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Fascinating Hyderabad : Aks -e- Hyderabad జూన్ 17, 2013

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Going back in time through timeless snaps
J.S.Ifthekhar, The Hindu, Hyderabad, June 17, 2013

‘Aks-e-Hyderabad’, a photo album with 600-odd stunning images narrates the tale of twin cities in a telling manner

Life brings tears, smiles and memories. Tears dry, smiles fade but memories last forever. All it takes is one picture to bring back a thousand memories. The Hyderabad of yore where time stood still, where the dust of the royal past never settles. How about reliving an age gone by?

Now, you can take a step back in time and enjoy a fascinating past. Aks-e-Hyderabad (Images of Hyderabad), a photo album brought out by Urdu daily Siasat , brings alive the past in minute detail. A picture is worth a thousand words. The album, with 600-odd stunning images, narrate the tale of twin cities in a telling manner.

Though there is no dearth of books on Hyderabad, an album is perhaps the first of its kind. Flip through the folder, and you get the feeling of a kind of videotape playing in your mind.

Striking images of Golconda, the Pearl City, the agony of the 1908 floods, modes of transportation, coins and currency, culture and civilisation, marriage, music and dance, jewellery and costume and the Nizams and their family flash by. Just about everything of the erstwhile Hyderabad is contained in 319 pages of the photo album.

The album covers the period from 1880 to 1960. “We have 1,300 rare photographs in our collection. About 650 have been included in this album. The rest we plan to publish shortly,” says Zahid Ali Khan, editor, Siasat . The credit for collecting and compiling the photographs goes to noted writer Allama Aijaz Farruq. (మరింత…)

Chisti and Misinformation: Subhash Chandra అక్టోబర్ 12, 2011

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Land of Much Disinformation
Masquerading as Journalism

Dear journalist Ms. Seema Chisti,

Greetings from the State of Telangana!

I have addressed you as a journalist since you identified yourself as one in one of your public tweets. Specifically though, I am writing this letter to you with reference to your October 7, 2011 online article titled “Land of many discontents” published by Indian Express. I have also read many of your posts on Telangana as well as on various other issues and subjects. (http://www.indianexpress.com/columnist/seemachishti)

I am not a journalist (exclusively) myself but, I do have high regard for true journalism and true journalists of unquestionable integrity. I hope, you subscribe to such values, too.

After reading your column “Land of many discontents” though I have serious concerns. Just to be sure, I then read your other articles on Telangana and my suspicions were confirmed. Perhaps, it is unfair on my part to expect such high standards from you. Still, considering the facts that you have worked at BBC and Indian Express as a senior journalist, I expect you to at least check your facts for accuracy even if your opinions are biased. Alas, you have seriously disappointed me and, I am sure, many other serious readers of news and opinions both in India and abroad. What shocks me is that even senior journalists like you and many others like Vijay Simha @ Tehelka, and even Rajdeep Sardesai of Editors Guild take your professional responsibility rather lightly and commit grave errors both in substance and accuracy. I just wonder what the reasons could be. Is it because you consider yourself above the fray or too important to concern yourself with the mundane task of verifying facts and the veracity of your statements, or just plain carelessness and recklessness? After all, you have represented the Editor’s Guild along with Sardesai to the EC regarding how badly prevalent is Paid Journalism in Indian Press. Why then do you perpetuate the same things (paid-journalism) you complain to EC?

I am going to treat every word and every sentence in your article with utmost care and seriousness to show how far removed your writing is from facts, truth, and objectivity. I shall also provide you references to verify the facts. (మరింత…)

Hyderabad and Telangana- Kingshuk Nag’s book on T జూలై 20, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, Economy, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Nizam, politics, regionalism, Review, Settler, students, TDP, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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Outlook July 25, 2011

Cleft Stick

Nag prefers to steer away from opinion and stick safely to facts. It’s a quick run-through of the issue for outsiders.


