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Noble Souls and the Caste Frames   3 comments

454_Prof_JayashankarThis is originally conceived and meant as a comment to my post about Prof. K. Jaya Shankar sir on his death anniversary on my FB timeline. As I kept on typing this comment, I got more and more ideas and it has become so lengthy and (I feel) meaningful that I persuaded myself to post it on my personal blog on with the title “Noble Souls and the Caste Frames” so that it reaches the wider circles.


I appreciate further meaningful and intellectually driven views and comments which I humbly try to imbibe and internalize them.


Here it goes,

Feel sorry to say this that there are some caste zealots those who belong to the caste in which our Jayashankar sir was born, trying to confine him in that narrow caste frame and misappropriating his name, his stature and his noble contribution to the Telangana society. This is nothing but degrading the zenithal image of the towering giant of the Telangana movement and its beacon light, and the father of Telangana. Jayashankar sir never liked to be identified with his caste in academic and public life. I don’t know much about his personal life, but one thing I can say with much confidence that he was an acclaimed economist, social scientist, political philosopher, and an orator / public speaker par excellence. He was an avowed bachelor and dedicated his entire life for securing justice to the people of Telangana. He is a father figure for all the Telangana people cutting across caste, class, religious and racial barriers.


My humble request to all the caste zealots in the entire length and breadth of our country is, please don’t play caste cards with great mythological and historical figures, freedom fighters, social reformers, mass leaders, spiritual leaders and masters, and seers and sages. Just leave them alone and let them have their own special and revered space in the public memory. Please see them in the much larger picture, without any sort of boundaries, and keenly study their lives, their struggles, their trials and tribulations and how they overcame all their obstacles, setbacks and misfortunes and made a distinct mark of their own in the mythological, cultural, traditional and historical ethos of our country by dint of their sheer hard-work, dogged perseverance and indomitable spirit and thereby got their unforgettable memories etched in vast sociopolitical and spiritual consciousness.


There is no harm in making an objective analysis of the personality traits of the greatest historical figures in the context of the times in which they lived and in the backdrop of the various sociopolitical, economic, cultural, traditional, racial, regional and linguistic factors that influenced their personal growth as individuals and as the leaders of the society. Here, the caste of course, can be an effective tool in studying the shaping of the personality and the approach of the individuals towards their society as a whole since Indian society is infamous all over the world as highly fragmented characterized by innumerable caste equations. India is ever notorious for abuses, human rights violations, discrimination, monopoly, hegemony, oppression, suppression, exploitation (and this list can awfully be long!) etc., just on the basis of caste!


But just one and the same yardstick can’t be used to gage the personality traits of all the individuals. There are some who go beyond all kinds of yardsticks, and their life itself is a yardstick for others and they themselves are the most powerful and the most potent yardsticks for their lives. They are the ones who set an enviable example for others to follow by their highly imposing and exalted personalities and life stories.


So the caste can just be a fraction of the whole lot of factors that influence the personality and the life of the noble souls who come onto the earth with some noble purpose and leave after they have achieved the high goals set by they themselves for themselves, and the myriad sociopolitical, economic, cultural, traditional, racial, regional and linguistic factors surrounding them including the caste can just act as triggers and propel them always guarding against the deviations and anomalies of life. They can never decide the destiny.

The destiny always takes care of itself, as it had already been decided by the noble souls!


Kindly make your caste identities and equations purely a personal and private affair and don’t mercilessly and foolishly rub them on the greatest mythological and historical figures no matter which caste/religion they were born in. It was purely out of their choice, not by chance at all!

Noble Souls are for all and for/in all the times; and hijacking them on the name of caste, race or religion is an historical blunder and the biggest sacrilege!


It’s a pity that we still have to live in this beautiful world (In India especially) with narrow and parochial mindsets!


Any meaningful change and transition must come from above since bottlenecks are always located at the top and the bottom is always the strongest base!!

Facts About Potti Sriramulu’s Fast Unto Death: History Distorted? Every Teluguite Must Read This!   Leave a comment

This is taken from my notes posted on Facebook, on August 12, 2013. Posting it here with some slight editing to spread awareness among all the Telugus how history is distorted by the preposterous Andhra elite sections and conceited scholars and academicians under the influence of the highly powerful and bullying sections and the unethically rich business classes.


Potti Sriramulu, a scapegoat/guinea pig used by the over jealous and greedy Andhra leaders?

Potti Sriramulu, a scapegoat/guinea pig used by the over jealous and greedy Andhra leaders?

Had Potti Sriramulu died through his fast unto death only for achieving the separate Andhra state from the then Madras state?

