It starts with paying rich tributes to its martyrs. The martyrs include those who laid their lives down in the 1969 phase of the T-struggle and those who resorted to self-immolation to protest the delay of the creation of the state during the more recent phase of the movement led by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
To commemorate the sacrifices, the Telangana government has decided to develop a huge Smriti Vanam (memory park) near Hussain Sagar Lake in capital Hyderabad along with constructing a tall stupam(memorial). The offices of Buddha Purnima and the electricity department will be shifted to make room for the 12-acre Vanam.
The TRS-led Telangana movement has introduced a new ritual into politics with its practice of paying tributes before embarking on any mission, political or governmental. At present, a small stupam, erected in Gun Park right opposite the Assembly has been creating traffic problems because of the popularity of this new ritual.
People should love to spend time at the memorial. The ambience should reflect the pride that Telangana’s people take in their state. A Buddha statue would be at the entrance and an Ambedkar statue would be at the back, with the Secretariat building on the other side. The memorial should be very tall
The traffic issues have prompted the CM to has planned huge park and stupam for the martyrs. He revealed this in a meeting meant to review the arrangements for the celebration of the state’s second anniversary on June 2. The CM will lay the foundation stone for the Smruti Vanan and the gigantic stupam on the day. The height of the stupam has not yet been revealed.
After his T-spirit boost, KCR also wants Nationalism to flourish equally in Hyderabad. Though he embraced a sub-regionalist stance for Telangana to achieve statehood, KCR now wants to demonstrate to the NDA government that he is an equally strong nationalist.
So on June 2, the CM will also lay foundation for the hoisting of the country's highest national flag on the other side of the Hussain Sagar Lake, towards Secunderabad. The flag will fly high on a 301-feet post, taller than Ranchi's flag post of 293 feet and a flag in Faridabad that flies at 250 feet. KCR believes that the height of the flagpost would help inculcate national pride among the people of the state.
Rao has instructed the officials to ensure that the design of the T-memorial is developed in such a way that it not only reflects the spirit of the Telangana movement, culture and heritage of the region.
He said the memorial should be the tallest one in Hyderabad and entrusted the responsibility of its construction with I Ganapathi Reddy, the state’s engineer-in-chief. The memorial would have a centre in it to preserve unpublished literature on the region's history, culture and arts along with its movements for statehood. The life and times of Prof Jaishankar, the Telangana ideologue, will be the highlight of the centre.
"People should love to spend time at the memorial. The ambience should reflect the pride that Telangana’s people take in their state. A Buddha statue would be at the entrance and an Ambedkar statue would be at the back, with the Secretariat building on the other side. The memorial should be very tall,” the CM has specified. He asked Ganapati Reddy to start work immediately. Rao had already laid the foundation for the installation of the 125-feet-tall Ambedkar statue last month.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:32 PM IST