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Hyderabad and Telangana inseparable: Asaduddin Owaisi అక్టోబర్ 13, 2011

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Hyderabad and hinterland
Asaduddin Owaisi
Indian Express, Oct 12 2011

Founded by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth Qutub Shahi king, in 1591, Hyderabad has evolved into a bustling city over the last four-odd centuries.

Today, Hyderabad is the fifth-largest city in India, after the four metropolises. In the last five decades, it has witnessed enormous growth not only in terms of area and population but also economic activity and socio-educational profile.

In its hoary past, Hyderabad was known as the city of gardens, a city of minarets (Charminar), a city of pearls and bangles, a city of nawabi culture and grace. Though Hyderabad has made rapid strides in the emerging fields of information technology, business process outsourcing, pharmaceuticals and medical care in recent times, it retains much of its basic core characteristics, its cosmopolitan culture, social ethos, traditions and tolerance. (మరింత…)


Telangana and Reddy – Kamma battles : Gautam Pingle సెప్టెంబర్ 6, 2011

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Reddys, Kammas and Telangana
Gautam Pingle

Economic & Political Weekly EPW September 3, 2011 vol xlvi no 36 p 19 – 21

Reddy-Kamma rivalry has defined politics in Andhra Pradesh in both the Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party. The two communities used a pliant Telangana vote bank in their battles, but this option is now no longer available to them. Should that come in the way of the formation of a state of Telangana?

Take Andhra: there are only two major communities spread over the linguistic area. They are either Reddis or the Kammas. They hold all the land, all the offices, and all the business.
– Ambedkar 1955

Caste is an important factor in the political history of Andhra Pradesh and remains critical for political mobilisation. Most scholars have pointed out the hegemony of the Reddy and Kamma castes.
– Sri Krishna Committee (SKC) Report: 410

The Reddys and Kammas continue to hold economic and political power and are likely to continue to play an influential role in future decisions regarding the state.
– SKC Report: 310.

Caste and Party Politics

A Reddy-Kamma alliance with the Reddys playing a dominant role has become the leitmotif of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) Congress. This control is based partly on numerical strength, dominant status in villages and economic power. As for numerical strength:

…the regional distribution of upper castes varies with Coastal Andhra having the highest proportion at 32%, followed by Rayalaseema at 24% and Telangana having the smallest proportion at only 11% (SKC Report: 380).

Of the 11 cabinets formed from 1956 to 1980, the Reddy contingent supplied an average of 26% of the total with the brahmins (7%), Kammas (8%) and Kapus and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) (28%). This was in line with the general dominance of the Reddy community in the seven assemblies (with an average strength of 294 seats) during the period 1957 to 1985, when they had an average of 25% of the seats with brahmins getting 9%, Kammas 14% and backward castes 17%. While all this was going on, during the same period there was a total collapse of brahmin presence in the seven assemblies (from 23 to 11 MLAs) as well as in the same 11 cabinets (from 23% to 6%) (Reddy 1989: 305-06).

However, it is an odd but incontestable fact that a Kamma has never been a Congress chief minister. This is significant in that the Kamma community from 1953 until 1983 had almost totally supported the Congress Party with votes, funds and media support. That was to change with the advent of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which, in its turn, has had only Kamma chief ministers till date! While the Congress has some Kamma support and the TDP Reddy support, they largely reflect the interests of the dominant castes that control their fortunes. However, as Carolyn Elliott (1970) comments, these Reddy-Kamma equations are unstable and tend to fall apart. (మరింత…)

The seventh option for Telangana, after six absurd ones జనవరి 29, 2011

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Telangana The seventh option

Unknown to most parties, the Centre is plotting a new way out of the Telangana impasse. RAMAN KIRPAL has the details

In A new twist to the Telangana issue, the Centre is considering a seventh option that it hopes would be accepted by the parties warring over this vexing problem. The seventh option has a few radical measures and draws on other measures suggested previously in the report of the Committee for Consultation on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh. The committee was headed by former Supreme Court Justice BN Srikrishna and it offered six options, which many pro-Telangana organisations have not accepted.

