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GoM completes Telangana consultations నవంబర్ 19, 2013

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GoM completes Telangana consultations
B Muralidhar Reddy, The Hindu, 19 November 2013

The Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into issues related to Andhra Pradesh bifurcation has completed consultations with all stakeholders and is expected to submit a report to the Union Cabinet as early as possible. On Monday, it heard the Union Ministers representing all the three regions of the State and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.

The GoM has been mandated to look into a whole range of complex issues including determination of the boundaries of State of Telangana and the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh with reference to the electoral constituencies, judicial and statutory bodies, and other administrative units.

“We have completed discussions with others. Now the GoM members will meet to discuss among themselves to finalise the report to be submitted to the Cabinet as soon as possible,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said. (మరింత…)

Construction and Consolidation of the Telangana Identity – H Srikanth నవంబర్ 9, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, CPI, CPI-M, Identity, Jai Andhra, Mulki, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana, TRS.
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Construction and Consolidation of the Telangana Identity
H Srikanth, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol – XLVIII No.45-46, November 16, 2013
H Srikanth (hskant@gmail.com) is with the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong

The architects of the idea of Vishalandhra (Greater Andhra) were not unaware of subregional sentiments, but were eager that all Telugu people unite on the basis of a common language and culture, and build a democratic and progressive state (Sundariah 1999). It is disheartening to see that such a state, formed with considerable goodwill and hope, is about to be bifurcated.

The idea of a linguistic reorganisation of states in India owes its genesis to the Telugu people who were the first to invoke a common linguistic identity to pressure the central government to create a separate state of Andhra out of the Madras Province in 1953. Three years later, they sought the merger of Andhra state with the Telangana region of the erstwhile state of Hyderabad to form the new state of Andhra Pradesh (AP).

The architects of the idea of Vishalandhra (Greater Andhra) were not unaware of subregional sentiments, but were eager that all Telugu people unite on the basis of a common language and culture, and build a democratic and progressive state (Sundariah 1999).1 It is disheartening to see that such a state, formed with considerable goodwill and hope, is about to be bifurcated. The decision of the union cabinet to form a state of Telangana is interpreted by many political leaders and activist intellectuals as the logical culmination of the struggles and aspirations of the region’s people for identity and self-rule. The decision has, however, roused passions and public protests in other parts of AP, now referred to as Seemandhra, and compelled people to come out in support of Samaikyandhra (United Andhra Pradesh). Alongside agitations and counter-agitations, an interesting political debate is taking place in the state between proponents and adversaries of the Telangana movement. Against the background of these movements and debates, this article studies the process that has led to the construction and consolidation of a Telangana identity and interrogates the premises on which ideologues have sought to justify the movement for a separate state.

AP comprises three distinct subregions – coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema, and Telangana. Given differences in historical, cultural, geographical, and developmental experiences, subregional identities have persisted in the state since its inception. But these subregional identities thrived alongside the overarching linguistic identity common to all Telugu people. Despite the reservations of some Congress leaders, the majority opinion in Telangana in 1956 was in favour of creating AP. The communists, who then had considerable public support in Telangana, were openly in support of the idea of Vishalandhra. The formal decision to merge with Andhra to form AP was taken by the Hyderabad legislative assembly after considerable deliberation on its pros and cons.2 However, a decade later, the state witnessed competing subregional movements demanding a separate Telangana and a separate Andhra (Sen 1970; Gray 1971, 1974; Dasaradha Rama Rao et al 1973). Prime Minister Indira Gandhi refused to yield to the subregional demands and enforced a compromise by initiating a six-point formula, followed by the 32nd Constitutional Amendment, 1973, incorporating Clause 371-D.3 The Telangana Praja Samithi (TPS), formed in 1969 to fight for a separate Telangana, was dissolved and its leaders rejoined the Congress Party in 1971. (మరింత…)

Clamour for Rayala Telangana gets shriller: Eternal discomfort with Andhra నవంబర్ 8, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, Telugu.
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Clamour for Rayala-Telangana gets shriller
TNN, November 7, 2013

