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Gond mythology and culture ఫిబ్రవరి 20, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Art, Culture, Deccan, fairs and festivals, Gond, heritage, Hindu, Identity, ST, Telangana.
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Tribes changing their religious practices with time
S. Harpal Singh

The Hindu, Adilabad, February 20, 2016

Tribal people claim that Adivasi culture was derived from Hinduism

The Adivasis seem to be among the most misunderstood and most exploited lot even if the issue relates to the identity of their religion, a subject which incites much passion among the aboriginal tribes of Central India. The debate which was generated in Adilabad district during the recently concluded Keslapur Jatara or Nagoba Jatara, the famous tribal fair, not only focussed on the subject but helped expose the developments of the last few decades which had an impact on the religious practices of the aboriginal tribes.

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A scene from Gondi Mahabharat being performed at the recently concluded Keslapur Jatara in Adilabad.–Photo: S. Harpal Singh

Nothing was amiss until anthropologist Christopher von Furer-Haimendorf re-visited the jatara in 1982 and witnessed the changes in the form of worship comparing it with the practice in 1941 when he had first visited it.

In his book ‘Tribes Of India, The Struggle for Survival’, Baron Haimendorf noted the construction of the existing temple in the style of Hindu temple and an attempt to seek connections between the Gond mythology and Hindu scriptures and to interpret the mythology in the light of Hindu ideology.

While the legendary Austrian anthropologist clearly considered the Gonds and other aboriginal tribes to be non-Hindus, the Pardhans or Patadi priests believe in the contrary. “We are Suryavanshi Hindus,” asserted Mesram Dada Rao, the Pardhan elder from Gundala in Narnoor mandal. (మరింత…)

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Interfaith harmony in the medieval Deccan ఏప్రిల్ 29, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Articles, Culture, Deccan, Godavari, Hindu, Identity, Muslim, Poetry & Songs, regionalism, Telugu, Urdu, Velama.
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Interfaith harmony common in the medieval Deccan
Sajjad Shahid | Apr 29, 2012, The Times of India

I saw fragrance fleeing, when the bee came/ What a wonder! / I saw intellect fleeing, when the heart came / I saw the temple fleeing, when God came. (Allama Prabhu, 12th century mystic poet of the Deccan)

In contrast to north India, where the first incursions by those professing the Islamic faith had been of a violent nature, the initial encounters between original inhabitants of the Deccan and Muslim settlers had been in the field of trade and commerce. This crucial difference was instrumental in promoting amicable relations between the two communities, providing an atmosphere conducive for interfaith dialogue leading to a better understanding of the other.

In consequence there evolved a distinct culture, tangible in its varied manifestations, which was enthusiastically patronized and nurtured by the Deccan monarchs leading to a distinct identity for the region. Unfortunately, due to its vilification by bigots over the recent past this glorious legacy which was sustained over centuries has come under a grave threat of complete obliteration as evident from the increased polarization between different sections of society. (మరింత…)

Remembering the history of Hyderabad – Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in CharMinar, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Hindu, Hyderabad, Identity, Muslim, Telangana, Telangana People.
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Remembering a great dynasty
Aparna Menon, The Hindu, April 2, 2012

It is the 400th death anniversary of Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad

This year marks the 400th death anniversary of the founder of Hyderabad, Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah. So, who was he? The fifth ruler in the Quli Qutb Shah dynasty, he founded the new city towards the south of the Musi river in 1591.

He chose the river to eliminate water shortage and linked it to the hub Golkonda with a stone bridge over the river. This ruler with foresight was as enterprising as the other rulers in the Qutb Shahi dynasty started by Sultan Quli Qutb ul Mulk.

“From 1518 to 1687, over a span of 171 years, seven Qutb Shahi kings ruled over the kingdom. Sultan Quli came to India from Iran and entered the military service of the Bahamani king. For having quelled trouble in the Telangana region in 1463 he was made the Subedar of Telangana in 1495, and the title ‘Qutb ul Mulk” was conferred upon him,” says Mr MA Qaiyum, former Deputy Director of Archaeology and Museums of Andhra Pradesh.

Beautiful buildings

Not only did Sultan Quli establish the empire he also built beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens. The establishment of the water channel system from Talab-e-durg (Durgam Cheruvu) to Golconda, was a remarkable achievement. (మరింత…)

Challenges before TRS Muslim candidate in Mahabubnagar మార్చి 16, 2012

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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…)

Patang and new varieties of manja జనవరి 14, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in heritage, Hindu, Hyderabad, Identity, Muslim, Sankranthi, Telangana, Telugu.
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New manja cuts deep

January 13th, 2010
By Our Correspondent

This Sankranti, in a bid to revive the dipping kite sales, vendors are trying to outwit each other by claiming that the manja they sell is the most “potent,” “sharp” and “dangerous”. While the most popular pick of the season is a new kind of manja made with wire, glass and iron ore, and may promise to make kite flying a victorious experience, the drastic possibilities of accidents and casualties that it brings worry city doctors.

