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Civic Chandran

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    ...The street beckons you, people are calling, listen to the urge of history. At that time, Gaddar, who later became the most popular revolutionary bard in India, was an engineering student in Warangal. It was also a time when the beggar and the prostitute were invited to release books in bus stands and cremation grounds. The smouldering anger among young people against the establishment had flared up. It raged in every language, taking the form of songs, poetry, theatre, fiction, as cultural polemics, street trials. I too was a part of the cultural upheaval of the period that came to be called the Seventies. This is how I joined the Movement. I had come to Wayanad, Kerala, to work as a teacher in a primary school. It was soon after the police had shot A Varghese, known as Adiyorude Peruman (the Lord of the Adivasis), in a fake encounter. We, a few friends, are at a bus stand in a small town, discussing a poem that had just been published. A stranger joins our conversation. ...

    Indian Express on May 14, 2017, 1:47 a.m.