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HYDERABAD: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said due recognition was not accorded to former AP chief minister NT Rama Rao. Addressing during the launch of a book ‘Maverick Messiah’ on NTR here on Thursday, Naidu said NTR had become a pioneer of alternative politics at the national level within a few years of launching the Telugu Desam Party.
Speaking about NTR’s ‘Telugu atma gouravam’ (self-pride), the Vice-President said what stood out of NTR’s identity politics was that he never tried to impose it and avoided clash with other identities. He had always tried to make Telugus feel at home with their own identity, Naidu said. Naidu recalled that there was not a single Telugu household which did not have a calendar with NTR’s photo as Lord Rama or Lord Krishna. “People adored him and he loved them back. He introduced one-kg rice scheme at Rs 2 and soon several governments followed suit,” he said.
He termed NTR as a ‘true legend’ and hoped many more books on his life will be written in future. Sanjay Baru, former media advisor to ex-PM Manmohan Singh, said NTR represented the true power of a linguistic state at the central level despite presence of Congress.
The author of the book, Ramesh Kandula, said NTR was a true secularist unlike the assumption of many that he was a Hindu icon. “There are many facets of NTR which were either ignored or which were never projeted in pubic domain properly,” he told TOI. Ramesh said NTR was a pioneer of coalition politics in the country. “Even when the BJP was trying to gain a foothold, NTR was in the forefront of cobbling coalition regimes,” he recalled.


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