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No ‘Andhra’ Hotels in Medak జూన్ 29, 2008

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, Identity, In News, Medak, Telangana, TRS.
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No more idly, sambar in Telangana hotels?


Staff Reporter


TRS asks hoteliers to serve Ragi Sankati, jonna rottelu


Sangareddy: The Medak unit of Telangana Rashtra Samiti Medak launched a programme of counselling the shop owners to drop the word ‘Andhra’ from their hoardings.


Former member of Legislative Council R. Satyanarayana and his followers on Sunday organised a rally here and urged the shopkeepers, particularly the hoteliers, to remove the word Andhra from the boards and add food items from Telangana region.


The TRS activists called the proprietor of the hotels for counselling and asked them to which part of the State they belonged to. Few told them they were from Andhra.


The TRS asked them to continue with their business but only after removing the word ‘Andhra’ from the board.


Shop keepers warned


Similar strictures were passed on the hoteliers to remove all the food items that originate from Andhra like Idly, sambar and introduce Ragi sankati and Jonna Rottelu instead. (మరింత…)

Three Telugu States – Telugu future జూన్ 27, 2008

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Articles, Culture, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, politics, Six Point Formula, TDP, Telangana.
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Outlook India June 26, 2008


Troubled Telengana


The demand for Telengana state is perhaps the oldest protest movement in India. Political opportunism and lack of vision have prolonged the agony of the Telengana people


Rajinder Puri


A few months ago union cabinet minister Chandrashekhar Rao quit the UPA alliance on the issue of creating Telengana state. A few days ago Devender Goud, number two to Chandrababu Naidu in TDP, and Peddi Reddy split their party on the Telengana issue. Telengana is Andhra’s perennial dispute. The demand for Telengana state is perhaps the oldest protest movement in India. Political opportunism and lack of vision have prolonged the agony of the Telengana people.


In 1947 Telengana was the princely Hyderabad state. The Nizam of Hyderabad wanted independence. Sardar Patel forcibly prevented that. Telugu speaking people were spread in 22 districts. Nine were in Hyderabad, twelve in the Madras Presidency. In 1953 all Telugu districts of Madras were separated to form a new Andhra state. It was the first Indian state formed on a purely linguistic basis. Later Andhra was merged with the Telugu speaking area of Hyderabad to become present day Andhra Pradesh.


However, common language is not the only criterion for identity. From its birth Andhra Pradesh was harassed by the demand of a separate Telengana state. The shared history of Telengana people united them culturally. Pandit Nehru appointed the States Reorganization Commission (SRC) to create linguistic states. It was against merging Telengana with Andhra. The 1955 SRC report said: We have come to the conclusion that it will be in the interests of Andhra as well as Telangana area to constitute a separate state, which may be known as the Hyderabad state 

The central government ignored the SRC recommendation. It established unified Andhra Pradesh in 1956. The government reassured the Telangana people that their concerns would be met. Telengana people continued to complain. After 52 years the complaints persist, the assurances continue. How and why did this happen? (మరింత…)

Devender Goud strengthens hopes for Telangana state జూన్ 24, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Identity, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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New party may boost Telangana demand

Asok Das

25 June 2008 Hindutan Timies


The demand for a separate Telangana state could gain momentum with T Devender Goud, who resigned from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Monday, preparing to launch his own party. Goud’s resignation has triggered a chain of events indicating a realignment of forces in Telangana region in the coming months. More leaders from other parties are likely to join the bandwagon.


A mass leader with strong organisational skills, Goud is becoming the rallying point for all the votaries of Telangana, including those who supported the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS).

Goud’s telephone has not stopped ringing since Monday morning with leaders and cadres of many parties across Telangana calling him to either congratulate or evince interest in his new venture. The first casualty could be the already-badly-mauled TRS. The sub-regional party could see a mass exodus to Goud’s new party.


Apparently keeping that in mind, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao invited Goud to join TRS, which the latter promptly rejected. Goud nurses ambitions of becoming the first Chief Minister and is not likely to play second fiddle to anyone.


He has already crossed the first hurdle by bagging the support of intellectuals from Telangana, who helped TRS gain legitimacy. The Telangana Development Forum, a powerful lobby of NRIs from Telangana, is also said to be reviewing its stand vis-à-vis TRS. (మరింత…)

Devender Goud- Telangana icon? జూన్ 24, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Identity, In News, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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No political alliance with TRS: Goud

Mohammed Siddique

Rediff.com June 24, 2008 


T Devender Goud, who quit the Telugu Desam party over the Telangana issue, has made it clear that his future political plans do not include any tie up with the Telangana Rahstra Samiti of K Chandrasekhara Rao or any other political party.


Goud, the former No 2 of the TDP, told mailpersons that he has convened a meeting of the intellectuals and the elders, who have been associated with the Telangana movement, on June 28.


