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Hyderabad Liberation Day?
Sat Sep 17, 8:00 PM
Lamakaan & Yunus Lasania
Hyderabad Liberation Day: Annexation or merger? How the erstwhile state of Hyderabad was annexed to India in 1948.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-run central government announced that it would organize a year-long ‘celebration’ marking ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ starting from September 17, the day in 1948 when the erstwhile state of Hyderabad, run by its Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, was annexed to India.

The Indian army was sent by the Centre on September 13, 1948, after negotiations with the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan fell through after independence. The state was formally annexed to India on September 17, and the event was preceded by political unrest and violence inflicted by the Razakar militia.

More importantly, the annexation is also a painful memory for many Muslims in the Hyderabad state, given that there was a massacre of thousands from the community after the Indian army took over the state. The atrocities against Muslims are well documented in the Sunderlal Committee (set up by India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru) to look into the atrocities of Muslims) report.

But what is the truth of Operation Polo? To understand that, Lamakaan will organize a talk on September 17 detailing the incident. BK Gupta, a teenager in 1948 in Karimnagar district, will be the chief guest and speaker. A memorial will also be held for the late Burgula Narsing Rao, a former CPI member who was one of the core student leaders of his time in 1948.