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All set for creation of Telangana : Kingshuk Nag జూలై 28, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Identity, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana.
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Creation of Telangana: Details emerge, Hyderabad to be a Union territory

Kingshuk Nag, TNN, July 28, 2103

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad is likely to be a Union territory for five years and will act as joint capital of the two states to be created out of the bifurcation of the present Andhra Pradesh.

The Union territory will be administered by a lieutenant governor. The governor of the Telangana state will be the ex-officio lieutenant governor of Hyderabad in these five years. A proposal to this effect is going to be put up to the Union cabinet before August 5.

The cabinet will meet after the Congress working committee and the UPA steering group approves a proposal to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Highly placed sources privy to the proposals told TOI that the cabinet will also take a final call on whether to create Telangana or a Rayala-Telangana state. The former will consist of the ten districts of Telangana and the latter proposal envisages the addition of two Rayalaseema districts — Anantapur and Kurnool to the proposed Telangana state. Interestingly, the Andhra part of the bifurcated state will be called Andhra Pradesh.

Sources told TOI that Congress party bosses are hopeful of completing this process within a week because Parliament convenes for the monsoon session on August 6. A bill might be presented in this session itself. Meanwhile, with Kiran Kumar Reddy having already resigned, a new chief minister for integrated Andhra Pradesh to oversee the process of bifurcation will be appointed. In all likelihood the new incumbent will belong to Telangana. However with intelligence reports suggesting that there will be major trouble in the Seemandhra region in the wake of the announcement, it seems inevitable that President’s rule will be clamped in the state till the process of bifurcation is complete. Much of the trouble is expected to be fomented by interested parties although spontaneous outpourings are not unexpected. (మరింత…)

Delhi donna, August 5 జూలై 26, 2013

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Cong puts Telangana on fast track, final decision awaited

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times New Delhi, July 26, 2013

The Congress has put the contentious Telangana statehood on the fast track, with all available indications so far suggesting that the top leadership is in favour of creating a separate state.

The final decision, however, on carving out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, is awaited.

“The consultation process is over. Now await the decision of the party as well as the (Congress-led) UPA government,” Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh said after a meeting of the party’s core group on Friday.

The final call will now be taken by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision making body. Though the date for the CWC meeting is yet to be fixed, it is widely expected to be held before the commencement of the monsoon session of Parliament on August 5 (మరింత…)

“For God’s sake, don’t divide Andhra Pradesh”, Kiran tells AICC జూలై 26, 2013

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‘For God’s sake don’t divide AP’, Kiran tells AICC
J. Balaji, New Delhi, The Hindu, July 26, 2013

Kiran also quotes from The Hindu-CNN survey to claim Congress can win poll

“For God’s sake, don’t divide Andhra Pradesh”, the Congress could do better in the 2014 Lok Sabha and AP Legislative Assembly polls even without giving Telangana, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is said to have told the party leadership here while reiterating his stance for maintaining a united AP at any cost.

He even quoted the reports of “The Hindu-CNN-IBN Election Tracker Survey 2013” relating to AP to buttress his argument that the poll prospects of the party would not come down even if the separate State was not carved out. As per the survey, the Congress leads the overall vote share percentage with 32 (as per July 2013 estimated vote). (మరింత…)

Nature of Telangana movement & vision for Separate Telangana- Prof Rama Melkote జూలై 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Economy, Identity, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS.
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What next?

The disillusionment is now total. Some of us had our own doubts about any decision by the Congress now. Yet there was a flicker of hope. I feared more suicides when no decision was taken. And it has happened, I hear.

I would like to share some of my thoughts on the issue.

In all our innocence, we believed that the Congress will keep up its promise of granting Telangana. Time and again we have been deceived. One only has to look at the history of the Congress party, more particularly since the seventies. It has played politics in the most undemocratic way, never kept up its promises, used repressive methods to curb dissent, suppressed social movements, promulgated more and more repressive laws to deal with the ‘naxalites’ all in the name of security. Claiming to be a secular party, it did not hesitate to use the police, the army against a community, the Sikhs. The destruction of Babri Masjid is a blot on the Nation and its secular constitution. It’s so called anti poverty, populist policies eventually ended up in neo liberal policies, in politics of globalization. In every way, the secular, democratic principles of the Constitution of India have been systematically violated. However, we cannot ignore the fact that it is the peoples struggles that have opposed the repressive State to sustain democracy, rights and freedom of the people, at least to some extent.

