Rich tributes were paid to Swarajyam; Body donated for medical research

Thousands of Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists, people from far away villages and leaders of all stripes gathered in the city of Nalgonda on Sunday to catch a glimpse and say a final goodbye to Telangana’s fiery Communist leader Mallu Swarajyam.

Her body was moved from Hyderabad to Nalgonda after being preserved at the state party office.

According to senior CPI leader Narayana, Mallu Swarajyam was one of the last-stage communist leaders that unified and strengthened movements for the people’s cause. “A strong voice and a courageous personality, her death left a void in the communist world,” he said.

Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao and MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha paid their respects and expressed their condolences to the grieving communists.

“Her life will remain a leitmotif for all leaders and all popular movements. I will do my part to ensure that the future generations know about the life story of Mallu Swarajyam,” he said, recalling their contributions to his constituency in Palakurthy Assembly during various movements.

Prof. Kodandaram of Telangana Jana Samithi and former MLC Prof. K. Nageshwar were among other leaders who paid their last respects to the communist icon at the MB Bhavan.

The vehicle carrying Ms Swarajyam’s remains arrived in Nalgonda around noon and was escorted by a large fleet of two-wheelers and private vehicles decorated with CPI(M) flags.

As dappu performers and folk singers filled the air with songs written for Ms. Swarajyam, activists’ shouts of “Long live Comrade Mallu Swarajyam” and crackers echoed throughout the procession.

According to Gutha Sukender Reddy, Chairwoman of the Telangana State Legislative Council, Mallu Swarajyam’s fighting spirit will remain an inspiration to all leaders fighting for the people’s cause, and her role as Legislator of Thungathurthy also left an indelible mark.

Her remains were kept for viewing at the party’s district office, where thousands of locals and activists rushed out for one last glimpse.

She was remembered by Energy Secretary G Jagadish Reddy, also from the constituency of Thungathurthy. He later joined the procession along with CPI(M) Secretary of State Tammineni Veerabhadram and former lawmaker Julakanti Ranga Reddy.

“She not only believed in her courage, but also broke with gender stereotypes with her decisions and her fighting spirit. Your uncompromising struggle during the peasant armed struggle and for women and oppressed classes will go down in history,” Mr Reddy said.

Congress leaders Ramreddy Damodar Reddy, Shankar Naik and some BJP leaders also sent condolences to the bereaved.

The last part of the trip was a rally to Nalgonda Medical College where family members donated her body for research and education purposes at the request of Mallu Swarajyam.

College officials said her body would be taken to the anatomy department, where the embalming process would begin.

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