Sunday, July 4, 2010

maoist overgroundoos

Running list of maoist sympathizers (who I call overgroundoos)

Earlier the members of Revolutionary Writers Association members G Kalyan Rao, Vara Vara Rao, Chalasani Prasad, and popular balladeer Ghaddar, Dalit leader Manda Krishna Madiga, Telugu film actor-director Narayana Murthy and women's activist G Sandhya and many others speaking before the cremation described Azad as the embodiment of revolutionary struggle against the exploitation of the people.

Thanks to Muppalla from brf,

“He believed it’s neither the gun nor the pen which is powerful. He always felt man is more powerful to bring about any change in society,” recalls Nellutla Venugopal, who last met Azad at Regional Engineering College-Warangal in 1978.

“I saw the spark in him way back in 1978. He was a dynamic leader and a brilliant speaker,” says K G Kannabiran, president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

Recalling an incident, C Bhaskar Rao, general secretary, Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights (OPDR), says: “When two Andhra University research scholars were mowed down by a bus (RTC was not in government hands then) in Vizag in 1979, he staged protests for nationalisation of RTC.” As an aside, Rao says Azad even planned to place boulders on railway tracks at Simhachalam to disrupt train services and force the authorities to bring RTC under government sector. “Such was his commitment to a cause,” he says.

He believed that the defence of rights of the tribals cannot be ensured effectively through political and non-violent means,” Sandhya of Progressive Organisation for Women says. Sandhya’s mother and Azad’s mother Cherukuri Karuna are sisters. His father Rajaiah Chowdary was a rich landlord and even ran a hotel in Hyderabad. “An ever smiling, Azad understood the pulse of the poor,” Sandhya chips in.

N Chari, a Maoist sympathizer in Karimnagar, says Namballa Keshav Rao, present Military Commission in-charge of Maoist party, and slain State Committee leader Puli Anjaiah were his batchmates.

Azad always said Maoists never blocked the projects that would ameliorate the conditions of the poor. “If they have occasionally blocked the construction of roads, it is to prevent big companies from coming into drain the wealth from tribal areas,” Varavara Rao says quoting Azad.


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