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Sept 17, 1948, was a foreign invasion: Varavara Rao

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Though Hyderabad was merged with the Indian Union, Democratic Governments have been flourishing for decades till date and the entire landscape transformed with the winds of change--the facts which have been lost in the transit of time, was that more than 4000 Communists and more than 2 lakh Muslims were massacred during the police action of September 17, 1948.

Hyderabad: Though Hyderabad was merged with the Indian Union, Democratic Governments have been flourishing for decades till date and the entire landscape transformed with the winds of change--the facts which have been lost in the transit of time, was that more than 4000 Communists and more than 2 lakh Muslims were massacred during the police action of September 17, 1948.
All India Students Federation (AISF) OU Committee organised a meeting on Tuesday, to take historical opinion of intellectuals on whether September 17 should be celebrated as a day for a merger, a deception, a liberation or whether it was just a foreign invasion of Indian Government on a Nizam-ruled country, that was ‘Hyderabad’.
Varavara Rao, President of Viplava Rachaitala Sangham (Virasam), detailed the events which led to the police action on Hyderabad. He said that the government had itself declared that the action on September 17 was annexation, which means forced inclusion. He said that Hyderabad was not the first and last State to go through that. Sikkim was annexed in 1976 because of Morarji desai and Kashmir was annexed by Jawahar Lal Nehru.
He said that Osman Ali Khan, the then Nizam ruler of Hyderabad had taken the Indian Govt’s interference in his territory to the United Nations on August 19, which was taken seriously by the United Nations Security Council on September 12. However, in a strategic act of hurry and, the Indian Govt had launched Operation Polo on September 13, with Army being sent to Hyderabad to occupy it. Nizam surrendered within four days and Hyderabad was merged with the Indian Union. He felt that the entire operation had different dimensions of occupation of land, prevention of Hyderabad being merged with Pakistan and diluting the strength of Communist ideology.
He strongly condemned the police action on Telangana and questioned what constitutional and democratic authority the Indian Govt had in 1948, when there was no Constitution; to attack a foreign country, which Hyderabad was at the time. He said that September 17 was undoubtedly a foreign invasion on Hyderabad. Valiullah Quadri, AISF State President, Prof SV Satyanarayana, Abhyudaya Rachaitala Sangham, KL Mahender, Trade Union leader and several students participated in the meeting.
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