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Status of TRS in Nizamabad ఏప్రిల్ 25, 2011

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TRS loses sheen in Nizamabad
April 25, 2011 DC Correspondent, Nizamabad

April 24: Lack of leadership and perennial dissidence and revolts against the party high command have adversely affected the activities of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in Nizamabad district. Since its inception in 2002, the party has been losing its sheen gradually. TRS founder members and senior leaders are leaving the party and joining other political parties. It may be noted that leaders and activists of Nizamabad had extended strong support to the TRS in the initial days.
TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao was unable to show his party’s strength in his native Medak district in the 2002 local body elections, but people of Nizamabad voted for the TRS and gave a chance for the Zilla Parishad chairman’s post and 23 out of 36 mandal parishad presidents’ posts. TRS leaders S. Santosh Reddy, G. Sadanandam and G. Anita served as zilla parishad chairpersons for two terms. Former TRS MLAs S. Santosh Reddy of Armoor and G. Ganga Reddy of Dichpally resigned from the party and joined the ruling Congress.

The party’s single MLA E. Ravinder Reddy of Yellareddy Assembly constituency has also faced discomfort with the party high command several times. Party former ZP chairman G. Sadanandam has also joined the Congress. Former MP and founder member of the TRS M. Narayana Reddy and TRS senior leader Dr J. Bapu Reddy have left the party, while TRS district unit president A.S. Poshetty and senior leader Dr R. Bhupathi Reddy rejoined the party. (మరింత…)

An Eye-opener on Telangana : Madabhushi Sridhar ఏప్రిల్ 23, 2011

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Book Review
An Eye-opener On Telangana
Madabhushi Sridhar
Power Politics, April 2011

The major defect that Telangana suffers from is lack of data and documentation to advocate against discrimination and disparities perpetuated by leaders coming from other regions. This problem is now being addressed effectively. Telangana: The State of Affairs, edited by M Bharath Bhushan and N Venugopal is a bold attempt to provide a framework to understand the rationale for the demand of Telangana

Telangana is victim of its own leaders who permitted others to exploit it. These leaders are culpable for two reasons : either they are guilty of not knowing the diversion of water, funds and other resources; or they knew it but allowed the injustice to continue without any resistance. For the sin of leaders, people are suffering. It can also be said other way round too : people should have been more conscious to question these leaders and not allowed the leaders to exploit them.

TELANGANA : THE STATE OF AFFAIRS, M Bharath Bhushan, N. Venugopal, AdEd Value Ventures, 2009, Rs 250, pp. 210

Andhra Pradesh unfortunately did not have a leader of state level nature so far. Almost all chief ministers conducted themselves as the leaders of their native district or region and none ruled like a leader of the entire state. Some of the leaders did not do anything for their district or region. People’s representatives who occupied crucial positions in New Delhi were more obedient to Prime Ministers and thus never cared for their state. Some MPs and bureaucrats from Coastal Andhra were over smart and diverted the resources from out of Telangana. This led to serious disparities among the region’s leading to the present state of hostilities and turbulence.

Another major defect that Telangana suffers from is lack of data and documentation to advocate against discrimination and disparities perpetuated by leaders coming from other regions. This problem is now being addressed effectively. Telangana: The State of Affairs, edited by M Bharath Bhushan and N Venugopal is a bold attempt to provide a a framework to understand the rationale for the demand of Telangana. (మరింత…)

Telangana is topic of research in universities of the region ఏప్రిల్ 23, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhrapreneurship, conflict resolution, Culture, Deccan, Economy, GHMC, Godavari, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Kakatiya, movement, Mulki, Osmania, politics, regionalism, Settler, suicide, Telangana, Telugu, Telugu (తెలుగు), universities, Urdu, violence.
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Scholars in a scramble to do research on T
Nikhila Henry, TNN, April 23, 2011

HYDERABAD: The “T” agitation that has played havoc with academic schedules of state universities has had an inadvertent `academic’ side effect. Varsities are now reporting a spurt in research on Telangana this admission season in politically charged university campuses.

Making a beeline to study all things about `T’ are young researchers wanting to take up topics related to the agitation for political and social analysis. Officials of both state and central universities say they are flooded with PhD proposals on cultural and political topics that are specific to the region.

