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Identity Politics in South India- Poll tricks ఏప్రిల్ 23, 2009

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Southern divide


E Raghavan

April 22, 2009 DNA 

Karunanidhi, a non-believer in true rationalist fashion, may very well be wondering why fate has ordained that the LTTE remain central to his periodically recurring political nightmare.


Twice before, the Tamil Nadu chief minister paid a price for allegedly supporting the separatist force in Sri Lanka, while this time, his opponents want him punished for not doing much to support it.



The plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils, victims of the long-drawn struggle between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government, has become central to the election from the state where there are no dominant local issues, at least as of now. Not just the MDMK, whose leader, Vaiko, is unabashedly pro-LTTE, even the AIADMK, which was anti-LTTE, is trying to cash in on this issue now, since such an emotional pitch may translate into votes. And that is why the DMK government is portrayed as being unsympathetic to the plight of the civilian population in the Tamil areas in the island nation. (మరింత…)

YSR vows to protect Andhra- Rayalaseema aggression on Telangana ఏప్రిల్ 18, 2009

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Culture, Economy, elections, Identity, livelihoods, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Political chicanery by YSR

News Analysis, Hyderabad: 17 April 2009 Express News Service

– G S Vasu

Is desperation showing in the ruling Congress leadership after the first phase of elections in Andhra Pradesh in which the Opposition alliance appears to have an edge? This, clearly, is the inference being drawn from the statement made by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy just around the time polling closed in Telangana on Thursday. That a vote for the Telugu Desam Party would mean that people of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions will have to live like foreigners in Hyderabad because the party has aligned with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi which is wedded to the creation of a separate state.


Praja Rajyam – Star without the shine ఏప్రిల్ 15, 2009

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PRP losing fizz in key bastions


12 Apr 2009, Harie (TNN)


Hyderabad: At a time when the entire apparatus of the Praja Rajyam Party should be plugging loopholes in its electioneering campaign for the first phase of elections scheduled for April 16, the party is busy washing its dirty linen in public following a string of serious allegations like betrayal, match-fixing and sale of tickets hurled by senior leaders and party well-wishers. Visakhapatnam during the first phase where elections would be held on April 16 for 22 parliamentary and 152 assembly constituencies in the state. (మరింత…)

Livelihoods and Telangana Demand ఏప్రిల్ 15, 2009

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, Identity, Karimnagar, Khammam, livelihoods, Medak, PRP, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal.
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Survival trumps demand for Telangana

15 April 2009, Rajeev Deshpande


KARIMNAGAR: The idea of Telangana has proved hardy. At times marked by violence — the 1969 Jai Telangana movement claimed hundreds of lives — the demand survives, often blooming on discontent bred by regional disparity and hostile environs and sometimes, as seems the case now, spurred by a sharp discontentment with the incumbent regime. (మరింత…)

Telangana – Politics & Elections ఏప్రిల్ 8, 2009

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Why it is Telangana that holds the key

 S. Nagesh Kumar

The results in the region may determine the outcome of the elections in Andhra Pradesh Telangana has been a traditional electoral battleground, and 2009 is no exception. Before every election, public sentiment is roused with promises of transforming the backward region by separating it from Andhra Pradesh.


Once the polls are over and a new government is in place, the issue is conveniently relegated to a far corner of the political agenda — until the next elections.


This cycle has been going on since 1969. Marri Channa Reddy reaped a rich political harvest by leading a violent Telangana agitation, going on to become Chief Minister twice. Other champions of Telangana have since come and gone but none has succeeded in bringing a separate State as close to reality as Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has. (మరింత…)