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Aks -e- Hyderabad – Pictures of glorious Hyderabad జూన్ 17, 2013

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Aks e Hyderabad

Members of the Hyderabad cycle club

more pics at http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130203/news-current-affairs/gallery/peek-hyderabad%E2%80%99s-rich-past

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Fascinating Hyderabad : Aks -e- Hyderabad జూన్ 17, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Hyderabad, Photos, Review, Telangana.
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Going back in time through timeless snaps
J.S.Ifthekhar, The Hindu, Hyderabad, June 17, 2013

‘Aks-e-Hyderabad’, a photo album with 600-odd stunning images narrates the tale of twin cities in a telling manner

Life brings tears, smiles and memories. Tears dry, smiles fade but memories last forever. All it takes is one picture to bring back a thousand memories. The Hyderabad of yore where time stood still, where the dust of the royal past never settles. How about reliving an age gone by?

Now, you can take a step back in time and enjoy a fascinating past. Aks-e-Hyderabad (Images of Hyderabad), a photo album brought out by Urdu daily Siasat , brings alive the past in minute detail. A picture is worth a thousand words. The album, with 600-odd stunning images, narrate the tale of twin cities in a telling manner.

Though there is no dearth of books on Hyderabad, an album is perhaps the first of its kind. Flip through the folder, and you get the feeling of a kind of videotape playing in your mind.

Striking images of Golconda, the Pearl City, the agony of the 1908 floods, modes of transportation, coins and currency, culture and civilisation, marriage, music and dance, jewellery and costume and the Nizams and their family flash by. Just about everything of the erstwhile Hyderabad is contained in 319 pages of the photo album.

The album covers the period from 1880 to 1960. “We have 1,300 rare photographs in our collection. About 650 have been included in this album. The rest we plan to publish shortly,” says Zahid Ali Khan, editor, Siasat . The credit for collecting and compiling the photographs goes to noted writer Allama Aijaz Farruq. (మరింత…)

NAPM Demands a Political Resolution on Telangana జూన్ 14, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Parliament, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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NAPM Demands a Political Resolution on Telangana

Condemns Undemocratic Extraordinary Steps Against the Telangana Agitators

June 14, New Delhi / Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh is in turmoil once again over the demand of a separate Telangana. The struggle for a separate Telangana has been ongoing for a long time now. The central and state governments as well as the major political parties in the state have played opportunistic and partisan political games with people’s sentiments. Exploiting people’s emotions for vote bank politics, parties have supported formation of unholy alliances and politics of divide and rule. The uncertainty over the demand for a Telangana state must end now so that people can carry on their occupations and work without anger, ill-will and anxiety.

The formation of smaller states in the Indian Union is, in general, a significant step towards bringing the locus of political power closer to the people. Small states in India, given the population size of the country, will still be big by international standards. With a population of about 3 crores, Telangana, if and when created, will be viable as a state of the Indian Union. Demands for making governments responsive and accountable, need for redressing administrative inefficiency, and popular aspiration for a better life have set the stage for a new phase of states’ reorganization. (మరింత…)

Telangana only after 2014: Ajit Singh జూన్ 9, 2013

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Telangana only after 2014: Ajit Singh
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 8 June 2013

Telangana can only be formed after 2014 general elections and any government elected has to concede Telangana, believes Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh.

Addressing mediapersons here Friday, Ajit Singh said it was imperative for any party to have the support of Telangana people to get elected. “Once elected, they have to concede the demand for a separate State,” he felt.

Ajit Singh said Telangana farmers were bogged down by several problems and justice could be done to them in a separate state alone. He said he will be meeting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in about a week to discuss the issue of Telagnana. (మరింత…)

Respect verdict of people in 2014 elections & role of regional parties: K Keshava Rao జూన్ 4, 2013

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Have quit Congress with a heavy heart: K Kesava Rao
Prashanth Chintala, Business Standard, June 4, 2013

Interview with Ex- chief, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee
Septuagenarian K Kesava Rao was associated with the Congressparty for almost five decades. The 72-year-old journalist-turned-politician had also held key posts in the party like the president of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee and a member of the Congress Working Committee. The maverick politician quit the Congress on Sunday and joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi(TRS), which is spearheading the movement for securing separate statehood to the Telangana region. In an interview with Prashanth Chintala on the eve of joining TRS, Rao says he is leaving the Congress with a heavy heart. Edited excerpts:

You have been associated with the Congress for five decades and also held important posts in the party. Why are you quitting now?
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to disassociate myself from the Congress party on the issue of Telangana (separate statehood for the region). I have no grievance or complaint against the party. In fact, I hold that its secular credentials and philosophy of inclusiveness are the best bet for nation’s security and growth. But, in the present context, they are no substitute for my Telangana. Now that the Congress is not going to give Telangana, at least in the near future, I cannot continue to deceive myself further, more so the people at large. I need to take their call.

What will be the impact of your resignation and the two Congress MPs on the party as well as the Telangana movement?
Let us be very truthful in these things. The resignations are not a game changer. They should bring some kind of moral pressure, not political pressure. Can a single MP from Congress today come and tell me that he is going to win in the ensuing elections? (మరింత…)

Telangana impasse – DNA జూన్ 2, 2013

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Telangana impasse
DNA, editorial, Jun 1, 2013

The Congress’s disastrous one step forward, two steps back policy on Telangana is unravelling. Senior Congress leader K Keshava Rao, along with three other MPs from Andhra Pradesh, are now planning to quit the party, protesting its continued dithering over granting Telangana statehood. The disgruntled MPs have openly accused their party of “not responding” to their long standing call, which has caught the imagination of large numbers of people in the state. Their move has serious political implications for the embattled Congress in the forthcoming general elections less than a year from now.

In the 2009 general elections, Andhra Pradesh had beefed up the strength of the Congress in the Lok Sabha by contributing as many as 33 seats to the party kitty. The political context has since drastically changed. The Congress today stands on a weak wicket in this important southern state. From all indications on the ground, the YSR Congress party headed by the jailed Jagan Reddy, has the advantage in the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, while the TRS has the support of people in the Telangana region. Not so long ago, the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh was grappling hard with an emotive popular movement, with a cross section of people plunging headlong into it. (మరింత…)