Ground Report: The Road — That’s the Dream for the Tribals in Andhra Pradesh

For the 300 tribals living in seven villages of the Eastern Ghats hills range, a "road" is a dream and a lifeline.

ByBhaskar Basava

Published Mar 11, 2024 | 3:42 PMUpdatedMar 11, 2024 | 3:42 PM

Exactly 100 years after quelling the great rebellion of the tribals of the Manyam agency, the tribals still await the fruits of development, at least a road to take them to get ration or medical help.

In the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, the tribals, led by Alluri Sitarama Raju, gave sleepless nights to the British government with the guerrilla attacks during the 1920s. The fight against colonial rule came to an end as Raju was killed by the British at the age of around 27 in 1924.

A hundred years down the line, the Manyam people, for whom Raju fought, are in a flood of tears.

The reason? It is all for a road, considered to be everything to them.

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