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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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KCR plans another yagam for trouble free Rs 40,000 crore mission bhagiratha జూలై 15, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, displacement, Economy, heritage, KCR, landuse, livelihoods, politics, SC, ST, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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Telangana: KCR to perform another Yagam, to ‘banish developmental hurdles’
Srinivasa Aro Apparasu, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, July 14, 2016

Known for his staunch belief in ancient Hindu customs, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is all set to appease Lord Vishnu in a big way. He is preparing for yet another major Vedic ceremony, this time to apparently ward off ‘evil forces causing hurdles’ in implementing government programmes.

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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao. After performing a Yagam in 2015, KCR will perform another in Medak in August to apparentely ‘banish developmental hurdles’. (File Photo )

Preparations are on for KCR performing the Sudarshana Yagam in his assembly constituency in Medak district next month. The detailed religious ritual will be held at Gajwel on August 7 to invoke Sudarshana, the mythological disc associated with Lord Vishnu in decimating evil forces.

The 62-year-old CM will perform the Yagam along with the family. Ahead of its start at Gajwel town, he will formally inaugurate the first phase of his government’s Mission Bhagiratha that aims to provide drinking water to every household, according to Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, who is a nephew of KCR. (మరింత…)

Telangana: Poor women tricked into slavery in Gulf జనవరి 16, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Economy, GHMC, Hyderabad, livelihoods, Telangana, Telangana People, violence.
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Telangana: Poor women tricked into slavery in Gulf

Jan 13, 2016 | Age Correspondent | Hyderabad

Agents take money from employers promising cheap labour.

Hyderabad: When his wife called him from Saudi Arabia three days after landing there and started crying, Ali bin Yusuf Barkath thought she must be homesick.

The 40-year-old Parveen, who went to work as a maid in a Saudi national’s house, told Yusuf “It’s terrible. I cannot stay here anymore.”

After eight days when Yusuf talked to her, things were worse. “She told me that she was made to work from morning to midnight. They did not give her food on some days. She could not speak properly fearing her employer would snatch her phone,” said Yusuf, an autorickshaw driver.

The next conversation with Parveen shocked Yusuf. He became convinced that she was being pushed into bonded labour.

“When she protested, her employer told her that he bought her paying money to the visa agent. He told her that she cannot leave for two years as per the deal with the agent,” said Yusuf. (మరింత…)

Farmers suicides are caused by lavish expenditure on weddings, education & loans for borewells, etc- says Telangana govt నవంబర్ 29, 2015

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What drives farmers to suicide? Telangana govt says lavish weddings, expensive education

ABP Live, Our special correspondents and agencies, Sunday, 29 November 2015

Hyderabad: Telangana has told Hyderabad High Court that expenses farmers run up to hold lavish weddings for their daughters and educate their children in expensive private schools were among the many reasons that drove them to suicide.

The state’s claim, which has triggered outrage among activists, came in an affidavit filed in response to petitions by farmers’ groups seeking a direction to the state to take steps to end such suicides.

The activists have termed the government response “fictional” and “irresponsible”. They claimed that attributing such reasons for the deaths of financially distressed farmers “belittled the contribution and sacrifices” of the farming community in general.

They said such a response was “ridiculous” and “misleading” given that over 231 of 443 rural mandals in Telangana had been declared drought-hit and the state had itself sought immediate aid of Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre. Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nizamabad and Rangareddy are among the worst affected districts. (మరింత…)

Challenges & Opportunities of Bangaru Telangana – G Rajendra Kumar నవంబర్ 28, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Economy, Hyderabad, landuse, livelihoods, Polavaram, Telangana.
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Challenges & Opportunities of Bangaru Telangana
– G Rajendra Kumar

The Hans India, November 27, 2015

The Socio Economic Outlook of Telangana reveals the numerous challenges, dynamic environment and enormous opportunities to make the Telangana state the icon of development given the leadership with foresight, fortitude and determination.

The way forward for reinventing Telangana rests on fully harnessing the natural and human resources, setting right the imbalances and incongruencies that crept into the mainstream development processes so far. This chapter is an effort to focus on such challenges, opportunities and unfold the strategies sector-wise as part of the roadmap ahead, taking into consideration the recommendations of various Task Forces setup by the Government.

The Challenges
Telangana State, despite achieving a reasonably impressive performance in the recent past in terms of various macro-economic indicators, still has certain weak links, especially in the performance of social indicators. Bridging of these gaps is necessary for building a robust framework of policies for improving human development indices. This calls for a convergent and cohesive action from different related corners and making best use of the competitive advantages such as the demographic dividend.

