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Telangana Congress Party soon – strategy to face 2014 elections ఏప్రిల్ 29, 2012

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Telangana Congress leaders may float new party
Jinka Nagaraju, TNN | Apr 29, 2012 The Times of India

HYDERABAD: Caught between a party high command that appears to be indifferent to the separate state demand and complete political isolation in their region, Telangana Congress leaders are veering round to perhaps the only option open to them: Floating a sub-regional political outfit.

In a series of informal meetings over the past few weeks, during which the Congress high command moved from a stance of complete apathy to the suspension of 8 MPs from the Lok Sabha on the statehood issue, the Telangana Congress leaders have more or less concluded that steering an independent course by which they can up the ante on Telangana is the only way to ensure their political survival.

The T leaders are of the view that the decisive moment to part ways with the Congress has come. “While the bypolls to 18 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha constituency can be politically course changing for the state, the Congress high command appears to be preoccupied with the Presidential poll. The party’s silence after July will be taken as a clear ‘No’ to Telangana. Then, we will take the matter to the people not as Congressmen but as Telangana Congressmen,” said one MP. (మరింత…)

Interfaith harmony in the medieval Deccan ఏప్రిల్ 29, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Articles, Culture, Deccan, Godavari, Hindu, Identity, Muslim, Poetry & Songs, regionalism, Telugu, Urdu, Velama.
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Interfaith harmony common in the medieval Deccan
Sajjad Shahid | Apr 29, 2012, The Times of India

I saw fragrance fleeing, when the bee came/ What a wonder! / I saw intellect fleeing, when the heart came / I saw the temple fleeing, when God came. (Allama Prabhu, 12th century mystic poet of the Deccan)

In contrast to north India, where the first incursions by those professing the Islamic faith had been of a violent nature, the initial encounters between original inhabitants of the Deccan and Muslim settlers had been in the field of trade and commerce. This crucial difference was instrumental in promoting amicable relations between the two communities, providing an atmosphere conducive for interfaith dialogue leading to a better understanding of the other.

In consequence there evolved a distinct culture, tangible in its varied manifestations, which was enthusiastically patronized and nurtured by the Deccan monarchs leading to a distinct identity for the region. Unfortunately, due to its vilification by bigots over the recent past this glorious legacy which was sustained over centuries has come under a grave threat of complete obliteration as evident from the increased polarization between different sections of society. (మరింత…)

TRS will merge with no party, declares KCR at 11th party foundation day ఏప్రిల్ 28, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Banjara, BJP, Congress, GHMC, Hyderabad, JAC, KCR, Lambada, Muslim, Polavaram, politics, PRP, regionalism, SC, Settler, Sircilla, Sonia, ST, struggle, students, suicide, TDP, TRS.
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Telangana Rashtra Samiti will merge with no party: K Chandrasekhar Rao

TNN | Apr 28, 2012

HYDERABAD: Hinting at another round of intensified struggle in June this year, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has said that he would keep taking the pro-Telangana activism a notch higher until the Centre acceded to the legitimate and democratic demand for a separate state, even if it meant carrying on with the political struggle for another 11 years.

Speaking at the 11th party foundation day celebrations, near Vikarabad on Friday, KCR demanded that the Centre honour the promise it has made to the people of the region. “If the Centre has any respect towards democracy, it should immediately announce the formation of Telangana state. We demand that the Prime Minister immediately introduce a bill in support of a separate Telangana,” he said.

Asking media to desist from making baseless reports of TRS’s merger with Congress, Rao said his party had become strong enough for other political parties in the region to merge with TRS. “We are not in a position to merge our party. We have grown to Himalayan heights. People have made the party so strong that other parties are finding it tough to retain their identity. The party will exist even after the formation of Telangana state,” he said.

The TRS chief called upon people to continue their struggle in a peaceful manner. “We have to achieve Telangana in a peaceful and democratic way. No one can stop us. We will continue our fight until we achieve our goal. People must realise that reconstructing a new vibrant Telangana state is as important as achieving it. Our aim must be to strive for a Telangana full of smiles,” he observed. (మరింత…)

Congress MPs from Telangana suspended for four days ఏప్రిల్ 25, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Identity, politics, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, suicide, Telangana, violence.
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8 Congress MPs from Telangana suspended for four days
New Delhi | Agency: PTI April 24, 2012

In an unprecedented action, Congress on Tuesday got suspended eight of its members in Lok Sabha for causing disruptions over Telangana issue in the House.

This is the first time that members of the ruling party have been suspended in a group in Parliament whereas at the height of controversy over Bofors over 30 members from the Opposition were suspended in the late 1980s for disruption.

On a motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister and party’s Chief Whip P K Bansal, the House suspended Ponnam Prabhakar, Madhu Yaskhi Goud, M Jagannath, K R G Reddy, G Viveknanda, Balram Naik, Sukender Reddy Gutha and S Rajaiah, all elected on Congress ticket from the Telangana region.

