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పునర్నిర్మాణం.. మన చేతుల్లోనే – గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే ఏప్రిల్ 13, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Culture, Economy, Essays, Identity, politics, regionalism, Telangana, Telangana People, Telugu (తెలుగు).
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నమస్తే తెలంగాణ, 12 April, 2017

-నమస్తే తెలంగాణతో సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్ డైరెక్టర్ గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే

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నమస్తే తెలంగాణ, ప్రత్యేక ప్రతినిధి: తెలంగాణ వచ్చింది. ఇక మన చేతుల్లో పని. పునర్నిర్మాణం మన చేతుల్లోనే ఉంది. ఆ సంగతి అధికారులకు అర్థం చేయించడమే నా ముఖ్యమైన బాధ్యత అని సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్ డైరెక్టర్ గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే చెప్పారు. ఇప్పుడు మనుషుల సమస్య చాలా ఉందని, మనసు పెట్టి పనిచేసే వాళ్లు కావాలని, అలాంటి వారిని గుర్తించడం, వారితో కలిసి పనులు చేపట్టడం ఒక సవాల్ ఆయన చెప్పారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా గౌతమ్ పింగ్లే నమస్తే తెలంగాణతో మాట్లాడారు. మన రాష్ట్రం మనది అయ్యిందని, జయాపజయాలు మన చేతుల్లోనే ఉన్నాయని చెప్పారు. ఈ తరుణంలో అధికారులకు శిక్షణ ఇస్తూ వారిలో అవగాహన పెంచుతూ ప్రజల వద్దకు పరిపాలనను తీసుకెళ్లడం, మన తెలంగాణ గురించి ప్రపంచానికి తెలియజెప్పే లక్ష్యంతో సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్ ముందుకు సాగుతుందని పింగ్లే తెలిపారు. ఇప్పటికే మూడు శిక్షణా శిబిరాలు నిర్వహించామని ఆయన చెప్పారు. అధ్యయనానికి ఉపయోగపడే కేంద్రంగా సెంటర్ ఫర్ తెలంగాణ స్టడీస్‌ను రూపొందించేందుకు తెలంగాణకు సంబంధించి అనేక అంశాలను ఒకచోటికి చేర్చడం, తెలంగాణకు సంబంధించిన దైనందిన సమాచారాన్ని పంచుకోవడానికి వెబ్‌సైట్ ఏర్పాటు చేయడం మా ముందున్న లక్ష్యాలని పింగ్లే పేర్కొన్నారు. (మరింత…)

Taking Telangana Back to Feudalism- Kingshuk Nag ఏప్రిల్ 13, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Culture, Essays, Identity, KCR, KTR, TRS.
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The Wire, 7/4/2017

Like the Nizam’s rule in Hyderabad under the British Raj, K. Chandrasekhar Rao is trying to woo the BJP in hopes that he will be able to lord it over Telangana as long as he promises suzerainty.

Hyderabad: A huge number of temples across Telangana are run by the state government and this includes the Shreerama Temple at Bhadrachalam. On Ram Navami, which was earlier this week, the usual practice is for the chief minister – even when the state was a part of Andhra Pradesh – to visit the temple and present new clothes to the deity. But this time, chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) gave it a miss, leaving it to his teenage school going grandson to stand in for him – presenting the pattu vastralu to the deity – and causing much consternation in the process.

Government spokespersons later tried to control the damage by suggesting that the boy was only representing the family and not the government. While under normal circumstances, a teenager standing in for the chief minister cum grandfather should shock citizens, the people of Telangana have closely experienced how the distinction between the state and its first family has been obliterated and obfuscated in the last three years. (మరింత…)

Sindhu prefers Andhra over Telangana for government job ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Essays, GHMC, Identity, Mulki, TDP, Telugu, TRS.
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IANS, February 2017, Vijayawada

Olympic 2016 silver medallist PV Sindhu has preferred Andhra Pradesh over Telangana to accept a government job offer. The star shuttler, who was born in Hyderabad, has accepted the job offer of Andhra Pradesh, the state her parents come from.

Sindhu will soon be appointed as deputy collector in Andhra Pradesh. She has conveyed her willingness to accept the post which was offered by the state government soon after she bagged silver in women’s singles at the Rio Olympics last year.

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Sindu’s mother Vijayalakshmi said they were soon expecting appointment order.

While felicitating Sindu at a function here on her return from Olympics, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had announced that the state will give a group-I officer’s job to the shuttler. (మరింత…)

Maths and politics of New Districts in Telangana జూలై 8, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Adilabad, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, KCR, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, politics, Rangareddy, regionalism, Telangana, Warangal.
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Telangana: In new math, adding more districts will divide politics
Kamalapathi Rao H, Deccan Chronicle, July 8, 2016

Reorganisation of districts will strengthen K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his party TRS in south, east.

Hyderabad: The reorganisation of districts in Telangana state could lead to exclusive zones for the TRS, while edging out the Opposition in some of the proposed districts in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

The TRS has been traditionally strong in the northern districts and Warangal, while it is considerably weak in Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Khammam.

