Our Freedom Fighters

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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16 Responses to “Our Freedom Fighters”

  1. satya says:

    Great initiative. Kudos to VMS team.

  2. Jai says:

    Another freedom fighter on the other side:
    He may be 96 years old, but the commitment of this frail Telangana activist towards the separate statehood cause remains as steadfast and strong as it was during the 1969 movement. And on Tuesday, Acharya Konda Lakshman Bapuji, who has been fighting for a separate Telangana state for the past several decades, took the battle to New Delhi where he began a seven-day hunger strike to push for the cause.
     
    The nonagenarian freedom fighter began his fast at Jantar Mantar after paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the morning. Several supporters including political leaders from the state were seen at the venue extending support to Bapuji, who is the chairman of Telangana Freedom Fighters Forum. Several freedom fighters and political leaders from the region are expected to join him in the satyagraha as a token of solidarity.
    “I have been fighting for a separate state for over four decades now. Promises haven’t been kept, precious lives have been lost, yet there has been little progress in this issue. If by the end of this satyagraha, no step is taken, then we will launch a mass agitation,” Bapuji said, adding that the satyagraha would last from 10am to 5pm every day.
    The veteran activist, who had in May this year, covered 1100 kilometres in Telangana districts along with six other freedom fighters to raise awareness about the movement, said the people of the region have been put through hardships over the years, and were now yearning for a state of their own.
    Recalling his role in the 1969 Telangana agitation and the time spent in jail then, he said: “I was jailed soon after I gave up my post as a minister on March 27, 1969. For me, a separate state was more important. Four decades have passed but little progress has been made.”   “The Centre should reiterate its commitment on the separate statehood issue and address it in a time-bound manner,” Bapuji, who also participated in the Quit India Movement, said.
    The forum has already written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other prominent Union Ministers and leaders, including P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Pranab Mukerjee, urging them to take a decision on the issue at the earliest.
    The Gandhian said: “We need a separate Telangana state and that is final. We want Nehru’s dream to be realised, Sonia Gandhi’s commitment to be re-affirmed and Congress’ manifesto to be strengthened and for these to happen, a decision must be taken quickly.”

    • satya says:

      Absolutely fine., He has a right to express his ‘wish’, and that is what the freedom he fought for. But at least if he could explain the reasons and criteria for bifurcation that will helpful for a good debate. If he too falls inline with the ‘mob wish’ propaganda then I don’t think it will benefit any further for arriving at a decision. I hope he would help the govt in drawing a criteria instead of demanding and more demanding thru different formats.

  3. Neutral says:

    Not that people can't change their opinions over a period of time. However, just to be on record, pl see the same KLB's stand sometime in 1969 when he was a Minister. Follow the link http://visalandhra.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post.html

  4. Jai says:

    @Neutral: When Narra Madhava Rao & the other former Naxalites give up their guns for democracy, why can't Bapuji change his stand? Unlike the "freedom fighters" who are being praised sky high for sloganeering a mere 5 minutes, Bapuji has taken up Satyagraha to fight for his cause.

    • Chakravarthy says:

      Dear Jai,
      The objection is to your following statement about Konda Laxman Bapuji "He may be 96 years old, but the commitment of this frail Telangana activist towards the separate statehood cause remains as steadfast and strong as it was during the 1969 movement".
      I am sorry but KLB is just like a myriad other separatists who were integrationists that became separatists. For example, K.V. Ranga Reddy, Marri Chenna Reddy, B. V. Subbareddy, KCR and the list goes on and on. KLB was another opportunistic politician, who parted ways with Chenna Reddy during the Jai Telangana movement and was trying to create an identity for himself. When Chenna Reddy folded the game, so did he. So much for his commitment for the cause.
      I am sorry, but I feel comparing KLB's politics with Narra Madhav Rao's patriotism is not the one and the same.

  5. Jai says:

    @Chakravarthy: the statement is a copy-paste, not my description. Perhaps he did change his views but so what? You can choose to call Bapuji an opportunist but you can't erase his record as a genuine freedom fighter (not of the fight-Nizam & then fight-India variety).

    • satya says:

      May be the freedom fighter lost the meaning of freedom and fighting for T in the name of svayam palana and freedom. btw, he is also indirectly cooperating the fight-India agenda of present day maoists.

  6. Sunil says:

    Thanks for the link Neutral. These are the same people who keep saying the T demand is 60 years old. But look at their stance over the last 60 of how it keeps changing whenever there is this false T agitation.  

  7. Prabhakara Rao says:

    Jai,
     
    couple of points.
    First, it is common sense to quote the source when comment is not yours. It is commonly known simple trick of spreading false information. 
    Second, so many Telangana leaders and intellectuals change their stand in the name of people's aspiration. Why it is wrong if same done by Late Burgula, CBN, Chinranjeevi or someone else for Vishaalandhra?

  8. Jai says:

    @Prabhakara Rao:
    The source is Khaleej Times, sorry I forgot to link the original story.
    There is no problem when people or parties change their stand. My only complaint against Chiru is that he backtracked from the stand on which he fought elections just a few months before. Babu's case is even more funny in it that he claims to be on both sides of the argument now :)

  9. Prabhakara Rao says:

    Jai,
     
    you and many separatists question source of information for SKC. But you do not show same care even on simple things.
    How you can publish verbatim from some Khaleej times (in these galeeju times) without verifying the information? As I said already it is deliberate trick, obviate any discussion on credentials of Sri KLB w.r.t Telangana movement.
     
    Coming to Babu and Chiru, different rules for different leaders?
    KVR, MCR, KCR, Pocharam can change their stands anytime. But not Chiru, Babu and someone else.
    It is the same question as "Perhaps he did change his views but so what?"
    "So what? they will keep changing their stand".
    Why should any Jai, Ajai, Sujai should have complaint about it?

  10. sheker says:

    Ninty nine percent freedom fighters are in favour of Telangana except Narra Madhava Rao.
    Looks like  Narra Madhava Rao wants to become popular on this issue.
    Telugu lo cheppalante politician,donga,dora,koolie,students,employees,naksalites,farmers,freedom fighters…ila andaru seperate state kavalani korukuntunnaru.
    Narra Madhava Rao okkade freedom fighter kadu,Telangana lo real fighters chala mandi unnaru.
    Telangana lo ekaraniki kaneesa dara 50,000 unte andhra lo kaneesa dara ekaraniki 10,00,000 undi,ila enduku undo Narra Madhava rao answer cheppeli .
    If  Telangana state not required,why YSR signed on the paper and sent congress MLAs to delhi ?
    If  Telangana state not required,why Chandra Babu met hands with TRS party in last elections ?

    • Chakravarthy says:

      Really? How did you arrive at 99% freedom fighter number? Just like myriad separatist "intellectuals" who make up numbers? It's not just Narra Madhav Rao, but Nalgonda native freedom fighter Shakamuri Suguna garu is an executive member of our organization. Also, Sri K.S. Mahaboob, Sri Laxman Rao, Sri Naganna, despite their frail condition come to our events to show solidarity to our cause. They are all from Nizam region.

  11. KARTIUS says:

    I have only one question for samaikhya andhras.
     
    If asking of seperate state of telangana is not correct, then how come bifurcation of Madras state into ANdhra and tamil nadu be right. The situation is same in both times, only timing ad peoples

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