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Identity of Modern Telugus – Yamada Keiko ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Culture, Identity, regionalism, SRC, Telangana, Telugu.
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Origin and Historical Evolution of the Identity of Modern Telugus
Yamada Keiko
Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLV No.34 August 21, 2010

The “linguistic principle” following the States Reorganisation Act of 1956 was framed as a cultural bond and administrative facilitator for socio-economic prosperity. It has not only been challenged intermittently but also contested as a unifying concept. From the historical point of view, the emergence of the current separate Telangana movement of Andhra Pradesh is testimony to the failure or even death of regional historiography or history consciousness, out of which the Telugu people’s identity once sought to evolve. The historical understanding of a small group of Telugu intellectuals under colonialism finally developed into an imagined common historiography of the Telugus as Andhras. Giving the name “Andhra” to the Telugu region in the 20th century was arbitrary and was due to the intervention of a new historical consciousness emerging among Telugu intellectuals. From the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, describing the Telugu people as Andhras and the Telugu region as the Andhra region was not a simple matter of naming. It was an example of a particular historical interpretation that was rooted in colonialism and modernisation. The history of a separate Telangana movement, in a sense, follows a process to bid farewell to the colonial legacy of a modern intellectual tradition formed around regional language and history.

The significance of a common language as a major attribute defining a nation or an ethnic group has come under scrutiny in India. The “linguistic principle” following the States Reorganisation Act of 1956 was framed as a cultural bond and administrative facilitator for socio-economic prosperity. It has been challenged intermittently and contested as a unifying concept.

Andhra Pradesh was formed by combining Telangana, the eastern part of the former Hyderabad princely state, with the Andhra state, after the Andhra movement to integrate Telugus into a single political unit. The former Andhra state, the first “linguistic state” of post-independence India, was carved out of the Madras Presidency in 1953, following an emotional upheaval triggered by the fast- unto- death of Potti Sriramulu. The violence following Sriramulu’s death was responsible for Jawaharlal Nehru’s reluctant adoption of the linguistic principle in the federal system, and for his consent to the formation of the first state for Telugu-speaking people of the region. Indeed, it is ironic that Andhra Pradesh, a larger state combining the regions of Telugu-speaking people from the Madras Presidency and the Hyderabad princely state is now facing a demand for a bifurcation and the creation of a sub-regional state – Telangana – irrespective of the language. (మరింత…)

Telangana – Small State Economics or Regional Identity ఆగస్ట్ 14, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in 1969, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Culture, Economy, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, SRC, Telangana, Telugu, Uttara Andhra.
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Small-state myths
There is no evidence to show that small states grow at a faster pace
Surjit S Bhalla / Business Standard/ August 14, 2010

The UPA government decided to make Telangana a separate state, and then decided against it, and then decided to set up a committee to study it. Since those eventful days in early December, there has been heightened interest in a very old question — do small states, or small administrative units, actually perform better in terms of governance and/or economic growth? In other words, is there an economic basis for splitting the large state of Andhra Pradesh into two? Several commentators have felt that such a case actually exists, but the evidence presented by them has been mostly of an ad hoc nature, e.g. to support their claim, they mention the small state success stories of Delhi and Haryana; but the not-so-good small state economic stories of Jharkhand or Assam or Punjab or Goa are ignored.

What size of population constitutes a small state? According to the 2001 census, the median population size of a state in India was 21 million; as reference, Telangana had a population of 30 million in 2001. If constituted, Telangana would be the 13th largest state in India, with slightly less population than Kerala and slightly more than Jharkhand. Not exactly small, and neither is Jharkhand. (మరింత…)

Bypolls and suicides would not put any pressure: Srikrishna ఆగస్ట్ 6, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, elections, Identity, Media, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, suicide, Telangana.
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Telangana committee: Suicides, bypolls have been noted
Press Trust of India: August 06, 2010

Hyderabad: The Sri Krishna Committee on Friday said it has taken note of the results of the recent bypolls in Telangana region and alleged suicides in support of the statehood demand, but maintained it would not put any kind of “pressure” on the preparation of the final report.

“The Committee is not oblivious to what is happening on the ground. We have taken note of the bypolls results and the entire data is with us. We have also gone through the editorials, the comments in the media. It is very much in the knowledge of the Committee,” V K Duggal, member-secretary of the Committee, told reporters in Hyderabad.

The Committee members were asked how they saw the outcome of the recent by-elections to 12 Assembly constituencies in Telangana region.

Asked if the continuing alleged suicides in support of the Telangana demand or other emotional expression of sentiments in various regions of Andhra Pradesh put any kind of pressure on the committee, Justice Sri Krishna replied in the negative.

