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Book Review of
‘The Other Side of Truth: A Journey into the Past’ by Dr Daggubati Venkateswara Rao
Dr Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, The Other Side of Truth: A Journey into the Past, Hyderabad, Nivedita Publications, 2009, 204 pp, Rs. 250/- (Edited and narrated in English by M Rafi, Senior Journalist and Academic)
This is the partial political autobiography of Dr Daggubathi Venkateswara Rao. This is a partial political biography because the intension behind this book was to portray some as villain and himself and his wife, who are in politics on the other side as genuine.
Dr Venkateswara Rao is one of the Son-in-Laws of Mr N T Rama Rao, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and the Founder of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Dr Venkateswara Rao is a medical doctor by academic qualification, but seemed to have never practiced the profession in a full-fledged way.
Primarily, this volume appeared in Telugu, but this English version is edited and narrated by M Rafi, a senior journalist and academic. The prime motive behind this volume seems to prove his and his wife’s political base in a turbulence of political atmosphere in their personal life. The author attempts to convey that he is sincere in various ways; but, even if he was not since at some of point of time, he made attempts to convey us that he recognized his past insincerity and took necessary steps to rectify. This, we can see, especially in relation to his regret to support the Nara Chandrababu Naidu during August, 1995 political coup, in over throwing the NTR headed government.
To understand the prime motive behind this book; one has to have knowledge of the past political developments, in relation to Mr NTR family and the split of TDP in August, 1995. In this book, he shared – that he was a student leader, but, never felt like entering into politics; but was interested to enter into business. But, with the launch of TDP by his father-in-law, he started to help him (sincerely!! along with some of his friends like Chalameswar, etc), and was successful in the political discourse as a politician during NTRs regime. He presents the evil motives of his co-brother-in-law Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu. This makes us to believe that there seemed to have internal difference between the two (Nara Chandrababu Naidu and himself), for domination in the party and to have support (most) of the Members of Legislature, etc.
In a way, this book seems to be primarily written to expose his co-brother-in-law Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s character in various political activities, which ultimately lead to the coup of August, 1995 in overthrowing the Government headed by Mr N T Rama Rao. He constantly attempts to establish how Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu was insincere, and how in contrast he is sincere (of course his wife also, who turned as a politician. Especially, he says that his wife did not support the August, 1995 political coup against his father)!!
Due to the August, 1995 political coup; his political life took many directions. As part of the political coup he should be given the Deputy Chief Ministerial position by the Nara Chandrababu Naidu, who would become Chief Minister. He attempts to prove that Mr Chdnrababu Naidu betrayed all the family members of late NTR in various forms, including his Sons, like Bala Krishna and Hari Krishna and himself too. As a result, after the 1995 political coup – he shifted to many political platforms like;
- NTR TDP,
- Anna TDP,
- BJP, and even
- Congress Party too.
He never shares with us in the book, how he justifies ideologically shifting of these many political streams!! But, he attempts to present us impression how sincere he is/was, in attempting to associate with those many political streams!!
The present book seems to have necessitated to him with the changed political atmosphere and to sustain their (both Venkateswara Rao and his Wife’s) political base by establishing some truths which are well-known to them, etc, especially in relation to Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, who did not allow him to be in the TDP!!
On the whole, he portrays that Mr Nara Chadrababu Naidu as an evil force and had not done any good as a Politician, especially as Chief Minister. But, the political party with which he and his wife are in presently are doing well, i.e., Congress!!!