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Who is afraid of the 29th State? – Rama Melkote ఆగస్ట్ 12, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Identity, regionalism, Telangana.
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Who is afraid of the 29th State?

Watching the NDTV programme compeered by Uma Sudhir et al on Telangana, I was amused to listen to some youngsters say “they [Telanganites] make fun of our Telugu, we feel humiliated”. How many of them realize or know about the humiliations suffered by Telangana people? Once a vegetable vendor told me that I speak good Telugu, that is, like they, people from Andhra speak. In schools children were made fun of if they spoke Telangana Telugu. Today practically all, at least most, school going children speak Telugu of Andhra. Language has been just one of the issues in the Telangana movement. After all language spoken by, imitated by most people, is the language promoted by the dominant ruling class.

It was interesting to read in a news paper a few days back about the lack of senior Telangana officers in the administration, in the police department now to be posted to the new Telangana State. One need not now do any research to find the reasons for this. The Telangana officers, NGOs have been denied promotions to senior positions, an issue over which they have continuously made appeals, demands, and agitated. Today the fears expressed by Andhra officers, cadres, about their positions is somewhat bizarre. If they have to lose their illegitimate positions, they must learn to accept what legitimately belong to them, gracefully. Those poor farmers who fear that they will be denied water must be assured by the new State that they will get their legitimate share of water. (మరింత…)

పంపకాల్లో న్యాయం: ఒక తలకిందుల ప్రశ్న – కె.శ్రీనివాస్ ఆగస్ట్ 10, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Economy, Fazal Ali Commission, Hyderabad, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు).
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పంపకాల్లో న్యాయం: ఒక తలకిందుల ప్రశ్న (సంధర్భం) – కె.శ్రీనివాస్

దేశంలో జరిగిన ఏ రాష్ట్రవిభజనను చూసినా, రాష్ట్రాల మధ్య పంపకాల గురించిన ఆందోళనలు అనవసరమని, ముందే ఏర్పడిన, సంప్రదాయాలు, విధివిధానాలున్నాయని, ప్రజలు అప్రమత్తంగా ఉంటే ఎవరికీ అన్యాయం జరగదనీ అర్థమవుతుంది. పంపకాల్లో న్యాయం జరుగుతుందా అన్న ప్రశ్నపై ఇప్పుడు చర్చ జరుగుతోంది కానీ, ఇంతకాలం పంచుకోవడం న్యాయంగా జరిగి ఉంటే ఈ పరిస్థితి వచ్చేది కాదన్న అవగాహన లోపిస్తోంది. పెద్దమనుషుల ఒప్పందమే అమలుజరిగి ఉంటే, నేటి పెద్ద సంక్షోభం వచ్చేది కాదు కదా?

“విశాలాంధ్రలో విలీనానికి సంబంధించి అనుకూల ప్రతికూల అంశాలను నేనిక్కడ రేఖామాత్రంగా సూచించాను. నా సొంత అభిప్రాయమంటూ ఒకటి చెప్పడం భావ్యం కాదని అనుకుంటున్నాను. ఈ అంశంపై నా మనసును తెరచే ఉంచాను. నిష్పాక్షికంగా, రాగద్వేషాలకు అతీతంగా నేను పరిస్థితిని వివరించాను. బొంబాయి నుంచి పరిస్థితిని పూర్తిగా సమీక్షించిన తరువాత మరింత వివరంగా రాస్తాను. …” 1955లో హైదరాబాద్ రాష్ట్ర ముఖ్యమంత్రి బూర్గుల రామకృష్ణరావు కాంగ్రెస్ అధ్యక్షులు యు.ఎన్. ధేబర్‌కు రాసిన లేఖలో రాసిన ముగింపు వాక్యాలు అవి. విశాలాంధ్రలో కలవాలనే అభిప్రాయం కూడా తెలంగాణలో బలంగానే ఉన్నదని, అయితే మెజారిటీ మాత్రం ప్రత్యేక రాష్ట్రంగా ఉండడానికే మొగ్గుచూపుతారని కూడా బూర్గుల ఆ లేఖలో సూచించారు.

