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Posted by on Feb 21, 2010 in Interviews, TG Roundup

“Who are We as Telugu People?” Nalamotu Chakravarthy (3 of 3)

This is the third and concluding part of the 3-part interview with Sri Nalamotu Chakravarthy on “Who we are as Telugu people.” In this part Chakravarthy talked about Harihara Rayalu’s bravery, Reddy Raajulu, Velama Kingdom, Musunuri Nayakas. How Pratapa Rudra and hence the Kakateeyas fell. Also toucched were war ethics of Hindu and Muslim rulers.

Broadcast date on TeluguOne Radio: 2010-02-19

Audio Language: Telugu


  1. Mohan garu
    Thanks for bringing up the thought. i learnt something abt Telugu History…
    Also gr8 work by Mr. Chakravarthy.m sure i’m going to dig abt Telugu History further on my own.

  2. Mohan Garu,

    I did not know where to post this comment. Regarding your view about Caste. I agree with you to a point that there is nothing wrong with being proud of one’s own caste as long as it is not used to harm others.

    The point where I have a problem is, what about those millions of people who were born outside the caste system? The Dalits and so called untouchables have suffered for centuries and were not even considered human beings. I think you are walking a thin line here.

    However, I admire you for raising such a sensitive issue for discussion. Courage is one of the qualities I like in you.

    Modern India’s electoral politics and Caste would be a very relevant issue to discuss and get feedback from audience. I would find the opinions of people very interesting on this issue.

    Thank you.

    • Reginald garu,

      Re. Caste… rather than shooting from hip, I wanted to say something cogent and thought out. I did not talk much about caste in this interview. However, with another caller I did discuss about this some to this effect:

      In general, historic oppression of low-caste Hindus is heinous and nobody in the right mind would condone that practice. I do take the view that every civilization/culture has some checkered past that it should be ashamed of. We are no different. What do we do about it? Learn from it, not repeat the sins of the past and move on.

      Gandhiji had the right vision. Some might argue that we still have a long way to go. Perhaps! But, one should realize that change doesn’t happen overnight. IN evolutionary terms, 60 years is a very short time. And, on the caste front, we did make a lot of progress in my own life time. Education bridges the caste gap faster than any other social revolution. In fact, education is THE social revolution that can level the playing field across all castes.

      Have a great weekend.

  3. Great Work!Hope People learn from it!You just made me cry!!!

  4. Mohan Garu,

    Very informative and useful discussion. The issue of identity seems to be very significant from a historical and cultural perspective.

    Perhaps we can go further and talk about the role of media in the agitation for the separate state of Telangana.

    It is a sensitive issue, but in the present circumstance, we cannot avoid it and turn a blind eye to it either.

    Great contribution as always. Thanks you.


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