Hyderabad: The demand for setting up Rayala-Telangana received a sudden and unexpected momentum on Wednesday with several leaders independently pitching for it. Addressing a press conference here, MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said it was his party’s ‘firm opinion’ that Kurnool and Anantapur districts should be added to the inevitable Telangana state ‘in the interest of justice.’ “This will resolve the water-sharing disputes between the two states in addition to giving the Seemandhra and Telangana regions an equitable representation of 21 seats each in the Lok Sabha and nine seats each in the Rajya Sabha,” Owaisi said. The MIM has already sent a memorandum to this effect to the Group of Ministers on Telangana, he said.

Meanwhile, in Anantapur district, Guntakal MLA K Madhusudhan Gupta launched a signature campaign seeking the inclusion of Anantapur and Kurnool districts in the new Telangana state. “Four leaders, JC Diwakar Reddy (MLA), G Tippe Swamy, Y Sivaramireddy (MLCs) and myself have signed the memorandum. We are trying to get the signatures of Anantapur MP A Venkatramana Reddy and ministers S Sailajanath and N Raghuveera Reddy. I am hopeful that all the leaders will sign it. We sent one memorandum to the GoM on Tuesday and will be forwarding another memo in a day or two,” Gupta told TOI on Wednesday. (మరింత…)

What is holding up the Telangana Bill? Gautam Pingle అక్టోబర్ 29, 2013

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What is holding up the Telangana Bill?
Gautam Pingle, The New Indian Express, 28 October 2013

The legal issues – prior Assembly resolution, Assembly assent to the bill, Article 371D, simple parliamentary majority- have been resolved. The operational issues are also clear. First, the borders have been fixed by the Union cabinet. Ten districts of Telangana with Hyderabad city as its capital. Second, the distribution of assets will be based on their location in the successor states. What cannot be linked to location will be distributed by population proportion of the two states. These are the two principles guiding separation of states. Distribution of government employees is on principles of nativity, choice and seniority. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill is ready. The final draft is only awaiting a decision on the conditions for the common capital – Hyderabad. This brings in conflict with all the principles of separation annunciated above and over the last 60 years. (మరింత…)

Will Kiran Kumar Reddy ditch Cong for new party? అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, elections, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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Will Telangana push Kiran Reddy into ditching Cong for new party?
PS Jayaram, October 23, 2013 Firstpost.Politics

As a former cricketer who captained the Hyderabad Under-22 team, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy firmly believes that the game is not over till the last ball is bowled. For this 53-year-old sportsman-turned-politician, the Telangana game is far from over.

But, with the UPA government remaining firm on its decision to create a Telangana state despite mass agitations, does he have too many options? Will the battle-scarred chief minister, lacking in political acumen and mass support base, really take the plunge and float a new regional party as is being speculated in political circles? These are some of the questions doing the rounds in the state about to go under the Centre’s knife.

A quick scan of Kiran Reddy’s political journey since 1989 when he was first elected to the assembly does look impressive at first glance, but in reality there is nothing even vaguely exciting about the four-time legislator. Yes, he did hold a couple of important positions, including that of government chief whip and assembly speaker, before he was catapulted to the hot seat in 2010 by the Congress high command, but that hardly says much about him as a leader. (మరింత…)

Telangana Bill in Winter Session అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana.
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Telangana Bill likely to come up in Winter Session of Parliament
Deccan Chronicle, Ch. V.M. Krishna Rao, October 23, 2013

Hyderabad: The Telangana Bill is likely to come up in the Winter Session of Parliament, which the Centre intends to convene from December 5.

According to sources, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is keen to have the T-Bill passed in the Winter Session. But it all depends on the schedule of business that will evolve at the pre-session all-party meeting.

The Group of Ministers that is working on the Telangana Bill is expected to conclude its business around November 15, after which the draft legislation will be placed before the Union Cabinet. (మరింత…)

Krishna water: Telangana may seek a new tribunal అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

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Krishna water: Telangana may seek a new tribunal
The New Indian Express, October 20, 2013

The new Telangana state can approach the Centre for another tribunal on Krishna river water sharing in future. As the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal on Krishna water dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is about to give its verdict, Telangana, when it becomes a state, can seek another tribunal to decide its share of Krishna water with its neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, an official in the irrigation department has said.