“One thing, I think by this time I am beyond all kinds of pressures. It is a fact to be noted….. What inference we draw, we will see,” he said.

“Everything that is happening on the ground, trust us, that has been taken note of. What inference we draw is our privilege,” Duggal and Sri Krishna said in reply to another query.

The committee has so far interacted with 100 groups and received about 1,15,000 representations over the issue, Duggal said. (మరింత…)

Telangana referendum 2010 ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BJP, Congress, elections, Harish, Identity, KCR, Mulki, politics, Rahul, regionalism, Sonia, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence, Y S Jagan.
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After the ‘referendum’
D K Singh, The Indian Express, August 3, 2010

A couple of days before the Telangana by-election results were declared, Home Minister P. Chidambaram inquired about the Congress’s prospects from a ministerial colleague. The reply left him perplexed. “Not even one seat?” asked Chidambaram. But his party colleague from Andhra Pradesh offered little hope. The junior minister was vindicated last Friday when the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) swept the polls, winning 11 out of 12 seats.

Congress leaders from Telangana had sensed the pubic mood and did not want to contest; they were overruled. The party had done well in the region in the 2009 assembly and Lok Sabha elections, apparently validating the late Y.S.R. Reddy’s claims that the statehood agitation was a mere flash in the pan. This rout has, therefore, set alarm bells ringing. AP Congress president D. Srinivas’s loss — the second time since the 2009 assembly election — could be a case study in ambivalence: he had assured voters that the Congress was all for Telangana, and it was the only party that could make it a reality. The TRS’s K. Chandrasekhar Rao asked: if Srinivas’s party was all for Telangana, why did the party chief not say so, on behalf of the Congress, to the Srikrishna Committee? (మరింత…)

The vote & Beyond: Telangana bye elections 2010 ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Adilabad, BJP, Congress, elections, Identity, JAC, Karimnagar, Medak, Mulki, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal.
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Opinion/ Editorial
The Hindu, JUly 30, 2010

The vote and beyond

Quite understandably, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti is portraying the results of the 12 Assembly by-elections in Andhra Pradesh as a referendum in favour of a separate Telangana State. The party won all the 11 seats it contested; the twelfth went to the Bharatiya Janata Party with which it had an understanding. After all, the by-elections were a direct fall-out of the Telangana issue with the sitting MLAs — 10 belonging to the TRS, one to the BJP and another to the Telugu Desam Party— resigning in protest at what they saw as a delay on the part of the Centre in carving out a new State. Statehood was indeed the dominant issue right through the campaign, and the TRS won all its seats with huge margins, a marked improvement over its performance in the general elections just a year ago. Its chief, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who spearheaded the Statehood agitation by undertaking an indefinite fast last year, must be feeling vindicated. Both the Congress and the TDP, which have been equivocal on the Statehood issue, received a drubbing. Indeed, in a high stakes contest for the Congress, the party’s State president, D. Srinivas, lost to the BJP candidate in the Nizamabad Urban constituency. The TDP, apart from conceding one seat to the TRS, lost its deposit in several constituencies, finishing a poor third. A pro-Statehood sentiment was clearly in evidence in all the constituencies that went to polls. (మరింత…)

Rise of subaltern Telangana : beyond by-elections ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BCs, Congress, elections, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, movement, Mulki, Poetry & Songs, politics, regionalism, SC, Sonia, ST, students, Telangana, youth.
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A tectonic shift in Telangana
V Anil Kumar, August 04 2010, The Indian Express

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has decisively won 11 out of the 12 seats in the recent by-elections in Telangana. The president of the Pradesh Congress Committee, D. Srinivas, was defeated by the BJP candidate in Nizamabad (Urban). TRS leader Harish Rao won his seat with a resounding majority, even surpassing the record of former chief minister Y.S.R. Reddy. Many non-TRS contestants have lost their deposits. In short, it has been made abundantly clear that the people of Telangana want Telangana state.

This seems like an obvious point, and it must be remembered that the TRS has won previous elections like this and also lost badly, subsequently. But these by-elections are significant both for Telangana and for the Indian polity. While earlier, the TRS has won elections and squandered its political goodwill in no time, this time the movement is qualitatively different.

For one, there is a Srikrishna Committee watching the developments; secondly, the movement has moved beyond electoral politics and become a social movement with its own inexorable logic. This time, people voted for Telangana and defeated the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party and others that also championed the same cause. And this is not because of “sentiment”, as glibly assumed — the reasons lie elsewhere.

