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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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Is the Telangana govt violating the Constitutional rights of adivasis with district reorganization? ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Chenchu, Culture, displacement, ecology, Economy, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Khammam, Koya, Mahabubnagar, Polavaram, Settler, Warangal.
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According to the census of 2011, Adivasis account for 9.34% of the total population in Telangana.

Pavan Korada, The NEWSMinute, Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has reorganised and added new districts in the state, increasing the number of districts in Telangana from 11 to 31. Ostensibly, this was done to improve the administration of the newly formed state. But what exactly lies beneath this objective is possibly a shrewd plan to consolidate the party’s support base. This is clearly explained in this article here by senior journalist Kingshuk Nag. But more importantly this exercise by the TRS government will have a massive impact on the adivasi population of Telangana.  (మరింత…)

Congress supports Mallanna Sagar oustees struggle జూలై 31, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, displacement, ecology, Economy, Harish, KCR, Medak, suicide, Telangana.
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Rahul to visit Mallanna Sagar villages?

Express News Service, 30 July 2016

Hyderabad: Will AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi make a surprise visit to Telangana and join the party’s fight in support of Mallanna Sagar project oustees demand of compensation as per Land Acquisition Act 2013?

Yes, say highly placed sources in the Congress party. Like in the University of Hyderabad  protests during the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, Rahul Gandhi is likely to make a surprise visit to the state and the proposed submergence villages under Mallanna Sagar project.

The state government’s crackdown on those supporting the Mallanna Sagar oustees gave the Congress the much needed ammunition to launch an agitation and it wants to take full advantage of the situation by bringing Rahul Gandhi to the state and join the agitation. Sources said senior Congress leaders received a communication from the party high command of Rahul Gandhi’s likely visit to Mallanna Sagar villages in the next couple of days.  (మరింత…)

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…)

Polavaram Dam: ‘Stop the work order’ for not conducting Public Hearing in Chhattisgarh & Orissa జూలై 9, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, displacement, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Koya, landuse, Polavaram, Settler, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence.
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Centre’s bar on Polavaram work lapses
Deccan Chronicle, 9 July 2016

Project authority says Central water panel has no objection to approval.
Polavram project
The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

Hyderabad: The ministry of environment and forests’ (MoEF) orders regarding the Polavaram project — to keep the ‘stop the work order’ in abeyance — lapsed a week ago. The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

This was issued initially on February 8, 2011 due to non compliance of the condition for an environment clearance, namely, conducting a public hearing in Chattisgarh and Odisha. (మరింత…)

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…)

War against tribals – Dam and encounters by Andhra government జనవరి 6, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, displacement, ecology, Godavari, Identity, indigenous, Koya, Polavaram, ST, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Another Salwa Judum in the making?

Krishna Prasad, The Times of India, TNN, Jan 6, 2015

Hyderabad: In what could be a rerun of the failed Salwa Judum campaign of Chhattisgarh, the Andhra Pradesh government, faced with a renewed threat from Maoists, is planning to raise a tribal police battalion to take on the insurgents.

The cabinet sub-committee on Naxalite problem, headed by finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, has recommended a tribal battalion, staffed by tribal youth from East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, exclusively to counter Maoist insurgence on the Andhra-Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. Plans are afoot to locate the battalion either at Rampachodavaram in East Godavari or Paderu in Visakhapatnam district.

While the government says the decision is aimed at discouraging angry tribal youth, many of who would be dislocated due to the Polavaram project, from joining the Maoist fold, security experts feel the move is likely to backfire.

“What happened in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, which is not far from tribal areas of Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Srikakulam, is still fresh,” cautioned former director general of police Pervaram Ramulu. “In the name of Salwa Judum, tribals were fielded against Maoists. The proposed tribal battalion is similar to Salwa Judum. In the name of employment, tribals should not be made to suffer,” he added. (మరింత…)

Neoliberalism and the nature of the Polavaram beast: Aijaz Ur Rahman అక్టోబర్ 11, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Culture, displacement, ecology, Godavari, Identity, Koya, Polavaram, Telangana.
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Neoliberalism and the nature of the Polavaram beast: (TINA* or TATA**)

Aijaz Ur Rahman

*TINA: (There Is No Alternative; famously coined by M.Thatcher)
**TATA: (There Are Thousands of Alternatives; used by I.Wallerstein, youtube video)

“The environmental situation in India today is not about “quality of life”…but rather about the conditions of production and survival itself” (Jennifer Wenzel, 1998, writing of Mahasweta Devi’s work).

