Need for Change?

By: Soonya Naidu

We heard from the newspaper reports that KCR wanted to set a new precedent and exhorted his newly elected lawmakers to go for simplicity rather than official pomp and rituals.

While I welcome his thinking what is needed is exemplary action, which he must set for others to follow.

I am sure he did not like much the ‘feudal’ reception he got when he came from Delhi victorious after achieving the dream of Telangana people.

Many progressive people who supported the cause of Telangana are dismayed at the convoy of vehicles that have been put at his disposal; obviously the cops want to please him!

But does such a popular leader who braved the heat and dust and handled 100 meetings in 10 days among people day and night need such security? He was among multitudes of people for the last so many years, especially in the last few months! Was there any security threat so far?

I guess KCR got the recognition like a Nehru had in his time among people.

Does he need cops to protect him? Some educated people may not like such a comparison. But it is a fact that he is popular and caught the popular imagination, the fact that TRS rode against the so-called Modi wave in Telangana and even his adversaries have to grudgingly acknowledge the grit and determination of the man and the popular support that he gets in Telangana, especially among the aam janta.

So here is a thought to the slogan, New State, New leadership – New ways of doing things.

By emulating some one like Manik Sarkar of Tripura or a Buddha Babu from Bengal, he can set a new example away from the feudal pomp and show of yester years leaders from Seemandhra.

He has not made enemies of the Naxals like CBN did (his cops did it for him) or any body like that. A CBN needs a jammer, a bevy of bullet-proof cars and a convoy with cars of the same number to avoid detection by ‘enemies’ who might want to do away with him.

Does KCR need bullet-proof cars, a convoy and the ‘hangama’ – a small time politician like Daaram of Hyderabad needed to show off. Do the convoys add to KCR’s halo? Or the other way round?

The small minded MLA’s who thought, becoming an MLA is a way to loot the treasury and who felt small, needed gunmen around to show off among people.

More gunmen meant more ‘reputation’! But KCR is taller than any T politician so far barring probably PV and MCR from popular memory and a little far – a Sardar Jamalapuram Keshava Rao or the Madapati’s.

Let TRS set new paths, new protocols, and new ways of engaging with people.

It was born out of the movement. Else there is a danger that the disease that afflicted the Freedom Party may befall this new baby born of struggle and people’s aspirations.

Let it set an example as to how to connect with people, which allowed it to brave such an Anti-Congress Wave and a ‘Modi Wave’.

Let people like Eatela who are simple make a statement. E Rajendar does not have a bungalow in Jubilee Hills!

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Let such disease not afflict the party of people.

May be he should travel in an Indian made Indian technology car to demonstrate his commitment.

Ambedkar famously said in Annihilation of Caste (AoC), when social revolution precedes political revolution there is meaning. For the dispossessed can take part in democracy. Let TRS begin a new social revolution, even if in a symbolic way.

TRS should ensure that all its ministers and MLA’s use public health facilities like Osmania or Gandhi or NIMS. Only KCR can do it. He has the ability for re-imagining, the courage to stand for his convictions. At least I have no reason to dis-believe, YET!

So the moot question is, will TRS add to its slogan – Kotta Rastram, Kotta Nayakatyam and Kotta Pantha?

I know it is too early to come to judge. But we need to wait and watch, watchfulness is a must for the fruits of the struggle to really be available to the common person of Telangana.

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4 Responses

  1. Venkat Reddy says:

    Dear Soonya,

    I think we need to understand 3-4 things here:

    1) KCR is the only leader, who was consistent in his fight against the Seemandhra lobby. In fact we have seen how all political parties connived to prevent TRS from coming into power in Telangana. We have enough reason to believe that these anti-Telangana forces would not hesitate to physically eliminate KCR.

    2) We have already seen instances of KCR getting direct life threats.

    3) There are militant organizations from all over the country, which are always on the look out for a soft target. Isn’t there are serious threat from them to KCR?

    4) In AP state itself we have seen how Maoists have attacked several leaders, and many senior leaders have been killed. Don’t you think KCR is also a possible target for Maoists?

    5) The convoy of vehicles is normal for any CM in this country. Even the convoy that is being used for KCR now is the convoy of ex-CM of AP. So, nothing has been purchased newly.

    Lets not put every move of KCR under a microscope. We will only be preventing him from taking any bold decision if we keep criticizing every move he makes!

  2. soonya says:

    Dear Venkat

    Security is only one part of my argument. If there is a threat perception he must be protected. No questions about it. But then if the Maoists wanted to target him as per your argument they could have done it when he was openly traveling the length and breadth of Telangana.

    If you see the end of my post, I do believe in giving open spaces to people and therefore I also wondered if it is too early to judge.

    Like Amartya Sen says, we are argumentative Indians. I for one believe and ardently hope that TRS and especially KCR must engender a quality of space in our democracy and Telangana polity where people can openly air their views without feeling insecure. Nehru given his stature could have stymied any of his critics, but given his democratic disposition allowed dissent. We have seen China, and many African countries which got their independence around the same time as we did. The symbolic gestures of people like Nehru allowed for quality of debates in the Constituent Assembly and quality of thought which laid the foundation for us as a democracy.

    We need to build such a culture in Telangana where no one is beyond question. That’s true democracy in my humble view. Hope you agree.

    However, the thrust of the argument is – can TRS and especially KCR since he such a powerful communicator and has grown in stature among T people, anything he does or says will have impact on the rest who will follow.

    My request to TRS and its public representatives is to use public institutions only then will they get their past glory.

    And I believe KCR given his attitude to life, is a dogged person in his beliefs and good naturedly stubborn which allowed him to stand the dust and heat and the personal attacks on him. I guess his determination to do good will not be affected by criticisms of whatever kind. But then, if he is an important actually the important person in Telangana, his behaviour and conduct and his party men and women’s behaviour will set the terms of engagement for a time to come.

    A new state is a new beginning. And a new beginning gives us a scope to do things in a new way. That is the historical opportunity. That’s my humble submission.

    Again, it’s too early. But like they say in Telugu, Aadi nisthuram antya nisthuram kante manchidi ani!

    Best

    • Shaan says:

      Soonya garu,

      I read your article.as you have already expressed that it is too early to comment but i would like to remind you about the case of Late Ragya naik (MLA Devarakonda )was accidentally assassinated for which the maoists(then PWG)apologized saying that it is purely their mistake in setting the target.Such mistakes can be done by any different group and another incident when KCR was flying to Delhi in dec 2013 a Airport Security constable pushed him without noticing him as the greatest leader of every telanganite,my blood boiled at that moment.such “Mistakes” can only be avoided with a tight security forces and now a days ink bottles,cheppals,papers water packets every thing are a threat to our beloved leader.finally, KCR is a simple,kind and down to earth man..he asked his convoy to stop and let the ambulance pass on the day of his swearing in.He also asked his convoy and walked back to address the issues of some 4th class employees near Telangana Assembly on 8th June 2014.
      He needs protection ot for him but for the sake of people of Telangana.
      Jai Telangana.

  3. Vijaya Laxmi says:

    KCR Garu,
    We had lots of hope that you will regularize the outsourcing staff and you have promised the same before. But now you are talking about only contractors only. What is this Sir ?

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