History, Reviews, Society

Sri Sri Ideology – some contemporary issues

Sri Sri aka Sri Rangam Srinivasa Rao, the most sensational poet who heralded the Marxist aesthetic thought in Telugu literature, has made indelible impression among the modern Telugu writers. But, interestingly,  very  few modern writers have tried to project the Sri Sri  legacy in contemporary main stream media.

In this work, I have tried to explain Sri Sri Ideology on some contemporary social issues and the controversies.

Sri Sri, unlike Chalam, could not try to project the problems of Indian women in his articles and books. Some literary experts opine, Sri Sri has made some  derogatory remarks on women in his autobiography.   Interestingly, Chalam, a women lover, made  a great impact on feminist writers and  dalit writers than Sri Sri works.

But, Chalam, another great social  revolutionary writer who fought against male chauvinism,  casteism and religious fundamentalism, later found solace in the companionship of  great mystic Ramana Maharshi. He gave up revolutionary writing and settled in Tiruvannamalai, abode of Ramana Maharshi spiritual empire.  His later life irked some feminists and communist writers who used to  treat Chalam as a great revolutionary writer on par with Sri Sri. Chalam retirement from revolutionary writing and baptism of spirituality   made Sri Sri as the only champion of modern Telugu revolutionary writing. But, still, Telugu feminist writers have no qualms to  hail the contribution of Chalam who  projected the true picture of women and societal hypocrisy.

Sri Sri was the founder president of  Virasam (viplava rachayithala sangham), a revolutionary poets organization which split from Arasam ( abyudaya rachayithala sangam) due to the great debate among  revolutionary progressive writers. Arasam supports communistic socialism while Virasam supports the revolutionary communism. Though Sri Sri was actively participated in Virasam, he could not upheld Virasam stand of  supporting ‘Telangana’ and ‘Jai Andhra movements’. Some Telangana poets allege,  Sri Sri was timid to  injustice done to the Telangana people.

Another criticism on Sri Sri is his staunch support to the emergency rule of Indira gandhi. He wrote several articles in praise of  Indira Gandhi and Jalagam Vengala Rao for their brutal stands to curb people social democratic movements. Some scholars opine, Sri Sri acted as a traditional Indian communist but not as a universal communist of Marx legacy. Like typical Indian communist parties, Sri Sri may have done historical blunders. But, his stand on emergency is a blot on his marathon revolutionary poetic career, which cannot be deleted in history. But, we should remember, later Sri Sri regretted for his blunder.

Sri Sri, who is said to be  inspired from western communistic literature but not from Indian experiences of socialism, hardly described the essence of dalit and women empowerment in his bulk of works. Some revolutionary poets, particularly of  Telangana and Dalit origin, criticize Sri Sri writings by claiming they are for bourgeoisie, above middle class and  elite rich people but not for common people.

 

 Sri Sri had also committed mistakes by supporting emergency in 1975, but later he had regretted this,”

–  revolutionary writer P. Varavara Rao.

 

Politics, Society

Failure of the fourth estate in Andhra Pradesh

 

Media has been playing crucial role in Indian society right from colonial to independent era. Indian freedom fighters, includes extremists and moderates, widely used media to popularize Indian nationalism and patriotism to rebel against British imperialism.Ramnath goenka of Indian Express remained as icon of freedom of speech for his critically acclaimed articles on Indira Gandhi and Amabanis. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech to media by granting autonomy and independence in publishing news content. Media has been misutilising the constitutional right by making no difference between  advertisements and editorials by coining a new phrase ‘advertorials’, particularly in Andhra Pradesh. Here,the  clones of Goebbels  have been using media as a propaganda device  for their concentration of political and economic power.

In Andhra Pradesh, media emerged as a profitable business. There are 10+ news channels across Andhra Pradesh and been acting as affiliations to various political ideologies and parties. Now, media is trying to surpass and side track Telangana agitation. One week ago, one news channel tried to defame Governer Tiwari by publishing pictures of  body massage  done by teen girls as sexually molested. Now, TV5 channel broad casted controversial news item on Russian based magazine ‘The Exile’ allegations on Ambani’s (Mukesh Ambani & Anil Ambani) role in the death of Y.S Rajashekara Reddy in air crash. Immediately Sakshi and Tv9 followed Tv5 and broad casted controversial news items on baseless rumours.I immediately googled about ‘The Exile’ magazine, to my surprise I learnt that it is a B graded magazine which has no credible news network which published  YSR death conspiracy in the very September month. The so called magazine has been banned in Russia and updating from American soil with mediocre columnists and journalists by sensationalizing rumors and fantasies disregarding ethics and moralities.

Excess violence evoked across Andhra Pradesh and people have been vandalizing all the available reliance outlets and cell towers. Congress leaders across Telangana and Andhra regions called for Bandh in protests of alleged rumours. Is this is the responsibility of MLA’s and MP’s to take such idiotic and utter foolish mid night decisions from non reliable news items. The only available solution for this kind of crisis is to terminate and ban all the channels which ignored the very foundations, duties and responsibilities of media.Will this so called channels are ready to pay the damage done in vandalizing and destroying the reliance properties across Andhra Pradesh? They must pay for their negligence and over anxiety which costs crores of rupees.This news must have been pampered by capitalists and politicians to dilute the issue of Telangana slogan and also to drive to presidential rule for their political interests.

Shame on Andhra Pradesh media

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