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SEW Polavaram contract raises new controversy అక్టోబర్ 23, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, corruption, CPI, displacement, Economy, KCR, Koya, KTR, Media, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, ST, TDP, TRS, YSR.
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Polavaram contract raises Telangana heat
Srinivas Janyala, Indian Express, 23 October 2011

No sooner had the agitation for a separate Telangana state begun to simmer down than it threatens to erupt again: this time over the award of a contract to a construction company linked to a Telugu newspaper in which Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhara Rao is a stakeholder.

Crying foul, the Opposition is accusing the Congress government of buying peace with the TRS via this contract, a charge the government denies.

On October 19, the state government awarded a Rs 4,717-crore contract to Southern Engineering Works (SEW) Infrastructure to execute four major components of the Polavaram Project including spillway, head work, earth-and-rock fill dam and excavation for the 960 MW hydel power generation house.

The government said it saved Rs 600 crore by conducting the tender process for the contract in a transparent manner — SEW was the lowest of five bidders for the four works, quoting 12.6 per cent less than the total value of the work.

SEW Infrastructure has stakes in Intercontinental Infrastructure Ltd, a Hyderabad-based company which, in turn, is a stakeholder in Telangana Publications Pvt Limited that publishes Namaste Telangana. TRS’s Rao has invested Rs 4.12 crore and owns 41.25 lakh shares in Telangana Publications.

The chairman of Intercontinental Infrastructure is C L Rajam, a former Resident Engineer, and later one of the directors of SEW Infrastructure. (మరింత…)

పట్నం తగవులో పరుల స్వార్థం : శ్రీనివాసులు, చెన్న బసవయ్య అక్టోబర్ 14, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhrapreneurship, corruption, Deccan, Economy, heritage, Hyderabad, landuse, Mulki, Nizam, politics, Settler, TDP, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు), TRS, universities, YSR.
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పట్నం తగవులో పరుల స్వార్థం
కె.శ్రీనివాసులు, ఎం.చెన్న బసవయ్య, రాజనీతి శాస్త్ర ఆచార్యులు, ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయం

ప్రస్తుత తెలంగాణ ఉద్యమం, రాష్ట్ర విభజన చర్చలలో హైదరాబాద్ స్థాయి కీలక వివాదాంశంగా మారింది. హైదరాబాద్ నగరం చారిత్రకంగా, భౌగోళికంగా రాజకీయంగా, సంస్కృతీపరంగా తెలంగాణకు గుండెకాయ లాంటిది అని తెలంగాణ వాదులు వాదించడం సహజంగానే అర్థం చేసుకోదగ్గది . కానీ హైదరాబాద్‌పై సీమాంధ్రుల వాదనను ఏ కోణం, దృక్పథం నుంచి అర్థం చేసుకోవాలి ? హైదరాబాద్ ఈ స్థాయికి ఎదగడానికి కేవలం తమ పెట్టుబడులే కారణమని సీమాంధ్రులు వాదించడం సరైనదా? కాదా? ఈ వాదన వెనుక నిగూఢ ఎజెండాలేమైనా ఉన్నాయా? ఈ వివాదం పైకి కనపించినంత సులభమైనది కాదు.

మన దేశంలోని ఇతర నగరాలతో పోలిస్తే హైదరాబాద్ చరిత్రాత్మక ప్రత్యేకతను కలిగివున్నది. ఈ ప్రత్యేకతకు గల కారణం నిజాం రాజ్యంలో ఉండిన భూపాలన వ్యవస్థ. దీని కారణంగానే నేడు రాష్ట్ర విభజన చర్చలలో హైదరాబాద్ అత్యంత కీలక సమస్యగా మారింది. వీటిని అర్థం చేసుకోవాలంటే ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ రాష్ట్ర అవతరణ తరువాత పారిశామిక, వ్యాపారాభివృద్ధి క్రమంలో భాగంగా మారిపోయిన హైదరాబాద్ భూ దృశ్యపు తీరు తెన్నులను, హైదరాబాద్ పట్టణ పెరుగుదలకు గల రాజకీయార్థిక నేపథ్యాన్ని విశ్లేషించాల్సి ఉంటుంది.

