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

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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…)

Telangana Bill set for 2013 winter session నవంబర్ 17, 2013

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Telangana Bill set for winter session
Iftikhar Gilani, DNA, 15 November 2013

Govt to fast track parliament legislation to facilitate creation of separate state

Even as the Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy skipped his meeting with the group of ministers (GoM) on Telangana on Thursday, government sources here said they are prioritising the Constitution amendment bill to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament starting from December 5. “The actual bifurcation plan has to be readied before the Bill is drafted. There is no question of delay,” a senior minister involved in the process told dna.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh, who recently ticked off Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, told him bluntly that the new state of Telangana will be created latest by February. (మరింత…)

NAPM Demands a Political Resolution on Telangana జూన్ 14, 2013

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NAPM Demands a Political Resolution on Telangana

Condemns Undemocratic Extraordinary Steps Against the Telangana Agitators

June 14, New Delhi / Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh is in turmoil once again over the demand of a separate Telangana. The struggle for a separate Telangana has been ongoing for a long time now. The central and state governments as well as the major political parties in the state have played opportunistic and partisan political games with people’s sentiments. Exploiting people’s emotions for vote bank politics, parties have supported formation of unholy alliances and politics of divide and rule. The uncertainty over the demand for a Telangana state must end now so that people can carry on their occupations and work without anger, ill-will and anxiety.

The formation of smaller states in the Indian Union is, in general, a significant step towards bringing the locus of political power closer to the people. Small states in India, given the population size of the country, will still be big by international standards. With a population of about 3 crores, Telangana, if and when created, will be viable as a state of the Indian Union. Demands for making governments responsive and accountable, need for redressing administrative inefficiency, and popular aspiration for a better life have set the stage for a new phase of states’ reorganization. (మరింత…)

Its predictions going wrong, TRS decides to revive stir ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2012

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Its predictions going wrong, TRS decides to revive stir

Express News Service, Hyderabad, 28 August 2012

The TRS leadership, which has been claiming that it has received signals of a favourable decision on the separate Telangana issue from the Centre and an announcement will be made in just a couple of months, has now come to the opinion that the Congress led UPA government at the Centre might defer a decision till the 2014 general election.

Though Telangana leaders of the Congress are time and again saying that their high command will take a final call on the issue soon, the TRS leadership has come to think otherwise.

After closely watching the developments in Delhi, the pink party leadership has formed an opinion that the UPA government is not in a position to deliver on its promise.

According to the TRS leadership, if the Centre wants to make any announcement on Telangana, it will do so only just before the 2014 elections. (మరింత…)

Demand for Telangana state is not antagonistic to any region: Sushma Swaraj జూన్ 10, 2012

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Sushma reigns despite rain
June 10, 2012 | By DC Correspondent | Warangal

The much-anticipated showdown between TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj turned out to be a damp squib due to sudden showers that forced both the leaders to cut short their speeches at their respective public meetings in Warangal on Saturday.

Ms Swaraj attracted a large turnout despite the rain at BJP’s Telangana Poru Sabha at Hygreevachary Ground in Warangal city, while the TRS chief addressed a meeting at the Angadi centre.

The heavy downpour forced Ms Swaraj to wait in the car for an hour before she could finally make it to the dais at 8pm. The crowds waited patiently despite the rains and poor sound system.

Befitting the weather, she quoted appropriate lines from BJP patriarch Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s poem, Andhera Chhatega, Suraj Nikalega, Kamal Khilega (Darkness will fade, the sun will rise and the lotus will bloom).

In her half-hour speech, she avoided TRS bashing but chose to target the Congress for the impasse on Telangana.

“Telangana is a fight for identity of language, culture and the arts. It is not antagonistic to any region,” she said, while appealing to the Parkal people to do a repeat of Mahbubnagar by-poll. (మరింత…)

Telangana and Reddy – Kamma battles : Gautam Pingle సెప్టెంబర్ 6, 2011

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Reddys, Kammas and Telangana
Gautam Pingle

Economic & Political Weekly EPW September 3, 2011 vol xlvi no 36 p 19 – 21

Reddy-Kamma rivalry has defined politics in Andhra Pradesh in both the Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party. The two communities used a pliant Telangana vote bank in their battles, but this option is now no longer available to them. Should that come in the way of the formation of a state of Telangana?

Take Andhra: there are only two major communities spread over the linguistic area. They are either Reddis or the Kammas. They hold all the land, all the offices, and all the business.
– Ambedkar 1955

Caste is an important factor in the political history of Andhra Pradesh and remains critical for political mobilisation. Most scholars have pointed out the hegemony of the Reddy and Kamma castes.
– Sri Krishna Committee (SKC) Report: 410

The Reddys and Kammas continue to hold economic and political power and are likely to continue to play an influential role in future decisions regarding the state.
– SKC Report: 310.

Caste and Party Politics

A Reddy-Kamma alliance with the Reddys playing a dominant role has become the leitmotif of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) Congress. This control is based partly on numerical strength, dominant status in villages and economic power. As for numerical strength:

…the regional distribution of upper castes varies with Coastal Andhra having the highest proportion at 32%, followed by Rayalaseema at 24% and Telangana having the smallest proportion at only 11% (SKC Report: 380).

