ANDHRA PRADESH

George Reddy remembered

He was young and tough. Absent in his lexicon was the word ‘fear'. In the face of danger he surged ahead, and saw the last of his adversaries. Though highly desirable, these qualities were not what made people remember George Reddy, a research scholar of Osmania University, 40 years after his death.

It was the study circles he conducted to debate on the contemporary national and international happenings in the light of Marxism, and his eventual death in the hands of communal elements, which ignited the minds of everybody, and led to the formation of Progressive Democratic Students movement as a formidable force against fascism in the university.

On Saturday, George Reddy was amply remembered by his co-students and friends from various professions, at a commemorative meeting organised to mark his 40th death anniversary. Cutting across all leftist blocs, a very big gathering of students and intellectuals paid audience to recollections about George Reddy by his former associates. Kura Rajanna of Janashakti wing recalled George as his first initiator to Dialectical Materialism and to world politics beyond the Telangana movement. George's relevance in the university grew in the context of wane of left-wing student activism, and increasing hooliganism of the communal forces, he recalled.

George, with his small group of progressive minded students, also tried to organise people outside the university to form an effective political alternative, he said.

Asvini Kumar, another contemporary of George Reddy in the university, recalled him as a very promising researcher in Physics who impressed the external evaluators also with the quality of his answers. He was a boxer, and an avid reader, who read Hegel, Marx and even Freud before he died at 25. His fearlessness and contempt for danger were what led to his death eventually, he said. Mr.Asvini Kumar screened a slide show of George Reddy's hangouts in the university where he would spend hours discussing with his group of friends. Also launched was his work ‘Banda Canteen Broadcasts' reminiscing his association with George Reddy. Poet Varavara Rao, film personality Tammareddy Bharadwaja, and George Reddy's associates Chalapathi Rao, Javed Mirza, Padma Rao, Dr. Pratap Reddy, Dr. Srinath Reddy, Rajiri, Burgula Pradeep Kumar, and P.K. Murthy.

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