-Greek soldiers, the Yavanas, stayed back in India. They migrated as warriors down south, married the natives and settled down in the hilly areas of the Western Ghats.

Another view is that the Kodavas are descendants of Scythians (Connor 1870, Rice 1878). According to yet another but similar view, the Kodavas belong to the Indo-Scythian race like the Sakas, the Western Kshatrapas and the Nagavamshi Nairs.

This special privilege that these people enjoy comes from the time of Kodangu King who did not maintain a permanent army but called on its citizens to defend the territories of the country.

What is the special privilege that these people enjoy and also who these people are?

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