As a chronicle of the ongoing Telangana agitation, Kingshuk Nag’s Battleground Telangana has much to offer: well-written, missing no issue and, more important, unemotional. Nag supports the creation of a separate Telangana state, ridicules the idea of Hyderabad city as a union territory and drives home the point that the decision to do so should be taken now. He takes us through the unhappy creation of Andhra Pradesh from the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of erstwhile Madras State and Telangana, the resentment of the people of Telangana that led to the first agitation in 1969, the state through NTR, Chandrababu Naidu and Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and the movement since 2009. Aware that Telangana is an emotive issue, Nag steers away from opinion and sticks safely to facts. It’s a quick run-through of the issue for outsiders.

Nag isn’t always objective; taking cheap swipes at the Nizam and Chandrasekhar Rao, missing the subtleties of a difficult issue.

But now the troubling issues. The Telangana movement, says Nag, arises from its cultural divergence and its heritage of revolt. But to say that the demand for a separate state is because of its militant history is hitting at the very basis for the demand. In a patriarchal marriage, the wife is right whenever she wants a divorce. As Nag himself explains, the 1956 merger was one forced on the people of Telangana. But how do you explain their long-standing grudges—unequal political power; lesser share of funds in every sector, including education, health, irrigation and civil supplies; diversion of its surplus funds into the general kitty; cultural dominance which has led to an erosion of their language, food habits and other cultural markers; the virtual take-over of Hyderabad, erasing its landscape? Is it because of vested interests and realpolitik of the coastal Andhra elite? Nag makes no attempt to examine this. (మరింత…)

Battleground Telangana: More facts, less analysis జూన్ 16, 2011

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Book reviews

Battleground Telangana: More facts, less analysis
D P Satish, CNN-IBN Posted on Jun 16, 2011

The most dreaded ‘T’ word is back in Andhra Pradesh politics. After a long lull, the movement for Telangana state is once again picking up steam.

Unfortunately, there are not many well written books on Telangana in English. Kingshuk Nag, a senior journalist of repute and resident editor of Times of India, Hyderabad edition has filled the vacuum by writing a highly readable book on the movement and the region: Battleground Telangana. (మరింత…)

Battleground Telangana : Chronicle of an agitation జూన్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Mulki, Palamur, politics, regionalism, Review, Telangana.
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Book review

Nomads near Cyberabad
D Murali

Medak, a district that borders Greater Hyderabad, is a telling example of the poor economic development in Telangana, writes Kingshuk Nag in ‘Battleground Telangana: Chronicle of an agitation’ (www.harpercollins.co.in).

On the roads of Medak, not more than an hour and a half from Hyderabad, it is possible to run into nomads travelling on bullock carts with all their belongings, describes Nag. “These people have no home and hearth and move from place to place within the district in search of jobs. Many others, who have some place to live, migrate seasonally in the months of summer not only in search of jobs but also looking for sources of drinking water.” (మరింత…)

An Eye-opener on Telangana : Madabhushi Sridhar ఏప్రిల్ 23, 2011

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Book Review
An Eye-opener On Telangana
Madabhushi Sridhar
Power Politics, April 2011

The major defect that Telangana suffers from is lack of data and documentation to advocate against discrimination and disparities perpetuated by leaders coming from other regions. This problem is now being addressed effectively. Telangana: The State of Affairs, edited by M Bharath Bhushan and N Venugopal is a bold attempt to provide a framework to understand the rationale for the demand of Telangana

Telangana is victim of its own leaders who permitted others to exploit it. These leaders are culpable for two reasons : either they are guilty of not knowing the diversion of water, funds and other resources; or they knew it but allowed the injustice to continue without any resistance. For the sin of leaders, people are suffering. It can also be said other way round too : people should have been more conscious to question these leaders and not allowed the leaders to exploit them.