“In the light of their guidance and advice, we will finalise our future political plans and strategies,” Goud said. When asked whether he would launch a new political party, Goud remained non-committal, but indicated that the formation of a new regional party was on the cards.
Goud made it clear that no political leader will be invited to the meeting. “We want to consult the elders and intellectuals, who played a major role in the Telangana movement in the past, on how to take the movement forward,” he said. (మరింత…)

Bathukamma – Telangana film జూన్ 24, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Bathukamma, Culture, Identity, Telangana.
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Bathukamma: Will we see more of Telangana cinema?


-K Naresh Kumar



Bathukamma – the film created on the platform of a popular ladies’ festival in Telangana is actually a red herring. Using the popular religious sentiment and generously soaking up the songs and customs associated with the event, Bathukamma actually talks about the burning issue of statehood, quest for its independence and its hoary past of victimization. This 15-reeler is a lone arrow that has been shot into the dark jungle infested with a set of its formidable foes united in their purpose to thwart any threat to their hegemony.


Unless the arrow is shot from an archer of Arjuna’s versatility, it is bound to be countered easily by the rival groups. Nevertheless, it is a sensational beginning where a Telugu film speaks a different dialect. Not surprising, it appeals to a region comprising over three- crore population. If one may say so, this effort is like a Bhojpuri film launched along its better-known, lavishly mounted big brother variety – the Hindi films- and giving a tough fight at the box-office. Are we seeing a new beginning?


It is indeed surprising how this single act, laden with a focus and purpose of achieving one’s objective can transmit an eye-catching, soul capturing appeal. This small film Bathukamma (small only with reference to its budget and star cast) was released in a single screen in one of the oldest surviving single-screen theatres – Venkatesa. It has kept on going, capitalizing on its superb timing of release on May 1 (nearly a month before the by elections) and as I write this, is well on to its ninth week charging up a modest audience watching it.




What is its appeal? (మరింత…)

Goud resigns TDP – Telugu Desam splits for Telangana జూన్ 23, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in elections, Identity, politics, TDP, Telangana.
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Devender Goud Resigns From TDP

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Senior TDP Leader Devender Goud, resigned from Telugu Desam Party today, giving all answers to the negligence shown on him, by TDP leaders including Chandrababu Naidu on the account of TDP support to Telangana Issue.Devender Goud Resigns From TDPIt will be a great loss for TDP, as Devender Goud is strong leader from the party in Telangana Region.

On the other hand TRS Leader Harish Rao, welcomes Devender Goud’s resignation, claiming it as Telangana’s victory.

Congress Senior party leader Venkataswamy also welcomed same, and even addressed, his party men may also do the same thing, if need arises to protest for Telangana.

Meanwhile PeddiReddy, other TDP Leader also followed Devender Goud’s footsteps.  Other TDP leaders Kadium Srihari and Gutta Sukhender Reddy from Telangana Region are hoping Chandrababu naidu may rethink his stand on Telangana issue, otherwise he may encounter same type of acts from them also.

It is known to everybody that Devender Goud is the only leader fighting for Telangana Cause in TDP from so many day, inspite of opposition from other region leaders.


Differences in TDP over Telangana issue come to fore


Hyderabad, June 10 (IANS) Differences once again came to the fore in the main opposition Telugu Desam Party over granting statehood to the Telangana region with those opposed to bifurcation of the state targeting the separate Telangana supporters within the TDP. Former minister T. Srinivas Yadav, who was elected from Secunderabad assembly constituency in the recent by-elections, Tuesday took a dig at senior leader T. Devender Goud for making certain comments on the issue. (మరింత…)

Gujjar row- identity politics జూన్ 22, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Economy, Identity, politics.
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A Case For Inclusion
5 Jun 2008, Times of India


Ravinder Kaul*



The resurfacing of the Gujjar agitation for inclusion in the ST category should be understood within the framework of modern democratic politics. Even though the language of inclusion employed is of caste/tribe-based identity claims, the concepts of justice and fairness underlying such claims are inherently modern. In fact, they militate against hierarchy-based rights enshrined in the caste system. Thus, the agitation is anti-caste and for modern democratic ideals.

Concepts of justice and fairness no longer enjoy the safety of mere politically correct ideological expressions. On the ground, real communities are involved and real lives are at stake, as attested to by a nearly hundred deaths that have taken place since the agitation first came out into the open.

Last summer, the Meenas were the visible ‘other’, seen as benefiting disproportionately from the ST pie, while Jats who have entered the OBC category in Rajasthan and are actually responsible for reducing the Gujjars’ opportunities for benefits remained in the background.

This year, there is an ominous silence on the Meena front. Even the Gujjar leadership has not been vocal about the community’s rancour against the Meenas, nor have there been any Meena/Gujjar clashes.

We should see this as progress. The Gujjars’ fight is not and should not be against the Meenas but a demand addressed to the state. The state government has also realised that the problem is pretty much in its own court.

