Telugu Identity and Telugu States మార్చి 17, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Culture, Deccan, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu.
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Mere paas talli hai
Priyanka Kotamraju, Business Line, March 10, 2014
The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh will do little for Telugu identity
Games for a slice of the re-organised Andhra Pradesh pie have begun. But the battle of sub-regional identities has come to a dead end. The separation of Andhra Pradesh is not a triumph of the Telangana identity over the Telugu one; it is a case of one having an unambiguous definition, the other escaping it altogether. The construction of the Telugu identity has largely been neglected, shaped most recognisably by the Maa Telugu Talli (Our Telugu mother) anthem that has found resonance more often in school assemblies than in defining Telugu pride. Arguably, the Telugu Desam Party’s origin and rise in the eighties and nineties was the last public assertion of Telugu pride. On the other hand, Gadar’s rousing ballads, to name just one cultural strand, have invoked powerful sentiments to build a Telangana identity. (మరింత…)
Brief history of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh మార్చి 7, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Deccan, Godavari, Hyderabad, Kakatiya, Mulki, Nizam, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Six Point Formula, SRC, Telangana, Warangal.
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A brief history of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Ratnakar Sadaysula, DNA, 4 March 2014
Ratnakar Sadaysula writes about the history of Andhra Pradesh, and how the foundations of the Telangana movement were laid
Honestly speaking, it was quite a tough task for me, to write about the formation of Telangana – and the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh – without being emotionally affected. It was, after all, a place I called home. Tirupati in Rayalaseema was where I was born, Visakhapatnam in Coastal Andhra was where I grew up, studied, and got married, and Hyderabad in Telangana is where I am settled now.
In a sense, I belonged to all three regions. I had relatives from Telangana, from Seema region and of course from Coastal Andhra. But then I never saw them as being from Telangana or Seema or Kosta; for me they were just my relatives, period. It was the same at engineering college. My classmates came from all parts of the state, but we never really saw ourselves as being from Telangana or Seema or Coastal Andhra. Yes, we used to often rib and joke about where we came from, but at end of the day, we were all basically Telugu people.
When the bifurcation finally happened, it was as if a part of me was lost somewhere, a sort of confused identity. Until then, I could tell people I was from Andhra Pradesh. But now, where exactly do I say I am from? Do I belong to Coastal Andhra since Vizag is my hometown? Do I belong to Telangana since I live in Hyderabad? Or am I from Rayalaseema, since I was born in Tirupati?
Of course, apart from the “are you from Seemandhra or Telangana?” question, people also asked me, “Why Telangana state, what was the need for it to be formed?”
It is not easy to cover the entire Telangana-Andhra issue in a single article, as it has multiple dimensions, social, political, economic and historical. So, this is an attempt to explain it to people outside Andhra Pradesh, who wonder what the fuss is all about.
A brief history
The name Telangana is believed to have been derived from the word Trilinga Desa, the ancient name for Andhra Pradesh, so called because it is believed that it was flanked by three ancient Shiva Temples at Srisailam, Kaleswaram and Draksharama. A more historical explanation is that during the reign of the Nizams, the region was called Telugu Angana (where Telugu was spoken) to differentiate it from the Marathi speaking areas of their kingdom. (మరింత…)
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THE ANDHRA PRADESH REORGANISATION ACT, 2014 dated 1 March 2014 says “ON AND FROM THE APPOINTED DAY, THERE SHALL BE FORMED A NEW STATE TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF TELANGANA comprising the following territories of the existing State of Andhra Pradesh, namely:— Adilabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Warangal, Rangareddi, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Khammam (but excluding the revenue villages in the Mandals specified in G.O.Ms. No. 111 Irrigation & CAD (LA IV R&R-I) Department, dated the 27th June, 2005 and the revenue villages of Bhurgampadu, Seetharamanagaram and Kondreka in Bhurgampadu Mandal) and Hyderabad districts, and thereupon the said territories shall cease to form part of the existing State of Andhra Pradesh”.
Jagan to Tour Telangana with Samaikyandhra demand ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Godavari, Hyderabad, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Settler, Telangana, Y S Jagan, YSR.
Tags: Samaikyandhra hero, SPY Reddy
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Jagan Promises to Tour Telangana to Campaign for AP
P Hareesh, The New Indian Express, Idupulapaya, 3 February 2014
YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday announced that he would visit Telangana to drum up support for his party in its struggle to keep the State united. Speaking at the party’s second plenary at the YSR family estate here — where he was elected unopposed as the party president — he sought to address issues bothering the party, be it his perceived rift with his sister Sharmila, divisions in his camp or the party’s lost ground in the Telangana region.
While asserting his commitment to Samaikyandhra, he said he would tour Telangana even as a discernible effort was made at the conclave to downplay reports of a complete wipe out of the party in the region. Interestingly, at the party’s first plenary four years ago, Jagan had said he respected the Telangana sentiment but expressed his inability to either carve out a separate State or prevent it. (మరింత…)
Telangana Bill with 9000 odd amendments & suggestions of AP MLAs sent to the President ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Hyderabad, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Settler, Sonia, Telangana.
Tags: 29th state, AP Reorganisation Bill, Telangana Bill
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Telangana Bill with suggested changes to reach MHA today
Sreenivas Janyala, The Financial Express, Hyderabad, February 3, 2014
As many as 50 copies of Telangana Bill with 9,000-odd amendments/ suggestions will be submitted to Union Home Secretary.
The AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013 will reach New Delhi Monday in two batches. Officials will leave with the first batch of the document at 6 am, and the second batch will leave by the 9:45 am flight.
As many as 50 copies of the Telangana Bill with 9,000-odd amendments/ suggestions submitted by MLAs attached, and weighing 300 kg, will be submitted to Union Home Secretary by Monday afternoon. The Union Home Ministry will forward it to the President.
