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Tribal Unrest in Telangana ఆగస్ట్ 6, 2018

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Adilabad, AP Reorganisation Bill, Banjara, Bhadrachalam, Chenchu, Culture, displacement, ecology, Essays, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, indigenous, Khammam, Koya, Lambada, Nizam, Polavaram, ST, Telangana, Warangal.
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పులుల కలల కావల్ టైగర్ రిజర్వ్ జూన్ 23, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, ecology.
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A tiger reserve in Telangana without a single big cat

Balakoteshwara Rao| TNN | Jun 23, 2017


  • Kawal Tiger Reserve, one of the two such sanctuaries in Telangana, has gone “tigerless”
  • After barely a year in the reserve, the tigers — a male and a female — went missing.
  • This is not the first time that tigers have gone missing from the erstwhile unified Adilabad district.

HYDERABAD: For the second time in a decade, Kawal Tiger Reserve, one of the two such sanctuaries in Telangana, has gone “tigerless” with forest department officials having no clue about what happened to the two big cats that had migrated from the forests in Maharashtra in 2015.

After barely a year in the reserve, the tigers — a male and a female — went missing around November last year.

The two migrant tigers had raised hopes for the reserve which had last recorded the presence of big cats in 2012. There were, however, some unconfirmed reports of the presence of a tiger in 2013.

A large portion of the 2,015 sq km Kawal Tiger Reserve falls in Adilabad, forest minister Jogu Ramanna’s Assembly constituency. Despite this, several tracts of the forest have been encroached upon with the government not taking any steps to clear them, said sources. It is also reliably learnt that the reserve is one of the areas where people continue to lay electrified wire traps to kill wild animals.

The reserve’s field director, C Saravanan, when asked about the missing tigers, said it was possible that the tigers returned to where they came from due to cattle and human disturbances. However, conservationists working in the area for the past many years were dismissive of the “tigers returned home” theory.

“They are not like some species of birds that migrate every year. Tigers move in search of new territories.. they come into Telangana because of overcrowding in the tiger reserves in Maharashtra,” one of them said.

This is not the first time that tigers have gone missing from the erstwhile unified Adilabad district. Since 1996, 18 tigers disappeared from the district, sources said.

హేవళంబి ఉగాది – పల్ల నరేంద్ర మార్చి 28, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, ecology, Telangana, Telangana Festivals, Telugu (తెలుగు).
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హేవళంబి నామ సంవత్సర ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు..
హేవళంబికి (రైతు) స్వాగతం..
వాన రానీ వాన రానీరా
మా మంచి కాలం తాను దేనీ తాను దేనీరా
రేయి పగలు కాసుకోని కండ్లలొత్తు లేసు కోని
యేసి చూసి జీవులన్నీ ఆసతొ దోసిళ్ళు బట్టగ
వాన రానీ వాన రానీరా
మా మంచి కాలం తాను దేనీ తాను దేనీరా
సురుకులేపే రోహినమ్మ మ్రిగసిరమ్మకు పిలువనంప
యేడి యిడిసి సల్లబడ పన్నీరు బుడ్డి సిలకరించ
ఆగమాగమునొచ్చి ఆర్ద్ర తడిపి తానాలాడించ
సిన్నబోక మందలించ చిన్న పెద్ద పుష్యాల
ఆకసమ్మే జల్లెడవను అస్లేరు ఎదురుజూడ
కార్తెలన్ని కర్షకులను కడుపులోన దాచుకొనగ
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మా మంచి కాలం తాను దేనీ తాను దేనీరా (మరింత…)

Telangana government and handlooms- Kavula Saraswati మార్చి 1, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Culture, displacement, ecology, Economy, Essays, heritage, Identity, livelihoods, Pochampalli, Telangana, TRS.
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Is the Telangana govt violating the Constitutional rights of adivasis with district reorganization? ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Chenchu, Culture, displacement, ecology, Economy, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Khammam, Koya, Mahabubnagar, Polavaram, Settler, Warangal.
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According to the census of 2011, Adivasis account for 9.34% of the total population in Telangana.

Pavan Korada, The NEWSMinute, Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has reorganised and added new districts in the state, increasing the number of districts in Telangana from 11 to 31. Ostensibly, this was done to improve the administration of the newly formed state. But what exactly lies beneath this objective is possibly a shrewd plan to consolidate the party’s support base. This is clearly explained in this article here by senior journalist Kingshuk Nag. But more importantly this exercise by the TRS government will have a massive impact on the adivasi population of Telangana.  (మరింత…)

Mallanna Sagar protest turns bloody జూలై 31, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in corruption, ecology, Economy, Harish, KCR, Medak, submergence, suicide, violence.
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Police cane villagers, lob tear gas shells as Mallanna Sagar protest turns bloody

Express News Service, 25 July 2016

SANGAREDDY: The Mallanna Sagar project oustees agitation took a ‘bloody’ turn on Sunday with police caning the villagers, resulting in injuries to dozens of people. Police opened fire in the air and lobbed tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.

