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Banjaras introduce regional culture in Telangana agency areas జూలై 15, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Bonalu, Culture, Economy, Gond, Lambada, politics, ST, Telangana.
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They can no longer be told from Telangana culture
S Harpal Singh, The Hindu, Adilabad, July 15, 2016

Banjara Bonalu in Adilabad
CULTURAL CHANGE:Potharajus dancing during Bonalu procession at Medampet in Adilabad district.- Photo: S. Harpal Singh

Banjaras, known as Lambadas, settled in Adilabad district are slowly embracing local traditions

It may not be too long before the Banjaras of Adilabad district, popularly known as Lambadas, get completely assimilated into local Telangana culture given the speed with which changes are being adopted by the community.

Those living along the banks of Godavari river, mostly in Dilawarpur, Nirmal, Laxmanchanda, Mamda, Khanapur, Kadem, Jannaram and Dandepalli mandals have already shed much of their customs and it is not easy to identify them as they are no different from other locals. (మరింత…)

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

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Banjara, BJP, Congress, GHMC, Hyderabad, JAC, KCR, Lambada, Muslim, Polavaram, politics, PRP, regionalism, SC, Settler, Sircilla, Sonia, ST, struggle, students, suicide, TDP, TRS.
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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…)

New districts to check Telangana state? ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Andhrapreneurship, Banjara, Bhadrachalam, Chenchu, Culture, Economy, elections, Godavari, Guntur, heritage, Koya, Lambada, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Polavaram, politics, Rangareddy, regionalism, Settler, ST, Telangana.
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New dists to check Telangana state demand?
M N Samdani, TNN, Apr 11, 201

GUNTUR: Opening a Pandora’s box, the Congress government is working on redesigning of districts in the state. Though the government claims that it is being done taking in view of the serious imbalances in the development of rural areas, analysts believe the new agenda is being thrust on the political stage only to counter the separate Telangana statehood issue.

Rural development minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, who is working on a study paper in this regard, said he would submit it to the state cabinet by this month-end. He said that lack of administration in the interior areas of the existing districts was the “real hurdle in extending the fruits of various government schemes to the poor.”

Sources said the study paper is likely to advocate formation of at least eight to 10 new districts in the state. “Even small states like Orissa and Karnataka have more districts than AP. Creation of new districts is the only solution to overcome underdevelopment,” the minister argued.

After taking over the reins of the rural development ministry, he started an exercise in checking imbalances in the flow of funds and their reach. He discussed the issue with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and secured his permission for making the study on creation of new districts.

“The demand for creation of new districts has been there for long and I have only started the exercise to look into the demand,” he told TOI. He felt that AP deserves to have at least 35 districts. He said they could start by bifurcating big and completely undeveloped districts which alone would add at least seven districts to the existing 23. (మరింత…)

Telangana separate state, Manya Seema & people’s aspirations : Jason Fernandes ఏప్రిల్ 7, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Articles, BCs, Bhadrachalam, Culture, Gond, Identity, Koya, Lambada, Mulki, Nizam, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, SC, Settler, ST, Telangana.
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Separate States and Self-determination: Learning from the Telangana struggle

Jason Keith Fernandes
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, Notes of an Itinerant Mendicant

A week ago the Deccan Chronicle published a statement by the famed activist Kacha Iliah. The statement was a response to a demonstration that had been held outside Illiah’s house by students who are pro-Telangana. These students opposed Illiah’s support of the demand of tribal activists in current Andhra Pradesh for Manya Seema, a separate State of their own. Iliah reports that ‘Most of the upper caste Telangana leaders were of the view that those who live in the region should support Telangana and no other issue of caste, tribe, gender or exploitation should figure in the debate in any form’. The Telangana agitators, he argues ‘seem to think that whatever their position, the tribals should not raise their problems now. If they raise such issues now, the separate Telangana process would be hindered. Similarly, if the minorities or exploited castes raise the question of their status in Telangana state, the process would be hindered’.

This debate is an interesting one for a number of reasons, not least because there is an echo here from the observations of activists demanding the recognition of the Roman script for Konkani. In my conversations with them, they too recollected that at the height of the Konkani language agitation, the details of script was never discussed, but left for another time. The activists recollect that they were told not to worry, that their interests (i.e. that of Roman script users) would be taken care of. Subsequently when they raise the issue, the old fear of merger into Maharashtra is raised. This column is not about the Romi–script demand however. (మరింత…)

Oppressed sections are key players in separate Telangana డిసెంబర్ 18, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BCs, Chenchu, Congress, Culture, G.O 610, Gond, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, Koya, Lambada, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, politics, Rayalaseema, SC, Sonia, ST, Telangana, Telugu, TRS, universities, Y S Jagan, youth.
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Lower castes to play key role in separate state
Mir Ayoob Ali Khan, TNN 18 December 2009, 03:57am IST

HYDERABAD: Even as Telangana – the scene of protests, vandalism and fasts for a separate state about eight days ago – has gone silent, some say that it is only a lull before the storm. “We will restart the agitation the moment we get an impression that the central government is trying to go back on its promise,” a student leader said.

He admitted that the central government going on the backfoot was a possibility considering the din intensifying for Samaikhya Andhra in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. “The T-movement is about to erupt again. People here are shocked at the way the upper castes in coastal Andhra are trying to stop the creation of Telangana. The coming days will be volatile and decisive,” Madan Mohan, joint action committee (JAC) leader in Warangal told TOI.

“The movement for separate Telangana was led mainly by students, but the movement in Andhra is leader centric with upper castes and those with business interests supporting it,” the student leader said. “The JAC is dominated by students from the backward classes. Leaving out the KCR family, the movement in Telangana is indicative of the people’s aspirations,” says S Simhadri, professor of Osmania University. (మరింత…)

Holi of Lambadas & Gonds మార్చి 22, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Gond, Lambada, Medak, Telangana Festivals.
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When mothuka is in full bloom

Banjaras, or Lambadas, as they are known in Andhra Pradesh, know that it is the Holi season when the red mothuka flowers bloom. Unlike city folks who restrict their celebration to a single day, Holi is a two-week-long affair for this indigenous tribe.

The celebrations, which begin on the Amavasi of the Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar, goes on till the Purnima day.

Preparations for Holi start with the community members going to the nearby forests to collect mothuka flowers.

The flowers are then dipped in a huge drum filled with water, that turns red overnight. And this natural colour is used to play Holi the next day. (మరింత…)