People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 28, 2006
Comrade Sundarayya's Book Released In Delhi
enduring legacy left behind by Comrade Putchalapally Sundarayya was recalled by
speakers at a function organised in Delhi to release the English reprint of
Sundarayya's book 'Telangana People's Struggle and Its Lessons' on May 19, 2006,
commemorating the 20th death anniversary of Comrade PS.
The book, published by Foundation Books, was released by renowned economist, Utsa Patnaik and the first copy was received by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury.
on the occasion, Sitaram Yechury said the Telangana people's armed struggle
brought the land question to the fore in the freedom struggle. However the
historic importance of the Telangana armed struggle lay in its significant
contribution to the shaping of modern India apart from it being a heroic
struggle against feudalism. The Telangana people's struggle against Nizam rule
gave a fillip to the struggles against princely states and finally led to the
integration of these states into modern India, said Yechury. Similarly Comrade
Sundarayya's pamphlet 'Vishalandhra' arguing for a united state of
Telugu-speaking people and the movement for formation of Andhra Pradesh gave a
momentum to the linguistic reorganisation of states in various parts of the
Patnaik said a fit way of commemorating Comrade PS work and life would be by
carrying forward his pioneering work on land question and agrarian relations.
"There is a need for thoroughly investigating the agrarian situation in the
country today. A re-survey of the same two villages which were surveyed by
Comrade PS for his work 'On Land Question' would be appropriate", she felt.
Patnaik threw light on the prevailing agrarian distress in the country.
to the achievements of the Telangana armed struggle, Patnaik said it not only
resulted in the abolishment of the hated jagirdari
system but also gave protected tenancy rights to the poor farmers. The
militant struggle raised the consciousness of the people to such a level that
unlike in other areas, there were very few instances of forcible eviction of
tenants by landlords in Telangana. She underlined that even today unless
consciousness of the people is raised and they are made aware of the progressive
legislation, the rural elite would nullify the effects of such legislation.
Patnaik recalled how she wrote to Comrade PS raising some questions regarding
rent after reading his pamphlet 'On Land Question' and how meticulously he
answered her questions. She also recalled how Rajendra Prasad arranged a meeting
with Comrade PS in Delhi during Emergency – when he was underground – to
further discuss these issues.
Mallu Swarajyam at the meeting
others who spoke included veteran Telangana armed struggle participant and CPI(M)
central committee member Mallu Swarajyam and CPI secretariat member S Sudhakar
Reddy. P M S Grewal, CPI(M) Delhi state secretary and Dr M Babu Rao, CPI(M) Lok
Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh were seated on the dais. The meeting was
chaired by V Sreenivasa Rao, CPI(M) central secretariat member. Jan Natya Manch
group artistes later staged a play.