నిజాం కాలంలో భూపాలనా వ్యవస్థ మూడు రకాలుగా ఉండేది. ఇంపీరియల్ గెజిటీర్ ఆఫ్ ఇండియా, ప్రావిన్సియల్ సిరీస్, హైదరాబాద్ స్టేట్ (1909) ప్రకారం అవి ఇలా ఉండేవి: (అ) సర్ఫ్-ఏ-ఖాస్ భూములు (రాజమాన్యాలు); (ఆ) జాగీరులు, సంస్థానాలు; (ఇ) ఖాల్స లేదా దివానీ. నిజాం రాజ్యంలోని మొత్తం భూమిలో సర్ఫ్-ఏ-ఖాస్ భూములు పది శాతం ఉండగా, జాగీరులు, సంస్థానాల క్రింద 30 శాతం భూములు ఖాల్స లేదా దివానీల రకం భూములు 60 శాతం ఉండేవి. సర్ఫ్-ఏ-ఖాస్ భూములు అన్నీ (సుమారు 1,30,000 ఎకరాల పైచిలుకు) కూడా అత్రాఫ్-ఇ-బల్దా అంటే హైదరాబాద్ మునిసిపాలిటీ చుట్టు ప్రక్కల ప్రాంతాలలో కేంద్రీకృతమై ఉండేవి. (మరింత…)

Is this the final war for Telangana? Tehelka అక్టోబర్ 14, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, bandh, elections, G.O 610, Hyderabad, JAC, MIM, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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Is this the final war for Telangana?
Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy K, Tehelka 13 October 2011

Despite growing resentment among city dwellers over continued disruption of life, supporters of a separate state seem reluctant to budge

On 13 October, the indefinite Sakala Janula Samme or people’s strike entered its 30th day. The strike called by Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (T-JAC), a forum of political parties, students’ organisations, state government employees’ organisations and other JACs has paralysed the governance and economy in the Telangana region, that has for long been the hotbed of protests demanding statehood for itself. And it has not just been Telangana that has borne the brunt of shutdowns but the main city of Hyderabad too, especially the IT-based new economy.

The Samme, which started on 13 September, has garnered preemptive support from lectures, revenue employees and other major departments of state government, miners of Singareni coal mines and a few other state government undertakings. This has ensured the immediate shutdown of colleges, universities, bus services of Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), law courts including Andhra Pradesh High Court, revenue and government services. The joining of government teachers and private school managements within three days of the start of the strike also led to the closure of schools in the region (మరింత…)

Hyderabad and Telangana inseparable: Asaduddin Owaisi అక్టోబర్ 13, 2011

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Hyderabad and hinterland
Asaduddin Owaisi
Indian Express, Oct 12 2011

Founded by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth Qutub Shahi king, in 1591, Hyderabad has evolved into a bustling city over the last four-odd centuries.

Today, Hyderabad is the fifth-largest city in India, after the four metropolises. In the last five decades, it has witnessed enormous growth not only in terms of area and population but also economic activity and socio-educational profile.

In its hoary past, Hyderabad was known as the city of gardens, a city of minarets (Charminar), a city of pearls and bangles, a city of nawabi culture and grace. Though Hyderabad has made rapid strides in the emerging fields of information technology, business process outsourcing, pharmaceuticals and medical care in recent times, it retains much of its basic core characteristics, its cosmopolitan culture, social ethos, traditions and tolerance. (మరింత…)

Chisti and Misinformation: Subhash Chandra అక్టోబర్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, corruption, CPI, CPI-M, Culture, Deccan, English, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Nizam, politics, regionalism, Review, struggle, Telangana.
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Land of Much Disinformation
Masquerading as Journalism

Dear journalist Ms. Seema Chisti,

Greetings from the State of Telangana!

I have addressed you as a journalist since you identified yourself as one in one of your public tweets. Specifically though, I am writing this letter to you with reference to your October 7, 2011 online article titled “Land of many discontents” published by Indian Express. I have also read many of your posts on Telangana as well as on various other issues and subjects. (http://www.indianexpress.com/columnist/seemachishti)

I am not a journalist (exclusively) myself but, I do have high regard for true journalism and true journalists of unquestionable integrity. I hope, you subscribe to such values, too.

After reading your column “Land of many discontents” though I have serious concerns. Just to be sure, I then read your other articles on Telangana and my suspicions were confirmed. Perhaps, it is unfair on my part to expect such high standards from you. Still, considering the facts that you have worked at BBC and Indian Express as a senior journalist, I expect you to at least check your facts for accuracy even if your opinions are biased. Alas, you have seriously disappointed me and, I am sure, many other serious readers of news and opinions both in India and abroad. What shocks me is that even senior journalists like you and many others like Vijay Simha @ Tehelka, and even Rajdeep Sardesai of Editors Guild take your professional responsibility rather lightly and commit grave errors both in substance and accuracy. I just wonder what the reasons could be. Is it because you consider yourself above the fray or too important to concern yourself with the mundane task of verifying facts and the veracity of your statements, or just plain carelessness and recklessness? After all, you have represented the Editor’s Guild along with Sardesai to the EC regarding how badly prevalent is Paid Journalism in Indian Press. Why then do you perpetuate the same things (paid-journalism) you complain to EC?

