Chicago: Telangana families in Chicago gathered at Riverwalk in Napervillle to celebrate Bathukamma Festival on Sunday with more than 500 people attending the event.
According to participants of the event this year's Chicago Bathukamma marks the 10th Anniversary of the Bathukamma Festival in North America.
One among the participants said, "It is also the tenth year we started celebrating Telangana liberation day in Chicago. Telangana was liberated from Nizam's rule and merged with Independent India on September 17, 1948."
"Today also coincides with the Telangana March - Chalo Hyderabad that was ongoing at the very movement where people from all across Telangana are organizing a massive rally in support of Telangana state."
Ram Reddy Elete visiting his daughter in Chicago recalled his experiences of the struggle against Nizam for the liberation of Telangana and the subsequent joining of the Indian Union.
He explained how Telangana was merged with Andhra against people's wishes and the resulting gross neglect of the region that lead to underdevelopment.
"As we gather here, people from all across Telangana are in the midst of massive rally 'Chalo Hyderabad - Telangana March' on the banks of Hussain Sagar on necklace road," said a participant.
Chicago Telanganites expressed their solidarity and support with the message that Telangana NRIs are with the people of Telangana in their struggle to achieve their democratic right to their own state.