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KCR plans another yagam for trouble free Rs 40,000 crore mission bhagiratha జూలై 15, 2016

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Telangana: KCR to perform another Yagam, to ‘banish developmental hurdles’
Srinivasa Aro Apparasu, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, July 14, 2016

Known for his staunch belief in ancient Hindu customs, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is all set to appease Lord Vishnu in a big way. He is preparing for yet another major Vedic ceremony, this time to apparently ward off ‘evil forces causing hurdles’ in implementing government programmes.

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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao. After performing a Yagam in 2015, KCR will perform another in Medak in August to apparentely ‘banish developmental hurdles’. (File Photo )

Preparations are on for KCR performing the Sudarshana Yagam in his assembly constituency in Medak district next month. The detailed religious ritual will be held at Gajwel on August 7 to invoke Sudarshana, the mythological disc associated with Lord Vishnu in decimating evil forces.

The 62-year-old CM will perform the Yagam along with the family. Ahead of its start at Gajwel town, he will formally inaugurate the first phase of his government’s Mission Bhagiratha that aims to provide drinking water to every household, according to Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, who is a nephew of KCR. (మరింత…)

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…)

Remembering Guda Anjanna, Signature Song of Telangana Dalit Revolution – Karthik Navayan జూన్ 24, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, BCs, Culture, Economy, heritage, Identity, Mulki, regionalism, SC, ST, struggle, Telangana, TRS.
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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.

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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…)

Medaram Jatara ఫిబ్రవరి 20, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Deccan, fairs and festivals, Gond, heritage, Identity, Koya, Medaram, ST, Telangana, Warangal.
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Sea of humanity descends on Telangana forest for largest tribal fair

IANS, Thursday, February 18, 2016
Warangal (Telangana): Hundreds of thousands of people have reached Medaram in Warangal district for Sammakka Sarakka jatara, India’s largest tribal fair, which began on Wednesday.

Devotees, both tribal and non-tribal, from different parts of Telangana and other states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are participating in the four-day fair, also known as Medaram jatra.

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Sammakka Sarakka jatara, India’s largest tribal fair

Medaram and surrounding villages in the forest, about 100 km from district headquarters, have turned into sea of humanity for the tribal festival, organised once in two years. Men and women took a dip in Jampanna stream, which they believe wash away their sins.

Devotees belonging to different states and speaking different languages throng the forests to pay obeisance to tribal goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka.

The unique rituals, which include devotees offering jaggery to the deities, will begin Wednesday night with the customary arrival of Sarakka’s image from Kannepally village which will be placed on a platform. The image idol covered in red cloth was brought in a vessel laden with vermilion and turmeric powder. (మరింత…)

AP Govt Rules Out Return of Merged Villages to Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, KCR, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, submergence, TDP, TRS.
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AP Government Rules Out Return of Merged Villages to TS

Express News Service, 18 February 2016

ELURU/ HYDERABAD: A day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s statement that the Andhra Pradesh government had agreed to his proposal to give some of the villages that were earlier merged with the reorganised State back to TS, the AP government on Wednesday made it clear that it had not accepted any such proposal.

“We have no idea about such proposal. In fact, all these villages were merged with AP from the TS so as to clear the way for the construction of Polavaram project. If some of these villages are given back to TS, how could the project be taken up?” a top official wondered. (మరింత…)

10 million people attend India’s largest tribal fair – Medaram Jatara ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Gond, heritage, Identity, indigenous, Kakatiya, Koya, ST, Telangana, Telangana Festivals.
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10 Million People Descend on Telangana Forest for India’s Largest Tribal Fair

February 17, 2016 IANS, WARANGAL, Telangana

Hundreds of thousands of people have reached Medaram in Warangal district for Sammakka Sarakka Jatara, India’s largest tribal fair, which began Feb. 17.

Devotees, both tribal and non-tribal, from different parts of Telangana and other states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are participating in the four-day fair, also known as Medaram Jatra.

Medaram and surrounding villages in the forest, about 100 km from district headquarters, have turned into sea of humanity for the tribal festival, organized once in two years. Men and women took a dip in Jampanna stream, which they believe will wash away their sins.
Devotees belonging to different states and speaking different languages thronged the forests to pay obeisance to tribal goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka.

