Caste politics in Telangana, the 29th state మార్చి 17, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BCs, Congress, Culture, Hyderabad, Identity, Kamma, Mulki, Reddy, SC, Settler, ST, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Velama.
Tags: 2014 elections
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Social re-engineering blues haunt Telangana!
Syed Amin Jafri, Times of India, 17 March 2014
Soon after delivering Telangana state, the Congress high command has taken up ‘social re-engineering’ in the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the newly-formed state. A similar experiment is on cards in the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. Though Telangana will come into being formally on June 2, the Congress has completed the formality of bifurcating the Pradesh Congress Committee by naming PCC presidents for Telangana and residuary AP. Both the appointees, who are former ministers with long legislative careers, hail from the backward classes. If Sonia Gandhi was the moving spirit behind the formation of Telangana state, the architect of social re-engineering experiment in the PCCs is Rahul Gandhi. (మరింత…)
Telugu Identity and Telugu States మార్చి 17, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Culture, Deccan, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu.
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Mere paas talli hai
Priyanka Kotamraju, Business Line, March 10, 2014
The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh will do little for Telugu identity
Games for a slice of the re-organised Andhra Pradesh pie have begun. But the battle of sub-regional identities has come to a dead end. The separation of Andhra Pradesh is not a triumph of the Telangana identity over the Telugu one; it is a case of one having an unambiguous definition, the other escaping it altogether. The construction of the Telugu identity has largely been neglected, shaped most recognisably by the Maa Telugu Talli (Our Telugu mother) anthem that has found resonance more often in school assemblies than in defining Telugu pride. Arguably, the Telugu Desam Party’s origin and rise in the eighties and nineties was the last public assertion of Telugu pride. On the other hand, Gadar’s rousing ballads, to name just one cultural strand, have invoked powerful sentiments to build a Telangana identity. (మరింత…)
Ordinance for Seemandhra into the dustbin? మార్చి 8, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, Godavari, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, TDP, TRS.
Tags: Pranab Mukherjee
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Pranab wary, ordinance for Seemandhra as good as dead?
Aloke Tikku & Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March 08, 2014
The anti-corruption ordinances backed by Rahul Gandhi may not be the only ones to be spiked by the government. The ordinance on a special package for Seemandhra — which was approved by cabinet, unlike the graft laws — seems headed the same way.
The government appears to have developed cold feet on the proposed law that seeks to tweak Telangana’s boundary ever since an emissary to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday returned with the clear message that President Pranab Mukherjee wasn’t going to play ball.
A senior government functionary confirmed to HT that the cabinet-approved ordinance was as good as dead, but was quick to add that it may already have served its political objective. (మరింత…)
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Parliament Delivered a Crippled Child, Says Ex-judge
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 7 March 2014
“Parliament has delivered a crippled child with several major complications. History is repeating because we do not learn from our mistakes,” former judge of Supreme Court of India Justice B Sudershan Reddy has remarked, referring to formation of Telangana state on June 2.
He was speaking at a function organised to release a book, ‘Fall and Rise of Telangana’, written by Dr Gautam Pingle, former dean of research and consultancy of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). The book was released by Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram.
Justice Sudershan Reddy minced no words in laying bare the inability of the political leadership to allow injustice to Telangana while it was being created. “There will be only one High court for the two states, only one governor for two states and he would be sitting on law and order and for 10 years Hyderabad would remain a joint capital. How could this be allowed?” he asked.
He hit out at the political leadership of Telangana for its doublespeak. “You embrace personalities from the film world saying that though geographically we are separated but we can live like brothers knowing fully well it is the film world that has done a lot of damage to the Telangana social fabric. But why don’t you say a word about 3 lakh tribals who are going to be rendered homeless because of an ordinance brought out within hours of the President signing the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013?” he said. (మరింత…)
Brief history of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh మార్చి 7, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Deccan, Godavari, Hyderabad, Kakatiya, Mulki, Nizam, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Six Point Formula, SRC, Telangana, Warangal.
