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Expelled from Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh bats for separate Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 23, 2010

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Expelled from Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh bats for separate Telangana

Puneet Nicholas Yadav / DNA Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Delhi: Pushed into political obscurity following his expulsion from the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh’s desperateness to remain relevant seems to be growing by the day.

With his mass contact programmes with Kshatriyas and backward classes of Uttar Pradesh (UP) not yielding much publicity, the former SP general secretary has chosen to join the Telangana leaders fighting for statehood.

Addressing an agitation organised by the Telangana Lawyers Joint Action Committee at Parliament Street on Monday, Singh said, “The Telangana movement has got muscle and massive support. I want to extend every possible help to the movement and be its face and voice.” (మరింత…)

JAC mulls over boycotting firms owned by opposers of Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 23, 2010

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JAC mulls over boycotting firms owned by opposers of Telangana

DNA, Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hyderabad: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of political parties and people’s organisations in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh today said it would call for boycotting the services and goods produced by the firms owned by those who are opposing the Telangana statehood demand

“We will boycott the services, goods and commodities produced by the affluent classes from non-Telangana regions who are opposing separate Telangana. We have no issues with the common people whatever their views are on the Telangana demand,” JAC convener C Kodandaram told reporters. (మరింత…)

LS Speaker rejects improper resignations of KCR & Vijayashanti ఫిబ్రవరి 22, 2010

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LS Speaker rejects KCR, Vijayashanti resignation
Express News Service, 21 Feb 2010

HYDERABAD: The resignations of Telangana Rashtra Samthi (TRS) president and Mahaboobnagar MP K Chandrasekhar Rao and his party’s Medak MP Vijayasanti have been rejected by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on the grounds that they are not in the proper format.

According to local TRS sources, they received the rejected resignation letters from the office of the Speaker today. (మరింత…)

Listening to Andhra Pradesh, seeking solution to Telangana question ఫిబ్రవరి 22, 2010

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Listening to Andhra Pradesh
Last call for a sane solution

Business Standard / New Delhi February 16, 2010

The terms of reference of the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee on Telangana may be wide enough to satisfy all, but so wide that they may satisfy none. In constituting the committee the Central government seems to have been guided by the principle that no one with any knowledge of the problems of the state should be involved in seeking a solution. It is an interesting, and perhaps even a laudable, principle. The committee members cannot be accused of being biased in favour or against the break-up of Andhra Pradesh. None of them is either for or against a separate Telangana. Their professional credentials are impeccable, even if some of them are not known to a wider national audience beyond their relevant disciplines. However, critics may wonder if 10 months are enough for a group comprising professionals with their normal duties at work to unravel a 50-year-old problem. The committee has been tasked to review the developments in the state since its formation and their impact on the progress and development of different regions of the state. Further, it has been asked to examine the impact of recent developments on different sections of people such as women, children, students, the minorities, Other Backward Classes, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. Finally, after consulting all sections of people, including political leaders, on the aforesaid matters, the panel has to “elicit their views; to seek from the political parties and other organisations (including industry, trade, trade unions, farmers’ organisations, women’s organisations and students’ organisations) a range of solutions that would resolve the present difficult situation and promote the welfare of all sections of the people; to identify the optimal solutions for this purpose; and to recommend a plan of action and a road map.” (మరింత…)

New states bring Power to the People : Dorab Sopariwala ఫిబ్రవరి 22, 2010

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Power to the people
Dorab R Sopariwala / Business Standard, February 20, 2010

We need more states but such creations need to have the people’s backing

After many years of silence on the reorganisation of states, the Telangana issue has blown up in our face. There are arguments pro and anti and there are agitations pro and anti. The various governments at the Centre and in the states continue to lurch from one extreme to the other, and demands for creation of new states have come to the surface. If we are to escape such cataclysms in future, we need to be able to work on a system that allows new states to be formed without fasts and fights

Do we have too many states? Not by a long shot. The US, with around 300 million inhabitants, has 50 states; Germany (Its population is just over 80 million — less than half that of Uttar Pradesh) has 16 Länder. So, we certainly do not have too many states. (మరింత…)

Another innocent life lost – Yadaiah’s suicide ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2010

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Behind suicide, no job, a bagful of dreams

Sreenivas Janyala
New Indian Express, Feb 22, 2010

Hyderabad: Among the six persons who have committed suicide, allegedly over the Telangana issue, the case of 19-year-old Siripuram Yadaiah stands out. He lost both his parents in childhood and grew up in the V M Home for Orphans at Kothapet. He studied up to class 10 and dropped out of school to become a photographer in a private photo studio when he was 16 but quit soon.

Drifting aimlessly, a year ago he landed a job as a cashier at Satya Restaurant in Kothapet. On February 20, at 2 pm, after protesting students who were halted by the police at Vidyanagar decided to abandon their efforts to break the police cordon and proceed to the Assembly, Yadaiah took out a bottle of petrol from his bag, doused himself and lit a match. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning at the DRDO Apollo Hospital. (మరింత…)

Congress walks out of JAC to intensify T movement ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2010

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Cong opts out of JAC, to fight for Telangana on its own
Staff Writer

Hyderabad, Feb 19 (PTI) The ruling Congress today snapped its association with the all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) and announced its decision to organise an agitation for separate statehood on its own.