The unique rituals, which include devotees offering jaggery to the deities, began Feb. 17 night with the customary arrival of Sarakka’s image from Kannepally village which was placed on a platform. The image idol covered in red cloth was brought in a vessel laden with vermilion and turmeric powder. (మరింత…)

Tribal displacement in Telangana for tiger conservation డిసెంబర్ 4, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, biodiversity, conflict resolution, displacement, ecology, Mahabubnagar, Naxalite, ST, Telangana, TRS.
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State to facilitate relocation of tribal people

Nikhila Henry, The Hindu, Hyderabad, December 2, 2015

To protect the big cat, the State will relocate hundreds of Adivasis and other forest-dwellers, who reside within core areas in Amarabad and Kawal tiger reserves. As per initial estimates, Adivasis and other forest inhabitants from about 24 village units will have to be relocated.

Telangana has issued orders to constitute State and district committees to facilitate the relocation. The phase-wise process could take more than a year, officials said. The decision to set up conservation councils was as per orders issued by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and in-charge Chief Wildlife Warden, Telangana. The process will be done as per the guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

As per orders issued by the government, both the district and State-level monitoring committee is expected to meet at least once a year to review the relocation process. (మరింత…)

Displacing Godavari and Its People – N Venugopal నవంబర్ 6, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, AP Reorganisation Bill, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, regionalism, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Book review
When Godavari Comes: People’s History of a River–Journeys in the Zone of the Dispossessed by R Uma Maheshwari, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2014; pp 486 + xviii, Rs 595.

N Venugopal (venugopalraon@yahoo.com) is the editor of Veekshanam, a Telugu monthly journal of political economy and society.

Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project across the Godavari River is likely to displace more than 3,00,000 people, mostly Adivasis, by submerging over 300 habitations. It will also submerge forests with rich biodiversity, a hill range, a river and several streams, agricultural lands, and cultural sites. The highly controversial project, first envisaged in the 1940s under the colonial government, was actually taken up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2006, without proper sanctions and clearances from many statutory bodies. The project violates safeguards provided to Adivasis in the Constitution as well as several legislations, including the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The works on the project began and continued without approvals like clearance for revised costs by the Expenditure (Finance) Committee; Central Electrical Authority’s clearance for power component; approvals from gram sabhas in the submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh states; approval of Forest (Conservation) Act for submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh; techno-economic clearance from the Central Water Commission (CWC); and CWC approval for dam design and operation schedule. In fact, the project is under litigation with several cases pending in the Supreme Court (SC) filed by governments of Chhattisgarh and Odisha as well as environmental and Adivasi groups. The project is also in violation of the National Tribal Policy as it violates the direction, “any project which displaces more than 50,000 tribal people should not be taken up.” In 2006, the SC appointed a Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to study the concerns and the CEC report said,
there is, therefore, a strong case for a second thought and explore alternative location and design of the dam to avoid the colossal loss in terms of apprehended sufferings and disruption of life style of the local inhabitants. (మరింత…)

Odisha Chief Minister urges PM not to allow construction of Polavaram సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, ecology, Economy, Koya, Polavaram, politics, Settler, ST, submergence, TDP, TRS.
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Patnaik Plea For Polavaram
Tathya, Bhbaneswar, September 20, 2015

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to allow construction of the Polavaram Project as it will harm the interests of Odisha as the project is being taken up without addressing the legitimate concerns of the State.

Mr.Patnaik writing a letter to the Prime Minister Mr.Modi has expressed serious concern over Polavarm Project, which is being taken up unilaterally by the Government of Andhra Pradesh even the matter is pending in the Supreme Court.

Chief Minister has said that the Polavaram Project does not qualify to be considered as a National Project as it does not satisfy the norms. Sadly the Union Government has considered the Polavaram as a National Project, officials say.

Impressing upon the Prime Minister about the magnitude of the consequences that people of Odisha will have to face like submergence of tribal lands, the flooding of fertile agricultural lands, mass displacement of villages, Mr.Patnaik said that all of these can be avoided if only an opportunity is given for a final resolution of disputes as the case is pending before the Supreme Court. (మరింత…)