ఫజల్ అలీ కమిషన్ నివేదిక వెలువడి, విశాలాంధ్ర ప్రయత్నాలు ముమ్మరం అవుతున్న సందర్భంలో బూర్గుల రాసిన లేఖ అది. ఒక రాష్ట్ర విభజనకు సంబంధించిన సమస్య కాదది, రాజకీయంగా ప్రాంతాలుగా విడిపోయిన సందర్భమూ కాదది. ఒక బహుభాషారాష్ట్రం మూడుముక్కలుగా విచ్ఛిన్నమై నామ రూపాలు లేకుండా పోయే సన్నివేశం. ఆయన తన అభిప్రాయాన్ని స్పష్టంగా, బహిరంగంగా చెప్పడానికి ఏ అభ్యంతరం ఉండనక్కరలేదు. అయినా, ముఖ్యమంత్రి పదవిలో ఉంటూ, తన మనోగతాన్ని బాహాటంగా ప్రకటించి రాజకీయపరిస్థితులను ప్రభావితం చేయకూడదనే విలువను ఆయన పాటించి, పార్టీ అధ్యక్షుడికి రహస్యలేఖను మాత్రమే పంపించారు. (మరింత…)

Why Telangana needs Hyderabad – G Naga Sridhar & Amit Mitra ఆగస్ట్ 10, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Economy, Hyderabad, Telangana.
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Why Telangana needs Hyderabad
G Naga Sridhar and Amit Mitra, Business Line, 9 August 2013

Now that the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) have announced their backing for Telangana’s Statehood, the economic prospects and growth potential of India’s proposed 29th State have once more come to the fore.

The Telangana region, comprising 10 of the 23 districts in Andhra Pradesh, has a larger area than the other two regions, Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra. Excluding Hyderabad, Telangana sprawls over 1.14 lakh sq km, while the four districts of Rayalaseema cover 67,000 sq km and the nine coastal districts encompass 92,800 sq km.

Fundamentally, the Telangana economy is vibrant, thanks to the contributions from Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts.

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Telangana’s broad economic parameters, such as the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), which is the total value of goods and services produced in a given year, and standard of living as indicated by per capita income, appear to be sound vis-à-vis the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. The aggregate gross district domestic product of the proposed state’s 10 districts in 2009-10, stood at approximately Rs 2,16,281 crore.

That was a little less than half of Andhra Pradesh’s Rs 4,90,411 crore GSDP in the same period. Indeed, if the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions were to be taken individually, Telangana’s contribution to the State Domestic Product was the highest. This was obviously driven by a strong contribution from Hyderabad as can be seen in the table. (మరింత…)

Separate Telangana – Another water sharing tribunal needed ఆగస్ట్ 8, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Fazal Ali Commission, Godavari, Polavaram, submergence, Telangana.
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Telangana: Turbulence over water?
V. Rishikumar, Business Line 7 August, 2013

States sharing water has always been a prickly issue. How will Telangana fare?

There is a case for another water-sharing tribunal- Business Line

There is a case for another water-sharing tribunal- Business Line

Carving Telangana out of the riverine State of Andhra Pradesh and sharing water resources will be a tricky affair. It does not help that Andhra Pradesh is a lower riparian State, even as it has three major rivers.

A Group of Ministers will be constituted to chart a way forward on sharing water, power, mineral resources and infrastructure, among other things.

Anything to do with water raises passions in Telangana, drought-prone Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra.

Even in the unified State, where more than 70 per cent of the population is dependent on agriculture, the issue of water availability has been central to arriving at an understanding on resource sharing between the three regions.

RIVER BLESSING

Andhra Pradesh is blessed with the three major river systems — Godavari, the Krishna and the Pennar — and about 40 medium and minor rivers. Their deltas play a big role in the State’s economy and contribute to the prosperity of various regions and districts.

