Son opts naxal path, parents want him back

IN SEARCH OF HER SON: Bandi Lakshmamma, mother of Bandi Kistaiah, at Velishala village in Chityal mandal.  

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

We haven't heard from him nor seen him for 16 years. I wish Kistaiah surrenders like other naxals, says Lakshmamma

CHITYAL (WARANGAL DT.): If she ever happens to encounter her son who left her 16 years ago to join the naxalite movement, 60-year-old Bandi Lakshmamma wants to ask just one question, "son, could you change our family with your revolutionary ways? Or the village?"

Lakshmamma, who hardly mingles with villagers in Velishala of Chityal mandal, is lost in the thought of her son whom she thought would study well and bring a good name to the family and the village. But Bandi Kistaiah ditched her hopes and went missing from the college in Hanamkonda. He joined the People's War in late '80s. He is now reportedly a member of the Maoist party district committee in south Bastar division.

Not a day passes for Bandi Odelu and Lakshmamma without the thought of Kistaiah. "Had our son continued his education, he would have become a doctor," laments Odelu. "People say they've seen him. But we haven't heard from him nor seen him. What I wish is that he change his mind and come home like others who are surrendering," she told The Hindu here on Thursday.

Sharing his grief, Odelu points out that he has enough land and palm trees to provide his children good education.

He still wonders as to why his son has chosen the revolutionary path. "I want to ask him what change has he brought about here. In fact, he's left us in untold misery," he rues.

Appreciating the efforts of the police in encouraging surrender of naxalites, he says the police have never been people-friendly in the past. "Had they been like this before, many youths would not have left their homes and parents," he says.