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


Looking Back and Forward at Ninety (18-10-2021)


Dt:  8/10/21

Looking Back and Forward at Ninety (18-10-2021)


-          Dr T H Chowdary*


Sasyamiva martyah pachyate

Sasyamivaayate punah:


A mortal ripens like corn

Like corn he springs up again

-          Kathopanishad


Instructed by Nidamarthi Satyanarayana garu  about  the life and deeds of  Dharma of persons in Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata and made familiar with Sumathi and Vemana Satakas and Bharthrihari Subhashitas  while in the High School in Gudivada, impressed by  Fr. Jerome De’Souza, Principal of Loyola College Chennai telling us that,  we should so live as to add to the sum total of happiness in the world  and inspired by Lt. Col. Samuel Pal, Principal, College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras, exhorting us to be  leaders in our profession, I took-up service in government first in All India Radio and then in the Post & Telegraph Department ( which later was split into Departments of Telecom (DOT) and Department of Posts (DOP) through all-India competitive examination – 37 years in all.  The mottos, “Bahujana Hitaya; Bahu Jana Sukhaya of AIR & Aharnisam Sewamahe”  of DOT were truly and fully lived by me .


 2. I worked not merely to administer rules and regulations but to deliver service, to enhance service, introduce solutions to problems, unmindful of “rules”, satisfying  three moral standards: “don’t make money for yourself; don’t put government  to loss; enhance customer service and satisfaction”. I faced the jealousy of colleagues and inquisitions,  interrogations  by Parliament’s


Public Accounts Committees (PAC) .  I came to no harm; I  received rare compliments  from the PACs and ministers and Directors General of the P&T and DOT but not any “out of turn” promotions  as recommended by Ministers & DGs because of the “union activity of 42 seniors, whom I was to supersede! I was not disappointed”.  I totally believed  in the Gita’s message:


Maa karmaphala heturbhuh

Maa faleshu kadaachana (II.47)


“Your right is to work only but never to the fruit there of. Let not fruit of action be your object” .


3. In the course of my work in the DOT, I developed a vision  for telecoms.


·         Postalisation of telecoms – same charge irrespective of distance

·         Telephoning cheaper than post card

·         Haath haath mein telephone :  Gaon gaon mein Internet

·         Communicate for work: Commute for pleasure.


4. The story of my struggles to  achieve these objectives is told in my book, “ Are You Listening” ( published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1990); another six books, and in over 3000 articles and over 1500 power point presentations in national and international for a over a period  of 40 years.


5. Looking Forward:

                                                Na vittena tarpaneeyoh manushyah

(Man is not satisfied with wealth)

- Kathopanishad

Man does not live by bread alone

- The Bible

 I became conscious  of political and social issues at age 14 - during the 2nd World War and  trials  of the Indian National Army (INA) officers in 1945-46 – Shah Nawaz Khan, G.S.Dhillon and Prem Singh Sehgal.  I took out processions in my village, raising slogans (Jai Hind, Vande Mataram; Subhash Chandra Bose Zindabad).


6. While I was in Chennai in Loyola college and College of Engineering ( Guindy), I was drawn to  communism; I read many works of Marx, Engels, Stalin, Dange, Liu Shao  Chi. I was the first and last Telugu boy to be elected to the Engineering College Students Association as its President even with the stamp as communist. In mid 1950s I read Khruschev’s speech at the 20th Party Congress at which he exposed  Stalin’s cruelties and personality cult. That spurred me to read ex -communists: George Orwell (Animal Farm; Nineteen Eighty Four ); Arthur Koestler’s   Yogi and the Commissar; Louis Fischer’s “The God That Failed”  ; Minoo Masani’s “Socialism Revisited” after his visits to Stalin’s Russia.


These studies and the CPI’s tutelage  to communist Russia made me look at India’s history, Hinduism, Upanishads, Mahabharata……. I discovered that Sanatan Dharma is superior to all religions; isms, theologies and  ideologies which are at best partial truths and in practice, irrational, intolerant , divisive faiths  acting as sappers and  miners of imperialisms. 


