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New state holds more opportunities for all -CH Hanumantha Rao ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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Creation of a new state holds many opportunities for Telangana and Seemandhra

C H Hanumantha Rao, August 2, 2013, The Economic Times

The decision of the UPA and the Congress Working Committee to accede to the long-standing demand for a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh ends uncertainty holding up development and opens up opportunities for harmonious and inclusive development of both states.

But it is necessary to avoid short-term and sectarian considerations while drawing up their boundaries to exploit the long-term opportunities for development provided by the need for building the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The idea of including two districts of Rayalaseema, Kurnool and Anantapur in Telangana is apparently kept open, however slender may be the chances for such a proposal. Like Telangana, Rayalaseema acquired a distinct regional identity of its own because of agro-climatic, historical and political factors. Therefore, any attempt to divide it is bound to meet stiff resistance from the people of Rayalaseema. (మరింత…)

Fallout of Telangana ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in regionalism, Telangana.
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The Fallout of Telangana

Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Governance, 2 August 2013

Hours after the Centre announced the creation of Telangana, reams and reams of analytical copy have been printed on the necessity of another state, the implication of the split and the political convenience of such decisions. As an afterthought, some have mentioned Gorkhaland and later Bodoland but I am yet to find even a passing reference to Karbianglong. The first “land” is a contested space in West Bengal and the latter two are disturbed areas of Assam and all three have been demanding separate states.

Gorkhaland is tense with the renewed statehood demand which will intensify over the next few weeks. The strategic location of both Gorkhaland and Bodoland ensures that the rest of India’s northeast gets paralysed by the strikes and agitation programmes. There is an indefinite strike in Gorkhaland which essentially means Sikkim and North Bengal is hit. From Friday evening, the Bodoland strike comes into effect with a “rail rook”. A statewide bandh has been planned along with a 1000-hour economic blockade – a perfect throwback to the Eighties and Nineties. In Karbinaglong which happens to be one of the largest districts in the country, the army had to be called in to calm the protests for statehood in which 23-year-old Rajiv Senar was shot dead in police firing. Twelve others were injured. This would be the first death in this round of statehood demands which unfortunately failed to qualify for news tickers on well-informed television channels or newspapers.

Why are these three stories important? Simply because too many lives have been lost. Books and reports on these movements have utterly failed to document the number of people who were killed, lives snubbed out without a trace, assets and property destroyed and the exodus of “non-indigenous” people following intimidation and quit notices. Nobody has ever questioned the human rights abuses that took place in these places under the banner of sub-national assertion. (మరింత…)

Congress births a new state to reduce election pangs ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in compromise, Congress, elections, politics, Telangana.
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Telangana: Congress births a new state to reduce election pangs
ET Bureau, 31 July 2013

New Delhi: Congress has conceded the long-pending demand for carving a separate state of Telangana out ofAndhra Pradesh despite sharp dissensions among its local leaders, a move seemingly calculated to reap electoral dividends for the party in the next general elections.

The Congress Working Committee on Tuesday endorsed the demand, granting statehood to Telangana, which will have 10 districts, including capital Hyderabad that it will share with Andhra Pradesh for the first decade and get to claim as its own thereafter.

Congress, however, gave up under pressure from local leaders the proposal of cleanly bifurcating Andhra and merging two districts of Rayalaseema region, Anantapur and Kurnool with the new state.

“It is resolved to request the central government to take steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate state of Telangana…within a definite time-frame,” CWC said. (మరింత…)

Telangana – 29th state announced by UPA & CWC ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Hyderabad, Kurnool, regionalism, Telangana.
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Telangana, the 29th State of India announced by UPA and Congress Working Committee
Jagran Josh, 1 August 2013

Congress and the UPA unanimously decided to create a separate Telangana State carving out of Andhra Pradesh on 30 July 2013.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of Congress Party, on 30 July 2013 decided to recommend to the Central Government to form the 29th State which will comprise of 10 districts. The districts that will be a part of the new State are Hyderabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahaboobnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Warangal.

Hyderabad, the central point of the Telangana, will be the common capital of the newly proposed State and the other regions, Rayalaseema and Andhra for a period of 10 years. A new capital for Andhra will be identified in Seemandhra region within this period. Telangana State will have a geographical area of 10 of the 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh. Out of 42 Lok Sabha seats and 294 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana is likely to have 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assembly seats.

About Telangana Region

• The population of Telangana is 35.19 million (2011 Census). It includes seven million population of Hyderabad, which emerged as a major IT hub during the past two decades.

• The region has geographical area of 1.14 lakh sq km.

• The districts which are a part of Telangana region are Hyderabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahaboobnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Warangal.

• Hyderabad and Warangal are the two largest cities in the Telangana region.

• Warangal city was declared as a World Heritage City by UNESCO in March 2013.

• The two major Rivers Krishna and Godavari flew through the region.

Telangana Movement- A Background

1. The Telangana region was a part of erstwhile Hyderabad State which was merged into Indian Union on 17 September 1948.

2. The Hyderabad State was merged with Andhra State with the passing of the States Reorganisation Act 1956 and so the united Andhra Pradesh state came into being on 1 November 1956.

3. In 1956 Gentlemen’s Agreement was signed by Bezawada Gopal Reddy, CM of Andhra State and Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, CM of Hyderabad State for safeguarding Telangana people.

4. The Telangana agitation began in 1969 as people protested the failure of implementation of Gentlemen’s Agreement and other safeguards.

5. In 1969 Marri Chenna Reddy launched the Telangana Praja Samithi by demanding separate Telangana State.

6. The separate State movement came in to limelight again when a new political party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was formed by K Chandra Shekhar Rao on 27 April 2001.

7. The UPA Government on 9 December 2009 took the decision of formation of Telangana State, in the backdrop of indefinite fast by TRS leader K Chandrashekhar Rao.

8. This decision had ignited street protests in the non-Telangana regions and opposition from Ministers, MLAs and leaders from within the party that forced the Central Government and the Congress leadership to put the issue on hold.

9. The Centre held rounds of meetings with all the parties from the State and set up a Commission under the chairmanship of former Supreme Court Judge Justice Srikrishna. (మరింత…)