In the 1950s, the Fazal Ali Commission — also known as the States Reorganisation Commission — had provided early insights into the importance of the Krishna and Godavari systems.

Since then, the issue of water-sharing began to take concrete shape with the formation of the Krishna and Godavari water tribunals and their awards.

The Krishna, the third biggest river in peninsular India, irrigates Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. According to the tribunal award, Maharashtra gets 560 thousand million cubic feet (TMC ) of water, Karnataka 700 TMC and Andhra Pradesh 811 TMC.

Of the 811 TMC that the lower riparian State of Andhra Pradesh gets from the Krishna, it has managed to complete projects that help harness the potential of about 759 TMC; the rest is sought to be tapped with new projects.

The Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar dams are central to the Krishna river in Andhra Pradesh. In the case of the Godavari, Andhra Pradesh has been allocated 1,480 TMC of which about 690 TMC is utilised and more than 742 TMC planned to be harnessed through new projects. (మరింత…)

Sense and sensibility for twin Telugu States – Gautam Pingle ఆగస్ట్ 6, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu.
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Sense and sensibility for the soon-to-be-formed twin States
Gautam Pingle – 6 August 2013 The New Indian Express

With the final phase of demerger of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh imminent, the emotional element must now be replaced by cold and hard thinking of the opportunities that such a reorganization offers to both successor States – Seemandhra and Telangana.

Both states have a reasonable fiscal position. The breakup of population and the revenue, expenditure and surplus is given below. As can be seen, the two regions will constitute medium sized states and are not ‘small’ by any criteria. The revenue and expenditure figures are the average for 2003-06 as given by to the Assembly. The figures for “Headquarters” has been reallocated on the basis of population of the two states.

It is reported that in 2012-13, the state’s own tax revenues stood at Rs 69,146 crore. Allocating Headquarters tax revenues to the two successor states by their population proportions, Telangana revenues will be Rs 25,767 crores and Seemandhra revenues Rs 43,379 crores. Figures for expenditure are not available but they are likely to have grown faster than revenues since 2006 because the AP government had gone on a spree of free spending and huge borrowing to fund its many populist schemes and defunct new irrigation projects under Jalayagnam.

Fiscal consolidation may be necessary for both successor states in order to fund the transition and further development. The allocation of loans secured by the composite state will also impinge on the fiscal situation for each successor state as it is already doing now for AP. A cold hard look needs to be taken at projects and schemes introduced by the AP government which cost the exchequer heavily and diverted funds from basic development and productive capital formation. This situation for both successor states must lead to a drive for lean and efficient government. The Legislative Council is one white elephant that can be abolished as well as the number of Cabinet Ministers and Special Chief Secretaries and DIGs. (మరింత…)

Both regions can benefit – K S Chalam ఆగస్ట్ 5, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Economy, heritage, Identity, Nizam, regionalism, Telangana.
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Both regions can benefit
K S Chalam, August 5, 2013 The Hans India

The long-cherished dream of the people of Telangana is going to be a reality soon. The region will be demerged from the combined State after 56 years of cohabitation inflicting great pain and sentiment of separation. But, this is how States or nations do emerge and develop. This is not the time to reflect on our common culture and heritage as no one is physically isolated or rehabilitated elsewhere, as in partition. We continue to live and sail together enriching our common culture, language and future sharing our experiences and resources.

We may briefly reflect here on the economic status of the region. The Economic History of the region narrated by Adapa Satyanarayana, Ramakrishna Reddy, Thirumali, Vasant Bawa and others clearly shows that it had a distinct character different from others. It is really a puzzle how the Nizam accumulated so much of wealth in a land-locked region. It is revealed that the economic activity in the form of industrialisation was initiated by the State which got its resources through primitive accumulation. It was the Nizam who had invited outsiders to cultivate 40 lakh acres of barren land during the 1920s that helped create agricultural surplus for public investment.