I am going to treat every word and every sentence in your article with utmost care and seriousness to show how far removed your writing is from facts, truth, and objectivity. I shall also provide you references to verify the facts. (మరింత…)

Land of many discontents, united AP rationale squandered అక్టోబర్ 9, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, BJP, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Culture, fast, Guntur, Hyderabad, Identity, Kamma, KCR, Mulki, Nizam, politics, Reddy, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telugu, TRS, Velama, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Land of many discontents
Seema Chishti, The Indian Express, Oct 07 2011

Among most English-speaking sections of southern India, when a concept finds itself abbreviated or turned into an acronym, it is considered evidence of its acceptance. To that extent, the usage of “T” for Telangana in newspapers and periodicals there, as opposed to AP for Andhra Pradesh, could signal that “Telangana” is around the corner.

But if you discount the hype, there is a different story unfolding in the region. The absence of real stalwarts in Andhra Pradesh who can lend heft to the debate, and the Congress’s classic act of not knowing which side to weigh in on, after muddling things up very competently two years ago, does not help. A short biography of the idea of Telangana and the “movements” there is in order.

The Telangana movement, as was understood when India was being created out of hundreds of princely states, was of a completely different kind. A deep peasant revolt against the landlords was brewing, headed by the then-united CPI. The Telangana movement, between 1946 and 1951, meant bringing about a virtual “people’s republic” in those parts. Facing brutal attack from local landlords and the Nizam, comrades like P. Sundarayya, Basavapunaiah, B. Narasimha Reddy and a thousand others led a prolonged struggle for establishing “true” freedom, before they withdrew the struggle (for a variety of reasons) and participated in the 1952 elections. The communists, then a force to be reckoned with in AP, secured more than 33 per cent of the votes and were more than a handful for a wary Congress. However, despite a pre-poll alliance that got them more than the Congress, it was the Congress that was called in to form the government. Communist accounts describe how the backbone of the comrades was crushed with a brutal police-led witch-hunt, as the Telangana “movement” wound down. (మరింత…)

Form Telangana now – T K Arun అక్టోబర్ 7, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, bandh, Congress, Economy, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS, Uttara Andhra.
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Form Telangana now
TK Arun, Economic Times, October 06, 2011

As Telangana burns, the Congress fiddles — with its electoral fortunes in all three regions of Andhra Pradesh and with credibility across the nation. The buzz is that the Congress wants to announce the new state only on the eve of the next assembly elections in 2014.

The calculation behind such thinking would perhaps be clear to the Hottentots, whose world of numbers used to have three elements: 1, 2 and many. The rest of us can only gape in awe.

The roadblock on Telangana, we are told, comes from West Bengal, in the form of Mamata Banerjee’s sensitivities on Gorkhaland: if Telangana is granted, it would strengthen separatist demands in Darjeeling. Neither the sense nor the sensibility on Telangana will change, as far as Ms Banerjee goes, by 2014. If the Congress can bite the bullet then, it might as well put its teeth to good use now.

Another argument is that the Congress cannot be seen to be buckling under pressure. Granted, the entire nation and Anna Hazare know the Congress is guided only by principle and never by pressure. That said, the worry that the Congress would, if it forms the new state under pressure, cede ground to the TRS that has been spearheading the agitation for Telangana is altogether misplaced.

Andhra Pradesh was formed under pressure, after Potti Sreeramulu died fasting for a separate Andhra state to be carved out of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, in 1952. Despite what today’s Congress logicians would deem to be abject surrender under pressure, the Congress formed all successive governments in Andhra Pradesh till the early 1980s.
Respecting popular sentiment is a core value of democracy, provided that sentiment does not conflict with equally core values such as protecting fundamental rights of individuals and groups. This qualification is, of course, what separates democracy from mobocracy. Respecting the wishes of the people of Telangana for a state of their own amounts to recognising and acting out popular sentiment, not yielding to pressure.

But TRS would certainly have the upper hand, to begin with. Dealing with that is normal politics. The way some Telangana agitators have turned into protection racketeers who take money for not targeting particular commercial installations is a source of popular revulsion that is waiting to be tapped. (మరింత…)