I was drawn to Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan to Kulapati Munshiji, Rajaji, Prof. N G Ranga and Minoo Masani ;  I read  V.D Savarkar, Guruji Golwalkar; Sita Ram Goel, Ram Swaroop and all the publications of Voice of India .  I became familiar with the havoc wrought in India by Islamic  invaders and rulers, looters and slave merchants, the centuries- long heroic resistance of Hindu Rajas  to Islamists as nowhere else in the world and the Christian missionaries subversion of Hindus.

 I have understood how Gandhiji’s and Congress’ irrational  and baseless efforts for Hindu -Muslim unity have led to the partition of India  and decimation and genocide of Indic people in Pakistan , Bangladesh and Kashmir Valley;  how Nehru’s  fascination for USSR and “socialism”  and his peculiar “secularism” have emasculated India and how  Marxist and Muslim historians patronized by Nehru and his dynasty have been presenting a false and exculpating narration of history. The  consequence has been clear: nationhood- undermining and  self- alienating  education and re- emergence of Pakistaniat in the  furiously proliferating Muslims in Bharat  and disintegrative religionism; both tending to undo the Indian Nation State which Sardar Patel forged in an unprecedently short period of three years ( 1947-50) .


7. In the light of what I briefly stated above, about my post -communist understanding of our  national life, I am endeavoring  to awaken and promote rashtrabhiman and  nationalism which to my understanding is synonymous with Hindu Dharma, Hindutva.  The most important tasks  I look forward to are:

·         Freeing  Hindu temples  from government’s control, management  and administration; utilize their resources for national education and health

·         Utilise  worship to build powerful, united Hindu community through congregational prayer and worship in temples and at festivals (Ramanavami,  Dasara, Krishnashtami….)  to transcend castes and pre-empt  caste conflicts promoted by power hungry politicians.


Ø  Amendments to Constitution to :


·         Remove “propagation” (and consequent conversion) of religion as a fundamental right (Art-25).

·         Secure rights to Hindus, as available to minorities for founding and managing educational institutions of “their choice” (Article- 30)

·         Lay down fundamental duties and make them enforceable and not merely directive; especially  in regard to number of children a family can have . Amend  the Constitution for this purpose.

·         Interstate rivers should be declared as national resources and their utilization be governed by  Union authority.

·         Establish National Universities as distinct from central, state, private etc to continuously foster the idea of the civilizational state of Bharat, nationalism and Bharatiya  samskriti in its several  non-conflicting splendours ( ekam sat vipraah bahudhaa vadanti).

·         Legislate Uniform Civil Code as in all civilized democracies

·         Promote rule- based competition among political parties- not enmity. Create by law “Political Parties Regulatory Authority of India ( an all time body, unlike the Election Commission which comes to life only to conduct elections).


8. These are some of the changes I look forward to and propagate in the remaining years of my life; to see a prosperous, powerful, ethical Bharat to become a Jagadguru  as our Rishis strove to make this Punya Bhoomi.


9. I must acknowledge the inspiration, courage and support my wife, Smt. Mani ( b.14 Jan 1934 - d.23 Jan 2010) gave me since marriage ( 19 April 1951) relieving me of the need to look after my children  and  bringing them up ( one doctor and one engineer)  and also helping my  brothers’ and sisters’ and her sisters’ children.  In moments of my despair in repeatedly confronting my detractors ( jealous seniors) , she would say  :

Klaibyam maa sma gamah


Na etat tvayie  upapadyate,

Kshudram hridaya daurbalyam

Tyaktvaa uttista

Dharma ratah!


And I would regain  my zest to pursue my mission (para #3).


10. I must also acknowledge assistance  and encouragement  that Smt AVV L Sujatha, a TCS associate had been giving me for the last 30  years in my  various exertions and pursuits. (1,295 words)