The motion was carried by a voice vote after Francisco Sardinha, who was in the Chair, warned them of action if they failed to go to their seats when they protested in the Well campaigning for a separate Telangana.

The action came soon after a meeting of the Congress top brass including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi deliberated on the matter.

Moments after the House reassembled after two adjournments, the members stormed the Well holding posters supporting a separate state and chanting slogans like ‘We Want Telangana’. (మరింత…)

Beef Politics of Osmania ఏప్రిల్ 17, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, BJP, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, Osmania, politics, regionalism, struggle, students, suicide, Telangana, TRS.
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Behind beef politics at Osmania varsity, caste rift over Telangana
Express News Service, Hyderabad, Tue Apr 17 2012

Osmania University, the centre of Telangana movement, was on the boil on Monday after Sunday night’s clashes between students belonging to different castes over a ‘beef festival’ held on Sunday evening.

A second-year Arts student, T Rama Rao, was stabbed on Monday for making a reportedly inflammatory speech against the ‘beef festival’ organised by students of a particular caste who are pressing for beef to be included in the university’s hostel menu.

As the university did not take their views seriously, a section of students decided to organise a ‘beef festival’. Several food stalls were set up in the campus to cook and serve beef to those who attended. The festival was organised by different factions belonging to the Telangana Students Association, Progressive Democratic Student Union, Student Federation of India and students from English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU). EFLU hostel students had last year started a protest demanding beef be included in the hostel menu.
The opposition was led by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). On the face of it though organising the beef festival appears to be an act of defiance, it hints at a power struggle that’s going on among student wings in the university ever since the Telangana agitation started. Socially and economically backward sections have been accusing the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Telangana Joint Action Committee, ABVP and National Students Union of India of excluding or sidelining the weaker sections from the Telangana movement. (మరింత…)

Why current Telangana agitation led to suicides? Universities to probe ఏప్రిల్ 6, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, BJP, compromise, Congress, elections, Identity, JAC, Kakatiya, Mulki, Osmania, Palamur, politics, regionalism, students, suicide, TRS, universities, violence, Warangal, youth, YSR.
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Telangana suicides set to become hot subject of research
TNN | Apr 6, 2012

HYDERABAD: The suicides for the ’cause’ of separate Telangana state is set to become a subject of research with several scholars opting for the topic in universities in the region. In addition to starting an anti-suicide drive on the campuses, the four universities in the Telangana region – Osmania, Kakatiya, Palamuru, and Telangana – have decided to do research on the cause of the deaths.

Telangana University has decided to go a step further and set up a centre for studying suicides and other social issues spawned by the separate statehood issue. The universities have, in fact, taken a leaf out of the research work conducted on suicides earlier in the countries like the US, where suicides were witnessed among different immigrant population, especially the Afro-American communities.

Universities other than Osmania are even planning to earmark Rs 5-6 lakh in their budget next year for research on the subject. The topic has been chosen since several research scholars have shown keen interest in the Telangana agitation and suicides. (మరింత…)

TJAC gives Congress ultimatum till April 24 – Kodandaram ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2012

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Telangana: JAC gives Cong ultimatum till Apr 24
Agencies: Hyderabad, Apr 04 2012

The Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (JAC) today threatened to intensify the separate statehood agitation once again if the ruling Congress fails to make its stand clear on the issue before the Parliament resumes for the second part of the Budget session on April 24.

Congress should clear its stand on Telangana issue as it had promised to deliver the separate state in the 2004 and 2009 elections, JAC convener M Kodandaram told reporters here.

The MPs and MLAs of Congress should put pressure on their party leadership towards accepting the separate statehood demand, the JAC convenor said in the background of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement last month that four political parties in Andhra Pradesh — Congress, TDP, MIM and YSR Congress –were yet to make up their mind about their stand on Telangana. (మరింత…)

Remembering the history of Hyderabad – Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2012

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Remembering a great dynasty
Aparna Menon, The Hindu, April 2, 2012

It is the 400th death anniversary of Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad

This year marks the 400th death anniversary of the founder of Hyderabad, Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah. So, who was he? The fifth ruler in the Quli Qutb Shah dynasty, he founded the new city towards the south of the Musi river in 1591.

He chose the river to eliminate water shortage and linked it to the hub Golkonda with a stone bridge over the river. This ruler with foresight was as enterprising as the other rulers in the Qutb Shahi dynasty started by Sultan Quli Qutb ul Mulk.

“From 1518 to 1687, over a span of 171 years, seven Qutb Shahi kings ruled over the kingdom. Sultan Quli came to India from Iran and entered the military service of the Bahamani king. For having quelled trouble in the Telangana region in 1463 he was made the Subedar of Telangana in 1495, and the title ‘Qutb ul Mulk” was conferred upon him,” says Mr MA Qaiyum, former Deputy Director of Archaeology and Museums of Andhra Pradesh.

Beautiful buildings

Not only did Sultan Quli establish the empire he also built beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens. The establishment of the water channel system from Talab-e-durg (Durgam Cheruvu) to Golconda, was a remarkable achievement. (మరింత…)