Postcolonial societies accommodate multiple identities. And, a single individual could proclaim different loyalties and associations. Neo-colonial forces may counter it, but the fact remains that once can be a proud Indian, a Telugu-speaking person, while being proud of Telanganite. One need not forsake a particular identity for the sake of the other.
The Telangana movement has certain definitive similarities with the Indian Freedom Struggle of the first half of the 20th century. When violence, armed rebellions, and its allied forms of bloodshed were the order of the day in European colonies in mid 20th century, India had the unique distinction of waging a different form of struggle that baffled the enemy.
The world looks up to India for its principle of non-violence as enunciated and demonstrated by the Buddha in ancient times and Gandhi in the last century. The people of Telangana are practicing non-violence and satyagraha as viable means of struggle, resistance and freedom. It has no parallel in post-independent Indian history.
This anthology of Telangana Movement poetry conveys the nuances and rhythms of Telangana life, experience and expression. It articulates the deeply formulated aspiration of the people in this part of the formation of a state of their own.