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We are from Telangana – Salil Bhatt ఏప్రిల్ 26, 2010

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We are from the Telangana region: Salil
Jemima Margaret Eliot, TNN, Apr 27, 2010 Times of India

“Every time I come to this city I come alive. There’s a spring in my footstep and the vibes are positive,” an upbeat Salil Bhatt says, before he goes on stage. That’s perhaps because he traces his roots to this region. “We belong to Andhra Pradesh. We are from the Telangana region. About three-and-half centuries ago my ancestors migrated from here to Jaipur at the invitation of Maharaja Raja Sawai Jai Singh I,” says Bhatt, who goes on to add that his grandfather even went by the name Manmohan Bhatt Telang. Coming from a family of poets, lyricists, vocalists, dramatists, musicians, priests and spiritual advisers to royalty, it’s no surprise that music comes naturally to Salil.

“I don’t believe in the 10-14 hour riyaaz. For me, two hours is enough,” says Salil, who often would be pulled up by his father for not dedicating that many hours as his other students would. “He’s a firm believer that when one enjoys one’s craft the outcome is more beautiful, otherwise it’s a ‘laboured’ performance,” he says.

Working under a tough guru like his father seems to have its benefits. “Every time I perform with dad (Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), which is not too often as we are busy with our different schedules, I have this edge-of-the-seat feeling … almost like a challenge … that I’ve got to be at my performing best to make my presence felt.” Watching the father-son duo perform with their inventions — the Mohan Veena and Satvik Veena, respectively, is a rare treat, but still might not excite the aam janta as Salil says on a jocular note, “Except for Bollywood and cricket, nothing else matters in the country”. (మరింత…)

Sardar Patel to Chidambaram: Long journey of Telangana ఏప్రిల్ 25, 2010

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Telangana: From princely state to pauper state

Pervaram Ramulu, New Indian Express, 23 April, 2010

THE road to Telangana has been long and winding. It was charted by the then Union home minister Sardar Patel when he took ‘Police Action’ in September 1948 to integrate the princely state of Hyderabad with the rest of free India. it is in the fitness of things that the present Home Minister Chidambaram is overseeing the last leg of this journey.
The people of Telangana feel reassured and hopeful.

After 53 years of Andhra rule they feel let down by successive regimes in New Delhi. These years have been years of discrimination, neglect and economic exploitation. The composite state of Hyderabad was trifurcated in the year 1956. While the Marathi-speaking districts of Aurangabad, Nanded, Parbhani, Osmanabad and Beed merged with Maharashtra, the Kannada-speaking districts of Bidar, Gulbarga and Raichur joined Karnataka. The remaining nine Telugu-speaking districts, historically known as Telangana, were forced to accept the merger of 11 districts of Andhra state and metamorphose into what has been labelled as Andhra Pradesh. This metamorphosis has been truly Kafkaesque.

These nightmarish years have seen rural Telangana slide into abysmal poverty.

The ‘planned development’ turned the rural masses of the region into Singareni coal mine diggers, construction workers in Hyderabad, unskilled migratory labour in the Middle East and factory workers in the cotton mills of Surat, Mumbai, Bhiwandi and Sholapur.

Successive chief ministers from Andhra region, beginning with Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy and till recently Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, paid no heed to the crying needs of rural Telangana.

Though lying between the two mighty rivers of Godavari and Krishna, the vast rural areas of Telangana remain dry, its farmers always looking to the skies for the rain god to shower his elusive blessings.

The Telangana farmer is “born in debt, lives in debt and bequeaths debt.” If Telangana, located in the heart of India, bleeds, can the rest of the country remain unaffected? It was in the year 1957 that it all began.
The formation of Andhra Pradesh saw the English educated Andhras storm the capital city of Hyderabad and district headquarter towns. They occupied key positions and encouraged their compatriots from Andhra to migrate to Telangana in large numbers. They bought lands from farmers at dirt cheap prices. Equipped with maps of planned irrigation projects they would scout the country side and persuade farmers to part with their lands. Eventually the farmer would spend all the money and become a labourer in his own land. (మరింత…)

Parched Telangana, several towns reeling under drinking water crisis దాహం దాహం ఏప్రిల్ 21, 2010

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Water drying up in major irrigation projects of T
Several Towns Reeling Under Severe Drinking Water Crisis

Raghu Paithari | TNN Times of India, 22 April 2010

Nizamabad: Shrinking water levels in various irrigation projects in Nizamabad district have set the alarm bells ringing not only among the farmers and common public of the entire Telangana region but also the district authorities.

While the officials have attributed it to scanty rainfall and lack of floods in river Godavari, experts believe construction of small and medium irrigation projects across the Godavari and Manjeera in Maharashtra and Karnataka has led to drying up of several irrigation projects in Nizamabad.

Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP), considered as the lifeline of Telangana region, is reeling under severe water scarcity. “It’s not in a position to even supply drinking water to Metpalli, Korutla and Jagityal towns in Karimnagar district and Nirmal in Adilabad district,” a senior official said. Ironically, all these towns are located close to the project site or its canals. (మరింత…)

TRS demand for Akhand Telangana of 1956 ఏప్రిల్ 18, 2010

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‘Stand on Telangana being distorted’
Special Correspondent, The Hindu

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti’s submission to the Srikrishna Committee to seek restoration of status quo ante as it existed on October 31, 1956, has given scope for criticism by its detractors, notably Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, about its commitment to separate Telangana.

Its stand was interpreted as an exposure of its ‘hollow politics’ since the party wanted re-drawing of boundaries of Telangana in a manner as to include the Marathwada and Hyderabad-Karnataka regions which were parts of the erstwhile Hyderabad State.

