September 2nd, 2009 and it was around 9:40 AM did the first news of Chief Minister’s chopper going missing came about. And from that moment onwards till another 24 hours the state of Andhra Pradesh was in a panic mode. Suddenly the crores of people felt jitters in their hearts. For one full day they prayed a collective prayer and did not leave the TV screens of their homes as the news channels constantly updated the status of the missing chief minister.
Finally as the day of September 3rd broke and around 10’0 clock came the news that the chopper which left Hyderabad the previous day had crashed in the Nallamala forests and the travellers in the chopper did not survive. With the crash of the chopper crashed the lights of many a home. Many died with heartbreak and many became sollen as they could not sleep any more. But all of them had just one grief, their Chief Minister, their Beloved Chief Minister, YS RAJASHEKARA REDDY was no more. And everyone mourned.
But it was not after 1 month since then that the state really knew what it lost when YSR died. The loss reverberated soon across the state when floods swarmed, agitations arose and political instability ruled. How many times have we heard this familiar sentence in the last year, “Had YSR been alive?”. Such was his presence and political will that people remember him as a man of strength and supreme confidence. His policies were are always questionable and his schemes defied rationale. But that is his will to serve people which made him pursue the path which is the riskiest. And he was a champion of that path.
He never shied away from danger and risks. He fought the opposition with his brand of smile and people believed that he could lead them to a golden age, but his work was left unfinished. And that unfinished work is threatening to feel as if it would never be complete. He gave everything to the people from where he came. He dedicated his lives to the people he loved the most and he had to obey the forces of the nature which did not let him complete the last journey.
His absence is still felt. The affairs of the state would not have been like this had he lived. The people of the state would have felt more secure had he lived. There would have been hope for the poorer sections had he lived. There would have been prosperity among the farming sector had he been alive. But He is not alive.
He might not have met his untimely death but the timing of his death coincided with the darkest hour of the state. Even his staunchest critic admits that YSR would have made a lot of difference with just his word. One year has passed but the affairs are only worsening. Hope a day comes when all the dreams and aspirations of YSR to make the state as SWARNANDHRA PRADESH turn true. Let us wish that on his first Death Anniversary.
YSR AMAR RAHE,