Thus, the Nizam had developed a model to overcome the handicap of being an isolated province and not to solely rely on international trade. The authors have also explained how the “quartet of thugs” (dominant castes) bribed revenue officials to get their names entered in revenue records to transform as landowners. (మరింత…)

Telangana fallout: Sharad Pawar supports separate Vidarbha state ఆగస్ట్ 5, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in regionalism, Telangana.
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Telangana fallout: Sharad Pawar not to oppose separate Vidarbha state

IANS, New Delhi, August 4, 2013

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said he favoured a united Maharashtra but would not oppose the demand for a separate Vidarbha state.

“I am for the state, for the unity of the state. But I am also of the firm view that if a sizeable section of the society, particularly from the (Vidarbha) region want a separate state and that separate state will be a viable state, then I will not come in their way,” he told a news channel in an interview.

Pawar, also the Nationalist Congress Party chief, was responding to a query on his stand on the renewed demand for Vidarbha state after the Congress approved creation of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.

Pawar also said it will be difficult for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to attract allies if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was made its prime ministerial candidate. (మరింత…)

Telangana row: AK Antony Committee ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana.
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Telangana row: Congress leaders adopt 3 resolutions, seek CM’s resignation

August 04, 2013 ZeeNews.Com

Hyderabad: Defiant Congress leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions ignored the party high command’s directive to withdraw their resignations and upped their ante on Saturday night by adopting three resolutions, one of which demanded reconsideration of Telangana decision and asking Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to quit.

About 90 Congress ministers, MLCs and MLAs had an over five-and-a-half hour meeting with the Chief Minister and PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana this evening.

Among other two resolutions adopted is putting on hold the bifurcation process until a high-level committee headed by Union Minister AK Antony submitted its report on the modalities related to the division.

In the third resolution, the Congress leaders took strong objection to the manner in which the party’s Central Working Committee took the decision to divide the state without any road map.

“All legislators, including the Chief Minister and the PCC president, were signatories to the resolutions,” senior MLA Anam Vivekananda Reddy told reporters at the end of the meeting.

Initially, a one-line resolution was adopted at the meeting demanding that the state be kept united. (మరింత…)

Telangana will show its might in cotton, paddy, maize ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Deccan, Economy, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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Telangana will show its might in cotton, maize

K.V.Kurmanath 2 August 2013, The Business Line

Andhra Pradesh is a leading player in paddy, cotton, groundnut, sugarcane, maize, tobacco and chillies. After bifurcation, there would be a stark contrast in the availability of fertile lands and water in the two regions.

While the Andhra region is home to the most fertile lands, Telangana is predominantly rain-fed, with uneven distribution of rainfall. The Rayalaseema area is scarce in water resources.

After the proposed division, Telangana will emerge as a predominant player in cotton, paddy and maize, with a total kharif area of 81 lakh hectares. Telangana farmers grow cotton in 14 lakh hectares during a normal kharif season. In comparison, the US grows the crop in a total area of18 lakh ha. This shows how important the cotton crop would be for the new State.

The other major crop where it virtually dominates is maize. Telangana farmers grow this crop in 4.4 lakh ha as against the US total of 5.08 lakh ha. (మరింత…)

Telangana fallout: 7 Cong MPs, a state minister, 7 MLAs quit ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Congress, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana.
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Telangana fallout: 7 Cong MPs, a state minister, 7 MLAs quit

August 2, 2103 First Post India

New Delhi/Hyderabad: Rumblings within Congress over its decision to form Telangana grew today with its seven MPs, a state minister and seven MLAs from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions quitting amid indications that some more are likely to follow suit.

However, the party apparently managed to dissuade four Union Ministers from resigning. HRD Minister Pallam Raju was one of them who offered to quit but was asked to stay on.

Upset over the party’s decision taken on Tuesday, seven Congress MPs and four union ministers from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions held marathon meeting here late last night to evolve strategy against formation of Telangana decision.

The seven MPs — six Lok Sabha members and a Rajya Sabha member — then went to Parliament this morning and submitted their resignations. (మరింత…)