PART I

Ever since they learnt of plans for the Polavaram project, the Koya community has been aflutter with anxiety and consternation. It would not only submerge large number of Koya settlements, but parts of the Eastern Ghats forests on which many still depend. The Koya, like most Indian tribes are a reticent community, a numerically significant group transitioning to settled agriculture from hunting, subsistence from forest produce and podu (shifting) cultivation. Indignation slowly dawned from the unthinkable: “Projects that affect life and the future of our children and the tribe as a whole cannot be decided by anybody other than us” (Koya village heads’ Appeal To Withdraw Polavaram Dam, 1995, Lokayan Bulletin).

River Sileru
The Polavaram-Indirasagar project has been planned and pursued by successive A.P. state governments determined to harness the Godavari river waters, even at huge social and irreparable environmental cost. It is expected to cause the more massive displacement of people, destruction of forests and loss of livelihoods, than any other project in India.

Cynical mining depradation at Chatti village near AP-Chhattisgarh borders. Photo Syed Sybhani, ASHA

The GoAP has begun the process of awarding substantial contracts to firms spearheading construction of the dam and canal system. The tenders process has been annulled time and again amid charges of lack of transparency, arbitrariness and cronyism. Political parties and other lobbies, too, have jumped in support of the multi-purpose project ostensibly for the irrigation, hydro-power, projected water and development ‘needs’ of Eastern Andhra Pradesh. Shabbily conducted Environmental Impact Assessment reports (EIAs) have ignored many legalities and important parameters, their costing, in the haste to fulfill mandatory requirements. The unspoken strategy seems to be: ‘once the dam is built, permissions would anyway (have to) be duly awarded, after all you cannot keep a state government in the dock for inadvertence’. (మరింత…)

SEW Polavaram contract raises new controversy అక్టోబర్ 23, 2011

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Polavaram contract raises Telangana heat
Srinivas Janyala, Indian Express, 23 October 2011

No sooner had the agitation for a separate Telangana state begun to simmer down than it threatens to erupt again: this time over the award of a contract to a construction company linked to a Telugu newspaper in which Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhara Rao is a stakeholder.

Crying foul, the Opposition is accusing the Congress government of buying peace with the TRS via this contract, a charge the government denies.

On October 19, the state government awarded a Rs 4,717-crore contract to Southern Engineering Works (SEW) Infrastructure to execute four major components of the Polavaram Project including spillway, head work, earth-and-rock fill dam and excavation for the 960 MW hydel power generation house.

The government said it saved Rs 600 crore by conducting the tender process for the contract in a transparent manner — SEW was the lowest of five bidders for the four works, quoting 12.6 per cent less than the total value of the work.

SEW Infrastructure has stakes in Intercontinental Infrastructure Ltd, a Hyderabad-based company which, in turn, is a stakeholder in Telangana Publications Pvt Limited that publishes Namaste Telangana. TRS’s Rao has invested Rs 4.12 crore and owns 41.25 lakh shares in Telangana Publications.

The chairman of Intercontinental Infrastructure is C L Rajam, a former Resident Engineer, and later one of the directors of SEW Infrastructure. (మరింత…)

Sakala Janula Samme- Economic crisis in AP సెప్టెంబర్ 16, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, corruption, displacement, elections, politics, YSR.
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Telangana stir: AP faces industrial crisis
Ashok Das, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, September 15, 2011

Andhra Pradesh is on the verge of an economic crisis as the strike by miners of Singareni Collieries to press for Telangana is threatening to create a power scarcity in the state. And the problem posed by the strike is compounded by the general shutdown for the third consecutive day in 10 districts in support of Telangana.

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy appealed to employees to call off the shutdown. However, Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram on Thursday called upon the people to intensify the strike.
State-owned power distribution companies have imposed unscheduled power cuts ranging from two to three hours all over Andhra Pradesh as power generation came down by more than 30% due to the coal shortage arising out of the strike. (మరింత…)