It’s nothing but history distorted, misquoted, and misappropriated by some bullying Andhra sections!

History books in Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere tell us that Andhra state was formed due to the ‘sacrifice’ of Potti Sriramulu.

But, a careful analysis of the then newspaper reports and published books tells us a completely different story!!

Sriramulu was callously and ruthlessly forced to extend his “fast unto death”, on some extraneous grounds by some overenthusiastic and greedy Andhra leaders when the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, and the then Chief Minister of Madras state, C. Rajagopalachari were very much willing to concede to the demand for a separate Andhra state.

Newspaper (Andhra Patrika) report (dated December 12, 1952) of the then Chief Minister Rajaji assuring Andhra leaders in Legislative Council that he was ready to concede to the demand for a separate Andhra state if they unconditionally give up the baseless demand for Madras city.

Newspaper (Andhra Patrika) report (dated December 10, 1952) of the then Chief Minister Rajaji assuring Andhra leaders in Legislative Council that he was ready to concede to the demand for a separate Andhra state if they unconditionally give up the baseless demand for Madras city.

Potti Sriramulu was just a scapegoat calculatedly used by some over jealous and covetous Andhra leaders who wanted to extract some more geo-political mileage out of his fast unto death. They prevailed upon Sriramulu to continue his fast for some more days when he had already entered his 51st day, to demand the city of Madras from the Tamils. So Sriramulu died on the false hope and aspiration of getting the city of Madras which should have rightfully belonged to the Tamils.

The Andhra imperialists, capitalists and other bullying sections never bothered about the common man of their region, and their genuine hopes and aspirations. The people had/have been kept in the dark, and were/are always instigated to fight for false and dubious causes which would never materialize in their lifetime. The vulpine Andhra leaders have been deceiving, betraying and fooling their own people by promising them the moon!

The present movement christened, “Jai Samaikyandhra” (Agitation for the United Andhra Pradesh State including Telangana) is totally an artificial movement unleashed by some powerful sections from the Andhra region with the active support from the crony capitalists and the “yellow media mafia” who are desperate to have their hold on the geo-political and economic affairs of Telangana, as they exactly did with the then Madras state way back in 40’s and 50’s, through the slogan “Jai Andhra” (for a Separate Andhra state), the very antithesis of the present slogan with the Telangana state. They are now hell bent on to perpetuate their imperialism, hegemony and excessive exploitation in the Telangana region by their artificial “Jai Samaikyandhra” agitation. Whatever the slogan, “separatism” or “unitedness”, their ultimate aim is to illegally grab powers by deriving geo-political advantage, in order to further their hegemony, and excessive exploitation. The old separatist “Jai Andhra” movement and the present united “Samaikyandhra” agitation have one striking similarity between them. Both the movements have/had one common goal- it was for Madras city then which rightfully belonged to the Tamils; and for Hyderabad city now, which should rightfully belong to the Telangana people! The Andhra leaders never bothered about having their own exquisite capital city for their people. Rather, they had eyed on Madras city then, and now the city of Hyderabad. Their policy is almost like the queer habit of an obligate parasite like some species of cuckoo with the females laying their eggs in host nests by throwing out the hosts’ eggs! The advantage of laying their eggs in others’ nests is that they don’t have to take any further interest in the difficult business of rearing their offspring.

 Potti Sriramulu one day before he breathed his last.

Potti Sriramulu one day before he breathed his last.

One interesting and striking historical fact which had been suppressed by Andhra rulers on purpose is, Potti Sriramulu died on December 16, 1952 after the completion of a whopping 58 days of his fast unto death, demanding the city of Madras from the then Madras state, not as all the Telugu people were made to believe that he sacrificed his life for a separate state for the Telugu speaking people. The Andhra state without the city of Madras was formed on October 1, 1953 after it had been carved out from the Madras state. The greedy and covetous leaders from the Andhra state have merged their new state with the then fledgling state of Telangana (It was then a part of Hyderabad state which got its independence on September 17, 1948 from the tyrannical Nizam rulers.) on the false pretext of one people (based on language) and one state theory, which was totally smacked of their ulterior motives, and surreptitious designs for imperial expansion! The formation of the unified Andhra Pradesh state including Telangana on November 1, 1956, was very much against the interests, wishes and aspirations of the people of Telangana. Potti Sriramulu was no way related to the state of Andhra Pradesh, nor to the Telangana people. The cold-blooded and callous Andhra leaders have deprived the Telangana people of their historical past and forcefully rubbed on them their own history which itself is full of blatant lies! The Telangana youth were/are made to respect the Andhra contemporary and past leaders who are/were sheer black sheep and never showed any genuine interest or concern in the welfare of the Telangana people. There were some exceptions to them but their number was so less, and all their efforts to bring justice to the Telangana people were cleverly thwarted from time to time by their majority rogue counterparts.

