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Colourful start to five-day Liberation Day fete

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Deputy Commissioner calls for awareness on the movement

GULBARGA: The five-day Hyderabad-Karnataka Liberation Day celebrations organised by the State Government and the Hyderabad-Karnataka Vimochana Dinacharana Mathu Abviruddi Samiti got off to a colourful start here on Tuesday with Deputy Commissioner Anjum Parvez inaugurating a seminar on "Liberation of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region from the Nizam rule" at the M.S. Irani Degree College.

He said while rest of the country got Independence from the British rule on August 15, 1947, the people of the Princely State of Hyderabad had to wait for 13 more months for Independence when the Indian Army launched action against the reluctant Nizam who did not want to merge Hyderabad State with the Indian Union. Referring to the occupation of the Indian Subcontinent by Moghuls and the British, he said there was a marked difference between the Moghul and other rulers from Central Asia who occupied parts of the country and the British. He said while the Moghuls and the rulers from Central Asia became part of the ancient Indian culture and contributed to the development of areas under their occupation, the British plundered the vast natural wealth of India to develop their country. They also tried to impose their culture on India.

Mr. Parvez stressed the need for the youth to understand the Indian freedom struggle in the right perspective. The younger generation should be educated on the liberation struggle.

He said the British while leaving India played a dubious game of giving the option to the princely States either to merge with India or Pakistan or remain independent. However, the resoluteness of the then Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel enabled the merger of majority of the Princely States with India. But a few Princely States such as Hyderabad chose to remain independent.

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