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Suicides and politics in South India మార్చి 31, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Culture, Economy, fast, Identity, KCR, Mulki, politics, students, suicide, Telangana, youth, YSR.
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Suicides, Some for Separatist Cause, Jolt India
By LYDIA POLGREEN, The New York Times, March 30, 2010

HYDERABAD, India — Sai Kumar Meegada, a 20-year-old straight-A chemical engineering student at a prestigious university here, came home from breakfast one morning early this month, slipped a length of clothesline around his neck, tied it to the ceiling fan in his dorm room and hanged himself.

“For the people of Telangana, this is my final salute,” said a note he left, referring to the decades-old struggle to create a separate region in Andhra Pradesh, a large state in southern India. “My final and last request is take my body to the legislative assembly. Goodbye.”

With that, Mr. Meegada became one of a surprising number of people — many of them young and educated, with bright futures awaiting them — to have committed suicide over the battle to carve out India’s 29th state. Some estimates have attributed more than 200 suicides to the cause.

But these politically motivated deaths are just one aspect of a troubling trend. Suicide has become something of a phenomenon in India, especially in the south, which now has one of the highest suicide rates in the world — a fact that has both puzzled and alarmed public health experts. (మరింత…)

స్వరాష్ట్రం, స్థానికులకే ఉద్యోగం, సహజీవనం TRS demands 80% jobs to locals in private sector మార్చి 29, 2010

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TRS demands 80% jobs for locals in T region
TNN, Mar 29, 2010, 05.41am IST

HYDERABAD: Following the footsteps of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the TRS has decided to launch an agitation demanding 80 per cent jobs to locals in private and corporate sectors in the Telangana region.

TRS politburo member and former MP B Vinod Kumar said the party was conducting a survey to find out the percentage of jobs offered to Telangana people in every private company owned by industrialists belonging to non-T region or other states.

Alleging that the private companies are giving priority to people from other regions, he said after getting a detailed report, TRS will write letters to all such managements asking them to provide jobs to locals. If they do not fall in line, TRS will organise “gate crash agitations” and force them to shut units.

The TRS also demanded the government to bring changes in the new industrial policy, to be unveiled in April first week, facilitating more employment opportunities to local people in private sector. The TRS was demanding jobs to people based on their “origin”. (మరింత…)

Lessons from the Telangana Movement : Thirumali మార్చి 28, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, bandh, Congress, corruption, Culture, drama, Economy, elections, Harish, Identity, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, SC, Sonia, ST, students, Telangana.
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Lessons from the Telangana Movement
Inukonda Thirumali, Mainstream, Saturday 27 March 2010, Vol XLVIII, No 14

The Telangana movement, that is going on for the last few months, is an expression of the people’s democratic yearnings. It is a silent but people’s revolution for a separate Telangana State. The people’s protests are taking place in the forms of dhoom-dhams (songs and dances), garjanas (hullabaloos), and padayatras (marches). Sometimes it is celebrating vijayayatras (victory marches) in anticipation of the Telangana state, and at times it is taking out shava yatras (processions carrying the dead) too. These protest campaigns gathered momentum in the course of the Telangana discourse in the region. They protested in typical Telangana bonalu-style (offering to deities), drawing rangoli, and vanta-varpu (cooking and eating in public places) and of course in the tears of (about) 250 mothers whose sons and daughters had died in the last two months. The Telangana service castes expressed their solidarity with the Telangana movement through remonstative forms of shaving, washing clothes, and in vanta-varpu, in public places. Not in the form of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s agenda, nor by staging theatrics and resorting to political manoeuvres.

A massive people’s movement is going on in these forms in the villages for the past two months without a semblance of any let-up. These protest forms are rooted in their desire to turn the political system to listen their to voices. People themselves are leading the campaigns in the villages and towns. The same people’s resolute determination scared the politicians to visit their constituencies and forced them to resign from their positions. It is obvious that the students have initiated the present outburst and helped it to spread to the other sections. The urban intelligentsia, like employees, journalists, advocates, teachers and artists, are associating and supporting the mass movement and carrying it down to the towns. In certain districts like Warangal it spread to almost all villages. As far as its intensity and mobility is concerned, it was no way lesser than the people’s movement in the 1940s. The difference perhaps is that weapons were used earlier but today they are only the yatras, garjanas etc. (మరింత…)

TDP sets up pro & anti separate state committees to draft reports to Srikrishna Committee మార్చి 26, 2010

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TDP sets up panel to prepare report on state bifurcation
PTI, Friday, March 26, 2010 19:18 IS

Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party today constituted a four-member committee comprising leaders from Andhra-Rayalaseema regions to prepare a report to be presented to the Srikrishna Committee on the state bifurcation issue.

Former Union ministers K Yerran Naidu, Ummareddy Venkateswarlu and former state ministers Kodela Sivaprasada Rao and Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy will be the members of the committee.
The committee will meet soon to draft the report, according to party sources.

A similar committee had already been constituted with leaders of Telangana region, headed by party politburo member Nagam Janardhana Reddy, to present their case on the separate statehood demand. (మరింత…)

Settlers & Andhra capitalists story: Land grabbers’ fear of Mulkis & Maoists మార్చి 24, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhrapreneurship, Articles, corruption, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Mulki, Naxalite, politics, population, Rangareddy, Settler, suicide, Telangana, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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More Satyams in a new Telengana?
Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, 10 Mar 2010, The Economic Times

Carving small states (Jharkhand , Chattisgarh and Uttrakhand ) out of larger ones (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh ) has so far proved an economic success . Not only have the new states grown faster economically, even Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have experienced much faster growth after the separation, though not Madhya Pradesh. This appears to strengthen the case for creating more small states such as Telengana.