The bullying leaders, and the audacious and conceited scholars and academicians from the Andhra region have totally perverted and distorted the history of Telangana just to further expand their imperialism, monopoly, hegemony and excessive exploitation.

 This is not something I've created. The statements made by Potti Sriramulu and Rajaji are on record! Translation of Sriramulu's statement: “We have developed Madras city.  I'll begin fast unto death for Madras city...”

This is not something I’ve created. The statements made by Potti Sriramulu and Rajaji are on record! Translation of Sriramulu’s statement: “We have developed Madras city. I’ll begin fast unto death for Madras city…”

The history of Telangana has been distorted so much that not many people outside and also inside Telangana know the difference between the Andhra state and the Andhra Pradesh state, and use these terms interchangeably!


For further information and startling revelations about Telangana and Andhra post-independent histories, and the historical lies propagated by the Andhra rogues, please follow the links below-

Andhra state was born in womb of violence

How Andhra state came into existence

Explosive facts on Sriramulu’s fast & death

A lie called first linguistic state

Potti’s letter reveals everything

When violence worked

In the name of a steel plant

Proof of forced Telangana merger

Telangana killed in the womb

When Tollywood said “Jai Andhra”

పొట్టి శ్రీరాములును పొట్టన పెట్టుకున్నది ఎవరు? (మొదటి భాగం)

Who killed Potti Sriramulu?

Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu’s fast unto death was to get Madras city for Andhra state!

Facts about amarajeevi’s fast unto death


A Counter by a Telanganite to the Report of ‘The Hindu’   1 comment


For TELANGANA, Forever !


This is a counter by me posted on my fb timeline, to The Hindu columnist Mr. P. Sainath’s biased report appeared in two parts on The Hindu, on August 14 and 16, 2013. I would like to share it here with some slight editing, in order to spread the genuine message of Telangana, wide across.

Here is my reaction to the Part-1 of the misleading report

It’s totally unbecoming a man of such stature and repute as Mr. P. Sainath, rural editor, an acclaimed reporter/columnist of The Hindu and an eminent social scientist resorting to such a misinformation campaign by siding with the Andhra people in total disregard to the age old dreams, hopes and aspirations of the people of Telangana whose nearly six decade long struggle for self-rule is purely based on a genuine longing for securing justice, equality and due share of water, electricity, jobs, revenue and other resources illegally being usurped by the bullying Andhra people. It’s really shocking to see the man who is highly regarded for his balanced reporting, stooping to such a low level of fanning out a feeling of insecurity and fear psychosis among the people from the Andhra region by his totally false, biased and misleading report.

The great intellectual talks about the children of Andhra, and their perceived plight in the aftermath of the separation (nay, demerger!) of Telangana state from (the dubious, farcical and over exploitative) united Andhra Pradesh state, but never cares about the starving and emaciated rural kids of Telangana in the united Andhra Pradesh state who are left to fend for themselves by their parents who migrate to the towns, cities and even countries in search of livelihood, and hundreds of youth who committed (and are still committing) suicide for the sake of a separate state of Telangana unable to see and digest the excessive exploitation in every front happening before their very eyes under the imperial and fascist Andhra rulers.

The reporting by the writer that “those who are working in Hyderabad such as painters, electricians, watchmen, security guards, canteen workers and other such workers have to return to their native places once the state of Telangana is formed” is totally a baseless and flimsy argument just to spread panic among the workers who are settled in Hyderabad, and to create a chaotic situation in the city so that the aims of certain vested interests of deriving some geo-political mileage out of the chaotic situation as falsely spread by certain rogue politicians and the crony capitalists, are fulfilled. I strongly suggest Mr. Sainath to read the 400 year old history of Hyderabad, the cosmopolitan city which had hosted and gave (and still giving) shelter to thousands of people from wide spectra of Indian sub-continent! Let the reporter come out with proper data of incidents of vandalism or arson of any kind against any Andhraite who has settled here for his livelihood, to corroborate his reportage. The agitation for a separate state of Telangana has reached its highest peak during the period from late 2009 till the end of the year 2012. Tens and scores of Telangana youth, mostly students, have so far immolated themselves for achieving their dream state of Telangana, and not a single incident of unprovoked attack on any Andhraite had occurred during the period. Then why is this sudden outburst of misconceived and miscalculated notions, and uncanny illusions and hallucinations?

