Andhra Pradesh

Tyagi urges GenX to lead fight for change

Freedom fighter G. Vandhanam interacting with Gopalakrishna, grandson of Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, in Ongole on Thursday.

Freedom fighter G. Vandhanam interacting with Gopalakrishna, grandson of Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, in Ongole on Thursday.  

‘Graft is on the rise; major issues such as poverty have not been tackled till date’

“On this day 73 years ago we achieved political freedom ending two centuries of British rule, but the task of ensuring economic freedom to the toiling masses still remains unaccomplished,” feels a nonagenarian freedom fighter from Ongole G. Vandhanam.

Though the nation has made giant strides on several fronts, including science and technology, the fruits of development have not reached the downtrodden, Mr. Vandhanam told The Hindu.

Going down the memory lane, Mr. Vandhanam, who took part in the Quit India movement responding to the call of Mahatma Gandhi, said, “We yearned for an egalitarian society and an end to oppression of the downtrodden sections witnessed during the British regime.”

“Our dreams are shattered as poverty haunts a large section of people. Corruption is rampant from top to bottom. Social inequality still persists. Unemployment rate is high too,” he observed.

Members of GenX should come together to launch a movement on the lines of the Independence struggle to make political freedom more meaningful to common people, he said after taking part in the Independence Day fete.

Money power in polls

“The democratic polity is vitiated by the high spending of money in elections,” adds the freedom fighter who was in the forefront of poll campaign of Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, first Chief Minister of Andhra State carved out of Madras Presidency in 1953. The need of the hour was leaders such as Prakasam Pantulu, who had spent huge wealth earned as a barrister during the freedom struggle for the people after becoming Chief Minister.

He was all praise for Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for his vow to root out corruption at all levels. “Only time will tell how far he will be successful,” he added.

Instead of doling out pension to different sections of people, including widows, the government should start old-age homes for men and women separately in each and every mandal to ensure social security to them as there have been instances of family members forcibly taking away pension, added Tanguturi Gopalakrishna, grandson of Prakasam Pantulu.

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