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A brief history of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Ratnakar Sadaysula, DNA, 4 March 2014
Ratnakar Sadaysula writes about the history of Andhra Pradesh, and how the foundations of the Telangana movement were laid
Honestly speaking, it was quite a tough task for me, to write about the formation of Telangana – and the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh – without being emotionally affected. It was, after all, a place I called home. Tirupati in Rayalaseema was where I was born, Visakhapatnam in Coastal Andhra was where I grew up, studied, and got married, and Hyderabad in Telangana is where I am settled now.
In a sense, I belonged to all three regions. I had relatives from Telangana, from Seema region and of course from Coastal Andhra. But then I never saw them as being from Telangana or Seema or Kosta; for me they were just my relatives, period. It was the same at engineering college. My classmates came from all parts of the state, but we never really saw ourselves as being from Telangana or Seema or Coastal Andhra. Yes, we used to often rib and joke about where we came from, but at end of the day, we were all basically Telugu people.
When the bifurcation finally happened, it was as if a part of me was lost somewhere, a sort of confused identity. Until then, I could tell people I was from Andhra Pradesh. But now, where exactly do I say I am from? Do I belong to Coastal Andhra since Vizag is my hometown? Do I belong to Telangana since I live in Hyderabad? Or am I from Rayalaseema, since I was born in Tirupati?
Of course, apart from the “are you from Seemandhra or Telangana?” question, people also asked me, “Why Telangana state, what was the need for it to be formed?”
It is not easy to cover the entire Telangana-Andhra issue in a single article, as it has multiple dimensions, social, political, economic and historical. So, this is an attempt to explain it to people outside Andhra Pradesh, who wonder what the fuss is all about.
A brief history
The name Telangana is believed to have been derived from the word Trilinga Desa, the ancient name for Andhra Pradesh, so called because it is believed that it was flanked by three ancient Shiva Temples at Srisailam, Kaleswaram and Draksharama. A more historical explanation is that during the reign of the Nizams, the region was called Telugu Angana (where Telugu was spoken) to differentiate it from the Marathi speaking areas of their kingdom. (మరింత…)
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THE ANDHRA PRADESH REORGANISATION ACT, 2014 dated 1 March 2014 says “ON AND FROM THE APPOINTED DAY, THERE SHALL BE FORMED A NEW STATE TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF TELANGANA comprising the following territories of the existing State of Andhra Pradesh, namely:— Adilabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Warangal, Rangareddi, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Khammam (but excluding the revenue villages in the Mandals specified in G.O.Ms. No. 111 Irrigation & CAD (LA IV R&R-I) Department, dated the 27th June, 2005 and the revenue villages of Bhurgampadu, Seetharamanagaram and Kondreka in Bhurgampadu Mandal) and Hyderabad districts, and thereupon the said territories shall cease to form part of the existing State of Andhra Pradesh”.
President approves Telangana state & President Rule in AP మార్చి 2, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Congress, Hyderabad, Polavaram, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, Telangana.
Tags: Andhra Telangana bye bye
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AP goes under President’s Rule as Mukherjee approves Telangana
Mail Today Bureau 2 March 2014
The Bill for creation of Telangana received the nod of President Pranab Mukherjee who also signed the proclamation to impose central rule in Andhra Pradesh.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014, which got the Parliament’s approval on February 20 despite strong opposition from Seemandhra leaders, got the Presidential assent, paving the way for creation of the country’s 29th state by splitting Andhra Pradesh.
The state will be under the President’s rule for the time being. There will be 13 districts in residuary Andhra Pradesh, while Telangana will have 10 districts, including the Hyderabad city.
In a bid to address concerns of the Seemandhra region, the government had already announced grant of Special Category Status, including tax incentives, to the residuary state as part of a six-point development package for AP’s two successor states. (మరింత…)