It’s my moral responsibility and obligation as a sensible Telanganite to set things right and put them in perspective! Mr. Sainath must understand that the agitation for the separate Telangana state is based on proper historical facts and strong social and political reasons, and for securing justice to its people. I sincerely and humbly request him to read some history of Telangana and its historic armed struggle for liberation from the tyrannical Nizam rulers, the rural feudalists and their stooges, and how the people of Telangana were deceived, betrayed, and exploited after the fledgling state of Telangana was forced to be merged with the bullying Andhra state very much against the aspirations and interests of the people of Telangana. There is no dearth of information available on this on internet. All he has to have is some concern and genuine curiosity to know the historical facts, and how history is twisted, perverted and destroyed to further the causes of the Andhra vested interests! He should try to come out of the “make-believe” created by the vulpine Seemandhra leadership which he is finding himself in, and made a sincere attempt to know the truth about Telangana and how its people were/are always discriminated against, and perpetually kept at receiving end under the Seemandhra rule.

We, the people of Telangana are not for emotional division, we want just political division, and I don’t understand why there is so much fuss about it! This is just a false propaganda spread by the Andhra media which is tightly under the control of the crony capitalists who work hand in glove with the Seemandhra imperial rulers and the neo-colonialists. All the baseless debates about the status of Hyderabad are unleashed by the corrupt politicians with their own vested interests who have a bigger stake in the city’s vast pool of lands with their unethical and immoral practices. For the rest of the population it never makes an iota of difference if the city of Hyderabad is made the only capital of the future Telangana state. By the way, Hyderabad should always be the capital of Telangana and it is genuine and based on strong historical facts and geographical and demographical considerations. Every true historian, sociologist or economist strongly supports this!

I just request everyone not to fall prey to such a false propaganda unleashed by some vested interests, i.e. the corrupt politicians and the crony capitalists who have always been hell bent on playing with the sentiments of the innocent people by their foxy politicking and emotional blackmailing in order to achieve their selfish ends. The “Samaikyandhra” (i.e. United Andhra Pradesh including Telangana) movement in the state of Andhra Pradesh excluding the Telangana region, is an artificial movement unleashed by the corrupt politicians, and the “yellow media mafia” is playing second fiddle to those rogue elements! This is nothing but their preposterous arrogance smacked of ulterior motives, and sheer imperial expansion and further exploitation!

My humble request to all from both the regions, especially from the Andhra side, and most importantly to those who have settled in Hyderabad is, “please read the history and historical facts before commenting on any burning social or political issue. Please don’t venture into baseless arguments without proper perspective. It’ll backfire!” We are always inclined to take thousands of Hyderabadis wherever they might have come from and settled here, along with us in our long march towards more peace, prosperity and glory provided they will wholeheartedly be with us, and let’s make things clear once and for all that our ire and war is only against the fascist and imperial Seemandhra ruling classes and the neo-colonialists, neo-feudalists, capitalists, the oppressors & exploiters, and the traitors of Telangana, both inside and outside, and certainly not against the pro-Telangana Seemandhra people who are our esteemed brethren, and they will continue to have the same love and affection, and there is always a special, warm and secure place for them in our bosom. We want only political division, and not emotional! The Telangana intellectuals are ever ready to dispel and clear all the false notions and uncanny illusions harboured by the innocent Seemandhra people. Please know the truth and fight for it, come what may! God’s always with those who fight for the truth.

Talking about wealth, the entire Andhra region owes a lot to the people of Telangana and any true economist unequivocally agrees with this. How could a genius like Mr. Sainath turn a blind eye to the exploitation of a colossal scale, of Telangana people by their bullying Andhra counterparts in the form of vast stretches of lands, water, electricity, jobs, revenue and other resources for over six decades? And still there is no letup to this over exploitation! I don’t understand what has prompted Mr. Sainath who is representing one of the most reputed national dailies of India, known for its high ethical standards in journalism, to side with the Andhra people and write against the innocent and generous people of Telangana! Sixty years of coexistence with the Andhra people is a strong testimony to our amicable nature and the generosity of the highest order! I personally request Mr. Sainath not to venture into such false reporting again, thereby bring disrespect and disrepute to the mighty “The Hindu” and tarnish its zenithal image and credibility!

