“When many a head will tumble down beneath your ruthless sword.. Those who watch will lose their cool and dread the fatal stroke.. But we will stand undeterred despite the threat you hold.. Others might crouch and cringe before your menacing pose.. Blow us if you like to shreds, we will be firm and bold.” – Bahadur Shah Zafar
Those were the favorite lines of this most powerful student leader of independent India, who was also a Physics research scholar par excellence and a rebel extraordinaire of his times.
However, the life of this maverick student leader was abruptly cut short when he was brutally stabbed thirty two times, all over his tender 25-year old body, by the ruthless goons belonging to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Jan Sangh (previous name of Bharateeya Janata Party – BJP) parties, forty four years ago, on this day of April 14, 1972.
This ghastly murder was committed in broad daylight – in the premises of the Osmania University College Of Engineering hostel one – in Hyderabad.
All the students, all the staff members and all the inmates, belonging to that famous Hostel one, remained watching with fear, that day – this brutal murder of the most admired and the most popular student of their university – from behind the windows of their rooms.
Even all the policemen on duty there, that day, remained unmoved in their positions, just because they were strictly instructed to remain so.
Everything on that most eventful day, in the history of Osmania University, went according to the scheming of the goons, ruling the Osmania University those days.
In that diabolic game of great betrayal played on that day, in which two of the innocent student leader’s personal friends were also involved, everyone, right from those who designed it and those who executed it, played their roles to perfection.
As a result..
This independent India’s greatest student leader..
The ever agile..
The ever brilliant..
The ever caring..
The ever energetic..
The ever friendly..
The ever loving..
The ever protective..
The ever polemicist..
Physics research scholar..
Called George Reddy..
Was mercilessly knocked out from this world.
The Next Day After That Brutal Murder,
The beautiful Osmania University, which is always in the news for all the wrong reasons, just remained shell shocked and heart broken.. Every living being, residing in that campus, wept inconsolably.
All the colleges and all the student hostels in the widely spread campus were immediately closed down.. All the ongoing exams were indefinitely postponed.
Students were forcibly shunted out of the campus.. Police barricades were put up at each and every strategic point of the university.. The Police did everything they could, that day, to restore peace in the campus.
But surprisingly, they did all that they should have done much before the murder of George Reddy.. PERIOD
Indefinite curfew was clamped in the entire campus and in almost all the major areas of the 400 – year old Hyderabad city.. Life everywhere in the city came to a sudden standstill.. Police literally took over each and every inch of space in Hyderabad.
Still unsure about the grave situation in his capital city, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, P V Narasimha Rao, placed an immediate order for para military troops to march into Hyderabad.. And in no time the troops too have entered the city.
Life to say the least was gruesome.. Fear was gripping the whole city of Hyderabad.. Except the special bulletins from the Radio sets, that were reporting the murder of George Reddy, no other sound was audible from any corner of the city.
People were even afraid to breath loudly.. All the schools, all the colleges, all the state and central government offices, all the shops and establishments were asked to shut down until further notice.
People were warned not to enter the roads.. Heavy para military trucks started roaming all around the city.. There was an uneasy silence in Hyderabad that day.. All the five elements of Nature too went into a shocking silence after witnessing the gruesome murder of their most favorite child.
However and however indeed, none of these stringent measures nor strict orders from the police could prevent the students and die hard followers of George Reddy taking on to streets that day..
They just came out running with anger, with pain, with agony, with tears, with their hearts broken and with their immense love for their beloved leader, George Reddy – who lighted the lamp of wisdom in their lives.
On That Eventful Day,
More than six thousand fully agitated students walked through the streets of Hyderabad, raising slogans “George Reddy Amar Rahe” “Long Live George Reddy”, and marched in a procession, carrying on their shoulders the fully wounded dead body of George Reddy towards the Narayan Guda cemetery, that is there just adjacent to the New Science College.
The streets of Hyderabad were full of agitated students that day.. The entire atmosphere in the historic city was volatile.. Unstoppable violence broke down suddenly at many places.. Normal life in the city was paralyzed.. In a few minutes, the situation went completely out of control.
Students, who were going in a rally with the dead body of their dynamic leader, George Reddy couldn’t control their anger while they were passing through the “Keshava Nilayam” building, located in the Barkatpura area of Hyderabad..
This building, right from those days until today, is the nucleus of all the Sangh parivar activities in Hyderabad..
Since all those students, carrying George Reddy’s body, know well that it were Lakhan Singh, Surdas Reddy and Narayan Das – the frontline activists belonging to the RSS and Congress – that killed George Reddy, they turned violent looking at that RSS office building, on their way, and pelted stones at it, raising slogans against those goons.
Police swung into immediate action and brought the entire situation under quick control.. After that, in about an hour, the procession reached the Narayan Guda Cemetery where George Reddy’s last rites were performed by his family members.
In a few hours of time, the intrepid voice – that audaciously questioned every misdeed and every act of brutal injustice committed by those unscrupulous forces hanging around the Osmania University those days – went suddenly silent forever.