The previous six options were: maintaining status quo in Andhra Pradesh; bifurcating the state into two, Seemandhra and Telangana, with Hyderabad as a Union Territory and two separate capitals for the new states; bifurcation into two, Rayala-Telangana and coastal Andhra regions, with Hyderabad an integral part of Rayala-Telangana; bifurcation into Seemandhra and Telangana with an enlarged Hyderabad metropolis as a separate Union Territory with extended Hyderabad territory; bifurcation into Telangana and Seemandhra according to existing boundaries with Hyderabad as capital of Telangana and Seemandhra to have a new capital; and keeping Andhra Pradesh united and creating a statutory empowered Telangana Regional Council (TRC).
Most parties did not like these recommendations. Congress MPs especially made dramatic requests to Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who headed a group on Telangana in the past. Convinced that it needs another option, the Congress leadership began putting a new solution together. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee concludes consultations మే 13, 2010

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Telangana: Srikrishna panel concludes Hyderabad visit
PTI, May 12, 2010

HYDERABAD: The Srikrishna committee, set up to study the demand for separate Telangana, concluded its three-day visit to the city on Wednesday by seeking cross-section of views from political parties and different groups.

The committee heard the views of three groups from Telugu Desam, city-based Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), the Joint Action Committee espousing the cause of united Andhra Pradesh, a trade and industry body, Telangana Freedom Fighters Forum and Telangana Cultural Association among others.

While the Telugu Desam leaders from Telangana wanted a separate state, those from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema stressed on the need to keep the state united.

Significantly, MIM, a major force in Hyderabad, strongly argued for keeping the state united failing which it favoured creating a state with Telangana and Rayalaseema. (మరింత…)

Telangana to be decided by the Centre – Srikrishna Committee మే 7, 2010

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It’s up to Centre, Parliament to decide on Telangana: Panel
Hyderabad, May 7, 2010

The final decision on the Telangana issue has to be taken by Parliament and the Centre, and the committee headed by him would help the government in making up its mind, Justice B N Srikrishna, Chairman of the panel, said on Friday.

“Now, what happens is in the hands of Parliament ultimately, which means the Central Government will have to take a view on the matter. But the view of the local people is a big factor which needs to be considered,” he told reporters here.

When asked about Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement in Parliament on Thursday that the solution lies not in Delhi but in Andhra Pradesh, he said, “Frankly, I have not read the statement, but if the statement is what you are saying, I assume, he does not want to get into a controversy when a committee is looking at it and finally is going to advise the government.

“Now, sitting in Delhi, how are they going to assess it? They won’t be able to assess. Therefore, they say these four gentlemen and one lady (all panel members) will go and tell what is the local view, consensus view and tell us what do you think of the whole thing,” he said.
Srikrishna said the mission of the panel is to help the Government take a decision on the contentious issue.

“…Parliament is to decide. Andhra Assembly or Andhra Government cannot decide. Ultimately, what is to be done, needs to be done by Parliament. To help the Central Government make up its mind, all this exercise is going on,” he said. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee to consult pro & anti Telangana political parties & groups ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2010

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Srikrishna committee to hold consultations on Telangana
Staff Writer, PTI

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) As part of the consultation process, the Justice B N Srikrishna committee on Telangana is likely to come out with a public notice on Saturday seeking suggestions and views from public, political parties and outfits on the separate statehood issue.

Justice Srikrishna is likely to travel to Hyderabad next month to hold discussions with political parties and leaders of organisations for and against Telangana. (మరింత…)

5 Jan All – Party meet on Telangana ends with appeal for peace and law & order జనవరి 5, 2010

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After all-party meet, Andhra still split over Telangana

Agencies | New Delhi, 5 Jan 2010 The Pioneer

Eight national and regional parties discussed the Telangana logjam with Home Minister P. Chidambaram here Tuesday for four hours, but there was no consensus on an issue that has violently split up Andhra Pradesh.

The political parties, ranging from the ruling Congress to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), did issue a joint statement urging people to be calm, but the TRS insisted on breaking up of Andhra to form a state of Telangana.

“It is our earnest appeal that peace, harmony and law and order should be maintained in the state,” the parties said in a brief statement.

A chastened Chidambaram admitted that political opinion on Telangana remained divided and he pledged to talk to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior cabinet colleagues to evolve a mechanism to resolve the row.

