Born in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, Gummadi Vitthal Rao, a Dalit student, discontinued his engineering course from Osmania University, took up singing as a career and travelled to remote villages all over India spreading social messages through his songs and writings. What spans as a career of over four decades came to represent the voice of revolution, and thus emerged balladeer comrade GADDAR. Living a life in hiding and under constant threat, he has been silently operating underground, believing that even if the person is not seen, the voice must be heard. In an exclusive interview with Vijay Sai, conducted when he paid a secret visit to the JNU campus in Delhi,he reflects on the state of affairs with the rise of global imperialism, on Third World countries and on the failure of social movements.
You have been involved in the peace talks between the Naxalites and the Andhra Pradesh government from the very beginning. How did these come about and why did they stop, just when everybody thought that a historical dispute was coming to an end? Continue reading