Rights Leaders Bojja Tarakam Passes Away

Hyderabad: Last rites of senior High Court advocate and rights activist Bojja Tarakam were performed here on Saturday. Many intellectuals, politicians, right activists and journalists paid their tribute to the departed lawyer. He was cremated at Mahaprastanam in Jubilee Hills.

Among those who paid homage to the senior advocate were Leader of the Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana State Kadiam Srihari, Irrigation Minister Harish Rao, Central Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, TJAC chairman Prof Kodandaram, educationist Chukka Remaiah, Revolutionary poets Gaddar and Varavara Rao.

Tarakam, 77, breathed his last at about 11.30 pm on Friday at a private hospital (KIMS) where he was admitted a fortnight ago. He had a brain tumor and after surgery he was diagnosed as cancer patient. The civil rights activist was involved in epic battles on behalf of Dalits who were butchered in the fields of Karamchedu in Prakasham district some thirty years ago. He was also in the forefront of the struggle to get  the killers of Dalits in Chundur village in Guntur district convicted  some years later. Son of an MLA and grandson of a philosopher, Tarakam practised at Nizamabad in Telangana where his wife Vijaya Bharati was working as a lecturer. They then move to Hyderabad where he started his practice at HC. He was promoted as a senior advocate. He along with Dalit intellectual Kathi Padamarao fought many a battle to get justice for the beleaguered Dalits.

Tarakam’s son Rahul Bojja is a senior IAS officer working as collector of Hyderabad district in Telangana. Tarakam worte poetry and published a number of books. He was a keen follower of Dr Ambedkar. His father, Appala Swamy, was a contemporary of Ambedkar and was a leader of the Republican Party of India. He represented Amalapuram constituency of East Godavari district in Andhra and Andhra Pradesh Assemblies from 1952 to 62. Tarakam started his practice at Kakinada in 1968. He married Vijaya Bharati, daughter of Boyi Bhimanna, a Telugu scholar, in 1968. Then he moved to Nizamabdad.  He was detained during the Emergency.  Besides arguing on behalf of the families of the victims of Karamchedu and Chunduru atrocities, he appeared in different courts in the country on behalf of the families of the Naxalite leaders who were killed in fake encounters.

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