Memoranda for Submission to the Chief Ministers of the Two Telugu States.


Telangana’s Jallianwala Bagh



Telangana’s Jallianwala Bagh

Dr T H Chowdary*


One hundred and two  (102) years ago in Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh (garden) scores of people  peacefully protesting against the  British Raj promulgated rowlat  act were mercilessly mowed down by showers of bullets fired point blanc by soldiers  on order of  Gen. O’Dwyer. It was an act of  bestiality. Indian leaders demanded not only apology  but punishment to the bestial O’Dwyer.  The colonial imperial Britain honoured him, rewarded him. Indians have been unforgiving and are  commemorating the martyrdom of fellow Indians ever since on 13 April (1919)   of every year. A memorial to the martyrs  in Jallianwala Bagh Amritsar  reminds us of the brutality of the rulers.


2. A similar brutal  butchery was perpetrated here in Telangana on 2 Sept 1947, not by the  British rulers but by the soldiers of  His Exalted Highness (HEH), the Nizam of  Hyderabad and  the Nizam patronized private  army, Razakars of his  Majlis Ittehad-ul Muslamin (MIM)  commanded  by Kasim Razvi , Chief of  the Ittehad.


3. 4000 people, mostly peasants from 25 villages around  Parkala town in Warangal district  marching in a column of twos , carrying the  tri-colour flags of India and raising slogans like vande mataram and demanding  that the Nizam State should accede to India.  Nizam’s police began  firing upon them. 15 were dead; the rest were fleeing. The Razakars pursued them with swords and killed many mercilessly. Some jumped into wells and died.  This event of   2nd Sept  1947  has come to be known as Telangana’s Jallianwala  Bagh, ever since.


4. But unlike the British  perpetrated  butchery in Jallianwala Bagh Amritsar in 1919 , the Telangana butchery  by Ittehad’s Razakars and Nizam’s  native Muslim police are conveniently unrecalled . Reasons are:


5. Communists in Telangana agreed  with Kasim Razvi’s  Ittehad and Razakars that the Nizam should not accede to India, but be independent ( in the hope they could  defeat the Nizam, establish a communist   state in Telangana and then eventually conquer the whole of India for communism); the  Congress government  is liberated Hyderabad, lifted the ban on the MIM and its  Razakars to build Muslims  of Hyderabad as Congress party’s vote bank; over time the  regional party  Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) struck an unofficial alliance with the MIM   Razakars . Ove time, they revived Nizam’s times MIM as   flourished with  tacit support from Congress, the TRS  and communists. Hyderabad MIM on revival has become AIMIM- All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslamin!  Three generations of the  Owaisi family (Abdul Wahed Owaisi,  Salahuddin Owaisi, Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddi Owaisi ) has proprietorised the AIMIM (just as Congress has been  proprietorised  by  Nehru-Sonia family: Mothilal, Jawaharlal, Indira, Rajiv, Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka….)


6. The Owaisi’s and their AIMIM were never called upon  to regret , atone and apologized for their  anti-Hindu , Razakarist  atrocities and their  seditious activities  in the period late 1920s  to 17 Sept 1948.  The Ittehad and Razakars declared  the sovereignty over the Hyderabad  State  was not with  the Nizam but in the Muslims of the State organized into MIM and protected by Razakars; in collaboration with Deendar , Razakars converted  Dalits forcibly into Islam ; this private Muslim army Razakars , 300,000 strong at its meet in Sept 1948 committed every type of atrocities the Moplahs  in Malabar committed during  Aug 1921 to Jan 1922 – loot, rape, burning,  forced conversion and marriage of the converted  to the Muslims ; discretion of Hindu temples. The MIM and its Razakars indulged in all these atrocities  on Hindus to prevent  their movement for merger of the Nizam State with the Indian Union. 


7. It is surprising  that without  a trace  of remorse  or regret the Owaisis-owned   Hyderabad  based MIM has become  AIMIM and has been spreading its Islamist divisive intolerant political agenda  into Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal , Tamil Nadu, UP, AP and Delhi. No intellectual , no political party  or leader  or historian has asked  for an apology for the MIM/ AIMIM  and its  hereditary chiefs , the Owasis the  Jallianwala Bagh  type atrocities and abominations and sedition  committed by  the MIM and its  Razakars during 1930 to 17 Sept 1948.


8. Nationalist  parties and honest historians  must recall the seditious  and inhuman  actions of the MIM  whose successor  is  the AIMIM which is  audaciously  and without any sense of guilt   with the pride of its  past  is   spreading  itself over the rest of India  organizing  Muslims into  the mood of pre-Nizam Muslims  and with the aspiration  of becoming the  king- maker in India’s several states.


9. The AIMIM and the Owaisis must be called to apologize for their past .  The AIMIM  should repudiate and regret its past. It should  desist from organizing itself into the Muslim League  of  Md. Ali Jinnah with its theory of two-nations, Muslims and the  rest.


10. It is  heartening that the Tourist  Department  of the Government of Telangana is  planning to develop  Parakala into the like of Jallianwala Bagh of Amritsar and raise there   an impressive monument to the peasant who were martyred  in 1947.  The voters in Bengal and Assam and elsewhere must be told of  the seditious butchery of the  Razakars of the MIM – AIMIM   (842 words) .