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AP: Gaddar to march for Telangana

Hyderabad: Revolutionary balladeer and Maoist sympathiser Gaddar will lead a 400-km walkathon in Andhra Pradesh's Telangana to press for separate statehood to the region. Termed as a great cultural peace march, the 'padyatra' will begin at Manuguru in Khammam district from February 3 and conclude at Bellampalli in Adilabad district by the end of January. A large number of artists, poets, writers and students will take part in the march, the first major initiative by Gaddar and his supporters to demand a separate Telangana. The march will pass through dozens of towns and villages with Gaddar and others addressing public meetings to lobby for a separate state.

Gaddar, who survived an assassination bid on April 6, 1997 at his house in Hyderabad, has been using folk art forms for over three decades to depict the travails of peasants, labourers and other weaker sections. He had joined the movement for separate Telangana in 1969 and formed a 'burrakatha' (folk art) troupe to spread the message. More than 300 people were killed in the violent agitation for separate state. (IANS)

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posted by Bimal 31.1.07,


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