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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.
Officials of central universities including University of Hyderabad and state varsities like Osmania and Kakatiya say that they have received applications from and are interacting with several students who are interested in `T’ research.
While the notification for PhD admissions to central university is out (admissions will be given in June), in state universities the admissions are already completed.
Students say that `reading the agitation’ is important to impart a perspective to the movement. “A focus on modern Telangana literature is required to understand the conflicting forces within the agitation. My research would henceforth focus on modern Telugu novels on Telangana and their impact,” said R Sudarshan Kumar, a research scholar in the department of comparative literature, University of Hyderabad. Another scholar, Padrapragada Raghavendra from sociology department, said that learning the sociological implications of the movement and understanding it in terms of larger political movements within the country was important. While he did his M Phil on a Gramscian reading of Telangana Movement, he is currently researching on “identity politics” of Telangana movement for his PhD. “The identity of the region is created and recreated over the past many years. A historical and sociological reading of movement is absolutely necessary,” he said.
Taking the research work a step closer to the agitation, some students have decided to do their PhD in Osmania University (OU). “I am planning to take admission in OU as it is the hotbed of Telangana politics. While I would work in a related field of conflict resolution, my main focus would be to bring in an academic perspective to the movement which is being dubbed as violent and mindless,” said Vinesh Kondra, a junior research fellow (JRF) who is planning to take admission in the coming academic year in OU.
Interestingly, many of these universities already have some research scholars who are currently working on various aspects of the `T’ region. While many students who are planning to do research on the regional conflict are those who hail from both urban and rural pockets of Telangana, even those from other states are showing interest in studying the conflict, officials said. Amit Dhingra, an economics researcher at Centre for Developmental Studies (CDS), said that during his two-year stint in Hyderabad he realised that the economics of Telangana region and movement was less researched on. “Telangana figured in my research related to regional disparity in India. Once I started working, I realised that the data on development and economics related to the region is either obsolete or even manipulated,” he said.