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No going back on Telangana: Digvijaya Singh సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2013

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No going back on Telangana: Digvijaya Singh
Daily News, Saturday Sep 28, 2013

New Delhi/Hyderabad, Sep 28 — A day after the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister urged the Congress leadership to take back the decision to bifurcate the state, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh Saturday said there was no question of a rollback.

He told reporters in New Delhi that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) took a decision after consultations with all and after near-unanimity among all political parties.

Digvijaya Singh is also in charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

“Before the CWC took the decision, all senior leaders from Telangana and Seemandhra unanimously said they would abide by the decision of the high command,” Digvijaya Singh said. (మరింత…)

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Telangana parties making grand plans for win సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2013

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Telangana parties making grand plans for win
Inkeshaf Ahmed | Post Noon, September 24, 2013

While Seemandhra is still a cauldron. It is a role reversal where Seemandhra historically enjoyed economic advantage while Telangana suffered.

Hyderabad: While 13 districts of Seemandhra region continue to burn with unabated agitation for keeping the State united the Telangana region is witnessing a different situation altogether.

The announcement of creation of a Telangana state has prompted key political parties in the region to devote their attention now in strengthening their base.

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The ruling Congress which has already started the process of reconstitution of APCC (AP Congress Committee) and District Congress Committees (DCCs) even before the announcement of creation of separate Telangana state has now decided to leverage the advantage that it has got with the proposed T-state formation. (మరింత…)

Vision for New Telangana – Haragopal సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Economy, Identity, Osmania, Telangana.
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‘Vision of Telangana’ unveiled
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 28th September 2013

Giving a brief insight into the root causes of Telangana movement, civil rights activist G Haragopal has unveiled a vision of Telangana state for it to be an ideal state in the country.
Delivering the second Acharya Konda Lakshman Bapuji Endowment Lecture on ‘Vision for New Telangana’, jointly organised by Osmania University and Acharya Konda Lakshma Bapuji Foundation, at the Osmania University here on Friday, Haragopal said the people of Telangana were confident of reconstructing Telangana as an ideal state.

He said it was faulty economic development model adopted for Telangana that resulted in its backwardness. Elaborating further, he said the Green Revolution was based on water. “It benefited coastal Andhra but not Telangana. The waters of Krishna and Godavari were used to make the lands in coastal Andhra highly productive.

Telangana people, instead of demanding Krishna and Godavari river waters, tapped ground water to irrigate their fields. As the ground water is not perennial, they have suffered. To draw ground water, they have to spend more on electricity. On one acre, a farmer in Telangana spends Rs 600 to Rs 800 on power. “The Srikrishna Committee said that as power is more consumed in Telangana, it was developed. It is nothing but distorting the facts.” (మరింత…)

New Telangana party strategy? Congress game plan సెప్టెంబర్ 21, 2013

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New Telangana party strategy?
Inkeshaf Ahmed, September 19, 2013 Postnoon

The Congress game plan is calculated to stun its rivals. It seems plausible to come up with an enough number from AP to make Rahul Gandhi PM, if the new strategy is put in operation.

Hyderabad: Ever wondered why the Congress is not worried at the anger being levelled against it by the Seemandhra? It is a gameplan that is aimed at coming up with enough numbers in favour of Rahul Gandhi.

While grim is the forecast for the Congress prospects in Seemandhra party leaders take a different view. They say the anger against the party in Seemandhra for creating Telangna would only do it good as the party hopes to sweep the Telangana region in the next general elections, pushing out the T champion the TRS.