I think we need to understand the Congress party’s position in the case of Telangana. We all know the history, the marginalization of Telangana after the merger with the Andhra State. The two different trajectories of the rise of the ruling elite in Telangana and the Andhra region need to be understood. The rise of a confident, economically powerful elite/ bourgeoisie in the Andhra for various reasons, its assertion as a class, its demand for its own state in the name of Telugu identity, the demand for Visahalandhra, point out to its ability to assert itself politically. In Telangana, the people’s struggle for their rights, the anti feudal, peasant armed struggle, the police/ army action eventually led to the ‘independent’ state of Telangana. What was the nature of the ruling elite/class in Telangana? It was not economically powerful nor was it a politically assertive class. It could have become one, evolved into a bourgeois elite, if the merger to form the State of Andhra Pradesh had not taken place. It is this weakness of the T elite, its subservience to the Andhra elite that is manifest even to this day. What else can explain their refusal to resign from the government and align with the peoples struggle? The desire for retaining political power, even as a subservient ally of the Andhra ruling class is closely linked to their own financial interests. I think we need to factor these into our analysis of the present situation. (మరింత…)

Congress sees no gain in separate Telangana జూలై 17, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, KCR, politics, regionalism, TRS.
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Telangana statehood: Cong sees ‘no gain, only loss’
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi , Hindustan Times New Delhi, July 14, 2013

The Congress has yet again resorted to dawdling on the Telangana statehood issue, leaving it to the party’s highest decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), one more time after about 12 years.

According to a section in the party, the CWC may come out with an announcement before the monsoon session of Parliament, likely to start after August 15.

But pushing it back to the CWC after it passed a resolution on the setting up of the second states reorganisation commission in 2001 created doubts among the Congress leaders from Telangana.

A senior leader from the region claimed that this time, the Congress leadership was willing to consider the demand, but was forced by the leaders from Seemandhra — coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions — to defer it.


They cited Friday’s core group meeting, in which Andhra chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy voiced concern over the possible rise of Maoism in the region once Telangana was created. He also argued that it would be extremely difficult to divide the state’s resources.
This is not the first time that the Congress has delayed a decision after the UPA government announced on December 9, 2009, that it would soon initiate the process of creating a separate Telangana state, but was forced to step back following violent protests in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee, Digvijaya Singh report, and July 12, 2013 జూలై 10, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, compromise, Congress, elections, Identity, politics, TRS.
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Stalemate on Telangana likely to continue
BV Shiva Shankar, TNN Jul 9, 2013

Hyderabad: The stalemate over Telangana is likely to continue even after the Congress core committee to be called to address the vexed issue as consensus among leaders of three regions of Andhra Pradesh on division of the state is still elusive. As the Congress high command has invited chief minister, deputy chief minister, and PCC president with their reports to the core committee meeting, they are apparently ready with their proposals which are said to be divergent.

The CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana, and deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha represent Rayalaseema, Andhra, and Telangana respectively and they have prepared their part of reports only to safeguard their own regions.

Kiran Reddy is expected to argue for the united state and a special financial package for Telangana. Sources close to him said he had even assured the Congress high command that the party would get over 160 assembly seats under his leadership in the next elections if the state remains undivided. And he is going to aver that there was no separatist sentiment even in Telangana and the issue was being just played up by some politically motivated interests. (మరింత…)

Telangana- politics of poetry జూలై 8, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Culture, Identity, politics, suicide, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు).
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The politics of poetry
K. Damodar Rao, The Hindu, July 6, 2013

The author explores Telangana poetry, whose origin and goal is revolution.

The Telangana movement offers a classic example of the oppressor-oppressed equation in that a coloniser need not be a foreign ruler. In the post-independence situation, he could be a neighbour with power and voice. Telangana’s intellectuals, writers, activists, poet-performers, employees and students are actively engaged in this process of decolonisation. These are the ‘Frontline Formations,’ providing strength and substance to a people’s movement.

In the 1969 Telangana agitation, and again since the year 2000, hundreds of people, especially the youth, lost their lives. . A poet captures the agony of a mother who has lost her son: From shrunken breasts/I offered life-source./Will you go like that without a bother for me?(‘Dear Children!’ by Narayana Swamy)

The merger of the region into the state of Andhra Pradesh in 1956 was a source of trouble from the beginning. Vajjala Shivakumar portrays what this meant for the people here: All mergers are not unions/For the meeting point of two opposite poles/there is no fusion-measure./In the irreconcilable juxtaposition/word will not have value,/greetings will not last long. (మరింత…)