The movement for a separate Telangana state now appears to be slipping out of TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's hands.
Like in 1969, students are now coming to the forefront to give a new direction to the movement that virtually got buried when Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was at the helm as Chief Minister.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and its affiliate students' outfit Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad have joined the "struggle" while the Telangana protagonists within the ruling Congress party too have stepped in to apply pressure on their high command and take the contentious issue to its logical conclusion.
Government employees belonging to the region are doing their part by observing a silent pen down protest in support of the statehood demand.
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti of Rao, which came into being in 2001 to revive the statehood struggle, is no longer the torch-bearer as other players pushed it aside.
By his moves seen as flip-flops by critics on the much-hyped fast-unto-death for Telangana, Rao got himself sidelined and now the students and other sections have taken over the mantle.
"KCR is only one part of the story while the aspiration for Telangana state is deep-rooted. His fast has, however, become the triggering point (for a wider struggle)," political analyst Prof Haragopal observed.