The bitter fight between the pro-Kancha Ilaiah groups and the Arya Vysyas came to an end after Ilaiah supporters assured AP Arya Vysya Mahasabha president Jayanti Venkateswarlu that Ilaiah will not be making any statements about the Vysyas hereafter.
They also said that Ilaiah has agreed to discuss the contents of the book, reported The Hindu.
Arya-Vysya groups, which were up in arms against social scientist Prof. Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, announced that they reached an agreement with on Saturday. They were against his book ‘Saamajika Smugglerlu: Komatollu’.
“In a bid to put a full stop to the issue, we have discussed with the supporters of Prof. Ilaiah and also spoke to him over the phone. He assured that he will not speak against Vysyas hereafter. We told him about the mistakes in the book and he is ready for a discussion on them,” Venkateswarlu said at a press conference.
He went on to say that the representatives of Arya Vysya Mahasabha will soon meet Ilaiah and discuss the contents of the book, and make changes if necessary.
The Hindu quoted him saying, “Our community members are also asking Prof. Ilaiah to apologise for everything, and we too are ready to do the same if needed”.
Peace was brokered by the CPI at a two-hour meeting on Friday night in Vijayawada between the representatives of Ilaiah and TDP MP T G Venkatesh.
According to The Hindu, a heated argument ensued between both the groups over the agenda of the meeting.
Meanwhile, Ilaiah was kept under house arrest in Hyderabad, which prevented him from attending a felicitation ceremony in Vijayawada on Saturday.
High drama prevailed at Ilaiah’s residence in Tarnaka after Dalit-Bahujan activists came in support of the writer to release him from captivity. Police detained at least 20 protestors who argued that Ilaiah’s detention was illegal, reported The Times of India.