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Jagan cosying up to TRS, may threaten Congress డిసెంబర్ 23, 2011

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Jagan cosying up to TRS, may threaten Congress

P S Jayaram
Khaleez Times, 23 December 2011

HYDERABAD – What had been a mere speculation in the political circles in the past few months is coming true. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which had violently opposed YSR Congress party President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s tour of Telangana last year, is now gearing up to welcome him in mid-January when he is expected to undertake a tour of the region.

This politically-strategic move, political observers believe, is the first step towards establishing an electoral tie-up between the two parties ahead of the 2014 elections. An alliance between TRS and YSR Congress could prove to be a lethal combination since it is widely believed that Jagan had eroded the political bases of both the Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions while TRS, being a party fighting for the separate Telangana statehood cause, would expectedly do well in the region. TRS leaders argue that they had not opposed the ongoing trip of TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu in Telangana in deference to the democratic spirit. Hence, there is no reason why the party should oppose Jagan’s tour either, they contend. The fact is that the separatist party would be seen in poor light if they oppose Naidu’s tour and then remain silent when Jagan undertakes his tour.

TRS Floor Leader in the Legislative Assembly E Rajender justified his party’s decision stating that it had decided to respect the democratic spirit as far as the other parties are concerned. “We are in a democratic polity and every party has the right to carry out its programmes, and hence, TRS has not given any call to oppose Naidu’s tours in Telangana,” he said.

Interestingly, TRS does not view Jagan as an enemy now despite the fact that the Kadapa MP had displayed a placard in Lok Sabha advocating united Andhra. It is also a known fact that Jagan does have a fair share of supporters in Telangana region too, particularly the youth. (మరింత…)

YSRC to contest all byelections డిసెంబర్ 23, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, politics, regionalism, SEZ, Telangana, TRS, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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YSRC decides to contest all bypolls
Express News Service, The New Indian Express, Dec 23, 2011

HYDERABAD: The YSR Congress (YSRC) has decided to contest all the byelections, including those in Telangana, which will have to be held if the speaker disqualifies 17 MLAs who defied their party whips to vote against the Kiran Kumar Reddy Congress government in the no-trust vote on December 5.

The party’s president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy made this clear to the band of elected reps that are currently sailing with him in a meeting he convened at his Lotus Pond residence here on Thursday.
Sources said the Kadapa MP is planning to tour Telangana as a preparatory step towards the byelections. (మరింత…)

Regional Council & elections 2014 – No T State డిసెంబర్ 11, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, compromise, corruption, Economy, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, Uttara Andhra.
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Congress goes into a huddle on T-council
TIMES NEWS NETWORK, December 11, 2011

New Delhi: The possibility of the Congress high command pushing for the constitution of a Telangana Regional Council as well as similar boards for the two other regions gathered momentum here on Saturday after chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held talks with party president Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Significantly, former minister from Telangana and MLC D Srinivas, who has been summoned by the high command, met the chief minister at AP Bhavan on Saturday afternoon. Srinivas, whose name is being mentioned as a possible chairman of the Telangana Regional Council, rushed to the national capital three days ago and has already held meetings with Sonia and other leaders. In the meantime, in response to the party’s summons, PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana landed here on Saturday morning and is slated to hold talks with the central leaders on Sunday. (మరింత…)

TRS will not accept package: Harish Rao డిసెంబర్ 11, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, politics, Settler, terrorism, TRS.
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No question of accepting package: Harish Rao

Special Correspondent, The Hindu December 11, 2011

TRS denies having been consulted by Congress on the Telangana issue

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has denied that it was consulted by the Congress high command in a bid to resolve the separate Telangana issue.

Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, the party MLA T. Harish Rao condemned reports that the Congress leaders in New Delhi were in touch with the TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao. He warned the Congress that the TRS will not remain quiet if it came up with any package or development council or the States Reorganisation Commission as an alternative to statehood. (మరింత…)

QQSUDA, a non entity for decades: Syed Amin Jafri డిసెంబర్ 11, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in CharMinar, GHMC, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Muslim, politics.
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Times of India, December 11, 2011
A non-entity for decades
Syed Amin Jafri

The Quli Qutub Shah Urban Development Authority (QQSUDA) just exists for namesake, tucked away in the backyard of the crumbling old MCH building complex at Darulshifa. It is gasping for funds even as it is crippled by lack of powers and acute shortage of staff.

