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Prof Kodandram’s journey, from face of Telangana struggle to the target of Telangana govt ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, Essays, Identity, JAC, KCR, movement, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS.
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A drift between Kodandram and KCR was inevitable, for, their means towards the end were different.

Pavan Korada, TheNEWSMinute, Friday, February 24, 2017

More often than not, it so happens that every legitimate political struggle has two fronts. The words ‘legitimate’ and ‘political’ themselves represent the function and evolution of each front. The struggle acquires legitimacy — as a genuine people’s aspiration — through grassroots mass-mobilisation, usually a feature of participatory democracy. And once this popular aspiration is digested by the people and snowballs into a mass movement, then a second front emerges. This front now has to fight the political battle within the existent power structure. In a parliamentary democracy, the latter usually takes the form of a political vanguard party.  (మరింత…)

KCR Policies Without Concern for Public? సెప్టెంబర్ 14, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, Economy, heritage, Hyderabad, KCR, Mulki, Osmania, politics, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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Why Telangana’ KCR has got nickname of ‘rollback CM’
Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, September 13, 2015

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has acquired a reputation for being a quick decision-maker, except that the decisions are rolled back just as quickly.

Political rivals dubbed him “Rollback CM” after a series of decisions Rao took upon becoming the first chief minister of the country’s newest state in June last year were shelved under public pressure.

“When a CM takes a decision, he should consider all the pros and cons beforehand. Rao is driven by momentary emotions. His decisions prove he lacks the maturity to head a state,” Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, working president, Telangana Congress, told HT.

The CM, on his part, has put up a wavering defence of his decisions, only to yield quickly to swelling resentment from various quarters. (మరింత…)

June 2 Telangana State is a Crippled Child- Justice Sudershan Reddy మార్చి 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, compromise, Congress, Deccan, Godavari, Khammam, Mulki, Polavaram, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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Parliament Delivered a Crippled Child, Says Ex-judge
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 7 March 2014

“Parliament has delivered a crippled child with several major complications. History is repeating because we do not learn from our mistakes,” former judge of Supreme Court of India Justice B Sudershan Reddy has remarked, referring to formation of Telangana state on June 2.

He was speaking at a function organised to release a book, ‘Fall and Rise of Telangana’, written by Dr Gautam Pingle, former dean of research and consultancy of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). The book was released by Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram.

Justice Sudershan Reddy minced no words in laying bare the inability of the political leadership to allow injustice to Telangana while it was being created. “There will be only one High court for the two states, only one governor for two states and he would be sitting on law and order and for 10 years Hyderabad would remain a joint capital. How could this be allowed?” he asked.

He hit out at the political leadership of Telangana for its doublespeak. “You embrace personalities from the film world saying that though geographically we are separated but we can live like brothers knowing fully well it is the film world that has done a lot of damage to the Telangana social fabric. But why don’t you say a word about 3 lakh tribals who are going to be rendered homeless because of an ordinance brought out within hours of the President signing the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013?” he said. (మరింత…)

Political parties lose in Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, compromise, Congress, corruption, Hyderabad, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana wins, political parties lose
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr, DNA, New Delhi, February 19, 2014

Did the Congress win a desperate gambit at the last minute when it gathered courage to push through the Telangana bill in the teeth of Seemandhra opposition? Or is it a pyrrhic victory because prediction all around is that the Congress will be voted out of office after a decade-long stint at the Centre this summer?
It is clear that the Telangana decision will result in total decimation of the Congress in Seemandhra region. It is for this reason that Seemandhra Congress MPs have been vehemently and passionately opposing the Telangana bill. They could see that this was a political death warrant for them.

The YSR Congress Party led by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, which has been shouting from rooftops that it is for a united Andhra Pradesh hopes to gain the most in Seemandhra with its 25 Lok Sabha and 175 assembly seats from this decision. His main opponent is the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) led by N. Chandrababu Naidu, whose political star has been waning for the last decade and who is now looking to revive his political fortunes.

The Congress stands to, or hopes to, gain in Telangana with its 17 Lok Sabha and 119 assembly seats. But it cannot enjoy the political dividend in splendid isolation. It has to share the laurel and the glory with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of K. Chandrasekhara Rao, because it is TRS and Rao who had steadfastly spearheaded the demand for a separate Telangana, and Congress’s central leaders in the party and in the government did not show an unwavering commitment which was the virtue of TRS.

Congress may lose out this time around in Seemandhra, and the party leaders and MPs are reconciled to the imminent drubbing, but they are quite confident that they will remain a factor in both Seemandhra and Telangana in the long run. (మరింత…)

Congress births a new state to reduce election pangs ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in compromise, Congress, elections, politics, Telangana.
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Telangana: Congress births a new state to reduce election pangs
ET Bureau, 31 July 2013

New Delhi: Congress has conceded the long-pending demand for carving a separate state of Telangana out ofAndhra Pradesh despite sharp dissensions among its local leaders, a move seemingly calculated to reap electoral dividends for the party in the next general elections.

The Congress Working Committee on Tuesday endorsed the demand, granting statehood to Telangana, which will have 10 districts, including capital Hyderabad that it will share with Andhra Pradesh for the first decade and get to claim as its own thereafter.

