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Land of many discontents, united AP rationale squandered అక్టోబర్ 9, 2011

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Land of many discontents
Seema Chishti, The Indian Express, Oct 07 2011

Among most English-speaking sections of southern India, when a concept finds itself abbreviated or turned into an acronym, it is considered evidence of its acceptance. To that extent, the usage of “T” for Telangana in newspapers and periodicals there, as opposed to AP for Andhra Pradesh, could signal that “Telangana” is around the corner.

But if you discount the hype, there is a different story unfolding in the region. The absence of real stalwarts in Andhra Pradesh who can lend heft to the debate, and the Congress’s classic act of not knowing which side to weigh in on, after muddling things up very competently two years ago, does not help. A short biography of the idea of Telangana and the “movements” there is in order.

The Telangana movement, as was understood when India was being created out of hundreds of princely states, was of a completely different kind. A deep peasant revolt against the landlords was brewing, headed by the then-united CPI. The Telangana movement, between 1946 and 1951, meant bringing about a virtual “people’s republic” in those parts. Facing brutal attack from local landlords and the Nizam, comrades like P. Sundarayya, Basavapunaiah, B. Narasimha Reddy and a thousand others led a prolonged struggle for establishing “true” freedom, before they withdrew the struggle (for a variety of reasons) and participated in the 1952 elections. The communists, then a force to be reckoned with in AP, secured more than 33 per cent of the votes and were more than a handful for a wary Congress. However, despite a pre-poll alliance that got them more than the Congress, it was the Congress that was called in to form the government. Communist accounts describe how the backbone of the comrades was crushed with a brutal police-led witch-hunt, as the Telangana “movement” wound down. (మరింత…)

KCR plans to fast again సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2011

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KCR planning another fast for Telangana
The New Indian Express, 20 September 2011

HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao is once again planning to go on an indefinite fast for separate statehood to Telangana, party leaders and family members said Tuesday.
Chandrasekhara Rao’s son and TRS legislator K. Tarakarama Rao told reporters that the party chief was holding consultations with senior leaders on the proposed “fast unto death”. (మరింత…)

Sakala Janula Samme- 11 years agitation for separate state సెప్టెంబర్ 14, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, bandh, cinema, Congress, Economy, elections, fast, G.O 610, Identity, KCR, KTR, Mulki, politics, regionalism, SEZ, Sonia, students, universities, youth.
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KCR warns state against suppressing T-movement
Deccan Chronicle, September 13, 2011, Karimnagar

The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, warned the state government of serious repercussions if it attempts to crush the government employees Sakala Janula Samme (i mass agitation for Telangana, that begins on Tuesday. Mr Rao announced a rasta roko programme across Telangana on Tuesday in support of the agitation by the cinema bandh on September 14 and 15, a blockade of national highways on September 18 to cut off any road link between the South and North, followed by other agitations to be announced by the TJAC

“I need to caution you. We fought for 11 years. If we can’t achieve Telangana now, will they (Seemandhra leaders) allow us to live? They will bury us in Patala Lokam,” he warned the supporters. (మరింత…)

Telangana MLAs may not rush through resignations సెప్టెంబర్ 1, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, fast, Identity, JAC, regionalism, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana MLAs may not rush through resignations

Special Correspondent, The Hindu 31 August 2011

Wary of mutual contests if byelections become inevitable, want TRS assurance

Telangana Telugu Desam and Congress MLAs may not rush through their resignations this time round till they get a firm assurance from Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on avoiding mutual contests if by-elections become inevitable.

Rare gesture

Sources said it was with this proposal, among others, that a big delegation of Telangana TDP Forum MLAs took the rare step of approaching a political adversary, Panchayat Raj Minister K. Jana Reddy, here on Tuesday. Unlike last time, when they were the first to submit their resignations, there was concern among TDP MLAs now over their re-election in the event of TRS putting up candidates. (మరింత…)

TRS supremo charged of derogatory remarks against Andhra Brahmins మే 3, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Culture, fast, KCR, Mulki, politics, regionalism, TRS.
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AP Court asks police to file case against TRS chief
The Hindu, Vijayawada, May 2, 2011

A local court today ordered the police to register a case against Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) President K Chandrasekhar Rao for his allegedly derogatory remarks against Brahmins of Andhra region.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Prasada Rao gave the direction on a private complaint filed by Govindaraju Srinivas. (మరింత…)

KCR’s udyama chandi yagam on 10 years of TRS ఏప్రిల్ 14, 2011

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KCR’s ‘Chandi Yagam’ for T from April 14
TNN, Apr 7, 2011, 01.19am IST

HYDERABAD: TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao plans to perform a three-day Chandi Yagam for the well-being of Telangana people and also for achieving separate T state. The yagam would begin on April 14.