TELANGANA : THE STATE OF AFFAIRS, M Bharath Bhushan, N. Venugopal, AdEd Value Ventures, 2009, Rs 250, pp. 210

Andhra Pradesh unfortunately did not have a leader of state level nature so far. Almost all chief ministers conducted themselves as the leaders of their native district or region and none ruled like a leader of the entire state. Some of the leaders did not do anything for their district or region. People’s representatives who occupied crucial positions in New Delhi were more obedient to Prime Ministers and thus never cared for their state. Some MPs and bureaucrats from Coastal Andhra were over smart and diverted the resources from out of Telangana. This led to serious disparities among the region’s leading to the present state of hostilities and turbulence.

Another major defect that Telangana suffers from is lack of data and documentation to advocate against discrimination and disparities perpetuated by leaders coming from other regions. This problem is now being addressed effectively. Telangana: The State of Affairs, edited by M Bharath Bhushan and N Venugopal is a bold attempt to provide a a framework to understand the rationale for the demand of Telangana. (మరింత…)

Guide to Telangana question : Two books సెప్టెంబర్ 13, 2010

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The twin guide to Telangana
V. Anil Kumar
Financial Express, Sep 12, 2010

The Telangana issue has been in the news for some time, and the recent byelections have just brought the focus back on the matter. While writings on Telangana are multiplying, there is considerable need for understanding the basic aspects of the problem. This needs information, as well as the point of view of the people of the region. In addition, there is also the need to fill the gap on economic, socio-cultural and historical aspects of Telangana. The two books reviewed here attempt to provide such a backdrop against which all the contemporary political commentaries could be understood to some extent. (మరింత…)

Separation Pangs – Telangana : Gita Ramaswamy జూన్ 5, 2010

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Separation Pangs

Cheated on promises of equity for decades, Telangana’s right to statehood is validated by scholars and activists

Gita Ramaswamy

Telangana today evokes images of gun-toting khaki-clad Naxalites and students immolating themselves—both conjuring horror and violence. In contrast, the Telangana movement for a separate state is both a peaceful movement and a movement for peace, an anomaly in a region marked by continuing violent struggles. By and large, the separatists have been peaceful, resorting to fasts, dharnas and processions. Telangana, which has seen decades of violence—from the Communist-led armed struggle of the forties to Naxalite violence the seventies onwards, and the horrific police repression of both—yearns for peace. The call for a separate Telangana is also a call for development on its own terms, to enable vertical contradictions within the area to be resolved within it.

The Telangana slogan is a six-decade-old one. In 1952, the Hyderabad Legislative Assembly voted to keep the Hyderabad state intact and separate. The States Reorganisation Commission, appointed by the Nehru government, also cautioned against forced unification in 1955. The gentlemen’s agreement in 1956 (between Telangana and Andhra leaders) stated that the utilisation of Telangana’s huge surpluses should be within the area of Telangana. This was not done. Data from 1966-67 shows 88.4 per cent of government canals were in the Andhra region, and only 1.4 per cent in Telangana. Subsequent developments confirmed the fears of the people of Telangana. Telangana has failed to get an equitable share of public investments, there is discrimination against its people both in public education and employment, and a clear denial of political power to leaders of this region. Two major rivers pass through Telangana—the Krishna and the Godavari; neither irrigates the area substantially. Instead, their waters go to the coastal Andhra districts of Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari. (మరింత…)

Telangana : The 29th State of India? జనవరి 18, 2010

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Book Review
The Hitavada, Nagpur 17 January 2010

Telangana: The 29th state of India?

If one were to pick up a single subject drawing public attention which had begun in the first year of the last decade and went on to continue into the next, then it would undoubtedly be the clamour for a separate state of Telangana.

Till about the end of last year, this oldest movement for a separate state had just sporadically attracted national attention and media coverage. Despite a plethora of national leaders and parties talking about the issue, this movement in particular surprisingly never revved up to accelerate its political momentum, both at the state of Andhra Pradesh and the central level. With the fast-unto-death of K Chandrashekhara Rao (KCR) and the subsequent violence in the state, this movement has now effortlessly reached the top of the media ‘must-cover’ news stories.