About water issues, the reporter is advised to carefully study the statistics of river water (from the Krishna and the Godavari) sharing between Telangana and Andhra, and how Telangana people have been systematically neglected, deceived, betrayed, and made totally powerless and dependent in course of nearly sixty years of coexistence under the imperial and fascist Seemandhra rule! The writer shows the 2011 census to corroborate his points about agrarian crisis and the high rate of farmers who are on the verge of committing suicide in the united state of Andhra Pradesh. I request him to divide this data between Andhra and Telangana and present the true picture before the nation. Then, this will be an unbiased and balanced reporting. The nation has every right to know the truth! Let him spill the beans and come out with individual data- both from Andhra, and Telangana. Can he dare do that?

Some of the Andhra people can’t send their children to America, but we, the majority of Telangana people, can’t afford to send our children to good schools and colleges in our villages and towns, and not even to govt. institutions, as the so called democratic government is totally indifferent and apathetic to our genuine hopes and aspirations, and to even basic human rights!

My reaction to the Part-2 of the report

The Hindu should not lose its credibility by its misleading and biased reports!

Mr. P. Sainath is once again resorting to a sheer misinformation campaign by his totally misleading and biased reporting. This time the columnist is driving home what he has to say in a very clever and in his own ingenious way, by siding with the common men from both the regions and pitting them against the corrupt politicians. It’s once again advised to the columnist to acquaint himself with the history and historical facts of Telangana before writing on such a contentious issue of the division, nay, DEMERGER of the state of Telangana from the tyrannical, fascist, imperialistic and over exploitative united Andhra Pradesh state!

The people of Telangana want their Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital at this juncture, and they will definitely fight for the cleansing and correction of their political system after they get their own state. The people of Telangana carry the rich knowledge experience of various social, political and economic issues gained through a very long period of peaceful democratic struggle for securing justice to their land, and this insightful experience will definitely come in handy for them in future for working on for more social justice and inclusive growth.

The maverick writer has miserably failed here in taking a clear cut stand on the burning division issue. He should have taken a perfect, balanced stand on the most contentious issue which has been raging on for decades, instead of beating around the bush! The disease of “selective amnesia” is further taking its toll on the reporter and he should get himself cured of that disease with utmost urgency.

Here are two of the comments posted online to the misleading article series (with some minor corrections in grammar and punctuation)-

1. This is fully misleading and biased article favouring Costal Andhra region!! It decreases the credibility of the great news paper called The Hindu!! Please don’t encourage any biased one sided articles or arguments!! So far Telangana Jobs and water resources have been exploited against the Constitution and G.O.s. Costal Andhra region is now thinking about how they can still grab them if Telangana state is formed. It’s very obvious that in the new state we can use our allocated water resources and can get the jobs meant only for us. There will not be any opportunity for Andhra region people to take away Telangana jobs!! Unnecessarily some politicians and some section of people are creating fears in people.
from: Srikanth
Posted on: Aug 14, 2013 at 14:40 IST

2. I have huge respect for P Sainath, but it is sad to see him take sides on the Telangana issue. Why was he silent when Telangana was in turmoil for almost 3 years till now? And what does he have to say about the huge difference in the Seemandhra-dominated administration’s response to the protests in these two regions. Telangana protesters faced unprecedented police suppression. Osmania University has turned into a police fortress ruining the future of scores of students. Striking Telangana employees were forced to lose pay for striking work. Agitators were put in jails and still face various criminal cases. In contrast, agitators from Seemandhra are facing no such issues; the government has not taken any administrative action to bring the striking government employees back to work. University students are participating in protest movements, indulging in arson and destruction, yet no police action is seen. Is it because the ruling elite is from Seemandhra? Care to answer, Mr Sainath?
from: Ashutosh Panchbhai
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 13:05 IST

A humble request and suggestion to the publishers of the mighty The Hindu-

The Andhra Pradesh edition of The Hindu is nothing but “The Imperial Andhra” edition covering only Seemandhra news and spreading its false and farcical message. I feel, there is a strong need to have another special edition catering to the pressing needs of the Telangana people, and to voice their genuine concerns, hopes and aspirations. We, the people of Telangana hope The Hindu will continue to live up to its highest standards of ethical and responsible journalism, especially in the future fledgling state of Telangana in its march towards glory, and win the confidence of its people. I had been an avid reader of The Hindu for more than 15 years and I hope I’ll continue to be so in years to come. All depends on the reputed newspaper’s commitment to responsible reportage.

Please see to it that such a faux pas, as committed by Mr. P. Sainath, by his totally biased reporting never recurred! The future history will never forgive such blunders of “selective amnesia”!!

The last word-

Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital will be a reality soon. Hail the people of Telangana for their almost 6 decade long peaceful and democratic movement for the demerger of their state from the bullying united Andhra Pradesh state.

Hats off to the spirit of pure democratic values, tolerance and forbearance, love and affection of the people of Telangana!



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