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TDP’s 40-year journey: Of legacy & lessons to survive

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, the founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), gave shape and hope to Telugu people when he breathed life into the party. Shaping the party on ideals of serving the poor, and as a party which believed in efficiency, capability and skills, NTR has remained one of the strongest regional leaders India has ever seen. 
 
From ensuring that regional parties have a say in the country’s policies and reforms and giving an identity to Telugu people, Telugu Desam Party stood as a pillar of hope for many in the country while also shaking the foundations of national parties during its inception. 
 
While the transition from NTR to Chandrababu Naidu as its political heir may not have been smooth, the TDP carried forward NTR’s legacy and strength even after his passing. While NTR brought an identity to Telugu people, Chandrababu Naidu brought identity to Andhra Pradesh and its talent. While NTR stood for honesty and straightforwardness, Chandrababu stood for pragmatism and development. 
 
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