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Karamchedu Second Anniversary

Karamchedu: Second Anniversary K Balagopal July 17 was the second anniversary of an event that has done much to shape political awareness in Andhra Pradesh in recent times: the Karamchedu killing of 1985. What has kept the issue alive and a thorn in N T Rama Rao's side is the birth of an organised dalit movement as a result of Karamchedu. The Dalit Mahasabha was formed in September 1985 and is an active and growing movement today ONE way of marking history is by the anniversaries of events of injustice; of suppression, of pillage and of loot. It is certainly more moral than marking history by the anniversaries of coronations; and more rational than marking it by the birth, death, revelation or flight of a prophet, July 17 this year was the second anniversary of an event that has done much to shape political awareness in Andhra Pradesh in recent times: the Karamchedu killing of 1985 Close relatives of the chief minister's son-in-law, Venkateswara Rao, a doctor, led a brutal assault on the Madigas of the village, killing six men and raping three girls. The assault was remarkable for its brutality that is not captured by the figures of the casualties: you can knife a man to death, or you can smash his skull with an axe, break his limbs, and dig a spear into his groin. The two are equally effective ways of committing murder, but when the latter is preferred, the choice conveys a message independent of the fact of the killing.

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