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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.


TDP promises BC as CM of Telangana- Chandrababu Naidu మార్చి 17, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, BCs, Godavari, Khammam, Koya, Mulki, Polavaram, regionalism, SC, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Naidu promises BC as CM of T-State
Staff Reporter, The Hindu, Khammam March 16, 2014

Vows to keep “feudal elements” at bay in Telangana

Describing Khammam district as the nerve centre of freedom struggle and spirited mass movements against oppression, Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu vowed to employ social engineering to usher in “social Telangana” for keeping the “feudal elements” at bay in Telangana region.

Mr. Naidu addressed a well attended public meeting titled Praja Garjana, the first in the series of election meetings planned by the party in Telangana, here on Saturday night.

The TDP has a proven track record in upholding social justice and empowering weaker sections, he said, recalling that it was the party founder N T Rama Rao who abolished the Patwari and Patel system to end feudal regime. (మరింత…)

Caste politics in Telangana, the 29th state మార్చి 17, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BCs, Congress, Culture, Hyderabad, Identity, Kamma, Mulki, Reddy, SC, Settler, ST, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Velama.
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Social re-engineering blues haunt Telangana!
Syed Amin Jafri, Times of India, 17 March 2014

Soon after delivering Telangana state, the Congress high command has taken up ‘social re-engineering’ in the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the newly-formed state. A similar experiment is on cards in the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. Though Telangana will come into being formally on June 2, the Congress has completed the formality of bifurcating the Pradesh Congress Committee by naming PCC presidents for Telangana and residuary AP. Both the appointees, who are former ministers with long legislative careers, hail from the backward classes. If Sonia Gandhi was the moving spirit behind the formation of Telangana state, the architect of social re-engineering experiment in the PCCs is Rahul Gandhi. (మరింత…)

March 2012 by-elections reveal importance of separate Telangana & resurgence of BJP మార్చి 21, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, agitation, BCs, BJP, Congress, elections, Identity, JAC, KCR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Muslim, NRIs, Palamur, politics, Reddy, regionalism, SC, Settler, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Poll results show Telangana cannot be wished away
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 Hyderabad:

The writing on the wall has become clearer for the ruling Congress and principal opposition Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh: they are facing a serious survival threat and the demand for a separate Telangana state cannot be wished away.

Results of the by-elections to seven Assembly seats saw Congress and TDP, which refused to acknowledge the Telangana factor, drawing a blank on Wednesday and clearly establishing that fortunes of these two major parties are on the wane, a warning signal ahead of another round of by-polls to 18 Assembly constituencies in the next few months.

Also, the resounding success of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti at the cost of the Congress and the TDP reaffirms the importance of the Telangana movement.

Last but not the least, victory of YSR Congress candidate N Prasanna Kumar Reddy in Kovur in Coastal Andhra region could be an indicator of things to come.

The YSRC is emerging a force to reckon with in the state politics, an ominous sign for both the Congress and the TDP.

That the “Telangana sentiment” won in the six segments in the region need not be re-emphasised.

The TRS (four), the BJP (one) and even the lone Independent candidate won on the Telangana plank.

It was a morale-boosting victory for the BJP in the single seat it contested in Mahbubnagar where it beat the TRS by a margin of 1897 votes, leaving the Congress and the TDP in third and fourth positions. (మరింత…)

March 2012 by-elections in Andhra Pradesh – Vote for Telangana again! మార్చి 21, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, agitation, BCs, BJP, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Economy, elections, Identity, JAC, KCR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Muslim, NRIs, politics, regionalism, SC, ST, TDF, TDP, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు), TRS, Y S Jagan, youth, YSR.
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మార్చి 2012 ఎన్నికల్లో మల్లొకసారి జై తెలంగాణ!

బై ఎలెక్షన్ల ఫలితాలు అనుకొన్నట్టే ఒచ్చినయ్. రాజీనామా చేశినొల్లకు, తెలంగాణ అన్నోల్లకు, తెలంగాణ జెండెత్తుకొన్నోల్లకు మల్లొకసారి వోటు!

Assembly Party
Adilabad TRS
Kamareddy TRS
Kollapur TRS
Mahabubnagar BJP
Nagarkurnool Independent
Station Ghanapur TRS
Kovur YSRC

అదిలాబాదు, కామారెడ్డి, కొల్లాపూర్, స్టేషన్ ఘనపూర్, నాగర్ కర్నూల్ అటు కోవూరుల పాతోల్లకే వోటు. పార్టీలు కొత్తవి

కొల్లాపూరు, స్టేషన్ ఘనపూర్, కామారెడ్డి, అదిలాబాదులతో పాటు నాగర్ కర్నూలుల నాగం విజయం జై తెలంగాణకు వోటు

2009ల కాంగ్రేసుకున్న కొల్లాపూరు, స్టేషన్ ఘనపూర్, తెలుగు దేశంకున్న కామారెడ్డి, అదిలాబాదులు ఇపుడు టీ.ఆర్.ఎస్ కు బదిలీ

ఒక్కదగ్గర కొత్తగా బీజేపీ ప్రవేశం. టీ.ఆర్.ఎస్ ను ఓడించి మహబూబునగర్ బీజేపి గెలిశింది. ఎవ్వరితో పొత్తు లేకుండ ఒంటరిగా పోరుయాత్ర చేశి విజయం సాధించింది.

Challenges before TRS Muslim candidate in Mahabubnagar మార్చి 16, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BCs, BJP, Congress, elections, Hindu, Identity, JAC, KCR, Mahabubnagar, MIM, Muslim, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Muslim candidate’s victory in Mahaboobnagar is not digestible for a political party

Mahaboobnagar, March 13 Siasat News

Sangh Parivar is trying its best to get Mahaboobnagar Assembly seat.