Yet a short visit I made to Andhra Pradesh showed dramatically that a separate Telengana could result in problems that other newly-created states have not experienced. The biggest is a problem of land ownership, and this could conceivably create new Satyams. In Hyderabad, some, though by no means all, businessmen talk with trepidation. The fears are highest among the Andhras, folk from the coastal districts, who fear they will be adversely affected and maybe even forced to flee by the local folk or mulkis.

One such businessman told me, “My driver, a local mulki, said to me, quite gently, that when I left Hyderabad after the separation of Telengana, could I please gift my car to him?” Another businessman trumped this with a better story. “My domestic servants”, he said, “requested me to hand over my house to them as and when I leave!” (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee received 14000 representations, last date extended to April 10 మార్చి 19, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, conflict resolution, Congress, Fazal Ali Commission, Identity, Mulki, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana.
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Deadline for giving views on Telangana extended
Press Trust of India / New Delhi March 18, 2010

Views on the contentious Telangana statehood issue can now be sent to the Justice B N Srikrishna committee till April 10 instead of March 31 as announced earlier

The Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh, headed by B N Srikrishna, today decided to extend the deadline for filing views on the contentious statehood issue, heeding to demands from various groups in Andhra Pradesh.

The panel had on February 20 issued a public notice in newspapers inviting suggestions or views from political parties, social organisations and other stakeholders in the state by March 31.

“On the request of certain groups and public, the committee has decided to extended the deadline for filing of views. April 10 will be the last date (for filing),” Justice Srikrishna told reporters here after the panel’s fourth meeting. (మరింత…)

Gujja Biksham – India’s Water man మార్చి 13, 2010

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The Hindu, March 12, 2010 Life & Style

A man of ideas
Serish Nanisetti

Gujja Biksham is a man who marshals information to push the envelope of ideas. Serish Nanisetti discovers more about the man with ideas about water

You can be taken in by a man by three things: Appearance, impressions and ideas. It is easy to grasp the import of the first two qualities, but to know the third quality you have to sit down and wrestle. Gujja Biksham is one such person. He can easily be called the water man of India considering his immense contribution to the study of ebb and flow of life. A man who knows, researches and understands water: The source of life that is increasingly going to be in short supply. “Water is my turf,” says Biksham, who is a policy advisor of Fresh Water Program at WWF-International. Hailing from Turpugudem in Nalgonda where his mother still lives, Biksham knows what is agriculture and what is water. Currently he is associated with Icrisat-WWF collaborative project. “In the 80s it was discovered that tiger conservation cannot happen in isolation. Sustainable development and ecological balance became the buzz words and that’s how I got involved with WWF,” says Biksham who has been with the organisation working from Switzerland for the past 18 years. Discovering the fact that water is the key to conservation, WWF wanted someone with specialisation in water and Biksham came into the picture. (మరింత…)

Kaloji and Telangana : Damodar Rao మార్చి 12, 2010

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Remembering Kaloji
K. Damodar Rao

The Hindu, Arts/Books March 12, 2010

Kaloji Narayana Rao’s multi-faceted traits made him an extra-ordinary person

Kaloji Narayana Rao, the doyen of literary, social, and political activism for nearly two generations in the state and a Padma Vibhushan awardee, was fondly remembered for his contribution to civil life, participation in public life, oral leanings in literary creation in a seminar on his life and literature held recently at Kakatiya University, Warangal.
Rebel and a rishi

He was a rebel, a rishi, an activist, an orator, a commentator, a chronicler, a conversationalist, reminisced the many luminary-speakers who participated in the seminar. The best tribute that could be paid to Kaloji, as he is popularly known, would be to continue his legacy of protest and defiance, they averred. (మరింత…)

Sonia will give Telangana by 2014: Jana Reddy మార్చి 11, 2010

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UPA Govt will deliver T by 2014, says Jana Reddy

Express News Service, First Published : 11 Mar 2010 05:44:00

HYDERABAD: The Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre will deliver Telangana before 2014 and no force on the face of the earth will be able to prevent it, senior Congress leader and former home minister K Jana Reddy has said.

Speaking to reporters in the Assembly lobbies today, he said the Congress had fulfilled one of the major promises by ensuring the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The other promise was Telangana which too would be attended to at an appropriate time and push the Telangana Bill through in the same way, he hoped. Just as some JD (U) members were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for obstructing the bill, the CPM MPs would get the same treatment if they obstructed Telangana bill, Reddy said. (మరింత…)

Jalayagnam corruption charges under PMO scrutiny మార్చి 1, 2010

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Irrigation projects in Andhra under PMO scanner

PMO has sought details of the EPC contracts awarded by the AP irrigation department, spelling potential trouble for the projects undertaken in the past five years

C.R. Sukumar
livemint.com Feb 28, 2010

Hyderabad: Irrigation projects in Andhra Pradesh (AP) involving a combined outlay of Rs 1.8 trillion have come under the scrutiny of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) following corruption charges by opposition parties in the southern state.

PMO has sought details of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts awarded by the AP irrigation department, spelling potential trouble for the projects undertaken in the past five years.

Channeling funds: A file photo of the Polavaram irrigation project under way at Khammam and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. Bharath Sai / Mint

The Central Water Commission (CWC) wrote to the department asking for the details, which it said had been sought by PMO. A copy of the letter was reviewed by Mint. An official in the AP irrigation department confirmed that it had received the letter.

Officials at the PMO couldn’t be contacted for comment on Sunday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

The Congress-led state government has taken up 86 major and medium irrigation projects since 2004-05 under its Jalayagnam (water worship) programme. Only four major and eight medium irrigation projects have been completed, with the remaining 74 still in different stages of development. (మరింత…)