207 farmers’ suicides in 4 months in Telangana అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Economy, Identity, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, suicide, Telangana.
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207 farmers allegedly committed suicide in Telangana in 4 months
Sreenivas Janyala, October 8, 2014 Indian Express

At least 207 farmers have committed suicide in Telangana in the last four months, according to Rythu Swarajya Vedika, an umbrella group of voluntary organisations working on farmers’ issues. The situation is grim in Warangal where 52 farmers allegedly committed suicide, followed by 35 in Medak, 31 in Adilabad, 28 in Nalgonda, 27 in Karimnagar and 18 in Mahbubnagar.

Inadequate rainfall, dry bore wells, depletion of ground water and scarce irrigation facilities leading to general crop failure have been cited as the reasons that forced these farmers to end their lives.

“A majority of the victims are tenant farmers who pay very high rates to take land on lease, often paying up to Rs 10,000 per acre per season. When their crops fail, they are left in debt. With private financiers hounding them, they take their own lives,’’ said RTI activist B Kondala Reddy who is associated with Rythu Swarajya Vedika, and Caring Citizens Collective, an NGO. The Agriculture Department officials said cotton and chilli farmers have been hit hard, because of unseasonal showers and lack of sufficient rainfall. (మరింత…)

Two debt -ridden farmers end life in Telangana అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Economy, Karimnagar, landuse, livelihoods, Telangana.
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6 October 2014, DNA, Karimnagar

Two debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide in Karimnagar district of Telangana, after they suffered huge losses due to crop failure, police said on Monday.

The farmers identified as D Ramesh (42) from Lakkaram village and M Tirupathi (30) from Ramakrishnapur village of Kodimial revenue mandal, took the extreme step last evening, they said. (మరింత…)

లక్ష్మి ఆసు యంత్రం Aasu weaving machine inventor Mallesham from Aleru జూన్ 8, 2012

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…అమ్మకో నూలుపోగు

అతనొక శాస్త్రవేత్త కాదు. ఇంజనీరు అంతకన్నా కాదు. వచ్చీ రాని చదువు చదివిన ఓ పల్లెటూరి బిడ్డ మాత్రమే. కానీ, తల్లి కష్టాన్ని చూసి చలించి, ఆ పనిని సులువు చేసే యంత్రాన్ని కనిపెట్టిండు. తాను రూపొందించిన యంత్రం విజయవంతం కావడంతో దానికి తల్లి పేరే పెట్టుకుని రుణం తీర్చుకున్నడు ఆ గ్రామీణ శాస్త్రవేత్త, తెలంగాణ ముద్దుబిడ్డ మల్లేష్, అతడికి స్ఫూర్తినిచ్చిన తల్లి లక్ష్మిపై ‘బతుకమ్మ’ ప్రత్యేక కథనం.
~ రచ్చ శ్రీనివాస్, టీన్యూస్, ఆలేరు టౌన్

నల్లగొండ జిల్లా ఆలేరు మండలం శారాజిపేట గ్రామానికి చెందిన చింతకింది మల్లేష్ రెక్కాడితే గానీ డొక్కాడని నిరుపేద చేనేత కుటుంబంలో పుట్టిండు. ఏడేళ్ల నిరంతర శ్రమ ఫలితంగా ‘ఆసు పోసే యంత్రానికి’ రూపకల్పన చేసిండు. మొదట్లో పడరాని పాట్లు పడ్డడు. వినరాని మాటలు విన్నడు. కానీ, ఇవ్వాళ ఆ యంత్రం పనితీరు విజయవంతం కావడంతో అందరితో ‘శెభాష్’ అనిపించుకుంటున్నడు. తాను ఆవిష్కరించిన ఆ యంత్రానికి పేటెంట్ హక్కును కూడా సంపాదించుకున్నడు. అన్నిటికీ మించి, అమ్మ పడుతున్న కష్టాన్ని చూసి చలించిపోయి దాన్ని సులువు చేసే యంత్రాన్ని కనిపెట్టిన ఈ బిడ్డ ఆ యంత్రానికి ‘లక్ష్మి అసు యంత్రం’ అని తన తల్లి పేరే పెట్టుకున్నడు. అట్ల తల్లి రుణం తీర్చుకున్న ఈ బిడ్డ రాష్ట్రంలోనే కాదు, దేశంలోని నేతకారులందరికీ ముద్దుబిడ్డ అయ్యిండు. అయితే, ఆయన తన ఆవిష్కరణకు మూలం ‘కులవృత్తే’ అన్నడు. తామందరూ వదిలి పెట్టకుండా కొనసాగుతున్న కుల వృత్తే నన్ను ‘శాస్త్రవేత్త’ను చేసిందని అన్నడు. అష్టకష్టాలు పడైనా సరే, తమ వృత్తిని కొనసాగించుకోవాలన్న స్పృహే తనను ఇవ్వాళ నలుగురిలో గుర్తింపుకు కారణమైందని ఆయన సవినయంగా మనవి చేసిండు. అదీ ఈ నల్లగొండ బిడ్డ వినవూమత. ఇంతకీ మల్లేష్ కనిపెట్టిన ఆ యంత్రం ఏమిటి? అసలు ‘అసు’ పోయడం అంటే ఏంది? మొత్తంగా, ఎట్లా ఆయన ఆ సరికొత్త యంత్రాన్ని ఆవిష్కరించిండో చూద్దాం….

