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In Andhra Pradesh’s Palnadu Region, Political Violence Evokes Memories of a Centuries-old War

The YSRCP-TDP tussle is just the latest chapter in the area’s bloody history where two stepbrothers and kings fought the Mahabharata of their era In the 12th century, two royals and stepbrothers were engaged in a bitter conflict in Palnadu, part of present-day Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district. Before his death, king Anuguraju of the Palanati Kalachuri dynasty had anointed his son Nalagamaraju as his successor and left him to the care of the minister Brahmanaidu. Nalagama’s stepbrother was Malidevaraju, who was married to a princess of the Kalyani branch of…