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Former MP’s daughter-in-law, 3 grand children killed in fire

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Hyderabad: Daughter-in-law and three grand children of former Congress MP and party candidate for Warangal Lok Sabha by-election, Siricilla Rajaiah, were burnt alive in a fire at his house in Warangal early Wednesday, police said. The daughter-in-law’s family doubt if it was a fire accident.

Sarika and her three children Abhinav, 7, Ayan, 3, and Sriyan, 3, were charred to death in the fire in her bedroom on the first floor of the house.

Fire officials reached the scene and extinguished the fire around 6.30 a.m. Mystery shrouds the cause of the fire as senior police officials began probe from all angles.

Police were questioning Rajaiah’s son Anil as to what happened last night and if he or others were present in the house. He was also being questioned if he had any problems with his wife.

Sarika’s family members in Nizamabad district said they doubt if it was a fire accident. They also ruled out suicide angle, saying Sarika was not a coward.

The Congress had last week named Rajaiah as its candidate for by-election to Warangal (SC) parliamentary constituency scheduled to be held on November 21.

He was elected from the same constituency in 2009 but was defeated last year.

(IANS)

 

 

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Meet India’s first female superhero – Rani Rudrama Devi

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By Harshmeet Singh

Every now and then a celebrated list comes out containing the names of top women managers around the world. Names like Indra Nooyi, Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma adorn such lists, making us take note of the rising women power in the country where women have historically been seen as ‘inferior’ citizens. But a closer look at the history would tell you that long before these powerful CEOs took over their empires, a number of women rulers in India took on a much tougher role and etched their names in history forever. One such ruler was Rani Rudrama Devi.

South India’s history has been dominated by male rulers. But one exception to this norm was the ruler of Kakatiya Empire in Andhra, Rani Rudrama Devi. Though Ganpathideva lived on till 1269, he decided to hand over the reins of his empire to his 14 year old daughter, Rudrama Devi in 1262 itself. But it was only after the death of her father that Rudrama Devi celebrated her coronation. With no precedent of a woman ruler, Rani Rudrama Devi was bestowed with a male name, ‘Rudradeva’ to continue the tradition of male rulers. She even asked the artists and workers to use her male name in all the inscriptions. She attended all the public meetings dressed as a man so that the people take her seriously.

With the nobles not ready to accept the rule of a woman, they initiated an uprising in the empire which was ably handled and suppressed by Rani Rudrama Devi. Her nearly four decades long rule is widely called the golden period in Andhra’s history. She also completed the construction of the Warangal fort which was commenced by her father. Some historians also believe that Golkonda Fort’s construction was started by Rani Rudrama Devi.

During her rein, the kingdom was attacked by the mighty Yadavas and Cholas. But neither could defeat the warrior Queen. Studies say that since she was brought up as a man and given the kingdom at an extremely young age, she never developed a fondness for arts and music, but she still prescribed her army to practice Shiva Tandavam to keep them fit and battle ready.

True to her warrior image, she died on the battle field in 1289 and left her grandson Prataparudra to the throne of Warangal. Her rule was perhaps one of India’s first brushes with a female ruler and an indication that women rulers are here to stay and shape India’s future.

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Two Maoists gunned down in Telangana

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Hyderabad: Two Maoists were killed in a gun battle with the police in the forests of Telangana’s Warangal district early on Tuesday, police said.

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The exchange of fire continued even after four hours in Vengalapur forests in Tadwai mandal of Warangal district, about 250 km from here.

The gun battle started around 6 AM after police came face to face with the guerrillas during a combing operation in the forests.

Police launched the operation following information about the presence of Maoists in the region.

The Maoists had destroyed a JCB earth mover in Mallampalli village of the same district.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) had last month pasted wall posters in Chityal mandal, warning Telangana legislative assembly speaker Madhusudhana Chary.

(IANS)