Gaddar, whose real name was Gummadi Vithal Rao, was born in 1949 in Toopran, Telangana. He became a famous poet, singer, and revolutionary activist.
Early Life and Joining the Communist Party
In the 1980s, Gaddar joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) People’s War. Here, he performed songs for crowds and became part of the cultural wing.
In 1997, an attempt was made on his life, and a bullet was lodged in his spine. Despite this, Gaddar continued his work.
Naxalite Movement and Telangana Movement
He was also an active member of the Naxalite movement until 2010. Later on, he identified himself as an Ambedkarite, showing his deep commitment to social justice.
Gaddar adopted his stage name to honor the Gadar Party, which had fought against British rule. This name became synonymous with revolutionary thoughts.
During the resurgence of the Telangana movement, Gaddar’s support was openly expressed. He worked for the upliftment of lower castes and wanted equal political representation for various groups in the state. Despite past differences, he even supported Devender Goud’s NTPP, a party that aimed for a new Telangana.
Performances and Influence
Gaddar performed across the country, and his performance in Kolkata in 2010 against Operation Green Hunt was widely recognized. For over twenty years, his songs and performances were a source of inspiration for many young people.
Illness and Death
Tragically, Gaddar fell ill with heart disease. He was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad on July 20, 2023. A bypass surgery was performed on him on August 3, 2023. Sadly, while he was recovering from surgery, he died from lung and urinary problems on August 6, 2023, at the age of 77.
Gaddar’s life and work had a strong impact on Indian society. Through his songs, performances, and activism, he inspired many to fight for their rights. Even though he is gone, his messages of equality and social justice will continue to resonate with people. His death is a great loss, but his legacy lives on.