Hyderabad: Ms Kalwakuntla Kavita, Telangana Jagruthi president and daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi supremo, Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, on Monday demanded that statues of Telangana poets and writers should also be installed on the Tank Bank if the State government decided to reinstall the statues that were demolished on the day of Million March on March 10.
The Telangana Jagruthi and Telangana Writers Association took out “Swabhiman” rally from the Sri Katta Maisamma temple on the Lower Tank Bund Road in protest against the criticism of the Seemandhra leaders against the demolition of statues of Telugu cultural icons.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Kavita bemoaned that then government had installed statues of Seemandhra poets and writers spending crores of rupees showing discrimination against Telangana writers ad poets. She demanded that the State government, at least now, should realize its folly and install idols of Telangana intellectual giants along with their Seemandhra counterparts.
The well-known poet, Mr Deshapathi Srinivas, said that while statues of Seemandhra legendaries were installed in the Telangana region, there were no statues of Telangana heroes in the Seemandhra region. He felt that it was a gross discrimination.
After the demolition and mutilation of statues of prominent Telugu personalities recently, the Tank Bund on Hussain Sagar Lake has become the venue for various organizations and individuals from both the regions to vent their feelings since 16 statues of poets, writers, social reformers and former rulers were demolished during the Million March, organized to demand a separate Telangana State.
Opposing the re-installation of demolished statues without erecting the statues of prominent personalities of Telangana, writers, poets, journalists, singers and intellectuals of Telangana here on Monday marched on Tank Bund.
The TJS held Telangana “Swabhimana yatra”. The participants walked on the road and held a meeting to demand the installation of statues of Telangana leaders.
The participants raised the slogans of long live martyrs of Telangana and Jai Telangana and condemned the attempts by leaders and intellectuals for using the incident to stall the movement for separate Telangana state.
Ms Kavita also warned that if the government re-installs the demolished statues without installing statues of Telangana personalities, it alone will be held responsible for the consequences. Telangana leaders belonging to various parties had long been demanding installation of statues of leaders like Komaram Bheem on Tank Bund and some of them had even threatened to pull down the statues of Andhra leaders.
Meanwhile, condemning the arrests, the TJAC staged protests across the region on Monday. Protestors burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, and the Director General of Police, Mr K. Aravinda Rao. (NSS)