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Hyderabad lost a popular leader: PJR డిసెంబర్ 28, 2007

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Hyderabad, In News, Telangana.
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Congress leader P Janardhan Reddy dead

Syed Amin Jafri |
December 28, 2007 
Senior Congress leader and five-term legislator P Janardhan Reddy died of a massive heart attack on Friday morning. He was 60.Janardhan Reddy, who was popularly known as PJR, was on his way from his residence at Gaganmahal to Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee meeting at Jewel Gardens in Secunderabad when he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed in his car. His supporters immediately rushed him to the nearby Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences where he breathed his last.Doctors’ attempts to revive him proved futile. He is survived by his wife Sulochana, three daughters and a son.

Elected to the Andhra Pradesh assembly for five terms (1978, 1985, 1989, 1994 and 2004) from Khairatabad constituency in Hyderabad, PJR was Congress Legislature Party leader during 1994-99 when he led the 26-member Congress group in the assembly and played an effective Leader of Opposition during the regimes of N T Rama Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu. (మరింత…)


Koya Tribe Appeal Against Polavaram Dam డిసెంబర్ 25, 2007

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Appeals, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram.
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The National Environmental Appellate Authority on 19 December has quashed the clearance granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to the Polavaram multipurpose project. NEAA declared the environmental clearance unacceptable because it was based on incomplete and inadequate consultation with the affected people.It lacked consent of the people it is meant for.
The same project was stalled two years ago by AP High Court as there was no consent for the project that is awarded to the contractors who commenced work on the dam whose designs were not known to or cleared by any authority. Subsequently environment clearance was obtained by ‘constructing’ consent to the disastrous dam in great haste under political pressure of YSR government. That clearance was a mockery, alleged by civil society and environment activists and adivasi groups, is proved by the NEAA declaring the ‘clearance’ unacceptable.
Prof Sivaji Rao, environment expert, described it as a killer dam.  
Several NGOs and peoples organisations resisted the dam since mid eighties on ecological, economic and social grounds. 
YSR government started implementing the project with manifold cost escalations, hundred design deviations and thousand lies without a single clearance from any authority as part of the contractors’ raj and its pet scheme – Jala Yagnam in Andhra PradeshJalayagnam plans to irrigate one crore acres at a cost of one lakh rupees per acre! and all that before the next elections!! just one  lakh crores to go down the drain in a record time!!!
What the people think of this dam was declared by Koya community more than a decade ago. The Appeal is presented here from archives


Lokayan Bulletin 11:5, 1995 (pp 82 -86)  


To Withdraw Polavaram Dam   

We, the people of eight villages of Motu Tehsil (Malkangiri district, Orissa), Konta Tehsil (Bastar district, Madhya Pradesh) and Chintur Mandal (Khammam district, Andhra Pradesh), are writing this letter to you, the Chief Secretary/ Chief Minister of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh. 

We are Koitor (Koya, a scheduled tribe) people living on the banks of the Godavari and its tributaries – Sileru and Sabari. We have come to know that the AP government is planning to build a large dam across the Godavari river at Polavaram, and that the governments of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh have given consent to it. We have also learnt that the AP government is giving utmost importance to this project and that it is awaiting clearances from the Central Water Commission, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Welfare, etc. 

We are highly displeased that the three state governments have been pursuing this project in secrecy from us – a project that threatens to take away our lands, homes, trees, places of worship and to disintegrate our society. 

We also believe that the AP government is trying to get all the clearances on the basis of false information. The information it is giving about displacement, the loss of assets, flora & fauna, and the opinion of the people in the submergence area are false. The project authorities are claiming the submergence of 250 settlements in three states. Actually, around 365 settlements would be affected. A recent study by the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, made for the AP Irrigation Department, identified 276 settlements coming under submergence in AP alone. The claims of the benefits of the project are also shifting – first, it was primarily to irrigate lands in East & West Godavari districts which are relatively well irrigated, and now the AP government says that it is mainly for power generation. 

We, the people of the region that is going to be submerged by the Polavaram project declare that we are not in favour of this dam and that we have never given our consent to it. We do not approve of this project for the following reasons: 

1.      The project which threatens to submerge about 350 settlements at 150 ft contour would disturb and destroy our habitat and our collective identity and life as Koya people. It would displace about two lakh people out of which the tribal population is around 1,25,000.  (మరింత…)

Exploited Telangana- History of Struggle డిసెంబర్ 22, 2007

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Hyderabad, Telangana, Telangana People.
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The red revolt

by Amarnath K Menon

December 20, 2007

Visit any village deep in the dusty drylands of Telengana and encounter an unlettered elder. The instant greeting of submissive welcome will be “I am your slave.” This is the last remaining psychological scar of an insurrection that took place during the mid-’40s. The armed struggle against the feudal landlords—the jagirdars and deshmukhs—in the princely state of Hyderabad with exactions and forced labour, called vetti-chakiri, was responsible for the peasant uprising not only against the feudal landlords but also against the Nizam of Hyderabad himself.

The worst forms of exploitation followed by the landlords provided ideal conditions for an armed rebellion led by the communists with the slogan “land for the tiller”. One of the most vociferous demands of the movement was waiving the debts of the peasants.

The revolt in Telangana was sparked by the murder of Doddi Komarayya, a worker of the nascent nationalist movement called the Andhra Maha Sabha (AMS), in July 1946. The struggle took place at a time when the Nizam was trying to resist the efforts of the Indian government to merge his state with the Indian union.

The attacks by the Nizam’s police on the communists and the resultant counterattacks led to a ban on the Communist Party on December 3 that year. The Razakars— the newly formed fundamentalist militia of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen— joined the Nizam’s army and the police in suppressing the peasantry.


Udaya Chiluveru – Telangana idiom in versatile art డిసెంబర్ 18, 2007

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Telangana.
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All that glitters

Creativity that eludes a label

Eyes and flowers One of the creations of Udaya

The creativity of Udaya Chiluveru doesn’t fit into a category of a sculptor, painter, goldsmith or someone who works with wood. She is adept at all these and more. Using myriad materials ranging from acrylic on canvas to wood cuttings to gold foil to diamonds, Udaya brings alive the images in her mind.

The shine and shimmer in her works is real. If one of the canvas has a piece of zari sari paloo giving the realism, then another has a diamond stuck at the place where the ear stud ought to be.

The shine of the gold is not an even shimmer but one that is hammered down at edges to buffness, showing the skill of the artist.

More than the medium, the idiom of Telangana dominates. The images of women chatting, waiting with sunflowers in their hands or jasmines in the hair, the dark skinned men, it is as if time has stilled. The images are one thing, the execution is what marks out the work of this artist. The command over the three-dimensional space gives a realism with the relief.