92-yr-old freedom fighter recollects his tryst with future

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Hyderabad: Hyderabad state remained beneath the Nizam’s imperial rule whilst the remainder of India loved freedom. College students, educators, thinkers and most of the people banded collectively to carry Hyderabad into the Indian Union. Okay. Chandra Prakash Rao, who’s 92 years outdated now, is certainly one of them.

When Deccan Chronicle spoke with him, he described how those that participated within the freedom battle made a number of sacrifices, together with being imprisoned, getting severely crushed, sexually assaulted and, in some instances, being executed by the Nizam’s military and the Razakars.

He could seem fragile resulting from his age, however Prakash Rao spoke proudly as he recalled the historic incidents. He was imprisoned in Warangal alongside 12 of his fellow agitators after they participated in a protest march and hoisted the Tricolour at a public constructing.

“On September 2, 1947, the protestors have been rounded up and brazenly shot by the Nizam’s military at Parkal close to Hanamkonda. It was akin to the Jallianwala Bagh bloodbath, which resulted in a number of deaths. Those that have been injured have been dropped at this jail and acquired medical consideration; their clothes was soaked in blood,” he recalled.

After being launched after three months, Prakash Rao, then 16, went underground and commenced working towards the Nizam’s regime. “There have been a number of raids carried out on our hiding place. One of many agitators, Ramchandaraiah, was killed by the Razakars,” he acknowledged. “There have been a number of restrictions positioned on carrying the Nationwide Flag at public gatherings,” he mentioned.

He praised the Hyderabad State Congress, which he mentioned impressed college students, staff, and academics in Hyderabad State after August 1947. “Beneath the management of Swami Ramananda Tirtha, many individuals took the decision and hoisted the Tricolour in public locations and homes, mass rallies with Vande Mataram slogans,” he recalled.

“After we discovered that Gandhiji was taking the Grand Trunk Specific from Madras to Vadodara, we have been ecstatic. It was 1946. At Kazipet, the practice was to halt in order that the water and charcoal could possibly be refilled. Gandhiji spoke on the station at round one within the morning. The speech of Mahatma Gandhi motivated us,” Pakash Rao recollected.

Operation Polo, often known as the Hyderabad police motion, was undertaken towards the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Military from September 13 to September 17, 1948, for Hyderabad’s accession to the Union of India.

Chandra Prakash Rao blamed the British for his or her diversionary politics. “Whereas the British ended their colonial rule and stop India, they performed soiled. They gave choices for the states, that they might be part of the Indian Union or Pakistan or keep unbiased. Benefiting from this, Hyderabad refused to hitch the Union of India. With a number of sacrifices, this state is now part of a free nation, and every year when the Nation Flag is raised, we’re happy with the fantastic second,” he acknowledged.

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