The daring hands that would have rocked the whole world were confined to a coffin box.. A lamp that would have burned eternally, showing light to all those groping in darkness of ignorance, was put off mercilessly by those powerful winds of a diabolic nature.
All in all, the mortal remains of a great student leader, George Reddy, who could have been the face of India today, were tragically laid to rest forever..
What remained today are George Reddy’s painful memories and his blurred photographs in a monochrome tone.
Life was never easy for many of George Reddy’s friends as he had, without any notice, departed from their lives.. Many friends could not handle that trauma, caused by a sudden separation from the most beloved part of their life.
Many could not even come to terms with life again for a longtime.. An emotional example of this traumatic condition is a lady by name, Mala Mirchandani.
Mala was a member of George Reddy’s friends group, in the Arts College of Osmania University, and a big admirer of this great student leader.. She could not – even after forty four years of his death – accept the truth that George Reddy is not any more among us today.
At the age of about sixty five years toady, Mala Mirchandani, who is now more popularly known as the aristocratic Ms.Mala Pasha, still frequently visits the Narayan Guda Cemetery, where George was laid to rest, and lights a few candles there at his memorial.
Similar is the condition of many of George Reddy’s friends, wherever and in whichever part of the world they are all living today.. This is the powerful impact George Reddy still has on the minds of all those who had closely moved with him during his brief academic stint at the Osmania University.
Here’a One Important Incident
That tells about the influence of George Reddy on the lives of his friends..
One day, several years after George Reddy had departed from this world, Cyril Reddy – George Reddy’s younger brother – was passing through a busy street in Hyderabad..
He suddenly saw George Reddy’s close friend, Dr.Marri Vijay Arjun Patel, standing in a city bus stop and waiting for a bus.
Since it is always a pleasure for anyone to greet old friends, more so if he’s someone close to a deceased family member, Cyril Reddy too stopped his car midway and went rushing to that bus stop, to greet Dr.Vijay.
After some initial discussions, Cyril asked Dr. Vijay, “Annaa.. As I heard from many of our old friends, you are a reputed doctor.. So you must be earning well.. Then how is that you are standing with so many ordinary people, in a bus stop, and waiting for a bus.. ??.. Don’t you have a car..??.. “.
Bringing tears to Cyril’s eyes, this was what the illustrious yet simple Dr. Vijay Arjun Patel had said,
“Cyril.. Am a close friend of George.. Even today, after so many years of his death, the powerful impact George had imprinted on my mind and my life is indelible.. While I was a student at the Osmania Medical College, I gave George a word that I would forever lead a Doctor’s life full of simplicity, far away from corruption..
I will have to keep up that word, Cyril, as long as am alive.. Not because it’s a word I have given to the most influential person I have ever met in my life but because it’s a word I have given to the greatest human being I would never be meeting again in my ten more lives to come.
My father has a car and my children will buy a car when they can afford one.. Therefore, there’s no need for me, Cyril, to change my life nor my outlook towards it..”.. PERIOD
Later, as fate would have it, Dr.Vijay Arjun Patel, left this world and went in search of his beloved friend, George Reddy, to that undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler had ever returned..
May the young, brave and the noble departed soul of George Reddy – the Great – Rest In Peace.. AMEN
But Why In The First Case Was George Reddy Killed..???
If alive today.. George Reddy wouldn’t have allowed any one of those anti social elements, who played with the lives of a number of students of the Osmania University in those days, to live and see this day in their lives..
If alive today.. George Reddy would have been a strong 68 – year old man and would also have been the most brilliant among all the brilliant most scientists of India and the greatest among all the greatest Indian leaders.
If alive today.. George Reddy, for sure, would also have been one more Nobel Laureate from India..
If alive today.. George Reddy would have by now made India a super power and a corruption free nation.
If alive today.. George Reddy would have eliminated all the vandals and hooligans from this country and wouldn’t have allowed Pakistan come this threateningly close to India..
If alive today.. George Reddy wouldn’t have even allowed the Jihadi and other Islamic terrorist groups enter India.
If alive today.. George Reddy would would have provided enough protection to all the women and children of India and would have made them walk free at at any time of the night anywhere in our country.
If alive today.. George Reddy would have had more followers than what Narendra Modi has.
If alive today.. George Reddy wouldn’t have allowed exploitation in the name of caste, creed, religion and sects.
Fortunately for themselves and unfortunately for George Reddy, the ones who killed George Reddy could foresee almost all the above mentioned achievements of George Reddy, much in advance.
Most importantly, they also saw George Reddy as a potential threat to their supremacy in campus those days; to their existence in the society in their tomorrow; and to their dreams and aspirations in their future.
They didn’t want to take any chances with the great future they were all dreaming about.. Hence, they discussed their strategies with a few elders who were supporting them for various reasons, those days.
The elders nodded their heads and cleared the ground and kept it convenient for their boys to play the game of death with George Reddy.. Everyone, from centre to the periphery, was either purchased or threatened by these elders.
Finally, the game of death was played to a full house and George Reddy, whom the whole world would have known and appreciated today, was defeated in that unlawfully played game of death on the evening of 14th April 1972, quite coincidentally on the birthday of another great leader of masses, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar… PAUSE
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