Weighing in on occasions and the state of the state is Bandru Vimala, popularly often called Vimalakka among the many downtrodden in Telangana, and an activist who performed a outstanding position as a part of the Joint Motion Committee for the creation of the state from undivided Andhra Pradesh. In 2014, Telangana turned India’s 29th state comprising Telugu-speaking areas.
The 54-year-old Vimalakka can be a balladeer, heading the people troupe Arunodaya Samskritika Samakhya, and chief of the state girls’s organisation, a voluntary welfare group. She excursions Telangana organising cultural occasions and elevating her voice for public points.
The daughter of revolutionary Bandru Narsimayya, who participated within the Telangana insurrection, Vimalakka considers her father a job mannequin and inspiration for her concepts. With him, she used to attend conferences of activists and writers combating for the state and began singing revolutionary songs when she was solely eight years previous.
At this time, Vimalakka faces police circumstances as a part of her longstanding marketing campaign for the separate state, which she has been concerned with since 1995, and has even frolicked in jail.
She believes that the KCR authorities has over the previous 4 years since Telangana was created ignored the welfare of individuals, and as an alternative labored to profit capitalists, landlords and industrialists.
Excerpts from the interview:
Inform us about your father and his affect in your concepts.
My father Bandru Narsimayya is a revolutionary and he took an lively position within the insurrection in opposition to landlords and the anti-people actions of the federal government. I witnessed not simply revolutionary writers and activists visiting our residence however the police too. Whereas the writers and activists visited to chalk out plans for conferences, the police visited our residence to harass our father. His dedication and dedication to the downtrodden and oppressed segments of society left a mark on me. I’ve been taking his recommendation until date.
Many Telangana traditions and cultural symbols, which have been appeared down upon by the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh authorities and society, haven’t been given particular consideration by the brand new state authorities too. How do you suppose that is working in bringing out the state’s wealthy heritage?
The TRS authorities has accomplished nothing to carry out of the state’s wealthy heritage. Festivals like Bathukamma and Bonalu are a part of Telangana custom and tradition and have been celebrated within the area for lengthy. There have been no TV channels within the earlier occasions. Now, the one motive there may be some concentrate on these festivals is due to the media glare.
I’m not in opposition to girls celebrating Bathukamma competition in Hyderabad, however it’s a competition to be celebrated on the village stage. Some individuals are claiming proprietorship of those festivals. Telangana occurred due to the folks’s agitation. The state turned a actuality because of all folks. Nobody individual or group has the appropriate to assert credit score for it. It’s the collective participation of individuals which made the state.
What are you singing about as of late?
I visited many locations in Telangana to advertise Bahujana Bathukamma. It’s geared toward making certain the participation of all events in celebrating the Bathukamma competition. The competition is confined to selective sections of society, now that the dream of Telangana state has been realised. Employees and agricultural labourers usually are not in a position to participate within the celebrations.
Do you’ve gotten any plans to marketing campaign for political events? Who needs your assist? The state Congress unit has referred to as upon you to affix their marketing campaign. Will you achieve this?
I’m not contesting the Telangana Meeting elections, nor am I supporting any political get together. I simply need to make it clear that we need to safeguard the surroundings and can’t permit open-cast mining. I need to elevate consciousness amongst folks in order that they ask their candidates to provide a blueprint or plan to stop folks from migrating to cities for livelihood.
Most of the outstanding faces of the Telangana motion equivalent to Prof B Kodandaram and balladeer Gaddar appear disillusioned with the TRS. Why is that this?
TRS leaders don’t need to encourage or assist them. The TRS doesn’t need any dissent or agitation. They need to mission that every thing is alright beneath their regime. The federal government equipment is being misused to suppress Dalit actions within the state. False circumstances are being filed in opposition to activists; individuals are nonetheless being killed in encounters. For instance, 5 suspected terrorists have been killed on April 8, 2015, close to Alair in Nalgonda district of Telangana.
You supported Okay Chandrashekar Rao throughout the Telangana motion. Why are you in opposition to him now?
Rao, after turning into the chief minister of the state, has simply forgotten about those that supported him throughout the Telangana motion. Whereas he needed our assist earlier, is it not required whereas ruling the state? He has continued to assist and encourage capitalists from Andhra Pradesh.
I’m not in opposition to the folks of Andhra Pradesh however in opposition to capitalists who thrive by exploiting the folks of Telangana. Rao has did not distribute the surplus land to the landless poor. Not a single acre of land has been recovered from the landlords until date. He used the suicides of youth in Telangana throughout the agitation. Round 1,400 folks sacrificed their lives for the state however the brand new authorities has solely recognized just a few tons of of individuals as martyrs for Telangana.
Kaluvurthi Kavitha, KCR’s daughter, promoted Bathukamma competition in Telangana. It’s true that I shared the stage with Kavitha throughout a girls conference in Warangal. She has forgotten me after being elected to the Lok Sabha. I referred to as her over the cellphone to congratulate her, however in useless. Later, her assistant despatched me a message. She has not spoken to me within the final four-and-a-half years.
What, in your view, are the KCR authorities’s failings?
The TRS authorities has belied the hopes of the folks of Telangana. It promised the moon however delivered nothing. The federal government has not helped college students from economically poor households to pursue increased research. It has not been spent funds on building of faculty buildings or repairing the present ones in rural areas. I need the federal government to allow ladies to pursue increased research, as an alternative of providing them some welfare schemes. The TRS has additionally did not re-open sugar factories in Telangana.
A whole bunch of staff and sugarcane farmers will profit if these factories are made purposeful once more. Okay Chandrashekar Rao has additionally not accomplished something to mitigate the issues of labourers in cities and agricultural labourers in rural areas. He has failed to fulfill the expectations of the folks.
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