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Mainstream, Vol LI, No 20, May 4, 2013
Support Telangana State Demand
Leader and activists of all parties advocating a separate State of Telangana held a two-day dharna at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on April 29 and 30, 2013 during the Parliament session to reiterate their demand for a Telangana State. The following document was distributed at the dharna. It is a statement from the Telangana Joint Action Committee. It is being reproduced here for the benefit of our readers.
The Telangana people are struggling for a separate State for this region for about the 57 years to get their judicious share of political power and resources for economic growth and prosperity. Today, the entire Telangana population, regardless of their political, social and economic differences, would like to live with self-respect and prosper in their own State. The demand is accepted as judicious by all the political parties of the State. In the 2009 elections, except the CPM, all other political parties—the TDP, CPI and Congress—assured a separate State to the people of the region. However, the promise has not been fulfilled.
The situation changed after the massive upsurge of people during the indefinite fast by Sri K. Chandrasekhar Rao in 2009. Considering the ground realities and political situation, the Government of India, which has the responsibility to uphold the Constitution and respect the aspirations of the people, has taken a clear decision to establish the Telangana State. The announcement for initiating the process of establishing a Telangana State was made by the then Hon’ble Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, on December 9 and was reiterated on the floor of Parliament, the highest decision-making body empowered to take such decisions. (మరింత…)
Separate Telangana demand has a robust case – Ramachandra Guha ఫిబ్రవరి 4, 2013Posted by bharath in Identity, Telangana.
Tags: Andhra bifurcation, Gorkhaland, linguistic states, Ramachandra Guha, statehood demand, subregionalism, Vidharbha
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Living together, separately
Ramachandra Guha , The Hindu, January 30, 2013
Advocates of smaller states have a robust case. India should look for further reorganisation as it no longer needs to fear about the country’s unity
I recently came across some fascinating news reports, dating from the year 1914, on the then growing demand for a separate state for Telugu speakers. In towns such as Guntur, Nellore and Vijayawada (known at the time as Bezwada), many meetings were held, asking for a separation of Telugu-speaking districts from Madras Presidency, with areas from the Nizam’s Dominions being added on later when conditions permitted.
Tamils on Telugus
The Tamil intelligentsia did not take kindly to this movement for an ‘Andhra desa’. Thus, in its issue of 6th June 1914, Swadesamitran, a widely circulated newspaper published out of Madras, wrote disparagingly of a conference in Guntur which claimed that Tamil domination blocked the progress of the Andhras. The Andhras, it was argued here, needed to break free of the Tamils to realise their hopes and ambitions.
Swadesamitran said it could not “understand the rationale of this argument. If Tamilians are forward in education, etc., their company can only infuse a spirit of emulation in the minds of the Andhras. How can it impede the progress of the latter? The Andhras are not a set of uncivilised barbarians. They are an intelligent community with an ancient civilisation and the example of the Tamilians is bound to create in them new desires and aspirations. This is exactly what is happening. The present feeling among the Andhras that they have not been progressing much, and their demand for a separate province and equal privileges with the Tamilians indicate only this new desire and aspiration. We are at a loss to understand the meaning of their demand that they should be separated from the Tamilians. Is it that they do not want the Tamilians to step into their portion of the country? The patriotic leaders of the country are striving their best to do away with the distinction of caste and creed in India, which prevents the union of the people and impedes the progress. It is therefore regrettable that the Andhras should try to separate from others and form an independent community.” (మరింత…)
Telangana writers, cultural groups boycott World Telugu Conference డిసెంబర్ 28, 2012Posted by bharath in Andhra, Culture, Identity, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu.
Tags: protest, TRV, World Telugu Conference
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Telangana writers, cultural groups boycott World Telugu Conference
IANS, Hyderabad December 27, 2012
Telugu literary figures and cultural organisations from Telangana in Andhra Pradesh boycotted the fourth World Telugu Conference, which got underway at Tirupati on Thursday.
Poets, writers, artists, academicians and other noted personalities from the Telangana region stayed away from the three-day event, terming it as an attempt to suppress the movement for a separate Telangana state.
