Hyderabad: Telangana Joint Action Committee organized protest meeting against unemployment on a grand scale at Saroor Nagar Stadium on Monday. Prof. Kodandaram, Chairman of TJAC presided over the function. Revolutionary Poet, Mr. Gaddar, Managing Editor of Siasat Urdu Daily, Mr. Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, Congress MLA, Mr. T. Jeevan Reddy, CPI leader, Chada Venkat Reddy, TDP President of Telangana, Mr. L. Ramana, BJP MLC, Mr. Ram Chandra Reddy, Prof. Ch. Ramaiah, revolutionary poetess, Vimala Akka, Congress Spokesman, Mr. Shravan Kumar, Chairman of Telangana NRIs Forum, Mr. D. P. Reddy, President of CPI (M), New Democracy, Mr. Goverdhan Reddy and the representatives of various political and voluntary organizations participated in the meeting.
In the beginning, two minutes silence was observed to pay homage to the martyrs of Telangana Movement.
In his presidential address, Prof. Kodandaram told that on account of refusal permission from police, he was forced to knock at the door of High Court and this convention is being held at Saroor Nagar. It is very regrettable that despite court orders, the participants coming from various districts were stopped and the presidents and secretaries of the districts were not only arrested but they were beaten up.
Prof. Kodandaram condemned the arrest of the president of TJAC of Sangareddy. He also told that the place of the convention has been turned into a police cantonment to create a fear psychosis among the participants. He pointed out that police is recording the proceedings of the meeting inside and outside the stadium. He reiterated that the youths of Telangana are not going to get back. Revolution is in the blood of Telangana. Injustice done by anyone will not be tolerated by the people of Telangana.
He pointed out that even after the lapse of three years the unemployment of the youths was not eradicated. Vexed with this situation, the educated youths of Telangana are committing suicides. He regretted that a student of M.Sc. first year of OU committed suicide due to the unemployment situation. Such suicides are also taking place in various districts of Telangana. He demanded the Govt. to issue a white paper on employment policy.
Revolutionary poet, Gaddar told that Telangana struggle was started with four demands: Our water, our land, our employment and our political power. As the chairman of TPJAC, Prof. Kodandaram was very active during the movement and Gaddar also aroused the passions of people of Telangana by singing revolutionary songs. The supremo of TRS was successful in getting political power but 90% of the population of backward classes did not get any power. It is a serious matter that 0.04% people belonging to higher caste assumed power whereas Dalits, Minorities and other backward communities remained powerless. The change in the mindset of backward classes can bring about a new political revolution provided they get united.
Prof. Ramaiah condemned the attitude of police meted out to Prof. Kodandaram and said that he was not demanding sharing of political power. He only wanted that the purpose for which Telangana was formed should be fulfilled. Unemployment is a serious problem in this region. We gave three years’ time to Govt. to eradicate unemployment but Govt. failed at every front. If we keep quiet on the failures of Govt., with what face do we approach the people?
Various cultural organizations presented Dhoom Dham Program and songs on the injustices meted out to Telangana were presented.