July 30, 2013, may be just another day for others, but for the people of Telangana and the students of Osmania University (OU), it marks the end of their struggle, with the Congress announcing formally the creation of Telangana state. The campus came alive on Tuesday evening with thousands of students and their leaders celebrating the event.
By Tuesday evening, students poured into the varsity campus from various places--both from the city and districts. Tricolour flags, along with those of the students organisations, were waved to mark the happy occasion.
The day went as usual until 6.30 pm, except for ABVP members chanting “Jai Telangana” slogans in the morning in front of the Arts College. Curious students were seen enquiring from lecturers whether Telangana state would be a reality. It was not until 6.30 pm, that scores of students gathered near the Arts College. “Jai Telangana” opened every conversation and cell phone call.
It was shortly after 6.45 pm that the celebrations were kicked off, with revellers gathering in front of the Arts College, and began singing and dancing. Flags of NSUI, ABVP and Telangana students JAC were waved in excitement. Students also burst crackers. Several passers-by stopped and joined the celebration.
“The ruling Congress party has finally realised and respected the agitation of the people of Telangana. We are happy that our dream has come true, and we hope that the UPA government does not take another U-turn this time as well,” said M Krishank, spokesperson, OUJAC. Mandala Bhaskar of TSJAC said a lot more has to be done now that the process of creating Telangana has begun.
While police did anticipate trouble, the roads of OU, however, were not blocked this time and vehicular traffic was allowed to pass, in spite of the students celebrating in full swing.
The students also took out several rallies from the Arts College towards the NCC gate and other places. “Finally, we don’t have to see roads blocked and students getting beaten up. Hopefully, this will see the end of the agitations,” remarked K Arun, a student who came out to celebrate.