However, the TRS has ridiculed this interpretation and said its position on Telangana was being deliberately distorted by certain vested interests. (మరింత…)

Hyderabad is inseparable from Telangana: Asaduddin Owaisi, MIM ఏప్రిల్ 18, 2010

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MIM bats for Greater Telangana
April 18, 2010 IANS

Ending its silence over the Telangana issue, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) on Sunday opposed the demand for union territory status to Hyderabad and suggested that if the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh becomes inevitable, a Greater Telangana state comprising Telangana and Rayalseema regions be formed.

MIM, a key political force in Hyderabad, said it was basically for continuing the present status of Andhra Pradesh with constitutional guarantees to Telangana.

“However, if the division becomes inevitable, Greater Telangana state should be formed with Hyderabad as the capital,” the party said.
The party has expressed its views on the issue in a memorandum submitted to the Srikrishna committee, which is looking into the demands for and against a separate Telangana state. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna panel hearing from April 16 ఏప్రిల్ 10, 2010

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Srikrishna panel hearing from April 16

Special Correspondent, The Hindu, New Delhi, April 9, 2010

Interactions to commence with a meeting with TRS delegation in Delhi

The Srikrishna Committee set up to go into demands of “separate Telangana” and “united Andhra Pradesh” will begin personal interactions with the various stakeholders, including the political parties from April 16.

“All committee members would be present and we would give a patient hearing. All issues can be discussed,” former Supreme Court Judge Justice B.N. Srikrishna said.

The hearing will commence with a meeting with a delegation of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) here on April 16 followed by its tour of Hyderabad on April 22 and 23. There, the Committee will meet representatives of the Praja Rajyam, Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and some leaders from other political parties.

Mr. Justice Srikrishna said the panel had enough material to analyse on various issues with respect to the statehood demand as it had received over 60,000 representations from various persons. (మరింత…)

Telangana separate state, Manya Seema & people’s aspirations : Jason Fernandes ఏప్రిల్ 7, 2010

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Separate States and Self-determination: Learning from the Telangana struggle

Jason Keith Fernandes
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, Notes of an Itinerant Mendicant

A week ago the Deccan Chronicle published a statement by the famed activist Kacha Iliah. The statement was a response to a demonstration that had been held outside Illiah’s house by students who are pro-Telangana. These students opposed Illiah’s support of the demand of tribal activists in current Andhra Pradesh for Manya Seema, a separate State of their own. Iliah reports that ‘Most of the upper caste Telangana leaders were of the view that those who live in the region should support Telangana and no other issue of caste, tribe, gender or exploitation should figure in the debate in any form’. The Telangana agitators, he argues ‘seem to think that whatever their position, the tribals should not raise their problems now. If they raise such issues now, the separate Telangana process would be hindered. Similarly, if the minorities or exploited castes raise the question of their status in Telangana state, the process would be hindered’.

This debate is an interesting one for a number of reasons, not least because there is an echo here from the observations of activists demanding the recognition of the Roman script for Konkani. In my conversations with them, they too recollected that at the height of the Konkani language agitation, the details of script was never discussed, but left for another time. The activists recollect that they were told not to worry, that their interests (i.e. that of Roman script users) would be taken care of. Subsequently when they raise the issue, the old fear of merger into Maharashtra is raised. This column is not about the Romi–script demand however. (మరింత…)

Life is art, says Laxma Goud the iconic artist ఏప్రిల్ 4, 2010

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The artist as a restless soul

Laxma Goud’s oeuvre remains undefined as the artist creates, crafts and cajoles different media into his ever morphing style. Serish Nanisetti meets the iconic artist bubbling with ideas and images

You don’t interview Laxma Goud. You let him talk and jot down the notes. What would you ask a restless artist who doesn’t mind switching styles, switching media, switching perspectives whose mind has the sharpness of a quenched and hammered Samurai sword? In an art world where artists find a style and then stick to it for a lifetime, Laxma Goud experiments. And in the process, tests himself, redefines the boundaries of his art, teases the viewer, and ensures that he remains a free artist who can do what he wants to do. His thirst for kala remains unquenched. (మరింత…)

Five decades of Telangana struggle against exploitation by settlers: Syed Akbar ఏప్రిల్ 4, 2010

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Telangana agitation – Part I: The genesis of Telangana movement, what triggers the sentiments?

By Syed Akbar
Syed Akbar Journalist, March 28, 2010

The five decade-old Telangana struggle has now metamorphosed into a movement for self-respect and self-rule. The struggle no longer revolves around the backwardness of the region. The new slogan that’s becoming popular these days is “exploitation by settlers”.

And this talk of exploitation incidentally revolves around the emotions and sentiments attached to the land. The Telangana movement has finally assumed the shape of a land struggle, a fight against the “occupation” of agricultural lands and the “unrealistic” real estate business that has allegedly deprived the locals of an opportunity to own a house.

“It is now an emotional issue, much more to do with the sentiments of the locals, peasants and the poor,” argues Prof Papi Reddy of Kakatiya University.

Like many struggles around the world, the movement for a separate Telangana state is fuelled by the argument that people from other parts of the country, those from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to be precise, have “occupied” agricultural lands, denying the not-so-fortunate local farmers the opportunity to till their very fields. The real estate too “fell into the hands of the settlers”, who jacked up the prices to unrealistic levels. This is said to be one of the reasons for the present “heartburn” among the Telanganaites. The Andhraites, however, have their own tale to tell. (మరింత…)