“We are forming a Congress Action Committee. From today onwards, we would conduct our activities by appointing committees at village, district and state levels. We appeal to the party cadre to work as per the call of Congress,” senior Congress MLA K Jana Reddy told reporters here. (మరింత…)

Police attrocities endless, girls molested, scribes vehicles burnt : Jungle law in OU campus ఫిబ్రవరి 19, 2010

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Cops set ablaze scribe’s bike, JC admits in HC
TNN, Feb 19, 2010, 03.56am IST

HYDERABAD: Joint commissioner P S R Anjaneyulu on Thursday admitted in the High Court that it were the security forces who set ablaze the vehicle of ABN reporter M Narsing Rao.

Explaining the reasons that led to the police resorting to firing rubber bullets and lobbing tear gas shells on OU students on Feb 14, the police officer said, “We acted only to disperse the students who were continuously pelting stones on us. We also had credible information that outside extremist elements were inside the campus, who could not be nabbed due to various reasons.”

When he maintained that no girl student was molested, Justice L Narasimha Reddy said: “You have the audacity to say that no girl was molested? Your approach is totally anti-people. You should have told the court that you will verify the facts and get back. Which girl will make a false complaint?” Then turning to advocate general D V Sitaram Murthy, the judge said: “This officer is showing no signs of repentance or remorse.” When the judge asked who were behind burning the scribe’s vehicle, Anjaneyulu said, “We had information that some of the police personnel had burnt it.”

“But your home minister says that the police were innocent. Even yesterday, you arrested some students. Why didn’t you arrest the cops who burnt the vehicle? All through, the home minister was describing the students as offenders and the police as innocent. But it seems that the reverse is true,” the judge observed. (మరింత…)

Constructive dialogue is indispensible to end regional conflict : CH H Rao ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2010

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Mainstream, Vol XLVIII, No 8, February 13, 2010

Statehood for Telangana: The Current Stalemate
Thursday 18 February 2010, by C.H. Hanumantha Rao

The newly created smaller States, namely, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, have achieved much higher growth rates in their GSDP than the targets set for the Tenth Five Year Plan, whereas the growth rates achieved by their parent states, namely, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh fell significantly short of the targets. (Planning Commission, 2008; Rao, 2009) Further, the growth rates achieved in the first two years of the Eleventh Plan, that is, 2007-08 and 2008-09, by Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand were significantly higher than those achieved by their parent States. Apart from releasing the creative energies of the people, viability of smaller States may have contributed to better governance, attracting greater private investment from outside as well as planning and utilising resources more efficiently. (World Bank, 2007)

An extremely encouraging development is in respect of Bihar, where the average growth rate achieved at 9.7 per cent per annum during these two years was significantly higher than for Jharkhand at 5.8 per cent per annum. (Aiyar, 2010; Rao, 2010) This may be explained by improved governance, of late, in this State, facilitated not the least by the fact that with the creation of Jharkhand, Bihar has become less heterogeneous and much smaller in area, with the size of its population getting reduced by about 25 per cent.

Experience has demonstrated the failure of regional planning to ensure adequate development of backward regions within the larger States. This is explained by the politics of planning in democracy inherent in such States characterised by regional unevenness in development. The experience of Maharashtra and Gujarat amply illustrates the failure to develop backward regions, despite the existence of constitutional provisions for setting up Regional Planning Boards and the powers entrusted to the Governor to review the progress of development under such regional plans. This experience underlines the need for conceding separate Statehood for certain backward regions like Telangana and Vidarbha.

The observations of B.R. Ambedkar, the principal architect of our Constitution, on the desirability of smaller States are prophetic. He welcomed the recommendation of the States Reorganisation Commission in 1955 for the creation of Hyderabad State consisting of Telangana region and creation of Vidarbha as a separate State. Further, he envisaged the division of Uttar Pradesh into three States (Western, Central and Eastern); Bihar into two (North and South or present Jharkhand); Madhya Pradesh into two (Northern and Southern); and Maharashtra into three (Western,Central and Eastern). He was for linguistic homogeneity of a State in the sense of ‘one State-one language’ and not ‘one language-one State’. He thus envisaged two Telugu speaking States, three Marathi speaking States and a large number of Hindi speaking States. (Ambedkar, 1979) (మరింత…)

Change in Srikrishna Committee ToR Ruled Out : Duggal ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2010

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Change in ToR ruled out
J Balaji

The Hindu, Feb 19, 2010
NEW DELHI: Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee’s Member-Secretary V.K. Duggal on Thursday made it clear that there was no question of change or modification in the committee’s terms of reference (ToR) announced by the Centre. The committee, among other things, has been asked to go into the demands for “separate Telangana” and “united Andhra Pradesh”.

Mr. Duggal, who was talking to The Hindu here, was reacting to a question that some Telangana leaders were hoping that ToR might be modified. He quipped: “the ToR have been decided at the highest level of the Central government and the Home Ministry with the approval of the Cabinet. Let me make it clear that there will be no question of change in ToR whatsoever.”

He said the committee’s notice inviting suggestions/views from the political parties, social organisations and other stakeholders would be released on February 20 in English, Telugu, Hindi and Urdu newspapers. The reply could be in the form of letters, petitions and memorandum.
The committee’s preliminary works had already started and it was contacting experts and researchers to get their views. In fact, some of those interested on the issue had already started contacting the committee seeking opportunities to air their opinions.

Mr. Duggal, who is a former Union Home Secretary, said he would visit Hyderabad on February 23 or 24 to hold discussions with the State Chief Secretary and DGP on the infrastructure, security, administrative and secretarial arrangements for the committee so that it could start its hearings in March there. (మరింత…)