(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 05, 2009
Comrade P Sundarayya�s Autobiography Released
THE life of Comrade Putchalapalli Sundarayya � simple living, great sacrifices, relentless struggle for the upliftment of the masses � must be the role model for all those striving to change the society for the better.
This was stressed by
speakers at a function organised in
To capture the rich experience of Comrade Sundarayya, two senior comrades had managed to record the account of his life in his own voice. Spread over 20 tapes of 90 minutes each, the autobiographical narrative covered the life of Comrade Sundarayya in minute detail. This narrative was transcribed, and then edited and abridged by Professor Murali into the present 432 page volume, which has been priced Rs 145.
Speaking on this occasion,
Raghavulu said Comrade Sundarayya consistently fought against all forms
exploitation �� not just economic but also against social exploitation,
be it women�s
exploitation in family, caste oppression etc. He led by personal
these matters. He would be a role model as long as there is
discrimination in the society. Comrade Sundarayya�s role in the ending
feudal princely states and formation of modern
Presiding over the function, Chukka Ramaiah, renowned educationist and member of the Legislative Council of Andhra Pradesh, recalled his association with Comrade Sundarayya during the days of Telangana armed struggle. He said Comrade Sundarayya personified Marxism. He used to tour the remotest parts of Telangana and knew almost each worker of the Party by name. He used to make it a point to always eat in the home of Party activist in the village he was visiting. Comrade Sundarayya had asked him to work in literacy movement in those days and he assumed it would involve teaching alphabets. But Comrade Sundarayya told him what was needed was the raising of consciousness among the poor. He asked him to read to them the novel �Mother� by Maxim Gorky. In a short period of six months, the bonded labour of Telangana began asserting themselves by refusing to be bonded labour. This consciousness led to the waging of land struggle, and then the armed struggle against the violence unleashed by the feudal landlords, and ultimately against the Nizam rule. Thus Comrade Sundarayya made a great contribution in ending the feudal system in Telangana, he said. Ramaiah also complimented the NBT for bringing out this book at a time when politics is being sought to be hijacked by money bags and market forces.
Atlury Murali in his remarks
praised Professor Bipin Chandra, chairman of NBT,
Telakapally Ravi, editor Prajasakti Book House and P Rajeswar Rao, general manager, Visalandhra Publishing House also spoke on this occasion. Neera Jain, editor NBT welcomed the gathering while P Mohan of NBT proposed a vote of thanks.