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A CHANGE OF FAITH

The evangelist son-in-law




After Jagan Mohan, the most public face of the YSR family is that of Brother Anil Kumar. Married to Sharmila, the only daughter of YSR, Anil converted to Christianity after his wedding to Sharmila.

The wedlock was not without controversy, what with Sharmila breaking her arranged marriage to be with Anil. Jagan Mohan was opposed to the marriage and Anil ran off to Karnataka and hid there to escape his wrath. Anil now is a well-known preacher who runs an organisation called the Anil World Evangelism. But controversies have dogged him all through. In 2001, during Chandrababu Naidu"s regime, he was nabbed for allegedly landing international calls illegally in Hyderabad.

During YSR"s rule, too, there were allegations that the state machinery was misused to facilitate Anil"s evangelical meetings. He was in a bit of a spot earlier this year because of a barytes mining lease. The lease, given by the state government to Rakshana Steel, drew attention because it was accorded without the mandatory central government clearances. It was alleged that the company was owned by Anil. The controversy came to an end only when the central government ordered in August this year that mining in the area be halted.

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