Racing against time, 30 officials drawn from General Administration and other departments led by Chief Secretary P K Mohanty worked overtime and, assisted by 60 Telugu-to-English translators, prepared the copies to be sent to the President. (మరింత…)
Parliament may take up Telangana Bill in February జనవరి 13, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, Economy, Godavari, Mulki, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, Settler, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: 2014 elections, 29th state, AP Reorganisation Bill
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Parliament may take up Telangana Bill in February
TNN, January 11, 2014
NEW DELHI: Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said the Centre would introduce the Telangana Bill before the Parliament when the state assembly returns it to the President. He indicated it could happen during the next Parliament session in February.
“President Pranab Mukherjee has given time until January 23 to return the Bill. While sending the Bill, the President has also directed the state assembly to express its opinion on the Bill,” he said at his monthly press briefing.
Separately, Congress’s Andhra Pradesh in charge Digvijay Singh clarified he had never said there would be no voting on the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill -2013. (మరింత…)
Tags: AP Reorganisation Bill, residuary AP
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Telangana power staff seek amendment to Bill
Deccan Chronicle, 2 January 2014
Hyderabad: The Telangana Electricity Employee JAC on Wednesday sought an amendment to the Telangana Bill to address the issues arising out of the proposed bifurcation in the power sector in Andhra Pradesh.
“The proposed bill does not have any provision for dissolution of the corporations. We have proposed an amendment to incorporate a provision for this and formation of separate corporations for successive states. Since almost all projects have legal issues, the involvement of two states and a single corporation will be difficult from an administrative point of view,” said K. Raghu, coordinator of the Telangana Electricity Employees JAC. (మరింత…)
Telugu literature will flourish in separate states డిసెంబర్ 23, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Kakatiya, Rayalaseema, Telangana, Telugu, Telugu (తెలుగు), Warangal.
Tags: dialect, literature, Tikkana
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Separate states good for Telugu
Deccan Chronicle, Amar Tejaswi, 22 December 2013
Hyderabad: Literature is an important tool to craft the identity of a populace. Each state in India and regions within have their own distinct identity. The same holds true for Andhra Pradesh. With three definitive regions and 23 districts, the undivided state is a garden of literary flowers.
But once imaginary borders divide the current state into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, what does fate hold for Telugu literature? Writers reckon the separation will herald better times for Telugu literature and put focus on the unique literature and unsung writers of Telangana.
It has been said that the literature and history of Telangana has been suppressed under the cloak of a united Telugu state for long and has often been dismissed as slang.
Freedom struggles of farmers and common men from the region often don’t find a mention in the regular curriculum. From the Telangana writers’ perspective, their literature was never treated at par with the mainstream Telugu literature. “Telangana has recorded several struggles that are recognised, but they never found their place in the chapters of history. Andhra’s history became the whole undivided state’s history,” award winning writer Prof. Nandini Sidda Reddy explains.
He adds that the genesis of the Telangana struggle for statehood partly lies in literary waters. He says, “Important literary works from Telangana were forgotten. The problem was suppression; there was a lack of equality. Language and literature were cited as reasons to unite Telangana and Andhra when the state was formed, but the equality never existed.” (మరింత…)
Drama against T Bill ends, Assembly conducts its business peacefully డిసెంబర్ 18, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, drama, politics, Rayalaseema, TDP, Telangana, Y S Jagan.
Tags: 2014 elections, 29th state, Assembly, Kiran Kumar Reddy
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Telangana Bill gets a BAC up
Deccan Chronicle, 17 December 2013
Hyderabad: The Business Advisory Committee of the state Assembly was able to conduct its business peacefully and without too many heated arguments on Tuesday thanks to the direct support of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who attended the meeting, and the indirect support of Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu, who did not attend the meeting.
The BAC, which sets the schedule to be followed in the Assembly, decided to complete the discussion on the Telangana Bill in three phases. In the first phase, the discussions will be held from December 18 to 20. The second phase will start from January 3, 2014, and the third phase will start from January 16 and be completed by January 23, the deadline given by President Pranab Mukherjee.
The BAC meeting was held under the chairmanship of Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar. In the BAC meeting, Kiran Kumar Reddy and finance minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy proposed that the Assembly be adjourned after the discussion on the Telangana draft Bill starts on Wednesday, and reassemble on January 2 to take up discussion on the Bill.
However, Deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha and legislative affairs minister D. Sridhar Babu opposed this proposal and demanded that the Assembly session be extended till December 20 to discuss the Bill. (మరింత…)
Rayala Telangana: Rank Political Opportunism డిసెంబర్ 5, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, Reddy, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
Tags: Antony Committee on Seemandhra, elections 2014, GoM, Telangana
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The Hindu, December 4, 2013
Telangana is now close to statehood on the strength of an untiring, intense mass struggle that had its basis in the assertion of historical political identities. To allow electoral calculations to decide the contours of the new state is to undermine the legitimacy of the aspirations that fuelled the original demand for statehood. Nothing but sheer political opportunism explains the new proposal to enlarge the proposed state by adding two districts of the Rayalaseema region, Kurnool and Anantapur, to create what in popular parlance has come to be known as Rayala-Telangana. This idea that has sprung out of cynical political calculations is ill-conceived, militating as it does against considered rationale for state formation. The proposal for Telangana in its original form includes only ten districts of Andhra Pradesh. That there is no popular underpinning for this concept either from the Telangana movement or the two districts shows that it is a politically-driven calculation. To think such a forced political union could solve some of the difficulties in sharing water resources post-bifurcation is naïve. If anything, the merger would add to the existing difficulties arising out of the bifurcation.