If until a couple of years ago, research on Telangana was largely done in the domain of history, political science and sociology, students from literature and even media classrooms are applying for PhDs on the `T’ region. Subjects they are choosing range from public policy and conflict resolution in the region, economics of regional politics to cultural representations of the region in Telugu literature and linguistic nationalism. (మరింత…)

KCR’s udyama chandi yagam on 10 years of TRS ఏప్రిల్ 14, 2011

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KCR’s ‘Chandi Yagam’ for T from April 14
TNN, Apr 7, 2011, 01.19am IST

HYDERABAD: TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao plans to perform a three-day Chandi Yagam for the well-being of Telangana people and also for achieving separate T state. The yagam would begin on April 14.

According KCR, the yagam will be performed at a farm house, owned by TRS leader and former MP K Jitendar Reddy on the outskirts of the city. The TRS leaders have been asked to be present along with their family members during the yagam. (మరింత…)

KTR warns of violence ఏప్రిల్ 14, 2011

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KTR warns of violence
DC Correspondent, April 6, 2011 Sircilla (Karimnagar)

TRS legislator K. Taraka Rama Rao warned the state and Union governments to “remember” Million March mayhem before denying permission to the party’s 10th anniversary public meeting proposed to be held in Hyderabad on April 27. (మరింత…)

U-turns on Telangana : Gautam Pingle ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

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U-turns on Telangana
Gautam Pingle, Deccan Chronicle, April 10, 2011

Telangana statehood has many sympathisers. The UPA-appointed Pranab Mukherjee Committee received letters of support for Telangana from Mr I. K. Gujral, Chandrasekhar, V.P. Singh and Mr H.D. Deva Gowda (all former PMs) and also from Mr Lalu Yadav, Ms Mayawati, Mr Sharad Pawar, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Mr George Fernandes, and Mr Prakash Singh Badal. Mr Yadav understood what was driving the movement.

He wrote: “The people of the region have been fighting for it for more than a half a century. It is a people’s movement in the real sense. This movement has always been solidly backed by every section of the people of the region. Intellectuals, government employees, students remained although, as the backbone of the movement. And now, it has percolated down to the agrarian sector and the working classes…. The people of this region strongly feel and they have every reason to feel so — that they can no longer live in the integrated state of Andhra Pradesh with self respect and dignity.”

All these were non-Congress leaders. The BJP has always been a consistent supporter. But the NDA was prevented in granting statehood to Telangana only because, as Mr Advani wrote in his memoir, of objections by Mr Chandrababu Naidu and the TD — its major coalition partner. Since 2009, however, the TD and Mr Naidu have also supported Telangana statehood. The Congress has in 2004 and again in 2009 promised statehood for Telangana in its election manifestos. The riddle is why was there the delay since at least 2009? (మరింత…)

New districts to check Telangana state? ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Andhrapreneurship, Banjara, Bhadrachalam, Chenchu, Culture, Economy, elections, Godavari, Guntur, heritage, Koya, Lambada, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Polavaram, politics, Rangareddy, regionalism, Settler, ST, Telangana.
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New dists to check Telangana state demand?
M N Samdani, TNN, Apr 11, 201

GUNTUR: Opening a Pandora’s box, the Congress government is working on redesigning of districts in the state. Though the government claims that it is being done taking in view of the serious imbalances in the development of rural areas, analysts believe the new agenda is being thrust on the political stage only to counter the separate Telangana statehood issue.

Rural development minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, who is working on a study paper in this regard, said he would submit it to the state cabinet by this month-end. He said that lack of administration in the interior areas of the existing districts was the “real hurdle in extending the fruits of various government schemes to the poor.”

Sources said the study paper is likely to advocate formation of at least eight to 10 new districts in the state. “Even small states like Orissa and Karnataka have more districts than AP. Creation of new districts is the only solution to overcome underdevelopment,” the minister argued.

After taking over the reins of the rural development ministry, he started an exercise in checking imbalances in the flow of funds and their reach. He discussed the issue with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and secured his permission for making the study on creation of new districts.

“The demand for creation of new districts has been there for long and I have only started the exercise to look into the demand,” he told TOI. He felt that AP deserves to have at least 35 districts. He said they could start by bifurcating big and completely undeveloped districts which alone would add at least seven districts to the existing 23. (మరింత…)

Illegal constructions can’t be stalled, only be inspected – Supreme Court on Polavaram ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, conflict resolution, Culture, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, ST, Telangana.
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SC rejects Orissa plea seeking stay on Polavaram dam construction

Indu Bhan, The Financial Express, Apr 12, 2011

New Delhi: In a setback to the Orissa government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected its plea to stay construction of the controversial multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project on river Godavari by Andhra Pradesh.

