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Orugallu to Warangal: Journeys across Time మార్చి 1, 2019

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Culture, drama, Essays, heritage, Identity, Telangana People, Warangal.
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‘Orugallu to Warangal’ is a keen and enthusiastic documentation by Lakshmi Prabhala and Sadhana Ramchander

It was in 2006 when Lakshmi Prabhala, then an IT employee commented on a blog posted by Sadhana Ramchander that led to an unexpected friendship. Lakshmi recalls, “It was a post on Bathukamma, about which not much was known then. I asked her if I could tag along with her on her future visits and that’s how we became acquainted with each other.” The association became professional with the release of their book on Hyderabad (Hyd and Seek) in 2015. The duo have recently finished their second book, Orugallu to Warangal: Journeys across Time, which pays an ode to the city and captures succinctly, its rich history, architecture, customs and festivals.

While Sadhana was born and educated in Warangal, Lakshmi took only one prior trip to the city. Sadhana says, “I’ve lived there for 18 years but at that age you want to see the world. You don’t want to see the world around you. On our school excursions, we went to Ramappa Temple or the Pakhal Lake. This book is a discovery even for someone who grew up there.” (మరింత…)

Remembering Osmania University’s Contribution to Public Life- Adapa Satyanarayana ఆగస్ట్ 6, 2018

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Culture, Deccan, Essays, heritage, Identity, Nizam, Osmania, students, Telangana, universities, Urdu.
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Economic and Political Weekly, 14-04-2018, Vol.53, No. 15

Remembering Osmania University’s Contribution to Public Life

Adapa Satyanarayana (adapas8@gmail.com) retired from the Department of History, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

For over a 100 years Osmania University has been a global centre of learning that served as a mirror and conscience keeper of society. Through its history it has not only educated the young, empowering them to find better employment, but it has also been a space that inculcated radical ideas in students who fought for systemic change and a more equal society. The university remains the most important institution for first-generation students from downtrodden backgrounds in the region. Today, the university is facing significant challenges, which must be addressed to safeguard this historic institution.

The author thanks the referee for comments and suggestions. He is also thankful to Ghanta Chakrapani and K Srinivasulu for their help in writing this article.

The establishment of Osmania University heralded a new era in the field of higher education in the erstwhile Hyderabad state, of which the Telangana region was an integral part. On the 26 April 1917, Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam promulgated a farman by which the new university was designed to take full advantage of “all that is best in the ancient and modern systems of physical, intellectual and spiritual culture” (Datla 2013: 50). The Nizam stated,
In the Hyderabad Dominions a University should be established in which the ancient and modern, oriental and occidental arts, sciences are synthesised in such a manner that the defects of the present system of education are rectified. (Datla 2013: 50)

The ideal of imparting higher education through the regional languages of India was a revolt against the dominance of the English language in India under British colonial rule. (మరింత…)

Tribal Unrest in Telangana ఆగస్ట్ 6, 2018

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Adilabad, AP Reorganisation Bill, Banjara, Bhadrachalam, Chenchu, Culture, displacement, ecology, Essays, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, indigenous, Khammam, Koya, Lambada, Nizam, Polavaram, ST, Telangana, Warangal.
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Walls within the walls- New Zonal System proposed in Telangana ఆగస్ట్ 6, 2018

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, AP Reorganisation Bill, Essays, G.O 610, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, local, Mulki, regionalism, Settler, students, TRS.
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KCR New Zoning System

Bonalu comes to town మే 3, 2018

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Articles, Bonalu, Culture, Essays, fairs and festivals, Telangana Festivals.
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Artist Vidyasagar Lakka’s photo exhibition titled ‘The Telangana State Festival of Goddess Kali worship’ is an attempt to promote Bonalu festival to different cross-section of people.

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD : Artist Vidyasagar Lakka’s photo exhibition titled ‘The Telangana State Festival of Goddess Kali worship’ is an attempt to promote Bonalu festival to different cross-section of people. The ongoing exhibition (9.30 am to 8 pm) at Alliance Française Gallery, Banjara Hills is a solo show being organised with support of Alliance Francaise Hyderabad and Telangana Tourism has evoked interest in art patrons and aims to provide information about this festival well in advance this year, to provide information on how it is celebrated and the rituals involved, so that enthusiasts can celebrate the festival which falls in the Ashadam month (July –August).

