Hyderabad: The Majilis Bachao Tahreek (MBT) strongly condemned the BJP for its attempts to incite communal feelings in the name of 'Liberation Day Celebrations'.

"Before coming up with baseless theories and contentions, study the real history of Hyderabad", said Amjedullah Khan, Spokesperson, MBT.

"Hyderabad-Deccan was ruled by Qutub Shahis, Mughals and then Asaf Jahi kings, and not a single ruler was an outsider. All of them were born and brought up in India. Hyderabad was among hundreds of other princely States which were independent till August 1947. This was the last State to merge with the Indian Union. When Hyderabad was already a part of India for centuries, then who got liberated on September 17, 1948?" the MBT leader asked.

Referring to the Pandit Sundar Lal Committee Mr Khan also asked the BJP leaders to admit the massacres committed against Muslims from 14th to September 17, 1948. "While the entire Muslim community was projected in a bad light in the name of fictitious "Razakars", the communal and RSS minded historians never wrote a single line on atrocities committed on Muslims during "Police Action," Mr Khan said.

The Pandit Sundar Lal Committee had given a detailed report of how Muslims were looted, raped and butchered during the massacre. "Muslim families, who lived in border districts of Hyderabad State, lost their relatives, properties and honour in the 'Police Action'. They migrated to Hyderabad and lived in refugee camps.," the MBT spokesperson said.

According to a 1962 survey report, around 28 per cent of Muslim rickshaw-pullers in Hyderabad were former employees of the Nizam government and 10 per cent were skilled workers who had lost their jobs during the 1950s. Mr Khan demanded the BJP leaders accept these realities before they talk about the 'Liberation Day'.

"Hyderabad Liberation Struggle was nothing but a myth created by self-proclaimed freedom fighters. There might be a few who fought against the Nizam's rule, but the rest were who took advantage of the arrival of Indian Army and killed Muslim men, women and children," Mr Khan added.

Meanwhile, the BJP leaders on Sunday had submitted a memorandum to Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan demanding the State to celebrate the Telangana State Liberation Day on September 17 officially.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary �Still I Rise�, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad�s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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