Intellectuals divided in Andhra Jyothi issue
It appears the intellectuals in the state are a divided community in the supporting Andhra jyohti. As the HRF (human rights forum) president and noted civil rights activist Balagopal has supported the filing of the cases under SC&ST act against Andhra jyothi editor and staff, another left intellectual and political scientist Haragopal lashed out the government and termed the arrests as reflections of dark days of emergency.
Some columnists’ i.e. Venugopal termed the fight between Radhakrishna and Manda Krishna madiga as fight between social justice and the right to freedom of speech. Poet and sympathizer of Maoists Vararao supported the Krishna madiga but took the convenient path of finding an amicable solution in apolitical manner. The surprising support to Andhra jyohti came from balladeer Gaddar
Interestingly Gaddar is from the same community that Krishna madiga belongs and Vasantha laxmi , feminist activist and writer, Balagopal wife works in Andhra jyothi.