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Tributes paid to Telangana martyrs

Special Correspondent

Large number of tyagis attend function organised by CPI affiliate


  • Homage paid at `Amar jyothi'
  • Plea to include history of Telangana freedom fighters in school curriculum
  • BJP leaders garland portrait of Vallabhai Patel to mark the occasion



    HOMAGE TO HEROES: BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya unfurling the National Flag near Public Gardens in Hyderabad on Saturdayas Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Baddam Bal Reddy and others look on. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

    HYDERABAD: The 57th anniversary of liberation of erstwhile Hyderabad State from the Nizam's rule was celebrated here on Saturday by the CPI-affiliated Telangana Martyrs' Memorial Trust in the presence of a large number of freedom fighters. Fittingly, the venue was the auditorium constructed after Ravi Narayana Reddy, a leading light of Telangana armed struggle.

    Prominent freedom-fighters paid floral homage at the "Amar Jyothi" to commemmorate the heroic sacrifices of about 4,500 martyrs of the liberation movement.

    Book released

    Raj Bahadur Gour, former MP and chairman of the trurst, released a book on the veteran freedom fighter couple -- late Arutla Ramachandra Reddy and Kamaladevi -- to mark the celebrations.

    Ch. Rajeswara Rao, Telugu Desam MLA and secretary of the trust, K.L. Mahendra, veteran AITUC leader, A. Guruva Reddy, member of the trust, Koratala Satyanarayana, senior CPI (M) leader, Chukka Ramayya, educationist, Y.V. Krishna Rao, veteran CPI leader, spoke. The Liberation Day was also celebrated by freedom fighters under the leadership of Konda Lakshman Bapuji, who is coordinator of all the five organisations of freedom fighters in the State.

    Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party threatened to launch an agitation if the State Government did not issue orders declaring that the Telangana Liberation Day would be celebrated officially and including history of Telangana freedom fighters included in the school curriculum.

    The BJP leaders, including the party's national general secretary, Bandaru Dattatreya, former Union Minister, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, State vice-president, K. Laxman and others hoisted the national tri-colour opposite the Legislative Assembly and garlanded the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    They regretted that repeated demands for official celebration of the event fell on deaf ears. They wanted the history of freedom fighters like Shoiabullah Khan and Komaram Bheem to be incorporated into school curriculum. so that students could know the sacrifices involved in liberating Telangana from the Nizam's rule.

    TDP leader's call

    The former Home Minister, T. Devender Goud, called for all out efforts for removal of the deeply entrenched exploitative system and backwardness in Telangana region.

    Speaking at a function organised by the Telugu Desam Party at its office here, he said some sections of people in the region continued to reel under social discrimination and poverty. They were yet to get economic freedom.

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