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Usaa Sambasiva Rao Garu

U Sambasivarao: Tribute to a great Bahujan visionary

Social Activist U Sambasiva Rao Lost His Life Due to Coronavirus It was early January when I travelled to Vijayawada to participate in the World Atheist Conference and while returning, I thought to travel to Hyderabad too to meet friends. My dear friend Sujatha Surepally told me that I could stay at the office of Desidasa, the magazine, Usaa Sambasiva Rao Garu had started and which she has been the editor. I had not known much about Mr Sambasiva Rao though in our discussions, Sujatha would often speak about him and his passion. Several years back, many of these friends had come to Delhi to participate in a public programme on Social Justice and it was there, I had met him. Hence, this time, I thought, it was an opportunity to meet him and discuss various political issues that we face. I got late and reached around 8 pm. He welcomed me at his home. He was busy with other guests too who had come from abroad. A fellow colleague took me to the guest room where I was supposed to stay. There was another person and we sat together. It was quite long and Mr Sambasiva Rao was busy with meeting so many people and ensuring that he listened to all. Suddenly he came and asked what would I like to have in the dinner. I asked for a traditional local Hyderabadi Biryani and he ordered that. We eat together around 11 pm. In the morning, I found that he was in a rush as people were coming to his home. I made tea for myself and then had breakfast with him. He was feeling apologetic for not being able to give me time but I knew these are part of our work. Many times, when we are in public life and a friend visit us, we are unable to give time to our friends. That is the biggest crisis. Anyway, at 10 am he came to me and said, we must to an interview for the Bahujan Bahul Voices. We went up where he was building up a…