‘After Jail, I got my call in Khadi’
Inspired by the ‘Quit India Movement’, Maduri Narayan joined the freedom struggle at the age of 15. Soon after he had to go to jail for setting up the post office. Solapur burning. “During the Quit India Movement… three of my colleagues and I were sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment and were sent off. Yerwada Jail In Pune… the British police beat us up for three days,” Narayan, who is now 97, told TOI.
After being released, he studied law and later found his calling to help the Khadi industry grow.
“I first saw Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru during a Khadi meeting in Mumbai. I had taken 40 weavers from Hyderabad for the meeting,” he said, recalling his days at the Khadi Board at Metpally in Karimnagar. From the weaving community himself, Narayan said he toured extensively to set up khadi stores. “We have not only managed to popularize it but have also managed to make it around Rs.
4 lakh annually through Khadi. He was felicitated by the then PM in 1972. Indira Gandhi For his work, with a quote from Copper.
‘Defeated the Nizam and jailed for hoisting the tricolor after 1947’
Imagine going to jail after India’s independence in 1947 for hoisting the tricolor. As reprehensible as it sounds today, Nuti Shankar, who retired as deputy collector in 1988, had to spend time in Chanchalguda jail for doing so. He was part of the movement to make Hyderabad a part of the Indian Union after independence.
“I was arrested for the first time in August 1947, a few days after independence,” he says. “A case of sedition was registered at Badichowdi police station and a fine of Rs 10 was imposed for hoisting the national flag at Sultan Bazar. Again, in March 1948, there was a massive protest with hundreds of agitators protesting the reluctance of the Nizam to merge Hyderabad into the Indian Union,” says Rao, who hails from Tekmal village in Medak. .
“Sultan Bazar reverberated with slogans of ‘Mahatma Gandhi Zindabad’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and the police arrested the agitators. On learning this, hundreds of angry youths marched to Gauliguda Chaman, Ramkot, Sultan Bazar, Kacheguda and Narayanguda Protested on the streets and damaged street lights,” recalls Rao, adding that around 400 agitators were taken to the parade ground. Most were released due to ill health, but 21, including Rao, were sent to Chanchalguda IIL. Was sent.” I spent seven months there. Prison officials used to serve substandard food with stones more than rice, which even animals could not eat.
After Hyderabad became independent in 1948, Rao joined the Revenue Department as an Inspector and worked as Tehsildar in Medak, Mahbubnagar. Sanga Reddy and Zaheerabad. In 1984, he joined as the General Manager of the Civil Supplies Department in Hyderabad and later retired. Born in 1930, he moved to Hyderabad in 1942.
Participated in the movement to liberate Hyderabad when Ramanand Teerth The tricolor presented by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru was hoisted at Sultan Bazar on 15 August, 1947. In 1947, he traveled to Vijayawada and returned to Hyderabad after a few days as a beggar to escape the Nizam’s police.
He is currently the President of Sri Krishna Devaraya Telugu Bhasha Nilayam in Sultan Bazar, which was established in 1901.
Ammunition in Tiffin Box
As a teenager, Batta Rajaiah became involved in the struggle to unite Hyderabad with the rest of India. “Though India got independence, Hyderabad was still under the rule of the Nizam. So I joined the movement. I took part in the protests and hoisted the tricolor at many places in the city.
I spent days without food and even had to go underground,” recalled Rajaiah, now 92. “Many”
The students will stay at Reddy Hostel in Abids where meetings will be called. I used to prepare food and supply them in tiffin boxes. Along with food, I will carry ammunition in those boxes,” he told TOI.
Explosives expert Rajaiah said he has also trained some freedom fighters. “I participated in the vandalism of the Umdanagar railway station and the derailment of a goods train. We burnt records, and furniture in Nampally office and fled,” he said. But when Hyderabad was finally annexed to India, Rajaiah’s struggle for a living continued. Even now, he is struggling to claim a piece of land as his own.
“For the past 25 years, I have been making rounds of government offices for the allotment of 10 acres of land as promised by the Centre,” he said. He now spends his time looking after his small garden.