Though the BJP has been continually demanding for at the present time to be formally celebrated, the state authorities underneath the TRS appears to have developed cold-feet, buckling underneath the stress of their ally, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen
The simplest method to destroy individuals is to disclaim and obliterate their very own understanding of their historical past — George Orwell
Historical past must be a dispassionate account of the occasions of the previous however sadly, historical past usually turns into a sufferer to lopsided narratives. When details are subverted both to swimsuit political expediencies or the ideological constraints of specialists, we deny individuals, as Orwell says, entry to their very own historical past. That is nothing however a veiled try and obliterate their identification.
On the contrary, historical India is replete with examples the place each contribution, with out judging the quantum of the contribution, is well-documented. For example, the Ramayana describes the contribution of a squirrel that was carrying pebbles to fill the gaps between the boulders that have been laid by Lord Rama’s Vaanara Sena.
Finally, it was the squirrel that ensured that the bridge remained sturdy and durable because the armies of Lord Rama crossed over to Lanka.
Why is it then that our Indian freedom battle has been subverted in a fashion the place solely a sure historical past has been highlighted? Why have a slew of marvellous contributions of bravery and sacrifice been undermined? It’s with this realisation that the Authorities of India’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav makes it a degree to focus on the contributions of these heroes who made the supreme sacrifice, but did not discover sufficient area within the pages of our historical past books.
The historical past of the battle for the liberation of Telangana from the clutches of the Nizam is one such living proof. It was a momentous occasion within the historical past of India’s battle for freedom. In 1947, India confronted a peculiar scenario with the Nizam of the Hyderabad State toying with the thought of both merging with Pakistan or turning into an unbiased nation. This was tacitly supported by the British, whereas the abnormal individuals of Hyderabad State wished to merge into the Indian Union. The Hyderabad State at the moment contained the entire of right this moment’s Telangana, north-eastern Karnataka and the Marathwada area of Maharashtra.
The interval between 1946 and 1948 witnessed brutalities perpetrated on the harmless and unarmed residents of Hyderabad State by the Razakars, a personal militia led by Qasim Rizvi, together with the Nizam’s military. Undeterred by the quantum of violence, the individuals revolted. After the massacres of Parkal and Bairanpally in early September 1948, Sardar Vallabhai Patel ordered police motion, by way of ‘Operation Polo’. This compelled the Nizam to give up and on 17 September, 1948, the individuals of Hyderabad State turned part of the Indian Union.
Though the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) has been continually demanding for at the present time to be formally celebrated, the state authorities underneath the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appears to have developed cold-feet, buckling underneath the stress of their ally, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). The truth is, a number of instances between 2001 and 2014, Ok Chandrasekhar Rao, the incumbent chief minister of the state, ridiculed numerous chief ministers of the united state of Andhra Pradesh for not celebrating Telangana Liberation Day. The objections of the MIM, which traces its family tree to Qasim Rizvi, are comprehensible. Nevertheless, the political somersault of the TRS, which on each discussion board till then asserted the crucial of this celebration, is nothing wanting perplexing.
The MIM for its political mileage prefers to have a look at this occasion as a battle of Hindus in opposition to a Muslim ruler — a stance that truly undermines the contribution of the scores of Muslims who fought in opposition to the Nizam and laid down their lives. It was abnormal individuals like Shoaib Ullah Khan who fought in opposition to the Nizam and used his paper, Imroz, to focus on the atrocities of these in energy and needed to pay the value together with his life. Subsequently, it was fallacious to view individuals’s struggles from the prism of area or faith. A detailed research of the Telangana motion brings two components to mild. First, the battle was not in opposition to the Nizam alone however equally in opposition to all of the feudal lords who by advantage of being brokers of the Nizam turned devices of oppression. Second, the battle enunciated the agency will of the individuals to affix the Indian union.
The saga of the sacrifice of the individuals wants correct documentation for future generations who’ve an unfettered proper to know their historical past. An official celebration of Telangana Liberation Day is a step in direction of dispassionate documentation of historical past, and an try and give attention to the sacrifices of many unsung heroes who made the supreme sacrifice. The TRS would do effectively to wriggle itself out of coercion and intimidation by the MIM to fulfil its personal promise to the individuals of Telangana — a state commemoration of 17 September as Liberation Day.
G Kishan Reddy is the Union Minister for Tradition, Tourism and Growth of North-eastern Area and represents Secunderabad Lok Sabha Constituency. The views ex-pressed on this article are these of the creator and don’t characterize the stand of this publication.
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