While the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Congress appeared ambivalent over the contentious issue, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which supports the Congress-led government, demanded President’s Rule in the state. (మరింత…)

Political economy, regional articulation డిసెంబర్ 18, 2009

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Political economy, regional articulation

R Uma Maheswari
New Indian Express: 17 Dec 2009 12:40:31 AM IST

If Telangana were a mere ‘sentiment’ as it is made out to be, it wouldn’t have evoked this nature of resistance in the Andhra Pradesh state assembly and elsewhere. Not unless there is a stronger force with a strong reason on the other side. There is a history to it that needs to be given due credit, even if not accepted, or even adequately understood.

Regional allegiances are intricately interwoven with political-economic developments in Andhra Pradesh since 1956. All the political leaders who have resigned or are crowding to resign are from the Andhra-‘Rayalaseema’ belt. A simple statistical survey should show that historically the coastal Andhra belt has transformed rather smoothly from a richly provided for agricultural zone (with heavy commercial farming) to a power centre. Problems in coastal Andhra that do not always come to light lie in the nature and extent of land alienation of the tribal communities and exploitation of Dalits who are mostly daily wage earners. They do not figure in the epicentre. Most of the older zamindars from the coastal belt gradually gained in the form of education and set up industries and even post-Independence retained ownership of vast acres of agricultural land despite various rules. It is these classes (and upper castes) of Andhra people who have attained political predominance. On the other hand are the former factionist leaders from the upper castes from the relatively poor stretch of Rayalaseema who entered politics through guns and battles and economic prosperity.

Telangana has had a distinct historical process, having been part of the Nizam’s Dominions, and its own history of oppression under the Nizam rule and its own nature of encounters with the British, distinct from the Madras Presidency areas which are included the present-day coastal Andhra. This difference has its own significant role in political aspirations and expressions of communities from these regions and is in no small way a cause for uneven development of the regions within a merged Andhra Pradesh or Visalandhra of the ’50s. (మరింత…)

Formation process of Telangana State – politics of Chidambaram statement డిసెంబర్ 10, 2009

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Telangana resolution only if majority supports it: Rosaiah
IANS 10 December 2009, 04:06pm IST

HYDERABAD: Alarmed over the spate of resignations by Congress MPs and legislators from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah on Thursday said the resolution on forming a Telangana state would be tabled in the assembly only after consultations.

Rosaiah advised MPs and legislators not to get agitated over the issue and resign as the process of moving a resolution had not even started.

“If necessary, the resolution will be moved in the assembly. Even if such a situation arises, the resolution will be passed only if it gets majority support,” he told reporters.

“Mr Chidambaram said the resolution will be moved. It does not mean that it will be moved immediately because there is a process for this and there are several stages in the process. We have to talk to people from other regions,” he said.

“I don’t think that the state will be divided immediately.” The chief minister said the central leadership of the party was monitoring the developments. (మరింత…)

Sonia’s birthday gift shocks Congress, Telugu Desam & Prajarajyam డిసెంబర్ 10, 2009

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A Million Mutinies Now: 60 Andhra MLAs resign en masse protesting Telangana decision
Kingshuk Nag, TNN 10 December 2009, 02:30pm IST

HYDERABAD: A million mutinies now. This is what the knee jerk reaction of the Congress high command to concede Telangana will lead to, say analysts. “I am in shock and awe. What was the need for blinking. Soniaji’s birthday gift to Telangana on her birthday will destroy the party in Andhra Pradesh. It’s like shooting yourself on the foot,” said a Congress MP on conditions of anonymity. “I don’t think a resolution for creation of Telangana state can be passed in the AP assembly. MLAs will resign rather than be a party to this decision,” he asserted. ( Watch Video )

“There will be revolt in the Congress in the Andhra region and in Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao will take the political advantage of Telangana. Don’t forget he joined Advani’s rally in Amritsar even before the election results were announced. So what do we gain?” the Congressman pointed out.

Though there has been a popular demand for a separate state of Telangana in the region (which accounts for 10 districts in Andhra Pradesh) in the rest of the state there has been equal opposition to the idea. “This is one state speaking one language. States in India were formed on linguistic basis so why does anybody want to break up a Telugu speaking state? Why don’t they break up a Marathi speaking state or a Kannada speaking state? This is a conspiracy against the prosperous and rapidly developing state of Andhra Pradesh,” asked Harish D, an incensed student from Vishakapatnam. Reports indicate that large scale protest rallies are being planned in the coastal Andhra region. (మరింత…)