At the same time a family based political party of the City is trying to disintegrate the unity of the Muslims voters of Mahaboobnagar. This political party does not want any other Muslim candidate to enter A.P. Assembly from Telangana region and raise his voice for the Muslims. It sent an MLA to muster support for another candidate and to divide the Muslims of Mahaboobnagar. (మరింత…)

Minority and BC votes, T JAC key factors in Mahabubnagar మార్చి 16, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BCs, BJP, Congress, elections, JAC, KCR, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, politics, Reddy, regionalism, TDP, Telangana.
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Minority and BC votes, T-JAC key factors
S. Venugopal, The Hindu, Mahabubnagar, March 11, 2012

The presence of 42,000 Muslim voters and the role that the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) will play will be the crucial factors in deciding the fate of candidates in the by-elections to Mahabubnagar Assembly constituency.

The elections will see a four-cornered contest between S. Prakash (Congress), P. Chandrasekhar (TDP), Syed Ibrahim (TRS) and Y. Srinivas Reddy (BJP) although there are nine other candidates in the fray.

The results may throw up a tight finish as all the four main parties have pulled out all stops to woo the 1.86 lakh voters in this predominantly urban constituency, which has the highest literacy rate in the district. This is the second by-election in Mahabubnagar constituency, after 1980 when Congress (I) MLA K. Ram Reddy passed away.

In the 2009 elections, N. Rajeswar Reddy, who contested as an Independent, defeated his nearest TRS rival Syed Ibrahim by a margin of 5,137 votes. He was in the Praja Rajyam and was hopeful of securing ticket, but contested as an Independent on being denied the nomination.

Emergence of new groups strengthens T movement: TRS Floor leader అక్టోబర్ 16, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BCs, Culture, elections, Godavari, Harish, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, livelihoods, movement, Mulki, Muslim, Polavaram, politics, SC, ST, students, Telangana, TRS, universities.
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4,000 JACs set up fight for T
Deccan Chronicle 16 October, 2010

Hyderabad, Oct. 15: As the Sri Krishna panel gets ready to submit its report on Telangana in a month, multiple groups are emerging to take up the cause for across the region and abroad.

According to one conservative estimate, there are over 4,000 joint action committees and groups including some in countries such as the United States.

Prof. Kodanda Ram, convener of the Telangana Joint Action Committee, Mr T. Harish Rao, TRS MLA, and other Telangana leaders are in US to seek the support of Telanganaites there.

Speaking at the Telangana Development Front (TDF) conference in Detroit, Mr Harish Rao said the agitation needed strong intellectual solidarity from the NRIs and not just money. (మరింత…)

Rise of subaltern Telangana : beyond by-elections ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010

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A tectonic shift in Telangana
V Anil Kumar, August 04 2010, The Indian Express

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has decisively won 11 out of the 12 seats in the recent by-elections in Telangana. The president of the Pradesh Congress Committee, D. Srinivas, was defeated by the BJP candidate in Nizamabad (Urban). TRS leader Harish Rao won his seat with a resounding majority, even surpassing the record of former chief minister Y.S.R. Reddy. Many non-TRS contestants have lost their deposits. In short, it has been made abundantly clear that the people of Telangana want Telangana state.

This seems like an obvious point, and it must be remembered that the TRS has won previous elections like this and also lost badly, subsequently. But these by-elections are significant both for Telangana and for the Indian polity. While earlier, the TRS has won elections and squandered its political goodwill in no time, this time the movement is qualitatively different.

For one, there is a Srikrishna Committee watching the developments; secondly, the movement has moved beyond electoral politics and become a social movement with its own inexorable logic. This time, people voted for Telangana and defeated the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party and others that also championed the same cause. And this is not because of “sentiment”, as glibly assumed — the reasons lie elsewhere.

There is no dearth of writing on Telangana that depicts the movement as a product of “regional backwardness”. This argument assumes that providing an economic fix will solve everything. However, parts of Telangana are highly developed. Almost all of Telangana is, for that matter, economically, socially and politically better developed than the northern coastal districts of Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam. Warangal district has a National Institute of Technology, a medical college and other higher education institutions of repute. Telangana has a rich heritage, and what’s more, Hyderabad is the heart of Telangana. Therefore, this “economic package” argument is at least partially wrong. (మరింత…)

Telangana bypolls: EVMs may be used in 7 constituencies జూలై 11, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BCs, BJP, compromise, Congress, elections, Muslim, Nizamabad, NRIs, politics, regionalism, SC, Settler, Sircilla, ST, students, Telangana, Vemulawada, youth.
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Telangana bypolls: EVMs may be used in 7 constituencies
Special Correspondent , The Hindu, Jul 11, 2010

HYDERABAD: The option of deploying electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the ensuing Assembly byelections in the Telangana region became available to the Election Commission following the rejection of as many as 213 nomination papers of independents during scrutiny on Saturday.

As a result, the number of nominations in six out of the 12 constituencies fell below 64, the maximum number that can be handled by the EVMs. The scrutiny was conducted by central observers deputed by the Election Commission after the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) asked hundreds of its partymen to file nominations as a ploy to pre-empt the use of EVMs, which, it feels, can be tampered with. This had swelled the number of candidates to 926.

The number of nominations in Nizamabad (Urban) constituency was below 64 even before this exercise was undertaken. Consequently, EVMs are likely to be used in Nizamabad (14 nominations), Sirpur (55), Chennur-SC (60), Mancherial (49), Dharmapuri-SC (61), Vemulawada (42) and Siddipet (45). (మరింత…)