Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dr. JP contrasts politicians of past and present

It is the self-centered politicians and not terrorists or naxalites who are harming the country’s future, said Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here today.

Addressing a gathering after unveiling the national flag to celebrate Telangana Liberation Day at the party headquarters Dr. JP said that politicians of all hues of the present generation turned the noble endeavor of politics of yesteryears into a lucrative and dynastic enterprise. “We don’t know what happened to the children of Sardar Patel who unified the nation or of K. M. Munshi and Vellodi, who served as Governors of the erstwhile Nizam State. Leaders like Chittaranjan Das, Mahatma Gandhi, C. Rajagopalachari, Burgula Ramakrishna Rao and Prakasam Pantulu never attempted to groom their sons and daughters as their political heirs. Unlike the politicians of the present day, they did not devote their time and effort to enrich themselves at any cost and build an empire for their children.

Dr. JP recalled that the unification of Italy in the 19th century took 23 years and of Germany was marked by nine years of bloodshed. In contrast, Sardar Patel unified 545 princely States with the Indian Union in less than a year without shedding a drop of blood. Only five people died when he accomplished integration of Hyderabad State with the Indian Union. Every Indian should celebrate the historic liberation of Hyderabad.

Dr. JP said that all right thinking people should take a leaf out of the freedom fighters’ lives and come forward to build a society in which every one irrespective of caste and religion had equal growth opportunities.

Party leaders Bandaru Ramamohana Rao, Katari Srinivasa Rao, V. Laxman Balaji, P. Bhaskara Rao, E. Chenayya, Y. Ramadevi and Gajanani were among those who took part in the function.

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