The historic Golconda Fort in Hyderabad was the venue of the Independence Day celebrations organized by the government of the newly-formed Telangana state where Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao launched the distribution of three acres of land to Dalits after hoisting the National Flag.
The venue, the historic Golconda Fort, itself was the highlight of the Independence Day celebrations in Telangana as it was a departure from the tradition of organizing the I-Day event at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad.
After paying tributes to martyrs at a memorial at Parade Grounds, the Chief Minister drove to the Golconda Fort on the outskirts of the city.
With the majestic fort forming the backdrop, he unfurled the National Flag on a over 60 ft tall pole from a makeshift platform as the national anthem was played.
Before unfurling the National flag, Rao received salute from the men in uniform.
Due to lack of adequate space, the traditional parade and display of tableaux of different government departments was done away with.
Rao recalled the historic significance and cultural heritage associated with the Golconda Fort, originally built by the Kakatiya kings during 10th century and the seat of power of the Qutb Shahi kingdom subsequently.
The cultural heritage of Telangana was showcased with traditional art forms and performance of ‘Perini Sivatandavam’ ‘Gussadi’, Manda Hechulu’, ‘Naubat’, and Mujra dance.
Rao highlighted the number of welfare and development programmes of his government like land distribution for Dalits, farm loan waiver, provision of Rs 482 crores input subsidy to farmers, special ‘Telangana increment’ for state government employees who played a key role in the separate statehood agitation, enhancing the brand image of Hyderabad by strengthening police, making the city a ‘wifi’ city among others.