Touted to be stronger and sharper, these manjas have youngsters like Mohammed Salman Khan, a student of Muffakham Jah College, queuing up outside stalls to get their hands on it. “I plan to go to the stalls at Mahankali Temple to get some of this new manja,” Salman says, adding, “This manja spells good news as it will help eliminate competition easily. I already have several cuts on my hands, since I have been flying kites for a week now. But, I love kite flying, so I couldn’t possibly give it up. Cuts are common during the season and shouldn’t be made a big deal of.” (మరింత…)

Muslims play a big part in Telangana : Muslim Forum for Telangana జనవరి 5, 2010

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‘Muslims will play a big part in Telangana state’
Rediff.com January 04, 2010

Contrary to belief, the Muslim community has come out in support of the movement for the formation of a separate Telangana state. Muslims in the Telangana region feel that all these years they have been treated as outsiders in their own place and believe that once the state is formed, a lot of their problems will be solved.

The community claim that as they are the main sufferers in a united state, the time has come to speak up and be heard collectively. Leading the movement in Hyderabad is Lateef Mohammad Khan, chief of the Muslim Forum For Telangana, who says that they are fed up of being branded as ISI agents and rowdy-sheeters.

In an interview to rediff.com’s Vicky Nanjappa, Khan speaks extensively about the role Muslims want to play and how their lives would change once Telangana is formed.

We thought Muslims were opposed to the formation of Telangana. What happened? Why has that stand changed?

We have not changed our stand. Our stand was always for a separate Telangana. It was just a propaganda being floated by late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy that the Muslims were opposing Telangana’s formation.

The Majlis-e Ittihad al-Muslimin, which largely represents the Muslims, especially in Hyderabad, does not seem to have taken a stand on the issue. What are your thoughts about the same?

The MIM says they are in favour of the formation of a separate state. However, the Muslims in Hyderabad, at least, have some doubts about them. We have been told by reliable sources that we should not trust the MIM, as they are sitting on the lap of the Congress party which is against the formation of a separate state.

However, the MIM cannot continue this way for long since the movement has gone into the hands of the people and eventually they will have to come around and support our cause. (మరింత…)

Telangana state is essential to end exploitation by Andhra : Srinivas Raj డిసెంబర్ 31, 2009

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‘The people of Telangana are treated as second-rate citizens’
rediff.com December 31, 2009 16:00 IST

When Jawaharlal Nehru announced the formation of a united Andhra Pradesh, he commented, “an innocent girl called Telangana is being married to a naughty boy called Andhra. It is their choice to continue or to get separated.”

Today the people of Telangana say that the innocent girl can no longer stay married to the naughty boy. Several proponents of the movement say that it is high time their ‘state’ is given back to them.

Dr Srinivas Raj, one of the leaders of the Telangana movement, has prepared a ready reckoner on the issue. Raj along with several others has been distributing this booklet among the people of Telangana and convincing the people why this movement is important and how their lives would change once Telangana is created.

In this interview with rediff.com’s Vicky Nanjappa, Raj gives an interesting insight about the movement for a separate Telangana. He also goes into length about the backroom politics that is being played in trying to curb this movement.

Could you give us a brief history of the Telangana movement?

We talk of Jalianwala Bagh with such great interest. No one wants to even think of the massacre that took place in Telangana, when the Nizam was ruling us. The Hyderabad state was under the Nizam and Urdu was the official language at that time. Right from that time, the people of Telangana were being suppressed. The Nizam’s army butchered the people of Telangana who fought for their rights and there were at least 6 Jalianwala Bagh-like incidents at that point of time. The problem is that we continue to get suppressed even today and that is why we feel that a separate state is required.

You had a separate state, then what happened?

Between 1948 and 1956 Telangana was a separate state. Hyderabad had several industries including two airports. A lot of attention was focused on the Telangana region and this area had a lot of infrastructure. Time magazine had in 1937 featured V Usman Ali Khan as the wealthiest man in the world. This only speaks of the wealth that there was in this region.

Once Andhra and Rayalseema came out of the Madras presidency, the people of those regions thought that it would be best to merge Telangana with their regions. Our assembly building, the high court buildings were all from the Nizam’s period. In 1909, M Visveswaraya, the father of engineering, constructed an underground drainage system in Hyderabad, which is being used even today. 69 per cent of the Krishna river’s catchment area is in Telangana. The revenue that was being generated in the Telangana region was much more when compared to Andhra and Rayalseema.

