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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 WordPress.com 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!!

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Jai Bolo Telangana!   Leave a comment

jai-telangana6jai-telangana4The slogan “Jai Telangana” has had been a rich source of energy and strength for all those true Telanganites in/from the region in both their life and death; in their happiness and sorrow; and in their ecstasy and despair.

It’s a morale booster for the oppressed and a nightmare for the oppressors.

The slogan had come out so vociferously through the dry and thirsty throats, hungry stomachs, boiling blood, shattered minds and broken hearts!

The decades old slogan has stood all the severe and cruel tests of times and resurged with much more vigour every time it was stifled with iron fists.

What “Vande Mataram” is to all our countrymen during our long and arduous freedom struggle and in all kinds of see-saws, “Jai Telangana” is to all the Telanganites in every nook and corner of the world!

One (every non Telanganite especially) must know, understand and remember very clearly that all our agitations, struggles, tribulations and upheavals have had been just to strengthen the Participatory Democracy of our country and to uphold our noble Constitutional values.

 

Hats off to the Torch Bearers of Telangana who always kept/keep our movement alive and constantly elevated/elevate our drooping spirits, and to their indomitable spirit against all odds!

 

Vande Mataram!

 

Jai Bolo Telangana!!

 

Mera Bharat Mahan!!!

 

 

 

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

 

Let’s Remember the Messiah of Justice!   Leave a comment

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PEARLS OF WISDOM:

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.

 

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.

 

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.

 

The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.

 

A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.

Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.

 

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.

 

Life should be great rather than long.

 

Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.

 

Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.

 

So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.

 

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.

 

The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India.

 

Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.

 

Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.

 

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.

 

My final words of advice to you is- Educate, Agitate, Organize- have faith in yourself. With justice on our side, I don’t see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth, or for power. It is a battle for freedom. It is a battle for the reclamation of the human personality.

 

We are Indians, firstly and lastly.

–      Dr. BR Ambedkar

 

Strong advocate of human rights and women’s rights, visionary thinker and philosopher, messiah of the downtrodden and oppressed sections and the world renowned legal luminary and constitutional expert, Babasaheb Dr. BR Ambedkar, the father figure for the majority of the Indians who are proud of the towering giant of the Indian politics and the greatest social reformer.

India would have been much more fragmented than what it is now and there would be more chaos had there not been constant earnest attempts put forth by the leader of the masses against all odds to set the lopsided things right in order to achieve a balanced and all inclusive society by his strong advocacy of JUSTICE, LIBERTY, EQUALITY and FRATERNITY!

Strongly feeling the need to have him now amidst us to set our polity, political system, administration and judiciary and other law enforcement agencies right!

 

Happy and enlightening AMBEDKAR JAYANTI!

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