Led by eminent academician and member of state legislative council Chukka Ramaiah, a group of writers, artists and journalists under the banner of Telangana Rachayithala Vedika (TRV) staged a protest at Gun Park near the state assembly here. (మరింత…)
Shinde must consider Bodoland along with Telangana- ABSU president డిసెంబర్ 22, 2012Posted by bharath in Congress, Identity, regionalism, Telangana.
Tags: ABSU, Bodoland
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Bodos warn of agitation ahead of Telangana statehood meet
IANS, Fri, 21 Dec 2012
Rowta (Assam), Dec 21 (IANS) Ahead of the union government’s all-party meeting Dec 28 to discuss Telangana, a powerful Bodos union in Assam Friday said they would not “tolerate” any isolated decision on the statehood issue.
The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) asked the government to take an “inclusive decision” to consider demands of other statehood committees too and threatened to agitate if the demand for a separate state for Bodos was not considered along with Telangana.
“Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has convened an important meeting to discuss Telangana. However, Shinde is not the home minister of Andhra Pradesh but of the entire country. So, we appeal to him to consider the issue of statehood demand of Bodos too. If Telangana can be considered for a separate state, why can’t Bodos of Assam get a separate state to secure their identity,” union president Promod Boro said at a massive rally in Rowta in Udalguri district. (మరింత…)
Rayalaseema won’t sit silent if Telangana is granted, TG Venkatesh డిసెంబర్ 22, 2012Posted by bharath in Culture, Economy, Identity, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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‘Rayalaseema won’t sit silent if Telangana is granted’
Inkeshaf Ahmed, PostNoon, December 21, 2012
Congress leader TG Venkatesh from Rayalaseema region says he will not mind quitting Congress if statehood is given to Telangana.
Congress leader and minister from Rayalaseema, TG Venkatesh, said on Friday he would lead an agitation from the front for a separate Rayalaseema state if his party gives in and grants statehood to Telangana.
The minister hinted that if a separate Telangana is formed, he would not mind quitting the Congress and would float a Rayalaseema front or join YSRC. Venkatesh said a united Andhra would ensure growth in all regions. (మరింత…)
TDP is not against separate State, says Naidu డిసెంబర్ 22, 2012Posted by bharath in Congress, Identity, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
Tags: alliance politics, Chandrababu Naidu
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Clear the air on Telangana, Naidu tells Congress
Staff Reporter, The Hindu, December 21, 2012
Murugupalli, Karimnagar district
TDP is not against separate State, he reiterates
Undeterred by the protests from the Telangana protagonists, including the TRS and BJP activists, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu has reiterated that the TDP was not against separate Telangana State, and added that it was for the Congress party to take a decision on the issue.
“If I go one side (Telangana), it will create problem for the TDP in other regions (Seemandhra). I want to protect the party on two sides for the future generation and protect the State from the Congress landlords and feudalism”, he pointed out. He also alleged that the Congress party was planning to weaken the TDP on the issue.
Reacting to a query raised by a government teacher during an interactive session at a huge public meeting organised in Murugupalli village of Gangadhara mandal as part of his “Vasthunna Meekosam” padayatra, which entered sixth day in Karimnagar district on Thursday, the TDP president said that “the Congress party, which is in power should take a decision on separate Telangana statehood issue by convening an all-party meeting”. He said that he would not hurt the sentiments of Telangana people, amid cheers from the gathering. (మరింత…)
AP – Maharashtra in bitter battle over Babli project అక్టోబర్ 29, 2012Posted by bharath in Congress, corruption, ecology, Godavari, Identity, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Telangana.
Tags: Central Water Commission, inter-state conflicts, Jala Yagnam, Maharashtra, riparian rights, water conflicts, water sharing
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Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra lock horns over Babli project on Godavari waters
Amarnath K Menon, India Today, Hyderabad, October 17, 2012
Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, both Congress ruled states, are locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of the Godavari waters and the impounding of the water at the Babli project in Maharashtra. The all party demand in Andhra Pradesh is for the demolition of the Babli project even as the Supreme Court has on Tuesday deferred further hearing on the dispute until November 8.
