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Pratap Kishore – founder of Telangana Praja Samiti జనవరి 4, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhra, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Telangana.
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Pratap Kishore – Founder and torch bearer of Telangana Praja Samiti

Pratap Kishore, the founder of the Telangana Praja Samiti, and the first person to speak for a separate state was born on October 9, 1933 in Hyderabad, Telangana, to Chandravati and Hind Kishore, an aristocrat of Hyderabad.

Pratap Kishore studied in Grammar School up to class 8, after which he shifted to Madras-e-Alia, now Alia College. He completed his matriculation from Alia and joined the Nizam College from where he studied for both his intermediate and Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation Pratap Kishore entered the portals of Osmania University to study for a Diploma in Journalism. On completing Journalism course, Pratap Kishore joined the Indian Express as an intern. Later in the early 60’s he joined the Deccan Chronicle as a reporter. And went to become the Special Correspondent for the paper in New Delhi. As a reporter Pratap travelled across the state and was moved by the plight of the Telangana people and the slow domination of the Andhra’s which was beginning to show.

Pratap Kishore’s fight for a separate Telangana State started in 1956, when the state of Andhra Pradesh was formed by merging the Hyderabad state and the Andhra state against the recommendations of the Fazal Ali Commission popularly known as the SRC commission, and the will of the Telangana people. He had the foresight to see the systematic degeneration the region will be forced into if it was merged with the state of Andhra.

In 1969, Pratap Kishore along with Keshava Rao and other Telangana leaders formed the TPS, “Telangana Praja Samiti”. The TPS spear headed the agitation for a separate Telangana in 1969, in which over 360 students were shot dead. The founders of the TPS like Pratap Kishore were all employed in private service and hence could not take up the party positions. And the leadership was passed on to Chenna Reddy and Madan Mohan.

Pratap Kishore, the man behind the 1969 agitation had to go underground to evade arrest and detention by the Andhra police but was arrested in November of 1969, and detained in Musheerabad jail. While in the jail Pratap Kishore organized a meeting of jailed Telangana fighters and the minutes and resolution passed in this meeting within the jail were smuggled out and reported in the national media, needless to say it created a furore within the state and national government. Seeing the condition in which the students were being held in the Jail, Pratap Kishore led a hunger strike with the result that the students were treated as political prisoners and not like common criminals as was then happening. (మరింత…)

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