Chisti and Misinformation: Subhash Chandra అక్టోబర్ 12, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, corruption, CPI, CPI-M, Culture, Deccan, English, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Nizam, politics, regionalism, Review, struggle, Telangana.
Tags: 1946-1951, 1952 elections, 1969 Telangana Movement, Armed Struggle, Arutla Kamaladevi, Arutla Ramachandra Reddy, Communist, Hyderabad State, Maqdoom Mohiuddin, P. Sundarayya, Raj Bahadur Gour, Seema Chisti, SKC, Telangana Peoples Armed Struggle, Yechuri
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…)
Sakala Janula Samme, a people’s movement: India Today l సెప్టెంబర్ 30, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Articles, bandh, Congress, Economy, elections, English, Identity, JAC, KCR, livelihoods, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: Sakala Janula Samme, Singareni
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People power driving Telangana agitation
A Srinivasa Rao, India Today, September 30, 2011
The demand for a separate Telangana state appears to have slipped out of the hands of political parties and their leaders. It has turned into a genuine people’s movement, if the 17-day long “Sakala Janula Samme” (movement by people of all sections) is any indication.
As the name suggests, virtually every section of the society has joined the movement which has, by and large, been peaceful so far.
This is evident from the lightening strike by newspaper hawkers in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad on Thursday in support of the Telangana cause. As a result, not a single newspaper could reach readers in any part of the state capital. Even those who rushed to newspaper stalls to buy the dailies were disappointed as the vendors, too, joined the strike for Telangana.
Hundreds of newspaper hawkers took out rally to the Telangana martyrs’ memorial at Secunderabad Clock Tower. But the police prevented them and arrested many of them, including Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) convenor Prof. M. Kodandaram.
When the indefinite strike began on September 13 after several postponements, the TJAC and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi were not happy with the response because the people it is a question of survival. That was why the TJAC announced that the strike would take place in a phased manner. (మరింత…)
Gigantic female heads – art of Ravinder Reddy జూన్ 27, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, English, Identity, Personalities, Telangana.
Tags: Baroda, Centre Pompidou, G. Ravinder Reddy, gigantic, Laxma Goud, Migrant, sculpture, Tara, Telangana art, Vaikuntham, women
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A heady success story
June 28, 2011 Deccan Chronicle, By Gayatri Reddy
Apart from being India’s most famous sculptor, G. Ravinder Reddy is also arguably, one of the country’s most modest artists. When asked how he feels about one of his works being sold for Rs 1.41 crore at a recent auction at Christies, he replies, “Really… it sold for so much. I had no idea. My job is to work on the sculptures, selling them is not my domain.” He seems content with the knowledge that people appreciate his work. He also has no idea who his buyers are.
Famous for making gigantic female heads and life size sculptures of women, Reddy has become the toast of the art world as his works are making headlines everywhere. Apart from the recent auction, his current collection Tara, on display in Paris as part of a French and Indian Arts display at the Centre Pompidou, has been getting him great reviews. But success hasn’t affected him at all as Reddy doesn’t even give importance to the fact that he has now firmly cemented his position as Andhra’s most famous artist. “I can’t claim that I am AP’s leading artist. I am just doing my little bit,” he says.
His ‘little bit,’ are giant, pop sculptors of Telangana women which are selling globally. There must be something very enticing about this rural, female form as not just Reddy but other famous artists from AP, like Vaikuntham too are inspired by them. “I can’t comment about others, but as a man, it is natural for me to be attracted to the opposite sex. That’s why I do these sculptures.” Reddy feels the female form gives an artist lots of room for freedom of expression as you can play with colours, texture, volume, form… Women will be thrilled to know that he respects the opposite sex a great deal as the gold sheen, a finishing touch to all his works, is his way of equating them to the rank of goddesses. (మరింత…)
Tags: adivasi, beef, DABMSA, dalit, EFLU, Veena Satrugna
‘Beef fest’ leads to tension on Eflu campus
TNN, May 2, 2011
HYDERABAD: Tension prevailed on English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu) campus on Sunday following the attack a day before on dalit students of the university by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists. On Saturday, about 15 dalit students were attacked by ABVP activists for planning to conduct a ‘Beef Festival’ on campus.
According to members of Dalit Adivasi Bahujan Minority Students’ Association (DABMSA) and Telangana Students’ Association (TSA) who jointly planned to conduct the festival from Saturday with the support of almost all student unions on campus, the ABVP activists barged into the campus kitchen and threw down the vessels in which the beef was cooked. (మరింత…)
Telangana Movement beyond electoral considerations – CH H ఫిబ్రవరి 20, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Economy, elections, English, Identity, NTPP, politics, PRP, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
PROFESSOR B JANARDHAN RAO MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
(Seventh Annual Memorial Lecture, 2009)
Regional Disparities, Smaller States and Statehood for Telangana
While we assemble here this morning to pay our tributes to the memory of Prof.B. Janardhan Rao, we greatly miss him on several counts. He had done outstanding research work on tribal development and held out a great promise for further explorations in this area. Way back in August 1988, he sent me a copy of his book: Land Alienation in Tribal Areas, for my comments (Janardhan Rao, 1987). After reading it, I wrote back saying that the theme he had chosen was extremely important and that his findings were well-grounded because his analysis was carried out against the historical perspective of land relations as well as the impact of the prevailing exploitative socio-economic structure. Achieving Statehood for Telangana was another passion for him. This is evident from a reading of the collection of his essays in Telugu, “Telangana-Changing Political Scenario”, published six years ago (Janardhan Rao, 2003). He was at once a serious scholar and an ardent champion of these causes.