The execution of the Babli project and the drawing water from its reservoir as well as 11 projects upstream in Maharashtra in violation of the orders of the Central Water Commission would adversely affect the flow of the Godavari waters to irrigate farms in Telangana and turn the region into an arid zone.
“The Maharashtra administration and local farmers are not allowing us even to visit the project,” said the Andhra Pradesh major irrigation minister A. Sudarshan Reddy.Though the Maharashtra claim is that it is only tapping 60 thousand million cubic feet (TMC ft) of water the contention of Andhra Pradesh is that its computation is that the upper riparian state is already drawing 65.35 TMC ft. (మరింత…)
OU Arts College: A historic masterpiece అక్టోబర్ 28, 2012Posted by bharath in Art, cosmopolitan, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Nizam, Osmania, Telangana, universities.
Tags: Arts COllege, Indo-Sarcenic, Monsieur Jasper, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, Srikanth Varkala
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Arts College: a historic masterpiece
The Hindu, Hyderabad, October 8, 2012
The building in pinkish granite stone represents a harmonious blend of pillars and lintel style of Ajanta and Ellora
The architectural uniqueness stirs romance and the stunning structure blows the mind. The unspoiled edifice reveals majesty and is the nucleus of the 95-year old Osmania University. This is the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the famed OU, popularly known as the Arts College. It is one of the major heritage structures in Hyderabad.
A team of experts travelled around the world to find the right design and the right person who could design this historic masterpiece.
The credit for the architecture goes to Monsieur Jasper, a Belgian architect.
Jasper prepared a detailed plan of all the university buildings. The execution of the plans was done by Nawab Zain Yar Jung, who was later awarded a Padma Bhushan for his outstanding service to the field of architecture.
HALLS OF FAME: The credit for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, OU architecture goes to Monsieur Jasper, a Belgian architect. The execution of the plans was done by Nawab Zain Yar Jung. Photo: Special Arrangement
Osmania University Arts College – A Marvel in Stone అక్టోబర్ 28, 2012Posted by bharath in Art, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Nizam, Telangana, Videos.
Tags: best universities, Monsieur Jasper, Osmania University, OU, The Hindu
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Arts College- A Marvel in Stone
The Hindu Oct 8, 2012
University College of Arts and Social Sciences on Osmania University campus is the best example of Indo-Sarcenic architecture. Many a famous personality in India studied in this building. This is the first video documentary on the building.
Video documentary is presented by Department of Communication and Journalism, Osmania University
‘Arabi marfa’ of Hyderabad continues to be a hit even now అక్టోబర్ 26, 2012Posted by bharath in Art, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Nizam, Telangana.
Tags: Africa, Marfa, Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, Raja of Wanaparthy, Shah Ali Banda, Siddis
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From the era of the Nizams ‘Arabi marfa’ continues to be a hit even now
Staff Reporter, Hyderabad, The Hindu, October 26, 2012
The band was introduced in the city by the Siddis, an ethnic group of African descent
Brass band may be the rage among youth but ‘Arabi marfa’ still holds its own in Hyderabad. Few celebrations are complete without the Arabic band, particularly in the old city. The high price commanded by it is proof of its popularity.
Be it marriage, festival or election time, Arabi marfa is what one turns to for that rhythmic beat which has everyone swinging. The band was introduced to the city by the Siddis, an ethnic group of African descent.
The 6th Nizam, Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, recruited them being impressed by their physical strength and horsemanship. The Siddis were earlier believed to be working for the Raja of Wanaparthy, it is said. Their descendants now stay in and around A.C. Guards and a few groups are active musicians.
OLD WORLD CHARM: Musicians use ‘dholaks’, steel pots, a small drum called ‘marfa’ and wooden strips called ‘thapi’ in bands. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
Those in the profession can be easily recognised as they strut around donning shirts, lungis and red-chequered scarves playing ‘dholaks’, steel pots, a small drum called ‘marfa’ and wooden strips called ‘thapi’.
“Each instrument forms an integral part of the band, and if played together gives a pulsating rhythm,” says Salaam Basher, a second generation musician at Shah Ali Banda. (మరింత…)