Telangana tumult deepens after statue mayhem
Telugu luminaries were dragged into the ongoing Telangana turmoil when more than a dozen statues of Andhra icons were desecrated during a pro-Telangana march held at the Tank Bund, sparking a massive public outcry on the issue.
Hyderabad: Telugu luminaries were dragged
into the ongoing Telangana turmoil when more than a dozen
statues of Andhra icons were desecrated during a pro-Telangana
march held at the Tank Bund here, sparking a massive public
outcry on the issue.
During the `million march to Hyderabad` organised on
March 10 in support of the Telangana demand, 16 statues of
Telugu personalities were either vandalised, uprooted or
broken and thrown into the Hussain Sagar lake abutting the
Some of the desecrated statues were of: King Sri
Krishnadevaraya, whose reign is hailed as `golden era` in the
annals of Indian history, ancient poet Yerrapragada, who
translated Mahabharat into Telugu, saint-composer Annamayya,
who sang songs in praise of Lord Venkateswara, and social
reformer Kandukuri Veeresalingam, who championed the cause of
widow marriages in the early 20th century, and Gurram Jashua,
a great Dalit poet.
The desecration of the statues raised a massive public
outcry from prominent Telugu writers, poets, social activists,
political leaders and people from other walks of life mainly
from the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.
Members of State Legislative Assembly as well as
Legislative Council, cutting across political lines, condemned
the vandalism and the Upper House passed a resolution urging
the government to re-install the statues. Chief Minister N
Kiran Kumar promised to re-install the statues.
Expressing anguish over destruction of statues, people
from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema organised a `padayatra` on
the Tank Bund Road, offered homage to the great personalities
and sought apologies for the disrespect heaped on them.
"They (Telangana supporters) can secure statehood. We
have nothing against it. But this desecration of statues is
totally unjustified. These great personalities are not
confined to any region," Garikapati Narasimha Rao, a famous
Telugu scholar and poet, said.