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State budget is numerical jugglery: Opposition ఫిబ్రవరి 24, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, bandh, BJP, Congress, CPI-M, Economy, GHMC, Hyderabad, Koya, livelihoods, Muslim, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, SC, ST, students, TDP, Telangana.
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Numerical jugglery: Opposition
Deccan Chronicle, February 24, 2011

Feb. 23: Several major political parties, mainly from the Opposition like Telugu Desam and BJP described the state budget as unrealistic and numerical jugglery while the Leftists, the CPM and CPI expressed concern over the way the interests of commoners were ignored.

The finance minister, Mr Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, presented his maiden budget for Rs 1.28 lakh crore with planned expenditure projected at Rs 47,558 crore and non-plan expenditure at Rs 80,984 crore for the fiscal 2011-12 in the state Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Though he mentioned increased allocations for some welfare schemes in his budget speech, Opposition parties contend it, saying that state government was unable to spend the allotted amounts for several welfare schemes by the end of fiscal and asked what was the use in making major allocations. They were also critical for the budget’s lack of any direction to implement several welfare schemes and also many irrigation projects proposed and initiated under Jalayagnam. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee Report full of lies: HC ఫిబ్రవరి 19, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Congress, drama, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, Telangana.
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Srikrishna report full of blatant lies: HC judge
TNN, Feb 18, 2011

HYDERABAD: Justice L Narasimha Reddy of the AP High Court on Thursday described the ‘secret’ contents of the Srikrishna Committee as full of lies and mind-boggling descriptions of non-existent things.

“It is unfortunate that this report and its related exercise was presided over by a former judge of the Supreme Court,” he told additional solicitor general M Raveendran. The issue came up when the judge was hearing a petition filed by former Congress MP M Narayan Reddy demanding chapter 8 of the committee report, which was submitted to the Centre in a sealed envelope, be made public. (మరింత…)

India’s tribal calculus: Polavaram dam ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

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India’s tribal calculus

The key lies in harmonizing regulation, crisper rules and more political autonomy for Adivasi communities

A Visible Hand | Narayan Ramachandran

Winston Churchill, in a now famous radio broadcast in 1939, said about Russia, “I think it is a riddle, wrapped in mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.” In many ways, this applies to India. At the very time when India’s politics is riddled with tribalism and is getting more and more chauvinistic, it is attempting to integrate its large tribal population into the mainstream.

India has more than 100 million “tribal people”. They principally inhabit the north-east states bordering China and Myanmar, and also the highlands and plains of peninsular India. A majority of tribal groups live in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. This area also happens to be the “Naxal belt”. The Gonds of central India, the Bhils of Rajasthan, and the Santhals of West Bengal are large tribal groups in peninsular India. The umbrella term for this heterogeneous, aboriginal population is Adivasi.

The fifth schedule of the Constitution enshrines the rights of these Adivasis under the now famous category “Scheduled Caste and Tribes”. Despite this constitutional protection, the “progress” of Adivasis is a mixed bag more than 60 years after independence. The semantics of the word Adivasi is a clue to an earlier autonomy that was interrupted by over 300 years of British rule. The Constitution and its implementation have attempted to balance that ancient right with the requirement of living within a republic. Many would say that the balancing act has so far failed the Adivasis. (మరింత…)

Samaikyandhra or Telangana as India’s 29th State: K Naresh Kumar ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, elections, fast, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, KCR, Kurnool, MRPS, Mulki, Muslim, Osmania, Polavaram, politics, PRP, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, TRS, Uttara Andhra, YSR.
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Power Politics, February 2011

United Andhra Pradesh Or Telangana As India’s 29th State?

From the first wave of intense political agitations of 1969-71, when the Telangana Praja Samithi unleashed the ‘Jai Telangana’ movement, the fight for carving out a separate state has never been so intense as in the last 15 months. Unlike the abject political compromise of the strugglers over four decades ago, this time around, the battle is still being fought on various platforms. The support base is strong, seemingly unyielding and the polarization between the pro and anti groups clearly unbridgeable. Importantly, once again it is the Congress party at the Centre and the state level which is facing a challenging, insurmountable situation, argues K Naresh Kumar, from Hyderabad. New Delhi, however, has some answers to the complex situation.

“Not all States need to be bifurcated or trifurcated, but if there is a demand based on size, population and geographical characteristics, it seems that division would be a wise solution. The jury is still out on Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal, but the early indications are that development will get a boost in these new States unless, of course, misgovernance takes over. In my view, there is a strong case for the creation of Vidarbha (out of Maharashtra, population 9.67 crore) and Telangana (out of Andhra Pradesh, population 7.57 crore). Uttar Pradesh and Bihar should also be further divided.”

-Excerpt from an article Wake up to the state of States by P. Chidambaram, Indian Express, May 18, 2003.

Prophetic words, these? Over seven years ago, P Chidambaram (PC) spoke convincingly about creating the state of Telangana as he felt it had a ‘strong case’ in its favour.