The photographs speak about keeping alive the rich Telangana heritage and culture through this thematic art exhibition. A photography workshop and guided tours for photographers (with help from Telangana Tourism Department) have also been planned. The exhibition ends on May 13. Embracing the motto ‘show, don’t tell’, the author’s camera becomes a tool for accurate capture of the visual experience of BONALU, and for the faithful dissemination of his impressions across India and the world.

This is, therefore, a result of the author’s passion for the realistic preservation of India’s local cultures and traditions through his photography. It takes you on a tour of Bonalu, revealing the colour, the excitement, the energy and the unforgettable feel of the spectacle that unfolds in the streets of Hyderabad.

Vidyasagar is an alumnus of JNTU Fine Arts Photography and Hyderabad Central University.  He has a post-graduate diploma in TV Production, and is currently working as a Photo officer at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) where photography is not just a means of documentation and communication but also a tool of research of the ‘cosmos’ of the plant world.

Published: 02nd May 2018 10:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2018 04:44 AM


పులుల కలల కావల్ టైగర్ రిజర్వ్ జూన్ 23, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, ecology.
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A tiger reserve in Telangana without a single big cat

Balakoteshwara Rao| TNN | Jun 23, 2017


  • Kawal Tiger Reserve, one of the two such sanctuaries in Telangana, has gone “tigerless”
  • After barely a year in the reserve, the tigers — a male and a female — went missing.
  • This is not the first time that tigers have gone missing from the erstwhile unified Adilabad district.

HYDERABAD: For the second time in a decade, Kawal Tiger Reserve, one of the two such sanctuaries in Telangana, has gone “tigerless” with forest department officials having no clue about what happened to the two big cats that had migrated from the forests in Maharashtra in 2015.

After barely a year in the reserve, the tigers — a male and a female — went missing around November last year.

The two migrant tigers had raised hopes for the reserve which had last recorded the presence of big cats in 2012. There were, however, some unconfirmed reports of the presence of a tiger in 2013.

A large portion of the 2,015 sq km Kawal Tiger Reserve falls in Adilabad, forest minister Jogu Ramanna’s Assembly constituency. Despite this, several tracts of the forest have been encroached upon with the government not taking any steps to clear them, said sources. It is also reliably learnt that the reserve is one of the areas where people continue to lay electrified wire traps to kill wild animals.

The reserve’s field director, C Saravanan, when asked about the missing tigers, said it was possible that the tigers returned to where they came from due to cattle and human disturbances. However, conservationists working in the area for the past many years were dismissive of the “tigers returned home” theory.

“They are not like some species of birds that migrate every year. Tigers move in search of new territories.. they come into Telangana because of overcrowding in the tiger reserves in Maharashtra,” one of them said.

This is not the first time that tigers have gone missing from the erstwhile unified Adilabad district. Since 1996, 18 tigers disappeared from the district, sources said.

From its inception to the struggle for Telangana: History of Osmania University as it turns 100 ఏప్రిల్ 26, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Osmania, regionalism, struggle, students, suicide, Telangana, universities.
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The University was first set up in 1917, under the rule of Nizam Osman Ali Khan.

Nitin B., The NEWS Minute, April 25, 2017

The year was 1917, and Sir Akbar Hydari, who was then the Home Secretary to the Hyderabad State Government under Nizam Osman Ali Khan, submitted a memorandum to the then Education Minister of the state.

The memorandum emphasised the need to establish a University in Hyderabad, with ‘Urdu’ as the medium of instruction “as it is the language of the widest currency in India, official language of the State, and it is a language which is understood by a vast majority of the population of the State.”

Osmania University (Wikipedia Commons CC-SA N Subbaiah) a

The memorandum had come at a time when several people, especially intellectuals, were thinking about ways to cater to the interest for higher education, which had grown in the state.

