On this day in 1948, the relentless fight against the Nizam rule came to an end-13 months after the nation celebrated the independence from British rule. Operation Polo taken up by Sardar Vallabhai Patel for the liberation from the private militia of the Nizam is not only commemorated in Telangana but also in Marathwada region and some areas of modern-day Karnataka as well.
It was on this day in 1948 that the princely state of Hyderabad merged with the Indian Union following ‘police action,’ as the Indian military operation against the Nizam’s army is popularly called.
This year’s Liberation Day, However, took political hue with oppositions anguish at how the matters of history and real achievement of Indian people have been brushed under the carpet due to contemporary politics.
Under allegations that TRS is under pressure from its political ally AIMIM to refrain from celebrations, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Telangana unit has released a series of videos criticising the ruling TRS government for not officially celebrating the Telangana Liberation Day on an official note.
It is to the known knowledge that Minister of State for Home and Secunderabad MP Kishan Reddy wrote a letter to Telangana Chief Minister KCR requesting him to allot land for a memorial to commemorate the Telangana liberation struggle that led to the merger of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad with the Indian Union in 1948.
On the other hand, TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy unfurled the flag at Gandhi Bhavan, the state headquarters of the party while former BJP Telangana chief K Laxman performed the ritual at his party’s office here. Uttam Kumar Reddy then claimed that it was Congress party that had liberated the Hyderabad State and merged it with the Indian Union.
However, it can be noted that, like the previous governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh, the TRS government in Telangana has rejected demands for officially celebrating the day.