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Remembering Guda Anjanna, Signature Song of Telangana Dalit Revolution – Karthik Navayan జూన్ 24, 2016

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Remembering Guda Anjanna – The signature song of Telangana’s Dalit Revolution
Karthik Navayan, June 23, 2016 Round Table India

The first time I heard about Guda Anjanna (1 November 1955 – 21 June 2016), through my classmate and Anjanna’s nephew (brother’s son) Guda Rajendar, in 1989, when I was studying in 8th class. Anjanna belongs to Lingapur village of Dandepally Mandal in Adilabad District. At the time, I was studying in the Dandepally social welfare hostel, and Anjanna’s nephew Guda Rajendar was my classmate. Anjanna had two more well-educated brothers I knew at the time. Anjanna’s elder brother, Dr Guda Chandraiah (MBBS), was a Dalit leader and activist too. Later, after I left hostel, I heard that Dr Chandraiah died at an young age. Guda Shanthaiah, Guda Anjanna’s younger brother was also a poet and songwriter; he too died at a very young age. I saw all of the three brothers of Guda family in my student life. They were all inspiring people.


యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? పోరాటాల, త్యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? – ఎన్.వేణు గోపాల్ జనవరి 16, 2016

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యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? పోరాటాల, త్యాగాల తెలంగాణనా? – ఎన్.వేణు గోపాల్
నడుస్తున్న తెలంగాణ మాసపత్రిక, జనవరి 2016 సంచిక

తెలంగాణ ముఖ్యమంత్రి కె చంద్రశేఖర రావు అయుత మహా చండీ యాగం జరపడం, ఆ యాగం ప్రభుత్వ కార్యక్రమం లాగ, తెలంగాణ కార్యక్రమం లాగ జరగడం చాల ప్రశ్నలకు చర్చకు ఆస్కారం ఇస్తుంది. తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రం ఏర్పడితే అయుత మహా చండీ యాగం చేస్తానని తాను మొక్కుకున్నానని, ఇప్పుడు రాష్ట్రం ఏర్పడింది గనుక ఆ యాగం చేస్తున్నానని ఒకసారి, విశ్వశాంతి, లోక కళ్యాణం, తెలంగాణ సౌభాగ్యం, ప్రజాశ్రేయస్సు కొరకు ఈ యాగం చేస్తున్నానని ఒకసారి ఆయన ప్రకటించారు. కాని ఈ రెండు వివరణలు కూడ చర్చకు నిలిచేవి కావు.
తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రం అశేష ప్రజానీకం సాగించిన పోరాటాల వల్ల, త్యాగాల వల్ల, రాజకీయ ఎత్తుగడల వల్ల వచ్చిందా లేక ఒకానొక వ్యక్తి మొక్కు వల్ల వచ్చిందా అనే సందేహానికి మొదటి వివరణ దారితీస్తుంది. స్వయంగా తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్ర సాధన ఉద్యమానికి నాయకత్వం వహించానని చెప్పుకుంటున్న పార్టీ అధ్యక్షుడే తన మొక్కు వల్లనే తెలంగాణ సాధించిందని అనడం తన పద్నాలుగు సంవత్సరాల కృషిని తానే అపహాస్యం చేసుకున్నట్టవుతుంది. ఉద్యమక్రమంలో తెలంగాణ సమాజం యావత్తూ పాల్గొన్న అనుభవం ఉంది. చేపట్టిన ఎన్నో పోరాట రూపాలున్నాయి. చేసిన ఎన్నో కార్యక్రమాలున్నాయి. చివరికి తెలంగాణ బిల్లు పార్లమెంటులో ఆమోదం పొందిన తర్వాత చంద్రశేఖర రావే సకుటుంబ సమేతంగా వెళ్లి తెలంగాణ ఇచ్చినందుకు మరొక మాతకు కృతజ్ఞతలు చెప్పివచ్చారు. ఇప్పుడు ఆ కారణాలూ పరిణామాలూ అన్నీ పక్కకు పోయి, కేవలం చండీమాత మొక్కు వల్లనే తెలంగాణ వచ్చిందనడం ఆయనకు స్వవచోవ్యాఘాతమని అనిపించకపోవచ్చు గాని తెలంగాణ సమాజానికీ ఉద్యమకారులకూ అవమానం.తెలంగాణ కోసం ప్రాణాలు బలిపెట్టిన వందలాది మంది విద్యార్థి యువజనులకు అవమానం. (మరింత…)

TRS is not KCR family, only the family members are sweating it out for T movement మే 5, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, corruption, drama, elections, Harish, KCR, KTR, politics, struggle, Telangana, TRS.
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Thanks to TRS, new dynasty rises in Telangana
J R Prasad, New Indian Express, 5 May 2013

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s dream of carving out a Telangana state still eludes him, so he is busy putting together the political dreams of the next generation in his family. TRS appears to be the latest entrant in the long list of political leaders bitten by the dynasty bug.

Chandrasekhar Rao’s son K Taraka Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao play a key role in deciding the day-to-day affairs of the party. Rama Rao represents Siricilla segment in the Assembly whereas Harish Rao is the MLA from Siddipet.

With his son and nephew at the helm of affairs, Chandrasekhar Rao has cleared the decks for his daughter K Kavitha, who has been playing a key role in the Telangana movement by taking up non-political issues concerning the region with her outfit Telangana Jagruthi, to take the political plunge. (మరింత…)

Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’ అక్టోబర్ 21, 2012

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Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’
Staff reporter, The Hindu, Khammam, October 19, 2012

Standing in waist-deep water near Kunavaram, the protesters raise slogans against Polavaram project

Adivasis from areas facing submergence from the Polavaram project on Thursday launched a relay “Jala Deeksha” at the confluence point of the Sabari and the Godavari near Kunavaram.

The Adivasis launched the agitation under the aegis of the “People Against Polavaram Project” (PAPP), an inter-State committee comprising various tribal organisations of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Ordisha. Adivasis from Malkangiri district in Odisha and Sukma district in Chhattisgarh participated in the stir on the first day.

Telangana-torchbearer Konda Lakshman passes away సెప్టెంబర్ 23, 2012

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Telangana-torchbearer Konda Lakshman passes away
TNN Sep 22, 2012

HYDERABAD: Freedom fighter and veteran of Telangana movement Konda Lakshman, popularly known as ‘Bapuji’, passed away on Friday morning at his residence at the age of 97. Bapuji was hale and hearty till the other day and actively participated in the installation ceremony of the famous Khairatabad Ganesha idol on Wednesday. He died when arrangements were afoot for his next birthday on September 27.

Konda Lakshman was the first minister to quit the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy cabinet for the Telangana cause. Till then the Telangana movement was being run by the students of Osmania University and some young intellectuals of Hyderabad. Alleging that the Gentleman’s Agreement of 1956 was violated, Bapuji, who was information and labour minister, had quit the cabinet to join the nascent Telangana Praja Samithi (TPS).

It was his entry that transformed the hitherto student and youth movement into a political struggle for a separate state. Earlier, ‘Bapuji’ brought about a split in the AP Congress by forming the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee with the support of dozens of MLAs from the region. He was Deputy Speaker for some time. Bapuji was born in Wankidi village in Adilabad district in 1915 into a weaver’s family, and was an arch rival of another T-veteran and TPS president Marri Channa Reddy. Then CM Brahmananda Reddy used to say that he was confident that the Telangana movement would not move forward as long as Channa Reddy and Bapuji were at the helm of affairs. Their presence polarised the movement ideologically into Reddys and non-Reddys. (మరింత…)

Telangana protagonist Konda Laxman Bapuji passes away సెప్టెంబర్ 23, 2012

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Konda Laxman passes away
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Hyderabad, September 22, 2012

Noted freedom fighter and former Minister died of cardiac arrest at the age of 97

Noted freedom fighter, former Minister and Telangana protagonist Konda Laxman Bapuji died of cardiac arrest at his residence here on Friday. He was 97. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

Born in Wankhidi village in Adilabad district on September 27, 1915, Bapuji participated in ‘Vandemataram’ and Quit India movements and fought against the Nizam’s rule for the liberation of Hyderabad State. Later, he participated in the ‘non-mulki’ agitation in 1952 and gave up his Minister’s post in support of the demand for statehood to Telangana in 1969.

He was active in the Telangana agitation till his death and even tried to convince the leaders of Seemandhra on the need for a separate State. Bapuji was elected to the Assembly four times – twice each from Adilabad and Nalgonda districts — with his last term being during 1972-78 from Bhongir. He served as a Minister in the Cabinets of Kasu Brahmananda Reddy and Damodaram Sanjivaiah and as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly. (మరింత…)

It is now clear Congress doesn’t want to give Telangana: Harish Rao ఆగస్ట్ 18, 2012

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Congress has been exposed: TRS
Hyderabad, August 18, 2012 Deccan Chronicle

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Friday alleged that discussions on Telangana in the Rajya Sabha exposed the anti-T stance of the UPA government and the Congress.

“When such an important and burning issue came up for discussion, the absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde give credence to this,” said TRS leader T. Harish Rao. The PM was absent when the BJP-backed private members bill on Telangana came up for discussion.

“The Congress will be buried in Telangana. If it was committed to Telangana, the party would have said it in the Rajya Sabha. It is now clear the Congress doesn’t want to give Telangana,” he said. (మరింత…)

Vijayamma makes successful foray into Telangana జూన్ 9, 2012

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Vijayamma makes successful foray into Telangana
Ravi Reddy, The Hindu, HYDERABAD, June 9, 2012

Public meetings of KCR in Parkal and Sushma Swaraj at Hanamkonda will be watched keenly against this backdrop

The successful foray by YSR Congress honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma into Telangana on Friday has turned to be a game changer in the by-elections to the Parkal Assembly.

The large crowds she drew at Geesukonda, a mandal headquarters, in the afternoon and in Parkal in the night have made the main contenders for the seat, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the BJP sit up and take note.

The public meetings proposed to be addressed on Saturday by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Parkal and by BJP leader Sushma Swaraj at Hanamkonda will be watched keenly against this backdrop.

During their day-long campaign Ms. Vijayamma and her daughter Sharmila held forth on how they were being targeted by the ruling party while Congress leaders and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu got away after the CBI filed similar charges against them.

Ms. Sharmila avoided any reference to Telangana but Ms. Vijayamma was goaded by the crowd to express her views. She recalled late YSR’s statement that Telangana will come when it has to, but the region has to be developed on all fronts in the meantime. At Parkal road show, she elaborated further stating that when YSR was the CLP leader, 41 Congress MLAs led by G.Chinna Reddy had met the AICC president Sonia Gandhi demanding a decision on Telangana. She also said that during the YSR Congress plenary, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy said it was the Centre, which had to take a decision. “If the Centre decides, it will not take more than a minute to announce separate Telangana,” she said. (మరింత…)

TRS will merge with no party, declares KCR at 11th party foundation day ఏప్రిల్ 28, 2012

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Telangana Rashtra Samiti will merge with no party: K Chandrasekhar Rao

TNN | Apr 28, 2012

HYDERABAD: Hinting at another round of intensified struggle in June this year, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has said that he would keep taking the pro-Telangana activism a notch higher until the Centre acceded to the legitimate and democratic demand for a separate state, even if it meant carrying on with the political struggle for another 11 years.

Speaking at the 11th party foundation day celebrations, near Vikarabad on Friday, KCR demanded that the Centre honour the promise it has made to the people of the region. “If the Centre has any respect towards democracy, it should immediately announce the formation of Telangana state. We demand that the Prime Minister immediately introduce a bill in support of a separate Telangana,” he said.

Asking media to desist from making baseless reports of TRS’s merger with Congress, Rao said his party had become strong enough for other political parties in the region to merge with TRS. “We are not in a position to merge our party. We have grown to Himalayan heights. People have made the party so strong that other parties are finding it tough to retain their identity. The party will exist even after the formation of Telangana state,” he said.

The TRS chief called upon people to continue their struggle in a peaceful manner. “We have to achieve Telangana in a peaceful and democratic way. No one can stop us. We will continue our fight until we achieve our goal. People must realise that reconstructing a new vibrant Telangana state is as important as achieving it. Our aim must be to strive for a Telangana full of smiles,” he observed. (మరింత…)

Beef Politics of Osmania ఏప్రిల్ 17, 2012

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Behind beef politics at Osmania varsity, caste rift over Telangana
Express News Service, Hyderabad, Tue Apr 17 2012

Osmania University, the centre of Telangana movement, was on the boil on Monday after Sunday night’s clashes between students belonging to different castes over a ‘beef festival’ held on Sunday evening.

A second-year Arts student, T Rama Rao, was stabbed on Monday for making a reportedly inflammatory speech against the ‘beef festival’ organised by students of a particular caste who are pressing for beef to be included in the university’s hostel menu.

As the university did not take their views seriously, a section of students decided to organise a ‘beef festival’. Several food stalls were set up in the campus to cook and serve beef to those who attended. The festival was organised by different factions belonging to the Telangana Students Association, Progressive Democratic Student Union, Student Federation of India and students from English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU). EFLU hostel students had last year started a protest demanding beef be included in the hostel menu.
The opposition was led by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). On the face of it though organising the beef festival appears to be an act of defiance, it hints at a power struggle that’s going on among student wings in the university ever since the Telangana agitation started. Socially and economically backward sections have been accusing the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Telangana Joint Action Committee, ABVP and National Students Union of India of excluding or sidelining the weaker sections from the Telangana movement. (మరింత…)