Monday, March 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] OU students force prof to eat his words

By Express News Service
15 Mar 2010 06:29:00 AM IST

OU students force prof to eat his words

HYDERABAD: A new demand for creation of `Manya Seema,' a separate
State comprising areas predominantly dominated by tribal population
and extending from Adilabad to Srikakulam district, and its advocacy
by Prof Kancha Ilaiah has not gone down well with the students of
Osmania University who are fighting for a separate statehood for
A group of OU students today laid siege to Ilaiah's residence at
Tarnaka and cornered him for raising the voice of a tribal State. The
activists wrote on the apartment walls slogans in favour of separate
Telangana and against `Manya Seema' after taking on the political
science professor.
Nearly 20 students stormed into the apartment of Ilaiah and demanded
that he withdraw the `Manya Seema' demand which he voiced at a time
when the agitation for Telangana State was at its peak. The students
demanded that the professor support separate Telangana and raise the
slogan of `Jai Telangana.' Taken aback, Ilaiah reportedly chanted `Jai
Samajika Telangana' but that too did not go down well with the
students who said that the same slogan was taken up by Praja Rajyam
Party (PRP) but was later dumped by the party. Ilaiah then reportedly
raised the slogan of `Jai BC Telangana' too which did not pacify the
students and they forced the professor to raise `Jai Telangana' slogan
in the end.
The professor, however, insisted that a at least separate district be
created for tribals if separate Telangana is carved out, to which the
students agreed.
``We don't mind Ilaiah leading the ongoing Telangana movement. But we
are against the Manya Seema or any other slogan,'' OU Students Joint
Action Committee (JAC) leader Manavatha Ray said.
The students left the place after painting the walls of the entire
apartment with slogans of `Jai Telangana' and `Manya Seema vaddura (We
don't want Manya Seema).


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