D. Javare Gowda (1918-) is a Kannada author and winner of the Padma Shri and the Karnataka Ratna and Nadoja awards. He is known as "De Ja Gow" in literary circles. His teachers were T.N. Srikantaiah. and Kuvempu
Christianity instead of Hinduism
Addressing a Catholic audience he stated that India would have been a better place if it accepts Christianity instead of Hinduism to which he has no respect. According to him Christian writers have contributed to Kannda literature more than Kannadigas.
Kannada as a classical language
He observed a dawn-to-dusk fast seeking classical language status for Kannada. He also threatened to return the Padma Shri if the Centre did not accord classical language status to Kannada by January 1, 2006..