I am particularly happy to be here this morning amidst the academic community at the Kakatiya University because of the opportunity it provides for renewing my long, though intermittent, association with the Faculty and the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Linga Murthy. I had chosen to speak this morning on Statehood for Telangana…because this subject was close to Prof. Janardhan Rao’s heart and I can not think of a better way of paying homage to him than discussing issues like regional disparities and smaller states and their relevance to the formation of Telangana State.
Growing Regional Disparities in Development
Regional disparities in development have been growing in India, especially in the post-reform period. For example, according to the Eleventh Plan, the per capita Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Bihar – the poorest state in the country – which had steadily declined to a little over 30 per cent of the per capita GSDP of the richest state by 1993-94, dropped further to 20 per cent in 2004-05 (GOI, 2008). What is true of rising inter-state disparities in development would be true of regional disparities within some of the larger states, as the factors contributing to such disparities would be the same in both the situations. The neglect of agriculture, rural development and the social sectors in the post-reform period and the consequent rise in rural distress together with the concentration of private investment and proliferation of economic opportunities in the developed regions has brought into sharp focus the regional divide or the rise in inter-state as well as intra-state disparities in development.
Public investments in physical and social infrastructure have an equalizing impact because they can be focused on backward regions. Further, public investment, in turn, induces private investment. But public investment has been falling over a period of time in the country. Public capital formation shrunk to 5 percent of the GDP in the recent period from 10 percent of GDP in the early nineties (Rao, 2006). According to the Eleventh Plan, over the past several years, the share of public investment in the overall investment has been declining reaching a little over 20 percent in recent years. Therefore, according to the Planning Commission, there is “a very great limitation on the influence that fiscal quantities, allocations and strategy can directly exert on growth rates, especially at state level. States have, therefore, to focus on providing the necessary policy framework and supporting environment that makes economic activity possible and attractive enough for private sector investments” (GOI, 2008). (మరింత…)
Chidambara budget is no use for Telangana farmer మార్చి 13, 2008Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in English, Telangana.
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Chidu’s waiver useless to Telangana farmers
March 12, 2008
Chinnarajam, Andhra Pradesh: Chidambaram’s loan waivers have been met with a wave of disappointment in Andhra Pradesh.
In Mahabubnagar, one of the worst hit areas, more small farmers have committed suicide – they could not pay back their dues, not to banks, but to local moneylenders.
Ramulu is one among many such small farmers who own an acre or less of cultivable land. Ramulu’s son Chandrappa committed suicide last month, leaving behind a loan of about Rs 90,000 yet to be repaid.
“The banks give us Rs 3,000 per acre. That’s not enough for us. We need at least Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 for the farm. What the banks give us is simply not enough,” said a farmer, Ramlulu.
Each of the 1,200 small farmers in Mahabubnagar is in debt. 70 per cent of them have borrowed from local moneylenders who charge an interest rate at three times the rate charged by banks.
The other 30 per cent, who have borrowed from banks, are also in debt with these same moneylenders.
NO RELIEF: A National Sample Survey has shown that 82 per cent of AP farmers are in debt.
Fascinating Numaish- Hyderabad Exhibition జనవరి 27, 2008Posted by Telangana Utsav in Deccan, English, Hyderabad, Telangana, Urdu.
Started by a small group of young graduates of Osmania University way back in 1937 it grew into an institution popular as Numaish, the All India Industrial Exhibition, which is larger than the dictionary meaning of the word. Numaish showcases clothes, carpets, glassware among a variety of products and new launches in domestic gadgets, fashions and ideas that steal the heart of young and old men and women of all classes. It is a forum for display of the ‘latest’ in everything from several states in the country as well as many Asian neighbours. Exhibition Society Grounds, spread over 24 acres houses around 2500 stalls competing in the show business of the best of the day in clothes, arts, fashions, furniture, electronics, toys for kids, and thousand other things.
There is reason for seeing the numaish once again- get the latest as much your purse can aford, or just do window shopping, or make masti with friends being part of the place where winter nights are melting in light and sound with fun and frolic. Numaish is the institution known for meeting of cultures expressed in their lifestyles and reflected in goods and products.
Around 25 lakh visitors throng the exhibition. Earnings from the 45 day long annual numaish held by Exhibition Society support 18 educational institutions including Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for Women, Vanita Mahila Vidyalaya.
