Archive for April, 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Yesterday’s book release event went well when compared to the previous events held by Visalandhra Mahasabha in Hyderabad. From Visalandhra Mahasabha we had Freedom Fighters’ Association President Narra Madhav Rao, another freedom fighter Mehaboob Ali, C. Anjaneya Reddy, Parakala Prabhakar, Chegondi Ramajogaiah, Kumar Chowdhary Yadav, Kethiry Srinivas Reddy, Sunkara Venkateswar Rao, Laxman Reddy and several others that were in attendance.

 

The book was released by Sri Narra Madhav Rao. After the book release, when Prabhakar garu was speaking, questions were raised by the media persons interrupting the session. When they were told to not to interrupt and let the program go on and that the questions will be addressed later, they would not heed. Some of their main concerns were, how is the book relevant in today’s context? If the whole Nizam region was for integration in 1950s, the same Nizam region wants separation now, why not heed to the demand?

 

However, we insisted on allowing us to finish the program first and the press questions would be addressed once the speakers are done with their speeches. However, the media refused to stay quiet and kept shouting at us. At this point, we decided to disregard the disruption and go on with the program. After Prabhakar garu spoke, Mehboob Ali garu spoke about their past struggles under Nizam rule and how Communists fought together. Sri Ali expressed his desire to see “visalandhralo praja raajyam”. Later Chegondi Ramajogaih garu who edited the book, chided the media for lack of respect to freedom of speech. After this we ended the session as the media guys continued their shouting match.

 

Here is a link to the book that was released yesterday: Telanganalo Visalandhrodyamam

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Date: Tuesday, April 17th 2012

Time: 11.00 AM

Venue: Somajiguda Press Club, Hyderabad

 

Andhra Pradesh was the first linguistic State that came into existence after India achieved independence. The State came into being as a result of collective sacrifices made by scores of our venerable leaders such as Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu, Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, Konda Venkatapayya, Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, Suravaram Patap Reddy, Andhra Pitamaha Madapati Hanumanth Rao, Ravi Narayan Reddy, Ayyadevara Kaleswar Rao and many more.

 

When the dream of a Telugu State was close to fruition, Nehru criticized Telugu’s desire for a linguistic state as bearing a “tint of imperialist expansionism”. A few opportunistic politicians of that era saw an opening to further their feudal politics. They have brought up the demand for a separate Telangana state that will be carved out of erstwhile Nizam ruled Hyderabad State. However, the demand which lacked intellectual honesty, never gained traction.

 

Right from 1950s, the history of separatist movement is littered with half-truths and falsehoods. Also, ironically almost all the separatist leaders were once integrationists. Some of the prominent flip-floppers are the most respected leaders of the current separatist movement. For example, Konda Laxman Bapuji, the man that was in the forefront of the 1969 separatist movement was originally a staunch integrationist. K.V. Ranga Reddy, Marri Chenna Reddy as well as the current separatist movement leader K. Chandra Shekhar Rao also once strongly stood for integration. There are leaders from Kosta and Rayalaseema who were once integrationists that turned separatists. Former Deputy C.M. B.V. Subbar Reddy and Kakani Venkatratnam fall into that category. This goes on to show the opportunistic nature of the separatist leaders across all regions of the State.

 

The research material unearthed by Visalandhra Mahasabha shows how the separatist leaders have changed colors and misled people over the past few decades with their false propaganda. Our team came up with an intelligent way of showcasing the hypocrisy of the separatist leaders. They extracted newspaper clips starting from 1950’s as well as quotes of the prominent separatist leaders from the Assembly proceedings. As a result, readers are presented with the original content from the last sixty years, that will take them by surprise.

 

This book will be an eye opener for anyone that was led to believe that Andhra Pradesh State came into existence against the wishes of people of Nizam Telangana state. VMS offers ample evidence to prove that there was a groundswell support for a united Telugu State across Nizam Telangana, Coastal Andhra, and Rayalaseema in 1950s.

 

As the separatists make an attempt to revive their movement by feeding false information to the young minds, this book will provide a perspective that is badly needed in the countering the divisive propaganda.

 

After the book is released, a link to the soft copy of the book will be posted on this website and http://www.visalandhra.org.

 

I request you to join us and show your solidarity for a United Andhra Pradesh State.

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy