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Separation Pangs – Telangana : Gita Ramaswamy జూన్ 5, 2010

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Separation Pangs

Cheated on promises of equity for decades, Telangana’s right to statehood is validated by scholars and activists

Gita Ramaswamy


Telangana today evokes images of gun-toting khaki-clad Naxalites and students immolating themselves—both conjuring horror and violence. In contrast, the Telangana movement for a separate state is both a peaceful movement and a movement for peace, an anomaly in a region marked by continuing violent struggles. By and large, the separatists have been peaceful, resorting to fasts, dharnas and processions. Telangana, which has seen decades of violence—from the Communist-led armed struggle of the forties to Naxalite violence the seventies onwards, and the horrific police repression of both—yearns for peace. The call for a separate Telangana is also a call for development on its own terms, to enable vertical contradictions within the area to be resolved within it.

The Telangana slogan is a six-decade-old one. In 1952, the Hyderabad Legislative Assembly voted to keep the Hyderabad state intact and separate. The States Reorganisation Commission, appointed by the Nehru government, also cautioned against forced unification in 1955. The gentlemen’s agreement in 1956 (between Telangana and Andhra leaders) stated that the utilisation of Telangana’s huge surpluses should be within the area of Telangana. This was not done. Data from 1966-67 shows 88.4 per cent of government canals were in the Andhra region, and only 1.4 per cent in Telangana. Subsequent developments confirmed the fears of the people of Telangana. Telangana has failed to get an equitable share of public investments, there is discrimination against its people both in public education and employment, and a clear denial of political power to leaders of this region. Two major rivers pass through Telangana—the Krishna and the Godavari; neither irrigates the area substantially. Instead, their waters go to the coastal Andhra districts of Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari. (మరింత…)

TRS to boycott Srikrishna Committee ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2010

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TRS to boycott Srikrishna Committee proceedings
Special Correspondent, The Hindu Feb 14, 2010

‘Terms of reference not in favour of separate Telangana’

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti has announced its intention to boycott the proceedings of Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee as the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the committee were not in favour of separate Telangana State.

“We will not meet the committee members as its terms of reference are not in line with the December 9 announcement by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram,” TRS floor leader E. Rajender said. The ToR reflected yet again the Centre’s intentions to “deceive” the people of Telangana who would not compromise on anything short of a separate State. (మరింత…)

We are sticking to our word, you will have the committee : Chidambaram జనవరి 28, 2010

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Telangana Committee next week: Chidambaram

Press Trust of India, January 28, 2010, New Delhi

Home Minister P Chidambaram announced on Thursday that a committee on Telangana would be formed in a week.

“We are sticking to our word. We will have the names more or less finalised by the end of this week and perhaps by early next week, you will have the committee announced,” Chidambaram said.

The political representatives from Telangana had set January 28 as the deadline for the Centre to announce a timeframe for the formation of the new state. And they had threatened to resign enmasse in case Centre failed to keep its promise. The Centre’s latest move comes as if to preempt the mass resignations.

Congress representatives from Telangana claim the announcement is a definite move forward but the other members of the political Joint Action Committee (JAC) are far from impressed. (మరింత…)

AP government trying for ‘safe mode’ on Telangana : GS Vasu జనవరి 14, 2010

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Telangana: AP government trying for ‘safe mode’
G S Vasu, New Indian Express: 14 Jan 2010 09:01:22 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Priority No 1: Restoration of peace and law and order. Priority No 2: Restoration of confidence of the industry. Priority No 3: Allaying perception that governance has come to a halt.

The January 5 Delhi declaration by political parties in Andhra Pradesh — “We will work to ensure that peace, harmony and law and order is maintained” — appears to be the bottom line for any progress to happen insofar as deliberations on the Telangana statehood issue are concerned.

Whether or not political parties have taken seriously the joint commitment they made, both the Centre and state have. (మరింత…)

TRS vows to make Bhogi bonfire of NTR Jr’s cinema జనవరి 14, 2010

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TRS vows to make Bhogi bonfire of Adurs
Express News Service: 13 Jan 2010 05:36:00 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Adurs, starring NTR Jr, is set to hit the screens Wednesday under the watchful eye of the police in the Telangana region. Notwithstanding the actor’s appeal on Monday evening, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s daughter Kavitha renewed her boycott call on Tuesday forcing the film producers to move the High Court.

Justice G Raghuram of the High Court asked for DGP RR Girish Kumar’s response and upon being informed that the police would provide security, disposed of the producers’ petition. (మరింత…)

Protests at Telangana JAC meet జనవరి 12, 2010

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Protests at Telangana JAC meet over Sonia, Naidu remarks
Press Trust of India / Hyderabad January 12, 2010, 19:30 IST

The Telangana Political Joint Action Committee meeting here today witnessed ugly scenes following certain comments made against Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi by Dalit leader Manda Krishna.

Congress MLA R Damodar Reddy rose to his feet and strongly protested Krishna’s remarks even as TDP politburo member Nagam Janardhana Reddy too joined.

All hell broke loose at that stage as supporters of Krishna on one side and Congress and TDP workers on the other rushed on to the stage and shouted at each other at the top of their voice. (మరింత…)

Two Telangana ministers withdraw resignations జనవరి 12, 2010

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2 Telangana ministers withdraw resignations
IANS
First Published : 12 Jan 2010 02:32:30 PM IST

HYDERABAD: Two ministers from the Telangana region Tuesday withdrew their resignations but legislators of Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Congress party have refused to do so saying they would abide by the all-party Joint Action Committee’s (JAC) decision.

Minister for Information Technology K. Venkat Reddy and Minister for Higher Education D. Sridhar Babu met state Congress chief D. Srinivas to convey their decision to withdraw the resignations.

They said they were satisfied with the steps being taken by the central government to carve out Telangana state and hence decided to withdraw the resignations. They claimed that the centre stood by the Dec 9 statement to initiate the process for formation of Telangana state.

Their move came a day after the state Congress chief asked all ministers and legislators to take back their resignations. (మరింత…)

We are prepared to sacrifice our lives for T cause : DS జనవరి 12, 2010

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I’ll comment on Andhras when the time comes: DS
Express News Service: 12 Jan 2010

HYDERABAD: Besides the Telangana Joint Action Committee members’ criticism of Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao over his remark that appointing a Telangana leader as deputy chief minister would be an answer to the separate statehood issue, Pradesh Congress Committee chief D Srinivas has taken strong exception to Kavuri’s remarks.

“What do they (Andhra leaders) think about Telangana people? I will speak about them when the occasion comes,” he is learnt to have told his close aides from the Telangana region.

Meanwhile, senior Telangana Congress leader and former minister R Damodar Reddy has asserted that their agitation for separate Telangana state is not meant to get `posts’. In fact, Andhra leaders like Sambasiva Rao and others were trying to cause a rift among the Telangana people, he alleged.

“We (Telangana leaders) are not worried about posts. On the other hand, we are prepared to sacrifice our lives for the Telangana cause,” he claimed. (మరింత…)

Telangana Question : DNA Editorial జనవరి 11, 2010

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Editorial, DNA

The Telangana question
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 22:30 IST

Union home minister P Chidambaram did not intend Tuesday’s meeting with the eight main political parties from Andhra Pradesh in Delhi to resolve the Telangana issue. It is not even clear whether it was meant to pave the way for the formation of the new state or whether it was meant to find out from the stakeholders whether the Telangana idea is feasible. But he has indicated what is on his mind. He has alerted participants about allowing Maoists — without naming them — to take advantage of the democratic war of attrition. With the popular mood in the state running high, it was perhaps necessary to have brought everyone to the table.

But talks are not an end in themselves. What is needed is a quick and fair resolution of the problem. There are indications that the Centre and the Congress are playing for time and they are resorting to the tried and tested ways of prevarication and protraction. That may not be the best way of addressing the burning issue. Due to acts of omission and commission of the recent past, Telangana has become a burning question. Putting off difficult decisions may not be the best option.

Chidambaram’s veiled reference to the Maoists gives an inkling of one of the reservations of the Centre and the Congress party about Telangana — the apprehension that the Maoists could gain political prominence in the economically and socially backward and sensitive state. But it would be a grave mistake to decide the issue of Telangana on the assumption as to how it would help or deter the Maoists. (మరింత…)

T – JAC for peaceful protests by people during time bound consultations జనవరి 10, 2010

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T-JAC wants people to hold peaceful protests
Express News Service,: 10 Jan 2010

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) urged the people in the region to organise meetings, padayatras and programmes with the local elected representatives to impress upon the Centre the need to make an announcement on Telangana at the earliest.
The JAC would organize bus yatras to further consolidate the Telangana forces and supporters.

Speaking to Express, JAC convenor M Kodandaram said in the entire Telangana region students, employees and other sections of the society have been continuing their protests and rallies peacefully.

“The idea is to make people understand that it is not enough to support the Telangana issue. They should send a strong message to the Centre through their elected representatives on how dear the cause is to them. People have already been continuing various programmes on their own,” he said.

Kodandaram was confident that the Centre would not go back on its December 9 declaration. After Home Minister P Chidambaram’s meeting with the representatives of the recognised political parties from the State, the Telangana leadership was confident and hopeful that the Centre would not go back on its promise.

“We are going to wait for some more time till the Centre comes out with a concrete policy on the issue. We are not against consultations but want a time-bound road map,” Kodandaram said. (మరింత…)