The number game goes like this. Seemandhra (Rayala-Andhra) together has 25 Lok Sabha seats and Telangana has 17. If the party is seen as pro-T and gets the credit for it, it hopes to come up with at least 15 seats. (మరింత…)

A Separate State, Yes, But On Whose Land? Madhavi Tata సెప్టెంబర్ 21, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Mahabubnagar, politics, SEZ, Telangana, TRS.
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A Separate State, Yes, But On Whose Land?
Government officials themselves admit in private that bogus ration cards are circulating in some districts
Madhavi Tata, Outlook India, September 16, 2013

The food security bill brings with it fresh headaches for Andhra Pradesh, a state with an elaborate public distribution system. Government officials themselves admit in private that bogus ration cards are circulating in some districts of the state. When Outlook visited villages in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district, it found that many had not even heard of either the food security bill or the land acquisition one, but welcomed any extra largesse that would come their way. Represented by TRS supremo K. Chandrasekhara Rao in Parliament, backward Mahabubnagar has a high migrant population that often travels to Maharashtra to look for jobs in the summer.

Land, on the other hand, is an issue in the villages of Polepally, Mudireddipally and Rayapally. Several small farmers were displaced when an SEZ came up in the area. Proud landowners once, some of them now work as security guards, cleaners, labourers, coolies or ply autos around the SEZ. Mudiraj Kothatelugu, 18, runs one such auto in Polepally now, and says his family spent most of the money they got in repaying loans. His father now works as a farm labourer in other villages. While politicians would sometimes show up for solidarity, their displacement issues really have not been addressed, says Balaiah Goud who is now working as a guard in the SEZ. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, he says, has let them down. “It was under the Congress government that we were displaced. What is the use of a Telangana statehood when our own land is taken away from us,” asks Kishtaram Sarojanamma, a farm coolie, indicating which way her vote will go. The land acquisition law comes too late for them. (మరింత…)

Telangana: Cabinet skips discussion but says decision stands సెప్టెంబర్ 21, 2013

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Telangana: Cabinet skips discussion but says decision stands

September 20, 2103, FisrtPost.India

New Delhi: The Union government on Friday rejected the contention that it has developed any second thoughts on the issue of Telangana, saying that the process with regard to its creation is underway and won’t be affected by assembly elections in five states.

On 2 September, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had said that a note to initiate the process of carving out Telangana would be presented before the Union Cabinet within 20 days but it did not come up in the Cabinet meeting on Friday.

Asked whether it was an indication of the government developing second thoughts on the issue of separate statehood, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the decision on Telangana stands.

“On the question of Telangana, there have been sensitivities. It’s a process that has been under consideration for a fairly long period of time and after very detailed deliberations, after perusing the report of a commission appointed by the Government of India, a certain decision has been taken. Those decisions obviously continue to hold,” he said. (మరింత…)

Political economy of Telugu media సెప్టెంబర్ 21, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Culture, Identity, Media, Telangana, Telugu.
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Divided state, divided media
Sevanti Ninan, LIVE MINT & The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

Andhra Pradesh’s media landscape has become such a chequerboard of affiliations that the politically aligned mediascape in Tamil Nadu pales in comparison.

One of the growth industries triggered by, first, the prospect of, and, now, the impending reality of a separate Telangana state, is media owned by people from the region. Suddenly, it is no longer enough that Andhra Pradesh has far more news channels than any other in the country—some 15, not counting impending and new entrants. What matters is whether the owner belongs to Andhra, or Rayalaseema, or Telangana and whose aspirations the media outlet is striving to represent.

At the end of August, Hyderabad got yet another English newspaper called Metro India. Speeches made on the occasion touched upon the most striking characteristic of the media landscape in this state. Bharatiya Janata Party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said that if the paper wanted credibility, it should stay away from political affiliation. Chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said he understood that the earlier newspaper from this group was begun out of compulsion, but he believed this one was being launched out of passion. The reference was to Namaste Telangana, the print mouthpiece of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), in which its leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao has a stake.

And the industrialist who part-owns Namaste Telangana and is now launching Metro India, C.L. Rajam, assured his listeners that this paper would strive to remain neutral “as much as possible”. Perhaps to that end, it is published by a company other than the one with a political imprint. A couple of years earlier, another Telangana industrialist started another newspaper and TV channel called The Hans India and HMTV, respectively. Those two have also sought to retain a neutral identity. (మరింత…)