Remembering a social movement in 1917 against untouchability in coastal Andhra

Courtesy: South First

Bhagya Reddy Varma of Hyderabad (left) and Sundru Venkaiah of Eluru were some of the prominent SC leaders who took part in the 'Adi Andhra Maha Sammelanam' from 4 to 6 November in Vijayawada in 1917 as part of a social movement against untouchability (Supplied)

Not many know that a social movement to eradicate untouchability took place in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh 105 years ago, much before Mahatma Gandhi who spearheaded India’s independence struggle launched the Harijan Movement in 1932.

The coastal Andhra region in the then Madras province has been called a progressive society due to the emergence of social reformers like Kandukuri Veeresalingam who advocated widow marriages and fought against the dowry system.

A movement aimed at eradicating untouchability was also taken up in coastal Andhra by leaders such as Vemuri Ramji, freedom fighter Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao — also the founder of the oldest Telugu daily ‘Andhra Patrika’ and Amrutanjan Balm — and Unnava Lakshmi Narayana, writer of the novel ‘Malapalli’.

“They focused on the eradication of untouchability and educating the Harijans (now referred to as Dalits) through a sustained social campaign. Many meetings of various social groups were conducted across the coastal districts to highlight the need to take Scheduled Caste people into the mainstream of society. The culmination of this was a three-day state-level meet in Vijayawada in 1917 from 4 to 6 November,” retired academician and social activist Duggaraju Srinivas Rao told South First.

Vemuri Ramji (left), Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao (centre), and Unnava Lakshmi Narayana were among those who began a social movement in coastal Andhra to eradicate untouchability (Supplied)

A report in ‘Andhra Patrika’ about 1917 meeting

Srinivas came to know that such a movement against untouchability in Andhra had taken place in the coastal districts more than 100 years ago when he read a small booklet published by a social organisation called ‘Samajika Samarasata Vedika’.

Srinivas was looking for information about the social movement against untouchability when he found a newspaper report by ‘Andhra Patrika’ in which there was a detailed description of the 1917 meeting in Vijayawada including a verbatim report of the speeches made by the participants.

The report in ‘Andhra Patrika’ about the ‘Adi Andhra Maha Sammelanam’ from 4 to 6 November in Vijayawada in 1917 (Supplied)

SC leaders in a horse-drawn cart

“During the three-day meeting held from 4 to 6 November in 1917 called ‘Adi Andhra Maha Sammelanam’, SC leaders such as Bhagya Reddy Varma and Sundru Venkaiah were taken in the horse-drawn cart of Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao, then a member of Madras Assembly, through the main streets of the town with the other so-called forward caste people leading the procession on foot. That was a scene that was never seen earlier,” added Srinivas.

The other highlight of the 1917 meeting in Vijayawada was the public apology expressed by a group of forward community leaders such as Nallapati Hanumantha Rao to the SC people assembled for the treatment they were subjected to all those years, he said.

Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao (Supplied)

The prominent SC personalities who were invited and took part in the three-day event were Bhagya Reddy Varma of Hyderabad, Sundru Venkaiah of Eluru, and Vemula Kurmayya of Vijayawada.

The problems faced by the SC community and the demands that were to be put forth before the then-colonial rulers were discussed in the meetings.

A few resolutions about their demands such as social respect from others, establishment of schools in the areas where they lived, and provision for participation in panchayat decision-making were also passed.

Vemula Kurmayya (Supplied)

1917 meeting against untouchability in Andhra: Commemorative event on 6 November 2022

A commemorative meeting is being organised for the first time in Vijayawada on 6 November 2022 to mark the 105th year of the ‘Adi Andhra Maha Sammelanam’.

“Though there have been efforts to bring in social balance and eradicate untouchability in the last 72 years with the spirit of the Constitution, there has been no progress along expected lines. At this juncture, it is appropriate to hold such commemorative meetings to continue that social spirit and also take inspiration from our predecessors,” Samajika Samarasata Vedika president Sri Vishnuvu told South First.

The 6 November event is being conducted at Sri Siddhartha College auditorium in Mogalarajapuram by Samajika Samarasata Vedika.

Curbing the violent elements, Government should ensure safety and security of Hindus of Meghalaya: Milind Parande

Press Statement:

Curbing the violent elements, Government should ensure safety and security of Hindus of Meghalaya: Milind Parande

New Delhi, November 03, 2022 – The orgy of violence that took place in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong on October 28, 2022 is highly condemnable. The manner in which the protest against ostensive unemployment by the Federation of Khasi-Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) turned into an all-out violent frenzy, is a cause of concern not only for the Meghalaya government or the central government, but for the entire country also. Shri Milind Parande, Central Secretary General of Vishva Hindu Parishad has demanded from the government to ensure the security of the innocent and peaceful Hindu society of the state by taking stringent action against the organizations acting as the hauler and mover agencies of the path of violence and separatism. Along with this, the political organizations of the secular fraternity, who give nourishment to the violence mongers, should also be pulled up and taught good lessons in constitution, democracy, dialogue and rule of law.

He said that apart from perpetration of dogged violence, the kind of political and anti-national slogans raised by the violent mob make it amply clear as to what powers are behind this ostensible agitation! It seems that the desperate opposition of Meghalaya and Bharat is instigating and activating a section of the youth of Meghalaya to go in for violence. FKJGP president Dundee Khongsit expressed a showy concern over the violence, and in the same breath threatened that the violent protests were only the beginning. It seems that they are not interested in a solution, but in remaining at the beck and call of their anti-India masters and agenda pushers and always willing to do their bidding by terrorizing the peace-loving society of Meghalaya through violence. The inaction of the administration there has added fuel to the fire.