For the convenience of the Group of Ministers (GoM), which held its second meeting in Delhi on Saturday, the state irrigation department sent a detailed report on the status of irrigation projects and water sharing on Saturday. Though the report was prepared on Friday, top officials of the department made minor changes in it and sent it on Saturday for perusal by the GoM. (మరింత…)

AP bifurcation unlikely to hit higher education sector అక్టోబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Economy, Hyderabad, Rayalaseema, Telangana, universities.
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Andhra Pradesh bifurcation unlikely to hit higher education sector
N Madhav, Business Standard, Hyderabad, October 18, 2013

Of the 42 varsities in the state, 34 are state universities, three central, five deemed

The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra is unlikely to have an impact on the education sectors of both the regions.

Of the 42 universities in the state, 34 are state universities, three central and five deemed. Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have 10 state universities each, while Telangana has 14. Besides, there are 700 private engineering colleges spread across the state.

While the admission to state universities and private engineering colleges is in the proportion of 85:15 for local (region-wise) and non-local students, half the seats in central universities are for state candidates. Private deemed universities have the autonomy to frame their own rules.

“With the existing local and non-local system in place for state universities and private engineering colleges, there is no reason for non-Telangana students to worry about loss of opportunities,” said Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, Registrar N V Ramana Rao.

Universities and colleges located close to the capital city have a slight advantage over those in other regions of Telangana, as these provide additional programmes, including job-oriented soft skills enhancement and various training programmes. (మరింత…)

No Assembly resolution needed for bifurcation, Jaipal Reddy అక్టోబర్ 13, 2013

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Telangana row: No Assembly resolution needed for bifurcation, says Jaipal Reddy
Z News, October 05, 2013

Hyderabad: Union Minister for Science and Technology S Jaipal Reddy on Saturday said that Legislative Assembly does not need to pass a resolution to bifurcate a state.

“I am not giving a political clarification, but only a Constitutional clarification… As per the Constitution, no resolution is required. Only the relevant Bill needs to be sent to the state Assembly,” he told reporters here.

Jaipal recalled that resolution was “a tradition” introduced by the erstwhile NDA government when it divided three states.

“As per the Constitution, the Bill will certainly be referred to the state Assembly,” he added.

Asked if President’s rule could be imposed in Andhra Pradesh to enable a smooth division in view of the threat by Seemaandhra legislators to “defeat” any resolution in the Assembly, he replied, “I have no knowledge whatsoever about it, nor am I wishing it. No such thing has come to my notice.”

Asked whether he would become the first Chief Minister of the (new) Telangana state, he retorted, “Don’t you have anything else to ask. Like there is a need to improve the standards of politics, there is a need to improve the standards of media as well.” (మరింత…)

Telangana row: AK Antony Committee ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana.
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Telangana row: Congress leaders adopt 3 resolutions, seek CM’s resignation

August 04, 2013 ZeeNews.Com

Hyderabad: Defiant Congress leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions ignored the party high command’s directive to withdraw their resignations and upped their ante on Saturday night by adopting three resolutions, one of which demanded reconsideration of Telangana decision and asking Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to quit.

About 90 Congress ministers, MLCs and MLAs had an over five-and-a-half hour meeting with the Chief Minister and PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana this evening.

Among other two resolutions adopted is putting on hold the bifurcation process until a high-level committee headed by Union Minister AK Antony submitted its report on the modalities related to the division.

In the third resolution, the Congress leaders took strong objection to the manner in which the party’s Central Working Committee took the decision to divide the state without any road map.

“All legislators, including the Chief Minister and the PCC president, were signatories to the resolutions,” senior MLA Anam Vivekananda Reddy told reporters at the end of the meeting.

Initially, a one-line resolution was adopted at the meeting demanding that the state be kept united. (మరింత…)