Mahbubnagar district will be split into three parts — Mahbubnagar, Wanaparthy and Nagar Kurnool. As per proposals, Wanaparthy district would have Alampur, Gadwal and Wanaparthy from where the TRS has no MLA. The district will become a stronghold of the Congress.

The residual Mahbubnagar district will have Maktal, Narayanpet, De-varakadra, Jadcherla, Shadnagar, Mahbubna-gar and Kodangal. Of these, only Kodangal has a representative from the Telugu Desam. With this, the residual Mahbubnagar district would become a stronghold of the ruling party.

If Kodangal is merged into its neighbouring Ranga Reddy West (Vikarabad) district, the TD would not have any representation from Mahbubnagar district and the TRS will have no opposition. (మరింత…)

“No settler here, even I’m from outside”: KTR జనవరి 16, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Andhrapreneurship, Economy, elections, GHMC, Identity, KTR, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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“No settler here, even I’m from outside”

KTR says strong passions are passé and the government has to take everyone along

Panchayat Raj Minister K.T. Rama Rao made it clear that the city’s population does not lend itself for clustering into “settlers” and “non-settlers”, as most residents here are migrants from other places.

“Even I am not from here. I migrated from Siddipet. In fact, even America is a country of immigrants,” he said, at the ‘Meet the Press’ event organised by the Telangana State Union of Working Journalists here on Tuesday.

“It is true that we had given slogans like ‘Jaago, Bhaago’, and we are not apologetic about it now. Such were the passions then, when leaders from Andhra tried to hinder Telangana State. Today the passions are not there. We have to take everyone along. This is the government, even for those who didn’t vote for us,” Mr. Rao elaborated, responding to a statement that local people are angry with government’s efforts to please “settlers”. (మరింత…)

యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? పోరాటాల, త్యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? – ఎన్.వేణు గోపాల్ జనవరి 16, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, agitation, Culture, Essays, Identity, KCR, Personalities, politics, struggle, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు), TRS.
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యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? పోరాటాల, త్యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? – ఎన్.వేణు గోపాల్
నడుస్తున్న తెలంగాణ మాసపత్రిక, జనవరి 2016 సంచిక

తెలంగాణ ముఖ్యమంత్రి కె చంద్రశేఖర రావు అయుత మహా చండీ యాగం జరపడం, ఆ యాగం ప్రభుత్వ కార్యక్రమం లాగ, తెలంగాణ కార్యక్రమం లాగ జరగడం చాల ప్రశ్నలకు చర్చకు ఆస్కారం ఇస్తుంది. తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రం ఏర్పడితే అయుత మహా చండీ యాగం చేస్తానని తాను మొక్కుకున్నానని, ఇప్పుడు రాష్ట్రం ఏర్పడింది గనుక ఆ యాగం చేస్తున్నానని ఒకసారి, విశ్వశాంతి, లోక కళ్యాణం, తెలంగాణ సౌభాగ్యం, ప్రజాశ్రేయస్సు కొరకు ఈ యాగం చేస్తున్నానని ఒకసారి ఆయన ప్రకటించారు. కాని ఈ రెండు వివరణలు కూడ చర్చకు నిలిచేవి కావు.
తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రం అశేష ప్రజానీకం సాగించిన పోరాటాల వల్ల, త్యాగాల వల్ల, రాజకీయ ఎత్తుగడల వల్ల వచ్చిందా లేక ఒకానొక వ్యక్తి మొక్కు వల్ల వచ్చిందా అనే సందేహానికి మొదటి వివరణ దారితీస్తుంది. స్వయంగా తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్ర సాధన ఉద్యమానికి నాయకత్వం వహించానని చెప్పుకుంటున్న పార్టీ అధ్యక్షుడే తన మొక్కు వల్లనే తెలంగాణ సాధించిందని అనడం తన పద్నాలుగు సంవత్సరాల కృషిని తానే అపహాస్యం చేసుకున్నట్టవుతుంది. ఉద్యమక్రమంలో తెలంగాణ సమాజం యావత్తూ పాల్గొన్న అనుభవం ఉంది. చేపట్టిన ఎన్నో పోరాట రూపాలున్నాయి. చేసిన ఎన్నో కార్యక్రమాలున్నాయి. చివరికి తెలంగాణ బిల్లు పార్లమెంటులో ఆమోదం పొందిన తర్వాత చంద్రశేఖర రావే సకుటుంబ సమేతంగా వెళ్లి తెలంగాణ ఇచ్చినందుకు మరొక మాతకు కృతజ్ఞతలు చెప్పివచ్చారు. ఇప్పుడు ఆ కారణాలూ పరిణామాలూ అన్నీ పక్కకు పోయి, కేవలం చండీమాత మొక్కు వల్లనే తెలంగాణ వచ్చిందనడం ఆయనకు స్వవచోవ్యాఘాతమని అనిపించకపోవచ్చు గాని తెలంగాణ సమాజానికీ ఉద్యమకారులకూ అవమానం.తెలంగాణ కోసం ప్రాణాలు బలిపెట్టిన వందలాది మంది విద్యార్థి యువజనులకు అవమానం. (మరింత…)

‘Settlers’ hold the key- GHMC Elections జనవరి 16, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Andhrapreneurship, AP Reorganisation Bill, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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N Rahul, The Hindu, January 11, 2016

All parties, without exception, are scrambling for votes of ‘settlers’, particularly of Andhra Pradesh origin, in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, as they constitute a sizeable population and have the potential to swing the results.

