Hiranyakashyapu was a king in a Puranas whose obsession with self reached an extreme and he ended up questioning Vishnu himself. His megalomania led to his destruction, the smilar traits of which are now visible in KCR and his party TRS.
- Anugula Rakesh Reddy
Carvings of Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao were found on the pillars of Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devashtānam on Yadagiri gutta
He was enraged about a cause. He struggled hard for it. With divine blessings, he achieved his objective. He proudly sat on the throne. He started enjoying the powers vested in him, but he slowly started to cross his limits. Having forgotten those who were behind his position & with arrogance creeping in, he started to consider himself to be a God.
No, it’s not Hiranyakashipu we are talking about. It’s Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, often called as KCR. He was rightly enraged about the injustice meted out to Telangana. He fought for it hard with the support of BJP and with divine blessings, he earned the voters trust. He won the elections twice and became the Chief Minister of Telangana. However, as a part of Andhra Pradesh - Telangana demerger, Telangana lost Tirupati. With Tirupati no longer a part of Telangana, in his very first term, KCR vowed to turn Yadādri Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthānam into something as grand as Tirumala Tirupati Devasthānam.
With his party being his family fiefdom, he placed his family members in important ministries. Nobody in his party or the state government uttered a word against his ideas. With no one to oppose his ideas, KCR soon started announcing financial packages like lollipops under various schemes without any fiscal discipline and pushed Telangana from fiscally surplus state into a deficit state. Apart from being a fiscal disaster, he developed a habit of excessively using these schemes to market himself and his party.
This habit is how he landed himself into a big controversy this week !!
He probably took Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devashtānam on Yadagiri gutta [ hill ] to be one of his schemes, he got his face, party symbol, Telangana state logo [ which has Urdu inscriptions], the logo of Telangana Haritahāram scheme etc. etched on the pillars of the temples. He also got the faces of M.K. Gandhi, J.L. Nehru and Indira Gandhi etched on some pillars. Mind you, we aren’t talking about a memorial or a museum for politicians. We are talking about a Hindu temple here.
What role do political faces have in the places of worship? Why do we have Urdu inscriptions on a pillar? What is an Islamic symbol Al Buraq doing on the pillars of a Hindu temple? What have the Charminar or five fingers of Islam got anything to do with a Hindu temple? KCR’s Muslim appeasement is a widely known thing. How insensible should one be to think that it’s a great idea to turn a temple into a political playground. His Muslim appeasement at the cost of self-respect of Hindus is condemnable. This reflects KCR’s craze for publicity and also his penchant to hurt the sentiments of the majority community just for the sake of vote bank politics.
We see egoistic people in our lives, but KCR belongs to a different league altogether. This mind boggling display of arrogance in a temple premise is unprecedented. Be it the kings of Vijayanagara Empire like Shri Krishnadeva Rāya or Shri Achyutha Rāya, who played a major role in shaping up Tirumala Tirpuati Devasthanam or Hoysalas or Kākatiyas who have a lot of aesthetic and grand temples to their credit, couldn’t dare this feat. If one writes his own history, it ceases to be a history. Similarly, if one carves his own portrait in the form of a sculpture, it ceases to be a sculpture. TRS supremo should understand that history doesn't recognize such cheap publicity tactics.
Carvings of KCR, TRS party emblem on pillars of a famous Hindu temple have caused furore in the state with protests being staged across the state
When one treats a temple as his party office, what do we call it? Arrogance or Degeneracy? Either way, it seems this self-confessed fan of Nizam is displaying all the traits of his idol - insulting the sentiments of Hindu community.
There is no doubt about the fact that politically aware people of Telangana are observing this Hiranyakashipu like behavior of KCR. After a huge backlash from public , BJP and several Hindu organisations, the Telangana state government decided to get rid of those pillars. TRS party or the government officers may not question KCR, but people will. They always have. KCR shouldn’t forget that it’s these people who made him the CM. If his arrogance isn’t checked, the very same people will dislodge him the next time. He should have understood it by now given how his daughter Kavita lost the elections to a BJP candidate in Nizamabad.
Back then in Krita Yuga, an arrogant Hiranyakashipu messed up with a pillar, invited Shri Narasimha Swamy into his life and we all know how it ended. Now, we have Kaliyuga Hiranyakashipu who is also messing up with the pillars to show off his ego, thereby denigrating the sannidhānam of the very same Shri Narasimha Swamy.
It is to be seen, if it’s just a coincidence or indications of the beginning of his downfall ? Only Shri Lakshmi Naramsimha Swamy can tell.
(The Author is BJP Telangana State Official Spokesperson, Economist, BITS-Pilani alumnus and Director, Center for Leadership and Governance, Hyderabad)