Here’s a brief account of the numaish by Mohammed Shafeeq (India eNews) and pictures by Mohd Yousuf (The Hindu)
Hyderabad’s ‘numaish’ has something for everyone
by Mohammed Shafeeq. India eNews Jan 6, 2008
It is a New Year gift that this city awaits every year. Popularly known as ‘numaish’ – the Urdu word for exhibition – the fair has come a long way since it was first organised in 1937 during the reign of the Nizam.
The All India Industrial Exhibition, an annual shopping event, began Jan 1 and will continue for one-and-a-half months. Many swanky shopping malls might have changed the landscape of the city in the last few years but this open-air shopping mall has its own charm.
All the roads during this part of the year lead to the sprawling exhibition grounds in Nampally in the heart of Hyderabad as people from different parts of the city and even neighbouring districts and states descend to be part of the gala event.
From the carpets of Iran and dry fruits of Jammu and Kashmir to handmade garments from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, handicraft items from all over India and electronic goods of the best brands in the country, the exhibition brings together the best from all around. (మరింత…)
Jaiswal community of Hyderabad జనవరి 2, 2008Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Deccan, English, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Jaiswals of Hyderabad
With the establishment of the a Asaf Jahi rule at Golkonda, number of north Indian communities such as Kayasths, Khatris, Brahma-Khsatriyas and Marwadis had come and settled down in Hyderabad. Some of them had accompanied Asaf Jah-I and were awarded high positions in the state administration. Big and extensive jagirs were also granted to some of them for performing meritorious duties. However, the other communities’ like Marwadis, Gujrathis and Jaiswals were mostly traders and dealt in various commodities. The Gujratis were intitially timber merchants but later they took to precious and semi precious stones. The Marwadis had settled in large numbers at Begum Bazar and virtually controlled that market to meet the local requirements.
The Jaiswals came in two batches, one from the western and another from the eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh. They however, excelled in the art of liquor making and settled in the vicinity of the present Narayanguda. They were given permits in lieu of an annual payment made to royal treasury for collecting “Tadi” from the forest and also for making country liquor. They not only excelled in it but later monopolized this trade and had their shops all around Narayanguda. The area was later named after Narayan Pershad, a leading member of Jaiswal community.
Nothing is known about the origin of the Jaiswal community. They were however known as “Kalwars” in North India. It is likely that their ancestors hailed from the town, ‘Jayas’ in Uttar Pradesh and hence came to be known as ‘Jayaswalas’ or “Jayaswals” or “Jaiswals”. The well known Sufi poet, Malik Mohammad Jayasi also belonged to ancient town of Jayas. (మరింత…)
Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial Day- November 1 నవంబర్ 2, 2007Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Appeals, English, In News.
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The arduous wait of a hopeful
Mohd. Jamaluddin and his associates have been visiting the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial every year on State Formation Day since 1969
— Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
On a mission: Jamaluddin and others at the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial in Hyderabad on Thursday.
HYDERABAD: It is an agonising wait for Mohd. Jamaluddin. Another year has passed by and his dream is yet to be realised. Mr. Jamaluddin, president of the Telangana Retired Employees’ Association, and his associates have been visiting the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial at Gun Park in front of the Legislative Assembly every year on the State Formation Day since 1969, the year of the ‘Jai Telangana’ agitation.
‘Lack of will’
Mr. Jamaluddin, accompanied by the association vice-president M.A. Qayyum and general secretary T. Ganesh Rao, spent long hours at the memorial this year too. He said all that was required for statehood for Telangana was political will and regretted that the Governments of the day lacked it.
Mr. Jamaluddin’s visit to the place was preceded by a dharna staged by Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders and activists who observed Thursday as ‘Telangana betrayal day.’ Waving black flags and shouting slogans denouncing the integrated State, they said the development of Telangana was possible only through a separate state.
Small is Beautiful- Call for More Smaller States అక్టోబర్ 11, 2007Posted by Telangana Utsav in Articles, English, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Divide and Rule: India should have more and smaller states
The Times of India Editorial, Oct 11, 2007
Mayawati’s call to divide UP into three states is apt. Uttar Pradesh is a monster state with a population of 166 million. That’s more than half the population of the US and 70 million more than Maharashtra, the second most populous state in India. UP is not just one of the least developed states in the country, it is also the most crime prone and one reason for the abysmal state of governance in UP is its unmanageable size. Unlike states formed on a linguistic basis, various regions were fused together after independence to form this unwieldy administrative unit.
Why not now divide it into three or four smaller states of the size of Uttarakhand, which was carved out of UP in 2000? The division could be along the following lines: Harit Pradesh comprising western districts of UP, Purvanchal in the east, Awadh and Bundelkhand. Hopefully, such a division will raise the quality of governance and better use of economic resources in each of these regions, which are quite distinct from one another.
The reasoning for smaller states holds true for other parts of India as well. Popular movements are on in Andhra Pradesh, and to some extent in Maharashtra, for separate Telangana and Vidarbha states. Telangana Rashtra Samiti, a political outfit launched to seek a Telangana state, won a significant number of Lok Sabha and assembly seats in 2004. Congress, which allied with TRS, has promised a second states’ reorganisation commission to study the demands for a separate state. (మరింత…)