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`Regional colour' to Hyderabad liberation movement decried

By Our Special Correspondent

Freedom-fighters walking up to the Telangana Martyrs memorial at the Gun Park near the State Assembly in Hyderabad on Wednesday to pay homage on the occasion of the Hyderabad Liberation Day. ---Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

Hyderabad Sept. 17. Even while going nostalgic recalling their valiant struggle, freedom fighters have expressed concern at the way communal and regional colour is being given to the Hyderabad liberation movement and their demand for pension sidestepped.

They were speaking at a function organised by the AP Freedom Fighters Organisation to mark the 55th Hyderabad Liberation Day here on Wednesday. M. S. Rajalingam, freedom fighter, said the struggle was not for carving out a separate region nor against Muslims, as made out by some political parties today, but for liberation of a region from a tyrannical regime and for establishing a secular and democratic order.

Ch. Rajeswara Rao, president of the organisation, said the Congress, the Communist parties and the Arya Samaj had a role to play in the liberation movement, launched as the Nizam was reluctant to merge Hyderabad State into the Indian Union. It was a unique movement encompassing the Telangana armed struggle, the fight against the fuedal system.

Mr. Rao, who headed a screening committee for granting pensions to freedom fighters, said it is unfortunate that the Centre is ignoring their appeal for pension, though the State Government had written twice to them.

Mallu Swarajyam, the fiery freedom fighter, recalled the role played by women in the struggle and lamented that the core issues of distribution of land to the landless and ensuring shelter, food and cloth to all continue to be a distant dream. On the issue of pension, she said if the Centre is not prepared, the State Government should sanction it.

The Home Minister, T. Devender Goud, too said it was debatable to say if the people's dreams have been realised. They might have got political freedom but definitely not economic freedom. "That would happen only when we get rid of the social inequalities."

Raj Bahadur Gour, Bhimreddy Narasimha Reddy, M. V. Narasimha Reddy, freedom fighters, spoke. S. Sudhakar Reddy, Secretary of the State Council of the CPI, said it was strange to see the BJP, which had no role to play in the liberation struggle, celebrating the event. B. V. Raghavulu, Secretary of the State Committee of the CPI (M), described the BJP's efforts as an insult to the Telangana armed struggle. Equally objectionable is the way the TRS is trying to get mileage, projecting it as a regional issue.

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