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Ganesha brings respite from stirs

Ganesha brings respite from stirs
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Gaiety and fanfare that comes with the widely worshipped Ganesh, the “lord of Wisdom” has...

Gaiety and fanfare that comes with the widely worshipped Ganesh, the “lord of Wisdom” has brought in a welcome relief for the people vexed with the protests and shutdowns that have been the order of the day in the state for quite some time. Wisdom seems to have prevailed sufficiently on one and all at least for now and hence this much needed break for performing the celestial feat. Fortunately, there would be no major protests for the next 10 days either in favour of statehood for Telangana or against it. The “Save Andhra Pradesh” show organised by the APNGOs, in a way, stirred the hornet’s nest.
But in Telangana any immediate major backlash is unlikely; else it would have a dampening effect on the festive mood of the devotees. Lord Ganesh makes his presence ubiquitous during the 10-day festival, with His idols adorning nook and corner of towns and villages alike. He is the most loved by one and all and a wave of reverence swells during the festivities. That is the reason why the people who have been in the thick of agitation for months now seem to prefer to make way for His idols to be ferried on the roads and thoroughfares, which otherwise would be teeming with protesters either for Telangana State or against bifurcation.
The 59-feet Khairatabad Ganesh will have the luring effect on the masses in Hyderabad for the next ten days - from Bhadrapada Shudha Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi. The elephant-headed god is emerging high and mighty with every passing year in other parts of the State too. The devotees have installed a 52-feet Ganesh in Palacole and another 50-feet idol in Kavali. Every street corner is occupied with colourful idols of Ganesh demonstrating the dexterity and skills of the artists who made them.
The clay Ganesh idols are gaining acceptance in a big way in the towns and villages of the state alike. Many organisations have come forward to gift clay idols in a big way. The Seemandhra Congress leaders resolved to organise more meetings in Hyderabad, fortunately not before Ganesh Nimajjan. The Seemandhra Advocates also resolved to organize a similar meet in Hyderabad on September 20.
The T protagonists seem to be waiting with bated breath for T note from the Union Home Ministry and hence they need to be off the protest mode for the occasion. Hope, Lord Ganesha would bestow the state and its people with peace and eternal bliss.
D Chandra Bhaskar Rao

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