Hyderabad: Being in the forefront among the public to oppose the encounters and violence against the tribals for over 50 years, Varavara Rao has played a vital role in raising his voice against the alleged atrocities. Virasam (Viplava Rachayithala Sangham) also called as Revolutionary Writers’ Association, founded by Varavara Rao has untied several hundreds of poets across the country.
Once, in 2001, he acted as a mediator between the then Telugu Desam Party government and the Peoples War group and proposed for peace talks which were held between May and July 2002. However, he and balladeer Gaddar had to take back their stance, following the unabated encounters. Rao again took part in the peace talks between Congress and the Peoples War Group in 2004. It resulted in the ban of CPI (Maoist) party and also Virasam, and a few orgnaisations in 2005. He also penned down 15 poetry anthologies.