The ruling TRS has tried to impress on the section that the dividing line between people of AP and Telangana origin had withered away after the general elections in 2014 when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of Telugu Desam Party and the BJP. The Opposition, however, reminded them that the scars from wounds of bifurcation were still visible. This was clearly visible from the tweet of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s son Lokesh in the hash tag ‘#HyderabadBarbaad’, wherein he said “two faced TRS proves it again. One that cries foul at settlers for votes, another that sympathises them, again for votes.”

The Commercial Taxes Minister T. Srinivas Yadav displayed the goodies of TRS for settlers at a press conference here on Sunday, when he said he would be visiting Bheemavaram and other places in East and West Godavari districts to participate in Sankranti celebrations. Mr. Yadav had been going there for several years to take part in cockfights during the festival, but this time, he said, it was only to celebrate. (మరింత…)

e-Resource Centre for TSPSC in Telangana University జనవరి 10, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, 29th State, agitation, Culture, Economy, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Kakatiya, politics, regionalism, Telangana, Telangana Festivals, Telangana People, Telangana Places, TRS, TSPSC.
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Telangana University opens e-resource centre for TSPSC exams

P Ram Mohan, The Hindu, Nizamabad, January 10, 2016

V-C has given green signal to purchase any number of books required by students, says Registrar

Dozens of coaching centres have emerged across the district with a series of notifications coming for recruitment of various jobs in the State government. Aspirants of jobs are thronging coaching centres and libraries for serious preparation.

They, however, seem to be struggling to find relevant syllabus in books and magazine available at the libraries. They find it difficult to get authentic information on Telangana politics, economics, culture and festivals, geography, general history, and history of the 60-year-old agitation for separate Statehood and also on current affairs.

The market is flooded with books written by several writers, but aspirants do not feel satisfied with the contents in them. They have been waiting for the books written by eminent writers being published by the Telugu Academy. Meanwhile, coaching centres are searching for senior faculty members and experts in general studies to engage them in their centres. (మరింత…)

Telangana movement & State formation – V Prakash జనవరి 10, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, 29th State, agitation, AP Reorganisation Bill, politics, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు), TRS, TSPSC.
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Book on Telangana movement and State formation released
Special correspondent, The Hindu, 4 January, 2016

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao released a book titled “Telangana Udyamala Charitra – Rashtra Avirbhavam” (history of Telangana movements and State formation) written by V. Prakash, founder of Acharya Jayashankar Study Centre and political analyst.

Advisor to Government K.V. Ramanachary, Minister G. Jagadish Reddy, State Planning Board Vice Chairman S. Niranjan Reddy, legislators K. Prabhakar Reddy and Palla Rajeshwar Reddy and family members of Mr. Prakash were present on the occasion. Complimenting Mr. Prakash for penning the book, the Chief Minister said it was a great attempt to compile the history of Telangana movement. (మరింత…)

Displacing Godavari and Its People – N Venugopal నవంబర్ 6, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, AP Reorganisation Bill, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, regionalism, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Book review
When Godavari Comes: People’s History of a River–Journeys in the Zone of the Dispossessed by R Uma Maheshwari, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2014; pp 486 + xviii, Rs 595.

N Venugopal (venugopalraon@yahoo.com) is the editor of Veekshanam, a Telugu monthly journal of political economy and society.

Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project across the Godavari River is likely to displace more than 3,00,000 people, mostly Adivasis, by submerging over 300 habitations. It will also submerge forests with rich biodiversity, a hill range, a river and several streams, agricultural lands, and cultural sites. The highly controversial project, first envisaged in the 1940s under the colonial government, was actually taken up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2006, without proper sanctions and clearances from many statutory bodies. The project violates safeguards provided to Adivasis in the Constitution as well as several legislations, including the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The works on the project began and continued without approvals like clearance for revised costs by the Expenditure (Finance) Committee; Central Electrical Authority’s clearance for power component; approvals from gram sabhas in the submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh states; approval of Forest (Conservation) Act for submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh; techno-economic clearance from the Central Water Commission (CWC); and CWC approval for dam design and operation schedule. In fact, the project is under litigation with several cases pending in the Supreme Court (SC) filed by governments of Chhattisgarh and Odisha as well as environmental and Adivasi groups. The project is also in violation of the National Tribal Policy as it violates the direction, “any project which displaces more than 50,000 tribal people should not be taken up.” In 2006, the SC appointed a Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to study the concerns and the CEC report said,
there is, therefore, a strong case for a second thought and explore alternative location and design of the dam to avoid the colossal loss in terms of apprehended sufferings and disruption of life style of the local inhabitants. (మరింత…)