Hyderabad: TRS Legislative Party leaders took objection to the book authored by professor Kancha Ilaiah titled ‘Samajika Smugglerlu Komatollu’ (Social Smugglers-Arya Vysyas) against Arya Vysyas and demanded that he stop creating rifts between different communities in the society. They demanded withdrawal of the book from the market immediately and suggested that Ilaiah give suggestions for upliftment of weaker sections rather than criticising other communities in the society.
Speaking to mediapersons at TRSLP office here on Sunday, Peddapalle MP Balka Suman said that Vysya community is a peace-loving community who have been making significant contribution for development of trade and economic system in the society even before banks came into being. Equating Vysyas with smugglers is nothing but a crime committed with an intention to create law and order problem in the society, he said. “As a research scholar, I demand an explanation from professor Ilaiah to explain the basis of research and source of information before writing the book. You cannot pass your opinions to judge people. Though Freedom of Speech is our fundamental right, the Constitution does not give any right to us to degrade and hurt sentiments of any individual or community,” he said.
MLA V Srinivas Goud felt that Ilaiah was behaving like a social terrorist creating unnecessary rifts between communities by targeting different castes one after the other. He said that intellectuals should educate and convince people on an issue but should not hurt anyone. “He has been claiming to be voicing on behalf of weaker sections. But he never spoke or wrote a book supporting BCs, SCs and STs who actively participated in seperate Telangana movement. What was he doing then?,” he questioned. Objecting to the professor equating the Chandrashekar Rao government to that of ‘Dorala Rajyam’, he demanded to know if ensuring welfare of all communities was ‘Dorala Rajyam’ (feudal rule).
Nizamabad MLA Bigala Ganesh Gupta said instead of apologising for making offending statements, professor Ilaiah was trying to instigate communal violence by further criticising the Vysya community. He strongly objected to Ilaiah’s statement against Mahatma Gandhi on the basis of caste and stated that Gandhi does not belong to Vysya community alone but belongs to entire nation.
Atchampeta MLA Guvvala Balaraju felt that Ilaiah was trying to promote political parties which lost their identity in the society by criticising Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao. He warned that unless Ilaiah changes his attitude, the TRS would launch a fight against his attitude in support of Vysya community.