OU turns hotspot of students’ angst

Identity crisis?: The name board of Andhra Mahila Sabha on the university campus which was changed to Telangana Mahila Sabha by students.

Identity crisis?: The name board of Andhra Mahila Sabha on the university campus which was changed to Telangana Mahila Sabha by students.   | Photo Credit: - Photo:G Krishnaswamy

Staff Reporter

Agitating students go on name-changing spree in and around campus

HYDERABAD: The tirade against anti-Telangana proponents, fervent appeals for separate Telangana, songs reflecting the spirit of the region, emotional speeches on taking forward the Telangana agitation and nostalgic moments of the agitation in 1969 and the lessons learnt. On the whole, the area around the College of Arts and Social Sciences on Osmania University campus continued to be the epicentre of emotions on statehood for Telangana for the consecutive third day on Wednesday. Members of different organisations and associations continued to pledge support to the Telangana agitation taken up by OU students.

Name of State

“Don’t get emotional but think how you can sustain this movement because for the first time thousands of students are coming out voluntarily for the cause of Telangana,” Qasim, a lecturer, appealed to the gathering. Deceiving people of Telangana began from naming of the State.

When Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil and Kannada-speaking States are called Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the Telugu-speaking State should be named Telugu Pradesh or Telugu Nadu.

Why it should be called Andhra Pradesh and why not Telangana, Mr. Qasim questioned.

Promise of support

The Telangana NGO Association president Swamy Goud assured to extend full support in carrying out the movement suggesting that all sections of the society should be involved in it. Former Minister and veteran Telangana proponent, Konda Laxman Bapuji, announced Rs. 1.01 lakh in support of the students’ agitation.

Harish, a student from Hyderabad Central University, alleged that the university authorities refused to permit even erection of a tent to conduct relay hunger strikes supporting the Telangana agitation. But the relay hunger strike was organised on Wednesday and would be continued on Thursday also, he said.

Meanwhile, students went on a spree of changing name boards of some institutions on the campus.

RTC hospital targeted

A group of students went to the APSRTC Hospital at Tarnaka junction late in the night.

They pulled out the letters A and P and wrote T stating that TSRTC stood for Telangana State Road Transport Corporation. Later, they wrote TSRTC on some RTC buses going from Kushaiguda .

Earlier on Tuesday night, the students rewrote the Andhra Mahila Sabha college name board, located near NCC gate, as Telangana Mahila Sabha.

They also changed the board of Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University hostel and library boards as Komuram Bheem Telugu university.

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