A bench headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma directed former Central Water Commission (CWC) member M Gopalakrishnan to inspect the project along with the present CWC members and submit a separate reports to it by July 19, which is the next date of hearing.

The Bench, however, refused to entertain the plea of the Orissa government’s senior counsel Raju Ramachandran to stop the work by saying that “it will be difficult for us to stay the construction at this stage”.

It further observed that the project can be demolished later if it was found to be built in violation of environmental norms. (మరింత…)

హైదరాబాదు రంగులు – C B Rao ఏప్రిల్ 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Photos, Poetry & Songs, politics, Telangana, Telugu, Telugu (తెలుగు).
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ఛాయాగ్రాహకుడు డి. రవీందర్ రెడ్డి ఫొటో గాలరీ ఆవిష్కరణ

C B Rao

1964 లో, పెద్దపల్లి (కరీంనగర్) లో జన్మించిన రవీంద్రరెడ్డి, ఆంధ్రప్రదేష్ గర్వించతగ్గ ఛాయాచిత్రకారులలో ఒకరు.

డిశంబర్ 6, 1992 లో అతి ప్రమాదకర పరిస్థితులలో బాబ్రి మసీదు విధ్వంసం ఛాయాచిత్రాలను తీసి, ప్రాణాలుగ్గపెట్టి, కరసేవకుల నుంచి తప్పించుకొని అయోధ్య రైల్వేస్టేషన్ కు వెళ్లి అక్కడి నుంచి ఫరిదాబాద్, లక్నో ల మీదుగా ఢిల్హి వెళ్లి ఇండియా టుడే, టైం పత్రికలకు సకాలంలో చిత్రాలను అందించే సాహసం చేసినవాడు రవీందర్. లాతూర్ (మహారాష్ట్ర) లో భూకంపం వచ్చినప్పుడు, మృత శిశువు చెయ్యి శిధిలాల్లోంచి పైకి వచ్చి కనిపించే దృశ్యం చూస్తే గుండె ఝల్లుమనకమానదు. రవీందర్ చిత్రాలలోని మానవీయత చూపరులను ఆకట్టుకుంటుంది. రవీందర్ జీవితం లో ఇలాంటి ప్రత్యేకతలెన్నో ఉన్నాయి. వాటికి అందుకున్న పురస్కారాలు ఎన్నో. రవీందర్ జీవిత విశేషాలు, తన ఛాయాచిత్ర పుస్తకాలు వగైరా విశేషాలతో కూడిన ఈ చిన్న లఘు చిత్రం చూడండి. ఈ చిత్రం చూశాక రవీందర్ ఇంత మంచి పేరు ఎలా సంపాదించాడో మీకే అర్థమవగలదు.


Vaikuntam’s Telangana ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Bathukamma, Culture, heritage, Identity, Mulki, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu, Vemulawada.
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Constant change
Dr Seema Bawa, Deccan Chronicle, April 3, 2011

The brightly painted figures of Telangana men and women are Thota Vaikuntam’s signature style, he exaggerated contoured of reconstructed form, with highly stylised folk features and perspective mark his paintings.

The morphemes, defined as the minimal meaningful unit of language, in Vaikuntam’s case his visual language, are the foreheads adorned with kumkum bindi amidst a plane of turmeric paste in case of women and sectarian marks for men. Textiles marked with dots, red vermillion dipped palms, red lips and elongated eyes are other characteristic features of his work for the last five decades or so.

The feminine element is exaggerated in the full form, with midriffs peeking through vivid apparel that is flowing and yet clinging. The physicality associated with fecund femininity is emphasised through the use of shringar or adornment of the female self through body marks, make-up, ornaments, coiffure and the like. The men are comparatively less flamboyant in terms of clothes and decoration but no less dramatic than their female counterparts.

So, when one comes across a show titled Metamorphosis: The Changing World of Thota Vaikuntam at Art Alive, there is a natural inquisitiveness regarding this transmutation. The change is certainly not in his style, colour or basic form. And many of the paintings do depict his typical Telangana men and women. Evolution and change is seen in the relatively complex compositions with a new interactive and at times a conversational element flowing between the figures. (మరింత…)