Of course, his party was not in power then and thus he had no political power to bring about neither the desired change, nor the accountability to face its political implications. But miracles happen in Indian politics as it did just a year later.

Cut to 2004 when the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) stormed to power on the ‘aam aadmi’ poll plank replacing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). It also toppled the CEO Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. It attained the top slot by capitalizing on the goodwill generated by the then Congress bigwig Y S Rajasekhara Reddy with his pro-poor agenda and importantly, promising to create Telangana if elected to power. (మరింత…)

Telangana and Hyderabad ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, compromise, conflict resolution, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, livelihoods, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana.
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Power Politics, February 2011

What about the Chandigarh model?
K Naresh Kumar

Two of the six options by the Srikrishna Committee (numbers 2 and 4) were set aside for bifurcating the state into two- Seemandhra and Telangana – with Hyderabad and enlarged Hyderabad metropolis respectively – as Union Territory (UT). Option two was considered ‘not practicable’ and no opinion was expressed on the fourth one.

Political kite-fliers however have not desisted from suggesting the second option, surprisingly within Congress party itself. Two city-based Congress MLAs, one of whom – Danam Nagender – is a state cabinet minister have quite openly declared that they would not mind carving out a separate Telangana if ‘Hyderabad was retained as a Union Territory’, much to the chagrin of the Telangana block within the ruling party.

On the issue of Hyderabad however, the MIM, which is against Telangana has categorically refused to allow it to be made a UT. All through the time when the agitation was panning out in 2009, politicians from other regions of the state had staked equal claim to Hyderabad though it was located in the Telangana region. Their contention was that over the past five decades and more, the ‘settlers’ ( as the locals called them) had worked to make the city touch great heights in the fields of business, industry and IT and most of the investments were made by them. Alternatively, a few of them were trying to be gracious as they said they could still separate like brothers and live like one only if Hyderabad was commonly shared. (మరింత…)

TRS – A Fact File ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, elections, fast, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, KCR, KTR, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, TRS.
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Power Politics, February 2011


TRS: A fact file

K Naresh Kumar

The decade-long Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is one of the most successful political parties in Indian politics. Facing severe teething troubles, dissidence and wavering political support and re-alignments, both self-created and otherwise, TRS has managed to emerge as the leading voice in the state politics espousing the cause for a separate state of Andhra Pradesh since 2001.

Winning the municipal elections in 2001 in the northern part of Telangana, where the maverick leader of the party K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) hailed from, the party moved into centre stage in 2004 when it aligned with the Congress party, winning 26 Assembly and five Lok Sabha seats from Telangana. Later, the YSR government in Hyderabad, between 2004 and 2009 systematically isolated KCR and trivialized his demand for carving out a separate state, with no effect on its popularity while TRS steadily went downhill.

Luck came their way, with a series of resignations made by the party MLAs and MPs again and again, beginning from 2006 and ending with the latest in June 2010, as a form of protest against the Centre for not granting a separate Telangana. Though the victory margins fluctuated, KCR managed to stay afloat and portray his ‘sincerity’ to the cause, winning every time and networking with other votaries of the small states in New Delhi like Ajit Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan. (మరింత…)

Rise of Hyderabad – K Naresh Kumar ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana.
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Power Politics, February 2011, K Naresh Kumar

THE RISE AND RISE OF HYDERABAD

The state of Andhra Pradesh is divided into three prominent regions based on both historical and geo-physical factors, namely, Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema comprising ten, nine and four districts each and hosting population shares of 40.6%, 41.6% and 17.6% respectively.

Hyderabad city, which falls within the Telangana region, is a predominantly urban district which had a population of 3.8 million in 2001 and is expected to host a population of over 4.9 million or about 5.6% of state population in 2010.

Hyderabad urban agglomeration, spread over the districts of Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medak, is expected to reach a population of 7.3 million or 8.4% of state population in 20101. Telangana region has a slightly larger SC/ST population at 24.7 % compared with 22.3% in coastal Andhra and 19.5% in Rayalaseema. Telangana also has a relatively higher percentage of minorities compared with coastal Andhra. (మరింత…)

Telangana is a matter of time – KTR ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, cinema, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, KTR, movement, Mulki, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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12 Feb, 2011, Sreekala G, ET Bureau

‘Telangana just a matter of time’

He is the typical new age politician – young, suave and articulate. He served the corporate sector for a while before taking a plunge into politics. However, when it comes to his ideology, Andhra Pradesh legislator K T Rama Rao, also the son of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, is clear that his party wants nothing short of a separate Telangana.

“The question is not if Telangana is formed; but when Telangana is formed. It may even take a while before the Telangana state is formed, but the fight will go on till a solution is found. No matter who leads it, the demand for statehood has been on the agenda for over four decades now. Telangana has enough leaders to rule the state. Even the Srikrishna committee says as a separate state Telangana is a viable option,” he says. (మరింత…)