Scholars and activists remember Dr Chiranjeevi on his first death anniversary
Hyderabad: Rich tributes were paid by speakers at a ceremony organized by the Telangana Historical Research Council (TCHR) to commemorate the death anniversary of Dr. Chiraranjeevi Kolluri.
Speakers recalled his role as an activist who played a pivotal role in the 1969 phase of the Telangana movement and in the recent phase that led to the demerger of Telangana and the achievement of statehood. Dr. Chiranjeevi is credited with forging the unity of Dalits under the banner of BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) when led by Kanshiram. The speakers also recalled his role in the Naxal movement and the imprint he left there. Although he is a doctor, he has a keen interest in political, economic and social issues and articulates them with force.
His interest in history and historical events was also recalled by the speakers. He vehemently opposed the notion of September 17 (1948) as a day of liberation and urged all concerned to refrain from celebrating this day. He backed up his view by citing evidence gathered from the accounts of Laiq Ali, Prime Minister of the Nizam VII and KMMunshi, Agent General of India to the State of Hyderabad and archival sources. .
A book titled Telangana Armed Struggle – A Misnomer which is an extended version of the research paper he presented at a history seminar was released on this occasion. Speaking about the book, T.Vivek, secretary of Telangana Historical Research Council, said that the book contains facts and information which remained unknown to many readers as well as scholars.
The author has demystified the appellation “armed struggle” of the peasants of Telangana and concluded that it was a misnomer. By exploring various facets of the “struggle”, the author exposed the hidden agenda of political parties and their actors.
TCHR is an eclectic group of academics, civil servants, history buffs and civil society activists. Its aim is to explore the past and find its relevance for the present and the future. TCHR believes in the axiom that history is a continuum – the past flows into the present and the future.