Friday, February 05, 2010

Telangana Agitation Turns Innovative

The strike for Telangana is getting inventive day by day.

A day after human chains were formed, some activists on Thursday set up mock kitchens in an apparent effort to send a message of cultural moorings.

The state highways between Hyderabad and Mancherial and Hyderabad and Warangal were turned into a big kitchen. After serving food, then the protestors begin singing and dancing.

Political leaders and workers, farmers, employees, students and youth and people from all walks of life gathered all along the 400-km-long route in the two directions, cooked food and served it to the long rows of people.

They also organized "Aata Patalu" (cultural and sports programme" as the teams of men played traditional games, including kabaddi. Women performed folk dance and were seen singing tunes demanding Telangana state.

All party Telangana Joint Action Committee had given the call for this novel support a day after lakhs of people of the region had organized longest human chain for a distance of 500 km from Adilabad to Alampur.

"This is part of our peaceful protest to mount pressure on the Centre. We know with out struggle and building pressure we are not going to achieve the goal," said TJAC convenor Prof Kodandaram, who participated in the community kitchen and lunch programme at Shamirpet on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

"We will continue our protest. Our effort now is to make the Centre announce the terms of reference of Srikrishna committee at the earliest without a clear deadline," he said.

Several other leaders, including KT Rama Rao of TRS and T Devender Goud of TDP also participated in the programme.

"This is our response to the Gobbles propaganda of Andhra and Rayala Seema leaders that the agitation for Telangana state was being run by Maoists and anti-social elements and that it a violent agitation. Our people are organizing these novel programs in a very peaceful manner," he said.

"I am eating whatever has been prepared and served by the poor people of Telangana. This is rice, dal and curry of brinjal. I hope this is not Bt brinjal," he said.

Similar programs were organized at many places in the districts of Medak, Karinagar, Adilabad, Nalgonda and Warangal. On Friday, National Highway No. 7 from Hyderabad to Kodad on the borders of coastal Andhra region, will witness a similar program.

On Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu's remark that Andhra and Telangana were like two eyes for him, Prof Kodandaram said, "It appears that he is heading towards a position where he will support both Andhra and Telangana states".


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