The fact that Dr B R Ambedkar had said that Hyderabad should be made the second capital of India speaks volumes about the region. Moreover Hyderabad is a connecting point between north and south India. They wanted ready-made infrastructure which was in abundance in Telangana and hence they managed to pressurise the government of India to consider their decision. (మరింత…)

Telangana way of life is different from Andhra: Burgula Ramakrishna Rao డిసెంబర్ 19, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Congress, Culture, Economy, Fazal Ali Commission, heritage, Hindu, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Muslim, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana, Telugu, Urdu.
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Andhras taking my father’s name for selfish reasons: Burgula’s son

Narsing Rao releases Ramakrishna Rao’s letter to AICC Chief in 1965

Express News Service: 19 Dec 2009 08:04:38 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Concerned Citizens for Telangana has taken strong exception to some of the Andhra politicians supporting unified State for taking the name of former Hyderabad state chief minister the late Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, for their “narrow selfish ends of political, economic and social dominance over the Telangana region.”

Releasing a copy of the letter written by Ramakrishna Rao to the then AICC president UN Dhebar in 1955 at a press conference here today, noted political scientist and son of Ramakrishna Rao, Burgula Narsing Rao said the letter had categorically made it clear that “the people of Telangana, by a majority desire, wanted to remain in a separate State as recommended by the States Reorganisation Commission, and if Telangana was forcefully merged with Andhra there will be considerable bitterness in Telangana.”

Narsing Rao said that it was not correct to say that Ramakrishna Rao was responsible for creation of a united Andhra Pradesh as he had openly expressed many reservations on the merger.

Narsing Rao quoted his father having pointed out: “Telanganites feel that apart from being Telugus they had built up their own way of life over the past 175 years. This way of life is different in several respects from the way of life of the Telugus in Andhra. There is more cosmopolitanism in Telangana than in Andhra. The merger, they (the Telanganites) fear, will destroy this way of life. That is why they are worried.” (మరింత…)

Telangana : A Struggle for Identity, in Perpetuity… డిసెంబర్ 13, 2009

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Pioneer, Sunday Dec 13, 2009
Book Review

A Struggle for Identity, in Perpetuity…

Telangana: The State of Affairs, a brilliant compendium of nine writings by different authors at different points in time over the past four decades, is an attempt to highlight the myriad aspects of the Telangana issue currently grabbing headlines, writes Omer Farooq

The recent fast unto death by Telangana Rashtra Samiti president and Member of the Lok Sabha K Chandrasekhara Rao to press the Central Government to grant statehood to the region of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh, has once again propelled the issue into national prominence, stirring public opinion at large.

Armed with his brilliant skills of rhetoric, fiery oratory — mixed with colourful Telangana idiom — and some clever political strategising, Rao has emerged as a power to reckon with in the Telangana region over the past decade. However, if his success lies in the fact that he successfully revived and brought the dormant issue of Telangana to the political centrestage after a long gap of about 30 years, his failure has been his inability to sustain the movement. This, because of his reliance on electoral politics and lobbying in the corridors of power in Delhi, in the process getting sucked into the system instead of fighting against it.

Telangana: The State of Affairs, a brilliant compendium of nine writings by different authors at different points in time over the past four decades, is an attempt to highlight the various aspects of the issue of Telangana: The yearning of the local people with a distinct linguistic and cultural identity for a separate State of their own after the end of the rule of the Nizams over the region; their hesitation and opposition to the idea of merging their relatively prosperous territory with the Andhra region (coastal Andhra plus Rayalaseema or Sircar region); the sense of political subjugation, economic exploitation and social marginalisation; and, their overall deprivation at the hands of “Andhrites” with a different linguistic and cultural identity, leading to the resurgence of their struggle from time to time in various forms, notably the violent agitation of 1969 in which more than 300 people died — all this and more is brought out succinctly in this volume. (మరింత…)

People’s Telangana: Long way to go డిసెంబర్ 13, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, BCs, compromise, Congress, Culture, Economy, elections, GHMC, Harish, Hindu, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, KCR, KTR, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Naxalite, politics, Rahul, Reddy, Sonia, students, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Velama.
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Between a state and a hard place

A Telangana state will give the region’s dominant castes their place in the sun, but there be will be another round of struggle before the other castes — the backward classes — find their place in the power structure, writes Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr

Daily News & Analysis, Dec 13, 2009

The English-speaking, deracinated metropolitan chatterati are fretting and fuming over the prospect of the formation of a separate Telangana state. They ask with utter incredulity, “What will happen to Hyderabad? How can it be part of Telangana? Why should it not become a joint capital like Chandigarh?”

Clearly, they know no geography. If they did, they would have realised that the future Andhra state cannot access Hyderabad except by corridor through Telangana districts. Some kind of a Danzig corridor that’ll give access to the rich folk from coastal Andhra who have invested hundreds of crores in and around Hyderabad city. But this is much too complicated for the waffle set. (మరింత…)