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

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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…)

Fasting, Mining, Politicking? Telangana & the Burdens of History – D Parthasarathy మే 21, 2010

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Fasting, Mining, Politicking? Telangana and the Burdens of History


The burdens of history are many for Telangana as they are for most regions of the world whose people have been historically subjected to domination, oppression and exploitation. These burdens are cumulative and imbricate each other, and result not only in various forms of ‘backwardness’, but also in ways of perceiving a problem and modes of struggle that reify and reflect those burdens rather than enable subject populations to look for meaningful alternatives. Telangana has been witness to a long history of struggles, some initiated by its own populations, others instigated from outside, and yet others forged by radical or bourgeois class alliances across regions. Whether or not the people of Telangana get a separate state, what they are desperately seeking for is agency. What is however worth emphasizing is that, if the current round of protests and agitations are to yield rewards for the region’s long suffering and distressed classes, some at least of the parties involved need to find ways of escaping the past and instead search for new methods of agitation and new vocabularies to articulate an alternate politics that truly reflects the frustrations, grievances, and aspirations of the troubled region.

The formation of Linguistic States, although essential, cannot be decided by any sort of hooliganism. Nor must it be solved in a manner that will serve party interest. It must be solved by cold blooded reasoning.
B. R. Ambedkar
Thoughts on Linguistic States, 1955

The morality of Gandhi’s emotional athyachar through his fast unto death preceding the Poona Pact of 1932 is rarely called into question by his many admirers, followers and scholarly acolytes. While criticism of Gandhi’s tactics by dalits and those who adopt a dalit/ bahujan perspective in their analyses is seen as partial and subjective, the long term consequences of this Gandhian method of protest to get others to toe your line has not been taken seriously despite the frequent use of this method for contentious goals and objectives. The simultaneous use of Gandhian methods of fasting and street violence by groups ostensibly fighting for a separate Telangana state, and similar counter strategies resorted to by pro-United Andhra groups may constitute a “grammar of anarchy” as Ambedkar warned in his closing speech to the Constituent Assembly. Ambedkar also castigated other Gandhian methods such as civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha, arguing that in a post-independent nation there was no “justification for these, …where constitutional methods are open”. The tendency of diverse groups in India to resort to unconstitutional methods derives in large part from a partisan state that selectively uses force when it fears legitimate protests and demands, and turns a blind eye to violence when it is perpetrated by groups closely allied to those who people the state. The Indian state’s rapid response to Gandhian fasting methods in this case needs to be seen against the backdrop of hundreds of more legitimate demands by diverse groups around the country which are equally rapidly put down with brutal force, even as the demands take decades to be addressed if at all they are taken seriously.

That significant decisions that decide the fate of millions are still taken as a response to unconstitutional methods, to hooliganism, and in ways that “serve (specific) party interests”, rather than by recourse to “cold blooded reasoning”, and institutionalized debates, is as much a sign of the evolution of our political society, as it is a symptom of the deep gulf between the two broad streams of Gandhian and Ambedkarite political norms that we have inherited. Such methods of protest constitute only one of several burdens from the past that we carry and that affect how we govern ourselves, how democracy works for different sections of our population. For, as Ambedkar perhaps would have been the first to acknowledge, street violence by supporters of a Telangana state are but a direct reaction to deep levels of frustration resulting from political misrule, the absence of meaningful development and empowerment, and the failure of diverse political and social groups to understand, articulate or express their genuine grievances. But more importantly, street violence and hooliganism that target both coastal Andhra elites and middle class and poor migrants from the Andhra region settled in Hyderabad and other urban centres in Telangana are also a response to mindless police brutality. Police brutality and administrative violence in Telangana cannot be understood in simplistic terms as the action of the state apparatus supporting the interests of the ruling class, though this may in large part be true. We need to recognize that the state has interests of its own, that the state apparatus behaves in habitual ways, is disposed to react by virtue of a certain habitus, and that the agents of the state also constitute a class by virtue of their social status, property ownership position, and surplus extraction function. That diverse groups fighting for a Telangana state – be it the TRS or the JAC – have simply failed to understand, far less address the grievances and frustrations of the youth of the region can also be seen in the way in which personal troubles are linked to public issues1 – reflected in the scores of suicides and suicide bids that are currently taking place. In many ways the street violence and suicides are expressions of the fact that vast sections of Telangana’s population have been among the politically ‘uncounted2’ despite the long history of the Telangana movement. One might even argue that the politics surrounding the Telangana state, the hijacking of the demand by parties which do not truly represent or comprehend the aspirations of those they pretend to represent, the street violence and suicides – all of these in fact are reflective of a politics involving the “inscription of a part of those who have no part”3, in other words the attempts by those who have hitherto not been represented adequately to make their voices heard. (మరింత…)

Listening to Andhra Pradesh, seeking solution to Telangana question ఫిబ్రవరి 22, 2010

