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OU Arts College: A historic masterpiece అక్టోబర్ 28, 2012

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Arts College: a historic masterpiece
The Hindu, Hyderabad, October 8, 2012

The building in pinkish granite stone represents a harmonious blend of pillars and lintel style of Ajanta and Ellora

The architectural uniqueness stirs romance and the stunning structure blows the mind. The unspoiled edifice reveals majesty and is the nucleus of the 95-year old Osmania University. This is the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the famed OU, popularly known as the Arts College. It is one of the major heritage structures in Hyderabad.

A team of experts travelled around the world to find the right design and the right person who could design this historic masterpiece.
The credit for the architecture goes to Monsieur Jasper, a Belgian architect.

Jasper prepared a detailed plan of all the university buildings. The execution of the plans was done by Nawab Zain Yar Jung, who was later awarded a Padma Bhushan for his outstanding service to the field of architecture.

HALLS OF FAME: The credit for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, OU architecture goes to Monsieur Jasper, a Belgian architect. The execution of the plans was done by Nawab Zain Yar Jung. Photo: Special Arrangement


Telangana State without Hyderabad is inconceivable : G Kishan Reddy జనవరి 17, 2010

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The Hindu, Opinion/ Op-Ed January 16, 2010

Telangana: inevitable and desirable
G. Kishan Reddy

The Hindu has argued editorially that a just and sustainable solution to the Telangana issue can be found within an undivided Andhra Pradesh. Here is an Op-Ed article by a BJP legislator that presents a contra-argument.

In the winter of 1953, the Fazal Ali Commission was set up to reorganise the States of the Indian Republic. Its recommendation to go about creating States on linguistic lines, indirectly paved the way for the creation of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra was formed from the northern districts of the erstwhile Madras state and the southern districts of the erstwhile Hyderabad state — though the committee itself did not advocate such a merger and was against it.

Fifty-six winters later, the very concept of the creation of States based on linguistic lines has become passé. We need to look for fresh parameters for the creation of States, and that has to be based on holistic development on economic and social lines for better administration and management. This fact has been proven with the creation of Chhattisgarh from Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand from Bihar and Uttaranchal from Uttar Pradesh.

Two issues that seem to be at the centre of the contention between the two regions of Andhra Pradesh is the future of Hyderabad and the repercussions in terms of the sharing of river waters from the completed and planned irrigation projects after the division of the State. Any entity, political or otherwise, that is able to find pragmatic solutions to this conundrum would not only earn the respect of the people of the State but also help set a precedent in the matter of contentious State divisions in the future.

Economics of small States

The case for small States can be argued with two parameters of macroeconomic statistics from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. The first parameter is the percentage increase in Gross Domestic Product for States between 1999-2000, when the smaller States were created, and 2007-2008. India’s overall GDP increased by 75 per cent during this time period. During the same period, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttaranchal recorded more than 100 per cent, 150 per cent and 180 per cent increase respectively. These rates were much above the rate at which national GDP increased. This clearly indicates that the recent creation of smaller States was a step in the right direction.

Experts have often argued that the creation of smaller States has been at the expense of the States they were created from. For all its lack of governance, Uttar Pradesh grew by more than 21 per cent of the national average during this time period. (మరింత…)

Telangana Question : DNA Editorial జనవరి 11, 2010

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Editorial, DNA

The Telangana question
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 22:30 IST

Union home minister P Chidambaram did not intend Tuesday’s meeting with the eight main political parties from Andhra Pradesh in Delhi to resolve the Telangana issue. It is not even clear whether it was meant to pave the way for the formation of the new state or whether it was meant to find out from the stakeholders whether the Telangana idea is feasible. But he has indicated what is on his mind. He has alerted participants about allowing Maoists — without naming them — to take advantage of the democratic war of attrition. With the popular mood in the state running high, it was perhaps necessary to have brought everyone to the table.

But talks are not an end in themselves. What is needed is a quick and fair resolution of the problem. There are indications that the Centre and the Congress are playing for time and they are resorting to the tried and tested ways of prevarication and protraction. That may not be the best way of addressing the burning issue. Due to acts of omission and commission of the recent past, Telangana has become a burning question. Putting off difficult decisions may not be the best option.

Chidambaram’s veiled reference to the Maoists gives an inkling of one of the reservations of the Centre and the Congress party about Telangana — the apprehension that the Maoists could gain political prominence in the economically and socially backward and sensitive state. But it would be a grave mistake to decide the issue of Telangana on the assumption as to how it would help or deter the Maoists. (మరింత…)

Investors vs locals: Cyberabad as Hyperabad జనవరి 9, 2010

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OPEN 9 January 2010

Cyberabad as Hyperabad

The Telangana agitation has the city in hyperventilation mode on both sides of the divide. What’s hurting badly is Brand Hyderabad. By Anil B. Lulla


Once there was a city that fancied itself as Cyberabad, rival to Bangalore as India’s infotech capital, blessed with silicon powered visitors from the US, and verily ennobled by the headquarters of a software exporter named Satyam. If Cyberabad went the ‘India Shining’ way, an illusion shattered by grim realities, it wasn’t long before Satyam’s halo was popped by revelations of corporate fraud. But Hyderabad took these as mere blows from which recovery was all but a matter of getting its wits together again—until Telangana burst onto the streets.

Today, businesses based in Hyderabad are a stricken lot, as this one-time seat of Nizami grandeur stares at an uncertain future. It is at the centre of a tussle between Andhra unionists, who reject the state’s proposed division and want to retain the city as its capital, and Telangana creationists, who want a separate state hewn out by that name with the city within its borders.


That business would flee the city if Telangana came into being was once just a wisecrack, given the sway of radical Maoists over this underdeveloped part of Andhra Pradesh. Now, it’s no idle threat. Worried by all the political unrest, the Andhra CM K Rosaiah expressed apprehension last week. “I have been told that many corporates are looking at options,’’ he said at a press conference, while appealing for peace. Next day, a frustrated CM said the film industry would go right back to Chennai if attacked by Telangana agitationists, whose litany of complaints includes the portrayal in villainous light of people from the neglected region. “More than 70 per cent of film industry workers are locals,” said the CM, “contrary to rumours being spread.”

Y Harishchandra Prasad, chairman of the AP chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), sums up the corporate mood: “The year 2009 started with the slowdown, and compounded with the shock over Satyam, general elections, political instability over the YSR succession issue and floods, we have finally entered a state of numbness—with cascading regional biases and agitations vertically dividing the state of 85 million. Not just law makers, even law enforcers are divided.” (మరింత…)