Espousing Telangana's cause
JEEVITHAM ATANI KOKA TAMAASHAA: Lokeshwar, Gandhi Publications, "Shobha" H.No. 12-2-709/5/1/C, Navodaya Colony, Mehidipatnam, Hyderabad-500028. Rs. 40.
THIS VOLUME is a collection of 18 essays most of which support the cause of Telangana.
The author provides insights into the evolution of the mulki (local) movement since the days of Kutub Shahi Kings. His convincing arguments are sometimes overshadowed by emotional overtones. Creation of smaller states at this juncture has to be tackled at the national level as similar demands are on the anvil elsewhere.
The introductory article provides glimpses of the eventful career of the veteran journalist G. Krishna, who went to jail under the Quit India movement.
After release, as a reporter he had a unique experience of having supper with a former prison mate (to fulfil the last wish) who was to be hung for murder next morning. No wonder, "one could see both a child's laughter and Ramana Maharshi's brilliance in his face." A dedicated professional, Krishna is a role model to younger journalists.
In "Himalaya mountaineer Swami Sundaranand", a companion of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the author explores high spiritual terrains during his meeting with the Swamiji at Gangotri.
The essay on the genesis of trade union movement in India gives little-known facts like the first labour magazine that was established in 1874 was Bharata Karmikudu and the first strike took place in 1877 in Empress Mills, Nagpur.
Other articles highlight the yeoman services of Telangana stalwarts like Kaloji brothers, Samala Sadasivam and Nomula. Written in the Telengana dialect with a sprinkling of Urdu words, the style is colloquial and colourful.
With a little restraint and more composure, the book could have become a favourite of all sections.
The cover page design by G. V. Ramana is attractive.
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