Congress, however, gave up under pressure from local leaders the proposal of cleanly bifurcating Andhra and merging two districts of Rayalaseema region, Anantapur and Kurnool with the new state.

“It is resolved to request the central government to take steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate state of Telangana…within a definite time-frame,” CWC said. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee, Digvijaya Singh report, and July 12, 2013 జూలై 10, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, compromise, Congress, elections, Identity, politics, TRS.
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Stalemate on Telangana likely to continue
BV Shiva Shankar, TNN Jul 9, 2013

Hyderabad: The stalemate over Telangana is likely to continue even after the Congress core committee to be called to address the vexed issue as consensus among leaders of three regions of Andhra Pradesh on division of the state is still elusive. As the Congress high command has invited chief minister, deputy chief minister, and PCC president with their reports to the core committee meeting, they are apparently ready with their proposals which are said to be divergent.

The CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana, and deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha represent Rayalaseema, Andhra, and Telangana respectively and they have prepared their part of reports only to safeguard their own regions.

Kiran Reddy is expected to argue for the united state and a special financial package for Telangana. Sources close to him said he had even assured the Congress high command that the party would get over 160 assembly seats under his leadership in the next elections if the state remains undivided. And he is going to aver that there was no separatist sentiment even in Telangana and the issue was being just played up by some politically motivated interests. (మరింత…)

3 Congress MPs at last realised their party betrayed Telangana, to join TRS మే 31, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, compromise, Congress, elections, TRS.
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3 Congress MPs join TRS over separate Telangana state
CR Sukumar, ET Bureau, The Economic Times, May 31, 2103

Hyderabad: Three senior Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh have announced plans to quit and join the rival Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) agitating for a separate Telangana state, dealing a blow to the party’s prospects in one of its strongholds and chipping away at its strength at the Centre.

The three leaders-an invitee to the Congress Working Committee Keshav Rao and two Lok Sabha MPs M Jagannatham and Gaddam Vivekanand-are expected to formally join TRS at a rally in Hyderabad on June 2.

The decision of the two Lok Sabha MPs will further deplete the ranks of the minority Congress in the Lok Sabha and once again put the statehood issue, which it has trying to sweep under the carpet, on the centre stage. (మరింత…)

Five Decades Political Drama of Telangana Separate State మే 31, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Congress, elections, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana issue always led by politics
Ch. V.M. Krishna Rao, Deccan Chronicle, 31 May 2103

Hyderabad: Though the issue of granting separate statehood to the Telangana region has been on the cards for over five decades, successive Union governments have ignored it. Almost all parties, except CPM, have declared their sympathy and respect for the sentiments of separate statehood, but none has done more than pay lip service to the cause.

Before the formation of AP State in 1956, though the demand for a separate Telangana was recommended by the First States Reorganisation Commission headed by Fazal Ali, it was ignored and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru ultimately decided on the creation of Andhra Pradesh based on the linguistic states formula. The Gentleman’s Agreement entered into had agreed to address regional issues, only to ignore them later.

There was no movement for Telangana state from 1956 to 1969. It was during Kasu Brahmananda Reddy’s regime that the movement took a violent turn. Scores of T-supporters were gunned down in police firings. Dr Marri Chenna Reddy started the Telangana Praja Samiti and bagged 10 LS seats. Several stalwarts in Congress lost the elections in the 1971. (మరింత…)

TRS is not KCR family, only the family members are sweating it out for T movement మే 5, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, corruption, drama, elections, Harish, KCR, KTR, politics, struggle, Telangana, TRS.
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Thanks to TRS, new dynasty rises in Telangana
J R Prasad, New Indian Express, 5 May 2013

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s dream of carving out a Telangana state still eludes him, so he is busy putting together the political dreams of the next generation in his family. TRS appears to be the latest entrant in the long list of political leaders bitten by the dynasty bug.

Chandrasekhar Rao’s son K Taraka Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao play a key role in deciding the day-to-day affairs of the party. Rama Rao represents Siricilla segment in the Assembly whereas Harish Rao is the MLA from Siddipet.

With his son and nephew at the helm of affairs, Chandrasekhar Rao has cleared the decks for his daughter K Kavitha, who has been playing a key role in the Telangana movement by taking up non-political issues concerning the region with her outfit Telangana Jagruthi, to take the political plunge. (మరింత…)

Speculation of three Congress MPs joining TRS ఏప్రిల్ 18, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in compromise, Congress, elections.
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Telangana Congress MPs keep up statehood rhetoric
Express News Service, Hyderabad 17 April 2013

Telangana Congress MPs on Tuesday continued to build pressure on the Centre for a positive and early decision on the separate State demand even as the party high command sought to persuade them not to cross the line.

Said former Rajya Sabha member K Keshva Rao, “All the MPs will sit together soon and decide what should be done to secure a Telangana State.” Implicit in his statement was their anticipated decision on TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s invitation to join his party.
Peddapalli MP G Vivek said the Parliament session beginning April 23 would be his last. “I hope the party takes a positive decision. If not, I will have to think of alternatives,” he said.

According to sources, Vivek is only trying to pressure the Congress and is in fact not keen on leaving the party for TRS. He had said on Monday he would not leave the Congress and would contest the next election on a Congress ticket. (మరింత…)