According KCR, the yagam will be performed at a farm house, owned by TRS leader and former MP K Jitendar Reddy on the outskirts of the city. The TRS leaders have been asked to be present along with their family members during the yagam. (మరింత…)

TPJAC Performs Last Rites Of AP Assembly మార్చి 19, 2011

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TPJAC Performs Last Rites Of Assembly

The Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TPJAC) leaders performed the “last rites of the dead A P State Assembly” on March 17th.

18th Mar, 2011: Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TPJAC) convener Prof. Kodandaram on Thursday stated that the TPJAC will intensify its agitation for a separate Telangana state and mount pressure on the Centre.

Talking to media persons, Prof. Kodandaram stated that a meeting of the JAC leaders will soon be convened to plot a course of action to further the struggle for a separate state.

The meeting will take into consideration the Centre’s stand that it would take up the Telangana issue only after the completion of the assembly elections in 5 states. (మరింత…)

No Telangana State, Yes TRC- Congress మార్చి 6, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, bandh, Congress, CPI, drama, fast, Hyderabad, Identity, Jai Andhra, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, TDP, TRS.
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No Telangana for now
Jinka Nagaraju, TNN, March 6, 2011

HYDERABAD: Though this may give a fillip to the Telangana agitations, the UPA government is veering around to the view that a new state at this juncture is a strict no-no. The favoured opinion is to accept the sixth option formulated by the Srikrishna Committee, which is to maintain status quo while empowering the Telangana region by creating a Telangana Regional Council.

Highly-placed sources told STOI that an announcement to this effect might be made after Parliament passes the finance Bill. But before any announcement, home minister P Chidambaram will hold another all-party meeting with the 8 political parties concerned to forge a consensus on this option, the sources revealed.

“The UPA government is inclined to go with the sixth option suggested by the Srikrishna Committee as it expects major opposition only from the TRS. However, the steps needed to counter a possible agitation by the pro-Telangana parties including the TRS, BJP and CPI in the event of the Centre going with the sixth option is still being worked out,” the sources added. (మరింత…)

Telangana – inaction is no option for the Centre మార్చి 2, 2011

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Reporting Back

Editorial, The Indian Express, 2 March 2011

The political play over Telangana displays certain odd, disturbing tendencies. The situation that compelled the setting up of the Srikrishna Committee — tactical as well as violent aggression on the streets of Andhra to put pressure on the Centre — is now slowly returning to the state, almost two months after the panel had made its recommendations on the feasibility of a separate state of Telangana. It should now be clear that the Centre cannot allow the situation to drift. Having given the appearance of caving in to the TRS’s passive-aggressive tactics in December 2009, and thereby provoking anxiety in other parts of the state, it has to now reclaim the middle ground by using the committee’s very useful blueprint for negotiations with different strands of opinion. (మరింత…)

Samaikyandhra or Telangana as India’s 29th State: K Naresh Kumar ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, elections, fast, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, KCR, Kurnool, MRPS, Mulki, Muslim, Osmania, Polavaram, politics, PRP, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, TRS, Uttara Andhra, YSR.
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Power Politics, February 2011

United Andhra Pradesh Or Telangana As India’s 29th State?

From the first wave of intense political agitations of 1969-71, when the Telangana Praja Samithi unleashed the ‘Jai Telangana’ movement, the fight for carving out a separate state has never been so intense as in the last 15 months. Unlike the abject political compromise of the strugglers over four decades ago, this time around, the battle is still being fought on various platforms. The support base is strong, seemingly unyielding and the polarization between the pro and anti groups clearly unbridgeable. Importantly, once again it is the Congress party at the Centre and the state level which is facing a challenging, insurmountable situation, argues K Naresh Kumar, from Hyderabad. New Delhi, however, has some answers to the complex situation.

“Not all States need to be bifurcated or trifurcated, but if there is a demand based on size, population and geographical characteristics, it seems that division would be a wise solution. The jury is still out on Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal, but the early indications are that development will get a boost in these new States unless, of course, misgovernance takes over. In my view, there is a strong case for the creation of Vidarbha (out of Maharashtra, population 9.67 crore) and Telangana (out of Andhra Pradesh, population 7.57 crore). Uttar Pradesh and Bihar should also be further divided.”

-Excerpt from an article Wake up to the state of States by P. Chidambaram, Indian Express, May 18, 2003.

Prophetic words, these? Over seven years ago, P Chidambaram (PC) spoke convincingly about creating the state of Telangana as he felt it had a ‘strong case’ in its favour.

Of course, his party was not in power then and thus he had no political power to bring about neither the desired change, nor the accountability to face its political implications. But miracles happen in Indian politics as it did just a year later.

Cut to 2004 when the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) stormed to power on the ‘aam aadmi’ poll plank replacing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). It also toppled the CEO Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. It attained the top slot by capitalizing on the goodwill generated by the then Congress bigwig Y S Rajasekhara Reddy with his pro-poor agenda and importantly, promising to create Telangana if elected to power. (మరింత…)