The VHP Secretary General also said that such violence that has been going on for the last few years at the nods and winks of anti-national elements, is also quite apparently adversely impacting the development of Meghalaya. Tourism is the mainstay of Meghalaya’s revenue, but, unfortunately, there has been a sharp decline in it. Productive, commercial, occupational and corporate activities have come to a standstill. Traders and industrialists are unable to open their establishments. Due to the inaction of the police, people are compelled to stay home and away from public life and activities. Over the recent years, peace-loving people have migrated in large numbers.

Shri Milind Parande also urged the youth of Meghalaya that the solution to every problem in a democracy is through dialogue and not violence. Violence is neither in the interest of Meghalaya nor its youth. The youth power should not play into the hands of the secessionists and violence-mongers to serve their vested interests, but they should use this power for the development of their own self, their dear state and the nation.

The VHP expects from the Meghalaya government and the central government to take firm action against the violent elements and provide a suitable environment for the peace-loving tribal and non-tribal Hindu society to contribute to the development of Meghalaya. Violence can be the agenda of the separatists, not of the youth power conscious of its bright future. Presently the country is moving at a fast pace on the path of development. VHP believes that one can ensure one’s development only by riding a train of this development, but not missing or separating from it.
Issued by:

Vinod Bansal
National Spokesperson, Vishva Hindu Parishad
@VHPDigital @Vinod_bansal

Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s ‘The Kerala Story’ brings account of women joining ISIS from Kerala 

The trailor of Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s upcoming movie “The Kerala Story,” which reveals the events behind the disappearance of 32,000 women in the state of Kerala is going viral on the internet.

The teaser promises to be a very authentic, unbiased, and truthful tale of events that shook Kerala. The film, which Sudipto Sen directed under the guidance of Vipul Shah, tells the startling and heartbreaking story of a terrorist organisation manipulating women trafficking from God’s own land.

The straightforward yet powerful trailer tells the story of one such victim, Adah Sharma, who aspired to be a nurse but was stolen from her home and is now imprisoned in Afghanistan as an ISIS terrorist.

The movie is getting ready facing a lot of challenges, however, the producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah was determined. According to reports, director Sudipto Sen travelled to the state and even throughout Arab nations to meet with residents and victims’ relatives.

According to a recent research, almost 32,000 Hindu and Christian females from Kerala and Mangalore have been converted to Islam since 2009, with the majority of them ending up in Syria, Afghanistan, and other ISIS and Haqqani-controlled territories. The film will reveal the facts behind this plot as well as the anguish of these ladies.

Courtesy: Indus Scrolls

Dirty tricks to malign RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Telangana  Press Statement 

A forged statement, entitled ‘RSS Internal Survey Report’, is being circulated in Social Media today. Released ostensibly in the context of the Munugode Bypolls on Nov 3, 2022, this report is signed by an unknown person and is clearly released with the malafide intention of confusing and misleading people. We would like to state that no such Survey has been conducted by the RSS and we condemn the mischievous act of publicising this fake document.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a voluntary organisation that has been working for the last 97 years with the primary aim of nation building through individual character building. RSS as an institution participates neither in politics nor does it conduct political Surveys. As elections are a crucial and critical part of democracy, RSS encourages every Indian citizen to exercise their franchise.

Of late, attempts have been made to denigrate a cultural voluntary organisation such as the RSS, by people who have been resorting to fake, baseless and implausible news stories and comments for political gains. These kinds of actions do not befit the position of any individual or institution of responsibility. It is nothing but deriding and abusing democratic and social values.

We hereby request the Government and officials to identify the persons responsible for such fake documents and the news emanating out of it and take stringent, legal measures against them.

Kacham Ramesh
Pranth Karyavaaha Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Telangana

The dubious Global Hunger Index and its connections with AAP

Tweet Thread by: Vijay Gajera

In the last few days, the Global Hunger Index is the talk of the town in India. Many people have debunked this fake index here on Twitter, but today I will show you something more interesting. So let’s start

Global hunger Index is prepared by two NGOs Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe

Now meet Nivedita Varshneya, county head of Welthungerhilfe India.

When I scanned her Twitter profile, I found that she is not neutral. Also, it seems that she knows AAP adviser Reena Gupta Very well!

In this tweet you can see that Nivedita is politically biased. Ideally, she should be neutral. But here it seems that she is influenced by AAP or she is a good friend of hers.

Both of them have retweeted each other’s tweets multiple times!

Now if you think that they just follow each other on their personal Twitter handle only. Here is the proof that the official Twitter handle of Welthungerhilfe India also promotes AAP spokeswoman Reena Gupta.

Please note that AAP spokeswoman Reena Gupta has changed her Twitter username from @Reenaguptamehta to @Gupta_ReenaG

Here is one more interesting thing Reena Gupta is an adviser to Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai. So she is the behind ban on firecrackers in Delhi as they are not able to control stubble burning in Punjab!

It’s really unfortunate that these foreign NGOs and politicians who have made their entire career on foreign NGO money are working hand to hand with a foreign power.

These Foreign controlled people trying their best to dishonor India so they can come into power!

Nivedita Varshneya, County head of Welthungerhilf India follows only one Indian Politician!

Soon after Vijay Gajera exposed her propaganda Global Hunger Index and connection with AAP, the country head of Welthungerhilf India locked her profile and blocked Vijay.