As its response to a self-created problem – it was the BJP that promised the Gujjars a berth in the ST category – it continues to play political football by kicking the ball into the Centre’s court. The Centre, however, is not biting. It has enough of its own quota headaches. In its view, it is the state government that should deal with the “problem”. (మరింత…)

Small State Debate- Gorkhaland, Telangana, etc జూన్ 22, 2008

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Articles, Fazal Ali Commission, politics, Six Point Formula, Telangana.
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Is it time for reorganisation of states?


We need to debate our federal structure

Peter R deSouza, Director IIAS*, Shimla


Peter R deSouza

Peter R deSouza
IIAS*, Shimla

The agitation in Darjeeling for a separate Gorkha state has brought to the fore, once again, the need to examine the place of the ‘state’ in India’s democratic architecture. In sixty years a significant shift has occurred in the locus of power from a dominant ‘Centre’ to one that has now to share power with the states, to not just accommodate their claims but to concede their demands. The state has begun to drive the equations of power in national politics. This is all well known.

What is less well debated is the reason for this shift in the locus of power and the policy responses to it. Some have argued for a new States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) as the appropriate response. Before we consider appropriate response, however, let us examine some of the causes that give rise to the demand for new states.


The first is the growth in population. A fivefold growth in the electorate since Independence, to in excess of 650 million, necessarily means that the current federal form is probably inadequate to meet the voters rising aspirations. Coupled with this is the second cause, the deepening of what D L Sheth has called India a democracy of communities.

Democracy has created an assertive politics of communities that now, enjoying their arrival on the big stage, want a home of their own. This ambition gets fuelled, the third cause, by the increasing attention that community leaders get from the media and those who count. Yesterday’s nobody has become today’s somebody. Community politics makes one a somebody. (మరింత…)

Telangana Natural Heritage – Hyderabad Rocks జూన్ 21, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Articles, Deccan, Hyderabad, Telangana.
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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Rock of Ages

Residents of the Nizam’s city learn to value their monolithic heritage


By Amarnath K. Menon


The Deccan Plateau, that vast expanse of peninsular India south of the Vindhyas composed mostly of grey granite, is among the oldest and hardest rock formations in the world. There are few who care for it as Frauke Quader does. More specifically, care for the plateau in and around Hyderabad. Quader, who has made Hyderabad her home, developed an interest in rock formations while with the German Foreign Office in Bonn, Brussels and then in Delhi. The German woman has single-handedly forged a citizens alliance for preserving the fascinating rock forms that dot Hyderabad and its outskirts. Bringing together diverse sections of the city, Quader started the Society To Save Rocks (STSR) which till date has made the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) declare nine such formations in and around the city as protected “natural heritage” sites.


Quader and the STSR have charted a rocky route trying to get citizens backing and official support after blasting and bulldozing of rock formations to make way for houses and for granite quarrying started picking up in the mid ’80s. In 1992 she got artist Laxma Goud, then a member of the Arts Commission of HUDA, and photographer Moyed Hasan to portray the stunning formations on canvas and in print. While some like Mushroom Rock on the University of Hyderabad campus had a name, they christened others Bear’s Nose, Cliff Rock, Monster Rock, Toadstool Rock, Obelisk, etc, depending on their shapes before putting the paintings and photographs on show. “Exhibitions highlighting the formations helped build sensitivity about their value and beauty,” recalls Quader, who moved into the city with her Hyderbadi husband, an engineer-turned-homoeopath, back in 1975. (మరింత…)

Polepally 13 put SEZ woes on national agenda జూన్ 14, 2008

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livemint.com June 12, 2008
AP farmers highlight opposition to SEZ by fighting elections
13 cultivators contested polls to demonstrate their resentment at acquisition of their land by the government
C R Sukumar
Hyderabad: Mala Jangilamma is happy.
The 62-year-old and 12 other farmers who contested the recently held Jadcherla assembly by-elections lost so badly that they forfeited their security deposits. So, why is she so happy?
Jangilamma, Etti Peda Pentaiah, Depalli Yadaiah, Bandapalli Jangamma, Kanduru Mogulaiah, Kanduru Jangaiah and others lost the meagre land they owned — two to eight acres each — to make way for a special economic zone, or SEZ. “Victory or defeat was not the issue. I am elated we could draw the attention of people across the state to our struggle against the SEZ,” says Jangilamma.
Mala Jangilamma, who contested the elections, was one among the 350 families that have demanded their lands back. 
Earthy demands: Mala Jangilamma, who contested the elections, was one among the 350 families that have demanded their lands back.
The Andhra Pradesh government acquired 7.3 acres she owned in Polepally in Mahbubnagar district, which is part of the Jadcherla assembly constituency, to build an SEZ.
Jangilamma now works as a construction worker for Rs120 a day on the the same land where Hetero Drugs Ltd, a Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm is building a factory.
The farmers say the government has short-changed them, and want their land back. They say they got between Rs18,000 and Rs50,000 for an acre for land that is available in the market for about Rs20 lakh per acre. (మరింత…)