There is no dearth of writing on Telangana that depicts the movement as a product of “regional backwardness”. This argument assumes that providing an economic fix will solve everything. However, parts of Telangana are highly developed. Almost all of Telangana is, for that matter, economically, socially and politically better developed than the northern coastal districts of Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam. Warangal district has a National Institute of Technology, a medical college and other higher education institutions of repute. Telangana has a rich heritage, and what’s more, Hyderabad is the heart of Telangana. Therefore, this “economic package” argument is at least partially wrong. (మరింత…)

Regional faultline revived once again in AP Congress ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Congress, elections, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Sonia, suicide, Telangana.
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‘T’ issue divides Andhra Cong again
Subodh Ghildiyal, TNN, Aug 3, 2010

NEW DELHI: Congress’s washout in Telangana bypolls and Jaganmohan Reddy’s ‘odarpu’ yatra have revived regional faultlines in the party’s Andhra Pradesh unit.

Congress MPs from Telangana and non-Telangana regions met separately on Tuesday night to hammer out future strategy to force their demand. While the embattled region feels that bypoll debacle can be used as credible evidence to impress upon the leadership that statehood is the dominant sentiment in Telangana, the other regions wants to scuttle the possibility.

The meetings, held at the residences of Rajya Sabha MP Keshava Rao and Lok Sabha MP K S Rao, revived memories of the vertical division in Andhra unit after UPA’s U-turn on its December 9 announcement for creation of Telangana. (మరింత…)

Telangana 2010 by-elections results ఆగస్ట్ 1, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in BJP, elections, Harish, JAC, KTR, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, Sircilla, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vemulawada, Warangal.
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Kaveti Sammaiah (TRS) 56,262
A Indrakaran Reddy (Cong) 41,033
Palvai Rajyalaxmi (TDP) 19,771
Other 8 contestants 10,018
Total 127,084

Nallala Odelu (TRS) 67,887
G Vinod (Cong) 23,603
Boda Janardhan (TDP) 6,683
Other 18 contestants 14,127
Total 112,300

G Aravind Reddy (TRS) 95,311
G Hanumantha Rao (TDP) 17,264
R Krishna Rao (Cong) 12,648
Other 10 contestants 5,028
Total 130,251

E Ravinder Reddy (TRS) 72,491
Shabbir Ali (Cong) 34,829
Jajula Surender (TDP) 11,858
Other 72 contestants 19,432
Total 138,610

Y Laxminarayana (BJP) 64,176
Dharmapuri Srinivas (Cong) 52,195
Arikela Narsa Reddy (TDP) 1,793
Other 39 contestants 2,658
Total 120,822 (మరింత…)

OU Student ‘sacrifices’ life over TRS win ఆగస్ట్ 1, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in BJP, Congress, elections, Hyderabad, Medak, Osmania, politics, regionalism, students, suicide, Telangana, TRS, universities.
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Student ‘sacrifices’ life over TRS win
TNN, August 1, 2010

HYDERABAD: The victory celebrations of the TRS following the massive mandate it got in the bypolls was cut short by the suicide of a student on Osmania University campus on Saturday. The charred body of P Eshan Reddy, a 23-year-old engineering student, was found behind the library building by morning walkers around 6.30 am. A native of Medak district, Eshan had completed his final year engineering from Institute of Science and Technology, Ibrahimpatnam, and was preparing for GRE this September.

A bag and a blanket was also found at the spot along with a suicide note. In the suicide note, Eshan allegedly said that he killed himself as an offering to Goddess Maisamma. “I promised to sacrifice my life to Misamma Talli if DS (PCC president and Nizamabad Urban Congress candidate D Srinivas) lost in the byelections. Now, after my death my brethren will take forward the Telangana agitation,” the note said. (మరింత…)

Stunned TDP looks for answers ఆగస్ట్ 1, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in BJP, Congress, elections, Identity, Mulki, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS, universities, Warangal.
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Stunned Desam looks for answer
Deccan Chronicle, August 1, 2010

July 31: The by-poll results have forced the Telugu Desam (TD) into a soul searching mood. It is trying to find reasons for its poor show in the polls. The party chief, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, on Saturday held a meeting with leaders from the Telangana region and asked for a detailed feedback on the causes for the party’s debacle. All the 12 Assembly seats that went for polls were once considered TD strongholds, they now look deserted going by the percentage of votes polled by the party nominees.

At one stage Mr Naidu was stunned and asked the party leaders, “when there are 7,500 active members enrolled in party in Nizamabad town, how the party nominee got only 1,793 votes.” Similarly, in Warangal West Assembly segment, in Division No 38, which is held by the party corporator, Mr Dasaradharama Rao, only one vote was polled in favour of the TD candidate, Mr V. Narender Reddy. (మరింత…)