Will Mandadi Yadi Reddy emerge as the new Srikantha Chary to propel the Telangana movement? As people see a parallel between 2009, when Chary set himself ablaze in support of Telangana cause, and 2011, when Yadi Reddy hung himself to death for the separate statehood demand, loud voices are being heard on the ‘sacrifices’ of students and youths. However, people are not sure whether the UPA government at the Centre is ready to bifurcate the state in the near future.
“I heard the news of Yadi Reddy’s death. In the last 19 months, nothing has changed. If it was Srikantha Chary in December 2009, it’s Yadi Reddy now. Eee vipareetam aapedi yevaru koduka (who will take the lead in stopping these suicides),” Banda Radhamma asked, crying inconsolably at the `kachir banda’ (where villagers assemble and discuss) in Oorugonda village of Atmakur mandal, Warangal district.
A sprightly woman despite her advancing age (79 years), Radhammma claimed that the people of the region were fed up with the dilly-dallying tactics of the Congress government.
“If it doesn’t open its eyes soon, there would be more suicides. The days of the Congress are numbered as people would teach it a fitting lesson,” she observed.
Gopal Reddy, Pensioners’ Association secretary, said the Delhi rulers were oblivious to the strong sentiments of the people of the region. “There would be more Yadi Reddys in the making. The region is suffering because of lack of development in the last two years. The Seemandhra leaders are laughing over the sacrifices of our boys,” he rued. He said frequent bandhs, mass cooking and non-cooperation stir by employees have had little impact on the Delhi rulers.
While advocates are boycotting court duties, the student community is the worst hit with the closure of educational institutions. “The students are losing precious time. The academic schedule is affected with the students taking to the roads in support of T-stir. Will the Centre not take cognizance of their fight,” questioned retired professor E Sudarshan Reddy. Yadi Reddy’s suicide was the fifth suicide in the region since June when the movement got a new thrust. TOI