కులవృత్తిని వదల లేక…
రాష్ట్రంలో ఒక్క నల్లగొండ జిల్లాలోనే 40 వేల కుటుంబాల దాకా చేనేత వృత్తిపై ఆధారపడి బతుకుతున్నయి. ఎంత కష్టపడినా వాళ్ల పేదరికం పోతలేదు. ఎన్ని రకాల బట్టలు నేసినా వారి కష్టాలు తీరడం లేదు. చింతకింది మల్లేష్ కుటుంబం కూడా అటువంటిదే. తనది ఆలేరు మండలం శారాజిపేట అనే చిన్న గ్రామం. 7వ తరగతి దాకా చదువుకున్నడు. రెక్కాడితే గానీ డొక్కాడని పరిస్థితిలో మల్లేష్ తండ్రి తన ఇద్దరు కొడుకుల్ని చదువు మాన్పించి మగ్గం నేయమన్నడు. మగ్గం నేయడం అంటే అనుకున్నంత ఈజీ కాదు. మొదట చీర నేయాలంటే ముందు ‘ఆసు’ పోయాలి. ‘ఆసు పోయడం’ అంటే పట్టుదారాన్ని కొయ్యకు చుట్డడం. ఒక కొయ్య నుంచి 40 కొయ్యలకు 9 వేల సార్లు అలా చెయ్యి తిప్పాలి. (మరింత…)

Vote for Congress for development: CM Kiran Kumar reddy మార్చి 16, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Congress, corruption, elections, Gond, Identity, JAC, KCR, livelihoods, MIM, Mulki, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Vote for Congress for development: CM
Express News Service, 15 March 2012

ADILABAD/ NIZAMABAD: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has called upon the people in Adilabad to vote for the Congress if they wanted to have development in their constituency. He was addressing a public meeting in Adilabad, as part of campaigning for party candidate C Ramachandra Reddy who is contesting the bypolls.

Launching a tirade against the TDP president, he said that farmers, BPL families and minorities suffered a lot due to ‘misgoverance’ by Chandrababu Naidu.

He listed out various development programmes taken up under the Congress like the `1-a-kg, interest free loans to women groups, loans to farmers, pensions to the poor, physically handicapped and others. Under the NREGS, an amount of Rs 9.70 crore was released and works worth Rs 1.14 crore were provided to people in the district during the last five years, the chief minister said. Kiran Reddy promised to give 50 per cent reservation to women in the upcoming local body polls. (మరింత…)

Minority and BC votes, T JAC key factors in Mahabubnagar మార్చి 16, 2012

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Minority and BC votes, T-JAC key factors
S. Venugopal, The Hindu, Mahabubnagar, March 11, 2012

The presence of 42,000 Muslim voters and the role that the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) will play will be the crucial factors in deciding the fate of candidates in the by-elections to Mahabubnagar Assembly constituency.

The elections will see a four-cornered contest between S. Prakash (Congress), P. Chandrasekhar (TDP), Syed Ibrahim (TRS) and Y. Srinivas Reddy (BJP) although there are nine other candidates in the fray.

The results may throw up a tight finish as all the four main parties have pulled out all stops to woo the 1.86 lakh voters in this predominantly urban constituency, which has the highest literacy rate in the district. This is the second by-election in Mahabubnagar constituency, after 1980 when Congress (I) MLA K. Ram Reddy passed away.

In the 2009 elections, N. Rajeswar Reddy, who contested as an Independent, defeated his nearest TRS rival Syed Ibrahim by a margin of 5,137 votes. He was in the Praja Rajyam and was hopeful of securing ticket, but contested as an Independent on being denied the nomination.