Taking the memorandum into consideration, the Nizam issued a ‘firman’, or order, on April 26, 1917, to establish a university in Hyderabad.

A 100 years later, the Osmania University in Hyderabad is all set to host its centenary celebrations. (మరింత…)

వైవిధ్యం కరువైన ఉస్మానియా- కడెంపల్లి సుధాకర్ గౌడ్ ఏప్రిల్ 25, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Culture, Deccan, Hyderabad, Identity, movement, Mulki, Osmania, politics, regionalism, struggle, students, Telugu (తెలుగు), universities, Urdu, youth.
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పునర్నిర్మాణం.. మన చేతుల్లోనే – గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే ఏప్రిల్ 13, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Culture, Economy, Essays, Identity, politics, regionalism, Telangana, Telangana People, Telugu (తెలుగు).
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నమస్తే తెలంగాణ, 12 April, 2017

-నమస్తే తెలంగాణతో సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్ డైరెక్టర్ గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే

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నమస్తే తెలంగాణ, ప్రత్యేక ప్రతినిధి: తెలంగాణ వచ్చింది. ఇక మన చేతుల్లో పని. పునర్నిర్మాణం మన చేతుల్లోనే ఉంది. ఆ సంగతి అధికారులకు అర్థం చేయించడమే నా ముఖ్యమైన బాధ్యత అని సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్ డైరెక్టర్ గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే చెప్పారు. ఇప్పుడు మనుషుల సమస్య చాలా ఉందని, మనసు పెట్టి పనిచేసే వాళ్లు కావాలని, అలాంటి వారిని గుర్తించడం, వారితో కలిసి పనులు చేపట్టడం ఒక సవాల్ ఆయన చెప్పారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే నమస్తే తెలంగాణతో మాట్లాడారు. మన రాష్ట్రం మనది అయ్యిందని, జయాపజయాలు మన చేతుల్లోనే ఉన్నాయని చెప్పారు. ఈ తరుణంలో అధికారులకు శిక్షణ ఇస్తూ వారిలో అవగాహన పెంచుతూ ప్రజల వద్దకు పరిపాలనను తీసుకెళ్లడం, మన తెలంగాణ గురించి ప్రపంచానికి తెలియజెప్పే లక్ష్యంతో సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్ ముందుకు సాగుతుందని పింగ్లే తెలిపారు. ఇప్పటికే మూడు శిక్షణా శిబిరాలు నిర్వహించామని ఆయన చెప్పారు. అధ్యయనానికి ఉపయోగపడే కేంద్రంగా సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్‌ను రూపొందించేందుకు తెలంగాణకు సంబంధించి అనేక అంశాలను ఒకచోటికి చేర్చడం, తెలంగాణకు సంబంధించిన దైనందిన సమాచారాన్ని పంచుకోవడానికి వెబ్‌సైట్ ఏర్పాటు చేయడం మా ముందున్న లక్ష్యాలని పింగ్లే పేర్కొన్నారు. (మరింత…)

Taking Telangana Back to Feudalism- Kingshuk Nag ఏప్రిల్ 13, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Culture, Essays, Identity, KCR, KTR, TRS.
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The Wire, 7/4/2017

Like the Nizam’s rule in Hyderabad under the British Raj, K. Chandrasekhar Rao is trying to woo the BJP in hopes that he will be able to lord it over Telangana as long as he promises suzerainty.

Hyderabad: A huge number of temples across Telangana are run by the state government and this includes the Shreerama Temple at Bhadrachalam. On Ram Navami, which was earlier this week, the usual practice is for the chief minister – even when the state was a part of Andhra Pradesh – to visit the temple and present new clothes to the deity. But this time, chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) gave it a miss, leaving it to his teenage school going grandson to stand in for him – presenting the pattu vastralu to the deity – and causing much consternation in the process.

Government spokespersons later tried to control the damage by suggesting that the boy was only representing the family and not the government. While under normal circumstances, a teenager standing in for the chief minister cum grandfather should shock citizens, the people of Telangana have closely experienced how the distinction between the state and its first family has been obliterated and obfuscated in the last three years. (మరింత…)