While India got its Independence on August 15, 1947, then Hyderabad state ruled by Nizam acceded to the Indian union only on September 17, 1948. A people's movement against the Nizam and his Razakar army led by stalwarts like Swami Ramanand Tirth, PV Narasimha Rao and Komaram Bheem over the years bore fruit when Sardar Patel launched Operation Polo. On Sep 17, people across Telangana and parts of modern day Marathwada and Karnataka celebrate a second Independence Day. Due to contemporary politics, this day doesn't get as much attention in the official sense as it should get.
Shri G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India, discusses all these issues and more.
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