ANANTAPUR: The centuries-old culture of ‘factionalism’ with its roots set in the medieval history is grinding to a halt in many villages of the Rayalaseema region. Mental diversions, professional pursuits and a resultant change of mindset are evident in the new generation.
This includes even those from families with a long history of local rivalries. Youths are now pressing their elders in the family to stay clear of faction politics.
Normally, gram panchayat polls had a history riddled with factionalism, clashes and murders. A majority of the families with a faction-background however sent their children for higher studies; more so after the turn of this century.
These children settled down in big cities as software engineers or in other professions. They are forcing their parents to keep off factionalism.
The last general elections witnessed compromise deals between faction leaders at the top levels including former ministers and MLAs in many parts of Anantapur,…