Bhadradri Kothagudem District, August 8, 2023: The Telangana State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) has issued a statement publicly condoling the death of revolutionary balladeer Gaddar.
In a statement that surfaced on social media, the Committee’s official spokesperson, Comrade Jagan, expressed condolences to the bereaved family of Gaddar.
Gaddar’s stint as a revolutionary started in 1972 and lasted till 2012, and he stood for the cause of the oppressed classes for four decades, Comrade Jagan said.
He added that the Jana Natya Mandali, a cultural troupe, was set up in 1972, inspired by the ‘Naxalbari struggle’ and the Srikakulum movement, to mobilize the oppressed sections of the populace against feudal suppression.
“Gaddar played a key role in the establishment of the Jana Natya Mandali and in strengthening the revolutionary movement as a member of the party in the cultural domain,” Comrade Jagar noted.
“He penned and sung songs to further the anti-feudal struggle and led the cultural campaign to ensure the handing over of the dead bodies of revolutionaries killed in ‘fake encounters’ to their families,” Comrade Jagan declared.
“Gaddar took an active part in the Telangana democratic struggles and worked as the president of the Telangana Praja Front during the final phase of the Telangana movement. Gaddar had spent four years in dalam during the 1980s,” he observed.
“Gaddar escaped a bid on his life with grievous bullet injuries in an attack by some killer gangs during the then TDP regime in 1997,” Comrade Jagan alleged.
Comrade Jagan stated, “Our party served a show-cause notice on Gaddar over his relations with the ruling parties in contrast to the party’s guidelines, and subsequently he resigned from the party in 2012. Our party accepted his resignation.”
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