All Opposition parties called for Medak district bandh on Monday protesting against the police action against the villagers. It is alleged that the police caned the villagers, including women and children indiscriminately, and even dragged people out of their houses and beat them up.

lathicharge against mallanna sagar oustees

Women fell unconscious after being lathicharged during a protest | Express photo

Two of the submergence villages, Erravelli and Vemulaghat, resembled war zone with the locals fighting a pitched battle with police throughout most part of the day. Trouble began when some villagers of Vemulaghat, who were on a 50-day relay hunger strike against the Mallanna Sagar project, tried to lay siege to national highway protesting the government’s attitude in going ahead with the project inspite of objection from locals.

The villagers were stopped near Pallepahad crossroads. Police stopped them from marching ahead citing imposition of prohibitory orders in the villages. The villagers entered into a heated argument with police and a scuffle ensued between the two sides. Police caned the villagers and in the lathicharge, eight villagers including women were injured. Two women fell unconscious. At the same time, the villagers of Erravelli were holding a grama sabha in their village. As they got the news of police action on Vemulaghat villagers, the Erravelli villagers too decided to lay seige on the national highway and marched towards the main road. (మరింత…)

Congress supports Mallanna Sagar oustees struggle జూలై 31, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, displacement, ecology, Economy, Harish, KCR, Medak, suicide, Telangana.
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Rahul to visit Mallanna Sagar villages?

Express News Service, 30 July 2016

Hyderabad: Will AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi make a surprise visit to Telangana and join the party’s fight in support of Mallanna Sagar project oustees demand of compensation as per Land Acquisition Act 2013?

Yes, say highly placed sources in the Congress party. Like in the University of Hyderabad  protests during the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, Rahul Gandhi is likely to make a surprise visit to the state and the proposed submergence villages under Mallanna Sagar project.

The state government’s crackdown on those supporting the Mallanna Sagar oustees gave the Congress the much needed ammunition to launch an agitation and it wants to take full advantage of the situation by bringing Rahul Gandhi to the state and join the agitation. Sources said senior Congress leaders received a communication from the party high command of Rahul Gandhi’s likely visit to Mallanna Sagar villages in the next couple of days.  (మరింత…)

Polavaram Dam: ‘Stop the work order’ for not conducting Public Hearing in Chhattisgarh & Orissa జూలై 9, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, displacement, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Koya, landuse, Polavaram, Settler, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence.
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Centre’s bar on Polavaram work lapses
Deccan Chronicle, 9 July 2016

Project authority says Central water panel has no objection to approval.
Polavram project
The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

Hyderabad: The ministry of environment and forests’ (MoEF) orders regarding the Polavaram project — to keep the ‘stop the work order’ in abeyance — lapsed a week ago. The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

This was issued initially on February 8, 2011 due to non compliance of the condition for an environment clearance, namely, conducting a public hearing in Chattisgarh and Odisha. (మరింత…)

Telangana tourism industry జూలై 9, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Culture, ecology, heritage, Telangana, Telangana Festivals, Telangana Places.
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Telangana woos tourists from Bengal
July 8, 2016 Siasat

Kolkata: Showcasing its rich culture and heritage, Telangana today offered a number of packages covering forts, palaces, wildlife, temples, eco-tourism and medical tourism to attract tourists from West Bengal.

“Apart from high-end (income) visitors, people in West Bengal are also known for their inclination towards heritage and leisure. Bengal has thus emerged as an important market for tourism industry in the country and is now on our radar,” Managing Director of Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) Christina Z Chongthu said here.

At a roadshow on the occasion of Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF), Chongthu also looked forward to have tie-ups with tour operators in West Bengal for more tourists from Bengal to Telangana.

Chongthu, who is also Commissioner, Department of Tourism said, “Telangana invites millions of tourists, not only because of rich heritage, but also because of various tourist attraction covering heritage, archaeology, religion, wildlife, eco-tourism and handicrafts.” (మరింత…)

Padma Shri to Laxma Goud, a raconteur of Telangana life and landscape జనవరి 26, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Culture, ecology, heritage, Identity, Personalities, Telangana, Telangana People, Telugu.
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A Recognition to Telangana Talent

Express News Service, 26th January 2016

The Padma Shri award has come as a late recognition to K Laxma Goud, the versatile and prolific artist who introduced the cultural tradition and rustic life in Telangana to the world through his canvas. His paintings has an indigenous identity representing the Telangana way of life. His powerful drawings and skillfully rendered etchings have influenced many of his contemporaries.

At the center of Laxma Goud’s practice lies the magic of making, an intense, passionate communion with tools, techniques and materials. Laxma Goud’s illustrious career has been marked with an all-encompassing diversity and high degree of craftsmanship both in medium and style. What made the prolific artist stand apart is his writhing, bleeding line. He has worked effortlessly in a wide array of mediums, such as painting, etching, pastels, gouache, sculpture (bronze, terracotta etc) and glass painting. He is known for his graceful, albeit highly powerful line drawings, watercolor works and etchings.

Laxma Goud drew the attention of art world for his technical expertise his startling, refreshing take on rural life. He grew as an artist during the time he spent at the art school of Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda learning traditional mural techniques under the mentorship of K G Subramanyan. (మరింత…)