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Polavaram issue: BJD bandh affects life in parts of southern Odisha జనవరి 10, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in AP Reorganisation Bill, Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, submergence, Telangana, TRS, TSPSC.
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Polavaram issue: BJD bandh affects life in parts of southern Odisha

Odisha Sun Times Bureau, Koraput, January 7, 2016

The 12 hour bandh call today by the ruling BJD party protesting against the Polavaram dam has affected the day-to-day life in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts in Odisha.

The bandh has been called from 7 am in the morning till 5 pm in the evening. The streets were deserted, shops and business houses remained closed. The general public is also supporting the strike, with locals joining the protests which are being held at different places in the districts.

“ When the first MOU was signed in 1980 with Odisha government there near Motu its height was limited to 150 feet, but currently the Andhra Pradesh government has increased the height to nearly 180 feet.”

Tribal displacement in Telangana for tiger conservation డిసెంబర్ 4, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, biodiversity, conflict resolution, displacement, ecology, Mahabubnagar, Naxalite, ST, Telangana, TRS.
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State to facilitate relocation of tribal people

Nikhila Henry, The Hindu, Hyderabad, December 2, 2015

To protect the big cat, the State will relocate hundreds of Adivasis and other forest-dwellers, who reside within core areas in Amarabad and Kawal tiger reserves. As per initial estimates, Adivasis and other forest inhabitants from about 24 village units will have to be relocated.

Telangana has issued orders to constitute State and district committees to facilitate the relocation. The phase-wise process could take more than a year, officials said. The decision to set up conservation councils was as per orders issued by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and in-charge Chief Wildlife Warden, Telangana. The process will be done as per the guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

As per orders issued by the government, both the district and State-level monitoring committee is expected to meet at least once a year to review the relocation process. (మరింత…)

Carving a New State – Constitutional Process & Federal Spirit నవంబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, conflict resolution, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Telangana.
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Divided we stand
K Vivek Reddy, The Indian Express, 18 November 2013

What the Constitution really says about forming new states

India has often been described as an “indestructible union with destructible states”. It is this power to reorganise the state of Andhra Pradesh and create a Telangana state that is now being contested. Despite the fairly clear process stipulated in the Constitution for creating a new state, the opponents of Telangana, including the chief minister, have invoked the Constitution to oppose its creation. This deserves close scrutiny.

First, it has been urged that in the absence of a supporting state resolution from the state legislature, a new state should not be carved out of an existing one. The chief minister has specifically urged that this constitutional convention, which was followed for the creation of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, be followed even for the creation of Telangana. (మరింత…)

Demolish disputed Babli project, we will pay the costs: Sudarshan Reddy, AP Irrigation Minister అక్టోబర్ 18, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, biodiversity, conflict resolution, Congress, ecology, Economy, Godavari, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence.
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Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra lock horns over Babli project on Godavari waters

Amarnath K Menon, India Today, Hyderabad, October 17, 2012

Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, both Congress ruled states, are locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of the Godavari waters and the impounding of the water at the Babli project in Maharashtra. The all party demand in Andhra Pradesh is for the demolition of the Babli project even as the Supreme Court has on Tuesday deferred further hearing on the dispute until November 8.

The execution of the Babli project and the drawing water from its reservoir as well as 11 projects upstream in Maharashtra in violation of the orders of the Central Water Commission would adversely affect the flow of the Godavari waters to irrigate farms in Telangana and turn the region into an arid zone.

“The Maharashtra administration and local farmers are not allowing us even to visit the project,” said the Andhra Pradesh major irrigation minister A. Sudarshan Reddy. Though the Maharashtra claim is that it is only tapping 60 thousand million cubic feet (TMC ft) of water the contention of Andhra Pradesh is that its computation is that the upper riparian state is already drawing 65.35 TMC ft. (మరింత…)

TJAC to support TRS instead of BJP in Parkal: Mallepally Laxmaiah Committee జూన్ 2, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, conflict resolution, Congress, elections, Identity, JAC, KCR, politics, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana, TRS, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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TJAC to support TRS in Parkal
Express News Service, May 31, 2012

HYDERABAD: The TJAC has decided to support TRS in the Parkal byelection. Though the BJP, its constituent is also in fray, the TJAC’s support will not be available for the saffron party since its winning chances are not very bright. TJAC was of the view that BJP did not have enough strength to defeat Seemandhra forces in Parkal byelection.

It may be noted that TJAC constituents – TRS and BJP – fought Mahbubnagar byelection and the local leaders of the TJAC supported the BJP which won the seat. After the election, TRS and TJAC faced serious criticism from Muslims that they indirectly helped communal forces to gain their foothold in Telangana region. (మరింత…)

T-Congress puts Oct 2 deadline for high command, ready for Hyderabad as joint capital సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, bandh, compromise, conflict resolution, Congress, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, regionalism, Settler, Telangana.
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Telangana Congress for Hyderabad as joint capital for 10 yrs
TNN | Sep 20, 2011,

HYDERABAD: Telangana Congress leaders are ready for a negotiated settlement on the status of Hyderabad to facilitate the early division of the state. Under this proposal, Hyderabad would be a centrally administered district till such time as the new capital for the Seemandhra region is ready.

