Visalandhra Mahasabha, on November 1st 2011, felicitated freedom fighters at the Telugu Thalli statue near Secretariat. Freedom fighters have put garlands at Telugu Thalli’s feet. They were later felicitated by the representatives of Visalandhra Mahasabha. Five freedom fighters have participated in the event. All of them are from the Nizam Telangana region. They have unequivocally and vociferously spoke against the division of our state. Andhra Pradesh Freedom Fighter’s Association President Sri Narra Madhav Rao was felicitated by former DGP Sri Anjaneya Reddy, Smt. Sugunamma by Dr. Parakala Prabhakar, Sri K.S. Mehabub by Sri Chegonti Ramajogaiah, Sri Alladi Naganna by Sri Sunkara Venkateswara Rao, and Sri P. Ramaswamy by Sri Kumar Chowdhary Yadav.
Speaking at the event, Sri Narra Madhav Rao garu recollected his memories from his time fighting the Razakars. He said he and his fellow fighters have made enormous sacrifices during their lifetime. He said that he is saddened and outraged with the way politicians are ruining Telugu unity that has been won over after a long-fought battle. He ridiculed the separatist politicians as little kids who were not even born when they were fighting for Telugu unity. He said that the politicians know nothing about what Telugu people had endured prior to 1956.
Smt. Sugunamma said she is a proud native of udhyamala gadda Nalgonda. She recollected her battles with Razakars and how she was a gun-toting fighter in those days. Though she had a bit of difficulty in walking, her energy kept her going. Her energy was a source of inspiration to people around her. She urged the media to take her message of Telugu unity to the people of our State.
Sri K.S. Mehbub spoke eloquently about Visalandhralo Prajarajyam. He said politicians are running amok with our state. He said there are many daunting social issues that need to be tackled including corruption, caste discrimination, and income inequality, unfortunately our leaders have taken up the ill-conceived separatist movement. He expressed anguish at the way hatred being spread among people of different regions.
Freedom fighters, despite their old age, gave loud slogans non-stop for nearly five minutes- “Varthillali Varthillai, Visalandhra Varthillali”, “Jai Samaikyandhra, Jai Jai Samaikyandhra”. It was an unforgettable moment.
We are grateful to our venerable freedom fighters for their uncompromising belief in Telugu unity. They are our inspiration and Visalandhra Mahasabha will continue to fight to ensure that their sacrifices don’t go in vain.
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