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Listening to Andhra Pradesh
Last call for a sane solution

Business Standard / New Delhi February 16, 2010

The terms of reference of the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee on Telangana may be wide enough to satisfy all, but so wide that they may satisfy none. In constituting the committee the Central government seems to have been guided by the principle that no one with any knowledge of the problems of the state should be involved in seeking a solution. It is an interesting, and perhaps even a laudable, principle. The committee members cannot be accused of being biased in favour or against the break-up of Andhra Pradesh. None of them is either for or against a separate Telangana. Their professional credentials are impeccable, even if some of them are not known to a wider national audience beyond their relevant disciplines. However, critics may wonder if 10 months are enough for a group comprising professionals with their normal duties at work to unravel a 50-year-old problem. The committee has been tasked to review the developments in the state since its formation and their impact on the progress and development of different regions of the state. Further, it has been asked to examine the impact of recent developments on different sections of people such as women, children, students, the minorities, Other Backward Classes, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. Finally, after consulting all sections of people, including political leaders, on the aforesaid matters, the panel has to “elicit their views; to seek from the political parties and other organisations (including industry, trade, trade unions, farmers’ organisations, women’s organisations and students’ organisations) a range of solutions that would resolve the present difficult situation and promote the welfare of all sections of the people; to identify the optimal solutions for this purpose; and to recommend a plan of action and a road map.” (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee to consult pro & anti Telangana political parties & groups ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2010

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Srikrishna committee to hold consultations on Telangana
Staff Writer, PTI

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) As part of the consultation process, the Justice B N Srikrishna committee on Telangana is likely to come out with a public notice on Saturday seeking suggestions and views from public, political parties and outfits on the separate statehood issue.

Justice Srikrishna is likely to travel to Hyderabad next month to hold discussions with political parties and leaders of organisations for and against Telangana. (మరింత…)

Student’s suicide in OU puts Telangana on the boil again జనవరి 20, 2010

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Student’s suicide in OU puts Telangana on the boil again
TNN, 20 January 2010, 04:11am IST

HYDERABAD: Telangana is on the boil once again after the suspected suicide of an MCA student on the Osmania University campus.

Hundreds of angry OU students called for a bandh on Wednesday and demanded the resignations of all elected representatives from the region in order to give momentum to the separate state movement.

By Tuesday night, the OU students placed the body of their mate outside Arts College and vowed not to allow it to be taken from there until all the MPs and MLAs quit their posts.

In response to the students’ demand, five MLAs from TRS and one from PRP went to Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s residence in the evening and pressed for the acceptance of their resignations. But with the Speaker telling them that he would take a decision in two to three days, they staged a dharna. They were later arrested and released by the police .

TDP MLA E Dayakar Rao said all the 39 party MLAs from the region would do the same on Wednesday. While BJP and two MLAs from PRP said they would also follow suit, the heat is on the Congress MLAs and MPs, who have two options: Either obey the diktat of their high command not to press for the acceptance of their resignations or face the wrath of the Telangana people.

What triggered the day’s developments was the discovery of a totally charred body of K Venugopal Reddy under a tree near Tagore Auditorium on the OU campus by morning walkers. Reddy, a 23-year-old MCA final-year student of Lalitha PG and Degree College in Ghatkesar, hailed from Nalgonda district and used to stay at Nacharam. (మరింత…)

I am tired of speaking to Centre on Telangana : KCR జనవరి 13, 2010

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I am tired of speaking to Centre on Telangana: KCR
Rediff.com: January 12, 2010 19:50 IST

Only a constitutional and political crisis can ensure the formation of Telangana, K Chandrasekar Rao, the Chief of the Telangana Rasthriya Samiti said in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

His were the opening remarks at the Telangana Joint Action Committee meeting that was held on Tuesday to decide on the next course of action to be taken towards the formation of a separate state. While it was decided that all MLAs and other representatives would tender their resignations on January 18, there was confusion prevailing among the Congress leaders.

All hell broke lose when the Congress MLAs said they were willing to tender their resignations but were unable to do so at the time that was specified at the JAC meeting.

This remark angered the rest of the leaders who told them point blank that they could do without them and it was not correct on their part to seek time when it was the need of the hour to stand united on the issue.

Some of the Congress leaders who were upset with the remarks staged a walk out, but were pacified by JAC chairperson Professor Kodand Ram. He convinced them to return to the meeting and he is now holding talks with the leaders in order to come to a consensus.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Telugu Desam Party, TRS, Bharatiya Janata Party and also the Praja Rajyam Party, hailing from the Telangana region, agreed to submit their resignations on January 18.

KCR said he is tired of speaking to the Union government about this issue. “The response from New Delhi has not been good. We have no option but to create a constitutional and political crisis in the state so that our demands are met. We will go the Speaker on January 18, hand over our resignations and also convince him to admit it so that there is a crisis and our voices are heard.” (మరింత…)