Warangal Declaration brought all the non-parliamentarians, social activists and other powers together to support the demands of the Telangana people; they formed the All India Peoples’ Front. Under this platform, a meeting was organized on 28 December 1997 at Warangal, Telangana, where they released a declaration for the aspirations of the people; the ‘Warangal Declaration’ was released by Kaloji Narayana Rao. This gathering was attended by over 200,000 people from all over the state.
Warangal meeting which took place in the year 1997 discussed several other issues along with the need of separate state or Telangana. It demanded the change in the center state relations, Major portion of funds allocation to the states and to implement directions of Sarkaria Commission which was in favor of states interest. It also demanded the grass root development using local resources not merely succumbing to the interests of World Bank.
It aspired for evolving the development model for the welfare of the people of all districts of Telangana and the fruits of the development should be distributed among all social groups. They demanded the Telangana state which ensures the right to life and inclusive Governance. The Warangal declaration gave call that all the demands of the Telangana organizations etc, can be met with the formation of separate democratic Telangana state. Intellectuals like Prof. Jayashanker, Prof. Janardhan Rao continuously interact with Telangana people living in America by conducting seminars and conferences. Telangana People who were living in abroad involved in the movement in one form or the other.
It was the biggest of the meetings organized at Bhuvanagiri and Suryapet. The Warangal Declaration consisted of more than 60 demands by the intellectual classes for the upliftment of the Telangana people such as the implementation of land reforms, implementation of 1/70 Act in agency areas to prevent tribal land alienation, provision of irrigation facilities, construct only Icchampally project on Godavari river, no to privatization and revival of industrial sectors.
Warangal Declaration also inspired the formation of Telangana Jana Sabha in July 1998, a platform of Telangana lawyers, journalists and teachers. Telangana Students Front was also formed in October 1998 on the same lines, to fight for Telangana self-rule. At all these events, Belli Lalitha’s presence played a crucial role in drawing people through her songs on injustices on SC/STs/other backward classes (OBCs)/women/minorities, exploitation by landowners and money lenders, and other problems faced by Telangana people.
The Warangal Declaration founded the concept of a democratic Telangana and defined the Telangana movement not merely as a regional movement but as a nationality movement notwithstanding the one language spoken across the regions of Andhra Pradesh.In December 1997, the All India People’s Resistance Forum (AIPRF) organized a two-day convention and a massive rally and public meeting where more than half a million people from all districts of Telangana participated.
The Telangana Praja Front aimed at creating awareness among the masses and soon after the public meeting, it would organize similar meetings across the state and educate people about the declaration.That was the largest mobilization of people for Telangana and set the stage for the second phase of the separate statehood movement wherein the historic Warangal Declaration was passed by the people.
“People have voiced their concern and demands in Warangal in 1996-1997, at Bhuvanagiri in 1997, at Suryapet in 1996.The people’s organizations declared that separate Telangana was meant for the poor and oppressed and not for political unemployees.After a prolonged struggle, People have achieved their dream but their aspirations remain unfulfilled even after the formation of separate Telangana.The separate Telangana was formed on 2nd June 2014.TSPSC Notes brings Prelims and Mains programs for TSPSC Prelims and TSPSC Mains Exam preparation. Various Programs initiated by TSPSC Notes are as follows:-
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