This proposal has been formulated incorporating certain demands of the Seemandhra leaders to allay the apprehensions of those who have properties and business establishments in Hyderabad. T Congress leaders also think that this is a workable alternative on the status of Hyderabad among a bouquet of suggestions. (మరింత…)

Tasks for Kishore Chandra Deo, Tribal Minister జూలై 16, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, Culture, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Hyderabad, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, Vishakapatnam.
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Among the projects taken up in post-Independent India, Polavaram is perhaps the largest single project that has disrupted the lives of the tribals most. The environment clearance given for Polavaram is not valid as it stands today, as there have been fundamental changes in the design of the project. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs should take the initiative in correcting these statutory violations, if necessary, by approaching the Supreme Court, even at this belated stage. The proposal of Andhra Pradesh to seek ‘national’ status for the current project proposal is merely a ploy to cover up its illegalities. In its current design, the project benefits a few chosen politician-cum-contractors, certainly not the public.

OPINION, Tehelka 16 July 2011

Tasks for the new tribal minister
EAS Sarma

Kishore Chandra Deo has had a long career in Parliament. Here’s a doable and basic manifesto for him as the new minister of tribal affairs

THE RECENT union cabinet reshuffle has its plus points as well as minus ones. One important introduction to the cabinet is that of Kishore Chandra Deo, a senior member of parliament representing the tribal legislators and a person who has been in close touch with the ground reality of the tribal constituency in the Visakhapatnam area he represents. Deo has been at the forefront of cautioning his party on the hasty manner in which industrial projects are being grounded in tribal areas without adequate consultation with the tribals. Now that he has occupied the position of a minister, there are high expectations that he will translate his statements into tangible policy initiatives. What are the challenges that lie before him?

Of course, in general terms, as the Minister incharge of both tribal affairs and panchayati raj, he should take initiatives that will further the interests of the tribals in terms of their constitutional entitlements and, simultaneously, empower the grassroots- level constitutional bodies like gram sabhas, panchayats and tribal advisory councils, especially in terms of enforcement of the PESA (Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas). (మరింత…)

Move on Telangana జూలై 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, conflict resolution, Congress, Economy, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, livelihoods, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana.
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Move on Telangana
Economic Times, 7 Jul, 2011

Procrastination can lead to painful consequences, as the Congress party can testify after having first rushed to announce formation of a separate state of Telangana and then dragged its feet on acting on the promise. Now that legislators from the region have resigned en masse, including those from the Congress party, there is pressure on the party and the central government to act. At the same time, it is bad policy to concede a demand like formation of a separate state virtually at sword-point: that would be an invitation for a thousand separatist movements to brandish their swords around the country. (మరింత…)

Status of TRS in Nizamabad ఏప్రిల్ 25, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, conflict resolution, Congress, elections, Harish, Identity, Medak, Mulki, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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TRS loses sheen in Nizamabad
April 25, 2011 DC Correspondent, Nizamabad

April 24: Lack of leadership and perennial dissidence and revolts against the party high command have adversely affected the activities of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in Nizamabad district. Since its inception in 2002, the party has been losing its sheen gradually. TRS founder members and senior leaders are leaving the party and joining other political parties. It may be noted that leaders and activists of Nizamabad had extended strong support to the TRS in the initial days.
TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao was unable to show his party’s strength in his native Medak district in the 2002 local body elections, but people of Nizamabad voted for the TRS and gave a chance for the Zilla Parishad chairman’s post and 23 out of 36 mandal parishad presidents’ posts. TRS leaders S. Santosh Reddy, G. Sadanandam and G. Anita served as zilla parishad chairpersons for two terms. Former TRS MLAs S. Santosh Reddy of Armoor and G. Ganga Reddy of Dichpally resigned from the party and joined the ruling Congress.

The party’s single MLA E. Ravinder Reddy of Yellareddy Assembly constituency has also faced discomfort with the party high command several times. Party former ZP chairman G. Sadanandam has also joined the Congress. Former MP and founder member of the TRS M. Narayana Reddy and TRS senior leader Dr J. Bapu Reddy have left the party, while TRS district unit president A.S. Poshetty and senior leader Dr R. Bhupathi Reddy rejoined the party. (మరింత…)

Telangana is topic of research in universities of the region ఏప్రిల్ 23, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhrapreneurship, conflict resolution, Culture, Deccan, Economy, GHMC, Godavari, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Kakatiya, movement, Mulki, Osmania, politics, regionalism, Settler, suicide, Telangana, Telugu, Telugu (తెలుగు), universities, Urdu, violence.
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Scholars in a scramble to do research on T
Nikhila Henry, TNN, April 23, 2011

HYDERABAD: The “T” agitation that has played havoc with academic schedules of state universities has had an inadvertent `academic’ side effect. Varsities are now reporting a spurt in research on Telangana this admission season in politically charged university campuses.

Making a beeline to study all things about `T’ are young researchers wanting to take up topics related to the agitation for political and social analysis. Officials of both state and central universities say they are flooded with PhD proposals on cultural and political topics that are specific to the region.

If until a couple of years ago, research on Telangana was largely done in the domain of history, political science and sociology, students from literature and even media classrooms are applying for PhDs on the `T’ region. Subjects they are choosing range from public policy and conflict resolution in the region, economics of regional politics to cultural representations of the region in Telugu literature and linguistic nationalism. (మరింత…)