Way back in August 1981, the then chief minister T Anjaiah announced the formation of QQSUDA as “an Eid gift to the people of Old City.” It was constituted as a development agency for the overall development of the Old City. To make it a high-profile body, the chief minister is the Chairman and the Municipal Administration and Urban Development minister is the vice chairman of QQSUDA. The managing committee is in charge of formulating policy matters and reviewing its performance. Hardly any meetings of QQSUDA board were held by successive chief ministers in the last three decades. (మరింత…)

Will commit suicide if charges proved: KTR డిసెంబర్ 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, compromise, Congress, corruption, Economy, heritage, KCR, Khammam, Koya, KTR, Polavaram, politics, ST, TRS, YSR.
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Will commit suicide if charges proved: KTR
The Hans India, December 10, 2011

Hyderabad: TRS MLA K Tarakarama Rao on Monday announced that he would commit suicide in full public view if someone proves that his party or leaders got benefited from the Polavaram Project tenders.

Speaking at the Assembly media point, Rao challenged TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu to prove the allegations that he levelled against the TRS leaders on the floor of the House during discussions on No Confidence Motion.

He said was ready for any inquiry into the awarding of Polavaram tenders. “If the inquiry report indicts TRS, I will hang myself to death,” he said. (మరింత…)

Politics of targeting Dr Cheruku Sudhakar : K Ramachandra Murthy డిసెంబర్ 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhrapreneurship, bandh, Congress, Economy, Mulki, Nalgonda, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS, violence.
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Cheruku Sudhakar, a Test Case!
The Hans India, December 10, 2011
K Ramachandra Murthy

Soon after the untenable PD Act was revoked, the dreaded NSA was invoked. It is entirely unwarranted and unethical

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out, because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me”.

This was the confession of a German pastor Niemoeler who was taken away by the Nazis during the Second World War. The decision of the State government on Tuesday to order detention of Cheruku Sudhakar for 12 months in jail under the National Security Act (NSA) reminded me of the pastor’s plight as quoted by noted journalist and diplomat Kuldip Nayar in his book ‘Judgment’ which was written after he came out of prison as the Emergency was lifted in 1977.

Dr Cheruku Sudhakar was with PDSU when he was a student. I was not with that organization as a student. He worked for Janashakti group of Chandra Pullareddy. I don’t subscribe to the ideology of that party. Far from it. He differed with CP group on caste question and joined Veeranna group of Telangana Mahasabha. (మరింత…)

TRS to focus on 2014 elections డిసెంబర్ 10, 2011

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TRS to focus on 2014 elections

December 9, 2011 Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad

In the event of the Centre failing to form a separate Telangana, the TRS is all set to resolve the issue through bypolls and the coming 2014 General Elections. The TRS is ecstatic about the results of the recent Nielsen-Marg survey giving them 70 to 80 out of the 119 seats in Telangana. The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, is mighty pleased with the survey results, which if realised, could drastically change the political scenario in the region. The TRS sources said that Mr Chandrasekhar Rao told close confidants that the agitations for a separate Telangana will continue intermittently till the elections. (మరింత…)

TRS demanded scrapping of Polavaram dam: E Rajender డిసెంబర్ 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, corruption, Economy, Godavari, KCR, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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TRS wants CBI to probe dam deal

December 6, 2011 Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad

The TRS on Monday demanded that the government order a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in awarding the Polavaram contract. The TRS was earlier pushed to a corner by the Leader of Opposition, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, who accused the TRS chief Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao of mortgaging the Telangana agitation for the Polavaram contract, during the debate on the no-confidence motion. The construction company SEW, which owns considerable stake in a pro-Telangana newspaper in which Mr Chandrasekhar Rao is a partner, was preferred by the state government in Polavaram contract despite certain inadequacies. (మరింత…)

Scroll painting of Cheriyal – an ancient audio visual entertainment డిసెంబర్ 7, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Articles, Culture, Telangana, Telugu, Warangal.
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Ancient audio visual entertainment
Aparna Menon, The Hindu, December 6, 2011

Scroll painting done in the village of Cheriyal in Warangal could go up to 40 feet in length

Many centuries ago, when the radio, television and cinema had not even been thought of, audio- visual entertainment did exist! Many arts and crafts developed in various parts of the world, with an aim to entertain the people. Scroll painting was one among them.

In those times, the scroll played the role of the visual medium and the song of the bard was the audio medium. Of all the various arts and crafts found in India, scroll painting is unique and different. This craft has been practiced, from time immemorial, in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh scroll painting is done in the little village called Cheriyal in Warangal district. Bards from the “kaki padagollu” community, used these scrolls to narrate stories from the Indian epics and other folk tales.

The scroll would flow like a film roll. It was generally around three feet in width and went up to 40 feet in length, depending upon the story. Like large sized comic strips, each panel of the scroll depicted one part of the story. Hence, a scroll would easily have around 50 panels. As the bard would narrate the story, the panel depicting that particular part of the story would be displayed.