In 2001, after a much-publicised spat with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and name calling with the party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, one of its earliest members and party veteran, KCR quit the outfit and floated his own Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). The raison d’ etre of TRS was that this erstwhile Nizam-ruled region of the state has been successfully discriminated against and its people overwhelmed by the influx of ‘settlers’ from other regions of the state ever since the formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956.

The emotive issue has since then remained at the centrestage of the state’s politics and has been raised as a key campaign issue during the two elections of 2004 and 2009, both for the Parliament and the Assembly elections.

Unlike the ‘issue-less’ and rather painless creation of three new states in 2000 – Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand, Telangana had, till now remained confined as an issue to be dusted for animated campaigning during elections and ‘special’ occasions. In recent memory, it was in 1998 that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in general and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in particular broached the subject at its convention in Kakinada, in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Armed with a slogan ‘one vote, two states’ the campaign could not gather much steam as TDP, the dominant political partner of NDA in Andhra Pradesh took a dim view of this clamour for separation and did not find it appropriate enough.

A recently released book Telangana: The State of Affairs (AdEd Value Ventures, Hyderabad) quotes thus: “Andhra Pradesh has the dubious merit of ruling parties espousing a separatist demand. It becomes imperative here to distinguish people’s aspirations for just opportunities and established political parties seeking to dominate the people, under the pretext of uplifting them. Civil society is yet to create the intellectual tools and action plans that can distinguish people’s politics from power politics.

Today, the problem of sub regionalism is compounded by a) its abuse by forces in power and b) its co-option by transient separatist forces. The nature of the demand for a separate Telangana has undergone a radical shift in the last four decades. From being the demand for justice by the people of an oppressed region, it has turned into a potential tool for oppressors wanting to renew and perpetuate the exploitation of the vulnerable masses. But once out of power, the same oppressive forces have chorused the demand for separate state. We have witnessed this trend particularly during the past two general elections (2004 and 2009). The ruling party Congress-I and the main opposition party Telugu Desam, have by turns acted in a similar manner with regard to the demand for separation.” (మరింత…)

Random thoughts on Telangana : Sanjaya Baru జనవరి 1, 2010

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Random thoughts on Telangana

Sanjaya Baru / Business Standard
New Delhi December 31, 2009, 0:52 IST

Google Telangana and you are likely to find more books on the communist-inspired “struggle” of the 1940s and 1950s than the “separatist” agitation of 1969-70 or the one in progress. While there is no link at all between the “struggle” and the “agitations”, it is becoming increasingly clear that Telangana’s Maoists hope to climb on the separatist bandwagon to further their own cause. So, it is not surprising that both M Bharath Bhushan and N Venugopal — editors of this slim and eclectic collection of essays on various facets of Telangana life, culture, politics and economics — labour hard to link the two and, in the process, denounce the mainstream separatist leadership.

The context of the book is clear — the editors clearly felt an year ago that the Telangana agitation was sagging, which it was as evidenced by the results of the 2009 elections, and so chose to once again highlight the issue. The sub-text of the book seems to be to offer a “left of centre” critique of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). Bharath Bhushan not only offers a bizarre theory linking the “separate Telangana agitation” to the “Telangana armed revolt” led by the communists, but also accuses the TRS of not leading a “people’s movement” but one of “elites”.

In understanding the context and the sub-text, one can easily decode the editors’ pretext to publish this book. It is an attempt to move the separatist agitation closer to the Maoist movement in Telangana. It should be remembered that the two mainstream communist parties, the CPI and the CPM, have for long been opposed to the idea of separatism, given their view of nationalities and regionalism in India, but the Maoists have jumped on the bandwagon. (మరింత…)