Of the 11 cabinets formed from 1956 to 1980, the Reddy contingent supplied an average of 26% of the total with the brahmins (7%), Kammas (8%) and Kapus and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) (28%). This was in line with the general dominance of the Reddy community in the seven assemblies (with an average strength of 294 seats) during the period 1957 to 1985, when they had an average of 25% of the seats with brahmins getting 9%, Kammas 14% and backward castes 17%. While all this was going on, during the same period there was a total collapse of brahmin presence in the seven assemblies (from 23 to 11 MLAs) as well as in the same 11 cabinets (from 23% to 6%) (Reddy 1989: 305-06).

However, it is an odd but incontestable fact that a Kamma has never been a Congress chief minister. This is significant in that the Kamma community from 1953 until 1983 had almost totally supported the Congress Party with votes, funds and media support. That was to change with the advent of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which, in its turn, has had only Kamma chief ministers till date! While the Congress has some Kamma support and the TDP Reddy support, they largely reflect the interests of the dominant castes that control their fortunes. However, as Carolyn Elliott (1970) comments, these Reddy-Kamma equations are unstable and tend to fall apart. (మరింత…)

KTR warns of violence ఏప్రిల్ 14, 2011

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KTR warns of violence
DC Correspondent, April 6, 2011 Sircilla (Karimnagar)

TRS legislator K. Taraka Rama Rao warned the state and Union governments to “remember” Million March mayhem before denying permission to the party’s 10th anniversary public meeting proposed to be held in Hyderabad on April 27. (మరింత…)

Seemaandhra intellectuals appeal to their MPs & legislators to support separate Telangana మార్చి 8, 2011

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Open Letter
Dt: 3/3/2011

From:
1.Sri Pothuri Venkateswara Rao, Senior Journalist
2.Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary, Chairman, Pragna Bharati and former IT Advisor, Government of Andhra Pradesh
3.Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao, former Director NIMS and a noted radiologist
4.Dr N.Bhaskar Rao, Social Scientist, New Delhi
5.Dr. Katti Padma Rao, Social Activist, Bapatla

Joint Appeal to MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs hailing from Seemandhra

Dear & Respected MP/ MLA/ MLC garu,

Sub: Creation of Telengana state – Obstructions imperiling Seemandhra people in and around Hyderabad.

1. The inclusion of Telangana to create the Andhra Pradesh state in 1956 had been from the beginning against the wishes of a majority of leaders from the region. The over 150 years of separation between the Telangana and the Seema-Andhra areas since 1800 AD has created unbridgeable gulf between social, educational economic mileus and political and cultural consciousnesses of the two regions. Vicissitudes of history have inflicted under-development and backwardness in the Telangana region under the Nizam’s rule.

2. The Seema-Andhra regions under the British rule had made considerable progress towards modernity and overall economic development, particularly in the fields of education, commerce and industry. The British regime had made its cultural impact too. The five and half decades of togetherness between the peoples of Telangana and Seema-Andhra regions in the integrated state had failed to bring equitable development in the different regions of the state and harmonize the relations between the peoples. It is an undeniable fact that the people of Telangana have always been nurturing a feeling that they are being ruled over and are denied self-rule. The separatist sentiment that had its roots in the Telangana region of the erstwhile Hyderabad state have been periodically surfacing ever since the formation of Andhra Pradesh. The sentiment as expressed in the 1969 Separate Telangana agitation was suppressed by strong-arm tactics and by luring some separatist leaders with power. The same had happened in 1972 Separate Andhra agitation too.

3. The separatist agitation in Telangana, largely peaceful till now, has been going on for almost a decade with increasing support from the people. While the 1969 agitation was mainly an urban phenomenon, today it has reached every nook and corner of Telangana and stirred the emotional feelings of the common people. The movement for separate Telngana is irresistible and cannot be simply wished away or suppressed by strong-arm tactics.

4. It is true that there are some apprehensions in the Coastal and Rayalaseema regions but that does not mean they are opposed to the formation of separate Telangana state. The presence of twenty or thirty lakhs of people from Coastal and Rayalaseema distiricts who came to their capital city Hyderabad during the last half a century or so, just as the people from other Telangana districts, should not be a factor in deciding the future of the state. They continue to remain an integral part of the Hyderabad population. Marathis, Kannadigas and even Gujaratis and Pujabis, in large numbers, have been living in the city for decades. Claiming special rights by these or any other group is irrational and unjustified. The apprehensions of these people and the people of the other two regions have to be removed by discussions and by trying to address the genuine grievances. (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…)

Srikrishna Panel recommends varied options to buy time అక్టోబర్ 29, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Congress, Hyderabad, Identity, Jai Andhra, KCR, Mulki, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Settler, TRS.
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Panel may give 5 options to soothe Telangana tempers

Economic Times, 29 October 2010

NEW DELHI: As the Telangana Committee , headed by Justice B N Srikrishna , sits down to pen its report for submission by December 31, indications are that the panel may present the government with a range of scientifically reasoned out options — be it formation of a separate Telangana state, a united Andhra Pradesh, making Hyderabad a Union territory, or more — and list the pros and cons of each. Put simply, the committee will leave it to the government to pick the best-possible solution, preferably through political consensus to be evolved within a limited time-frame.

According to sources in the government, the panel may come up with 4-5 “optimal” solutions to the Telangana imbroglio, based on issues raised by various Andhra groups during their discussions with the committee members. It will list the implications, both positive and negative, of accepting each of these options. The reasoning will be based on objective assessments as well as well-researched facts and figures relating not only to historical background but also to aspects like economic activity, education, health, cultural issues, waters and irrigation, power, evolution of Hyderabad, security-related issues, public employment and sub-regional aspirations. (మరింత…)