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పులుల కలల కావల్ టైగర్ రిజర్వ్ జూన్ 23, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, ecology.
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A tiger reserve in Telangana without a single big cat

Balakoteshwara Rao| TNN | Jun 23, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kawal Tiger Reserve, one of the two such sanctuaries in Telangana, has gone “tigerless”
  • After barely a year in the reserve, the tigers — a male and a female — went missing.
  • This is not the first time that tigers have gone missing from the erstwhile unified Adilabad district.

HYDERABAD: For the second time in a decade, Kawal Tiger Reserve, one of the two such sanctuaries in Telangana, has gone “tigerless” with forest department officials having no clue about what happened to the two big cats that had migrated from the forests in Maharashtra in 2015.

After barely a year in the reserve, the tigers — a male and a female — went missing around November last year.

The two migrant tigers had raised hopes for the reserve which had last recorded the presence of big cats in 2012. There were, however, some unconfirmed reports of the presence of a tiger in 2013.

A large portion of the 2,015 sq km Kawal Tiger Reserve falls in Adilabad, forest minister Jogu Ramanna’s Assembly constituency. Despite this, several tracts of the forest have been encroached upon with the government not taking any steps to clear them, said sources. It is also reliably learnt that the reserve is one of the areas where people continue to lay electrified wire traps to kill wild animals.

The reserve’s field director, C Saravanan, when asked about the missing tigers, said it was possible that the tigers returned to where they came from due to cattle and human disturbances. However, conservationists working in the area for the past many years were dismissive of the “tigers returned home” theory.

“They are not like some species of birds that migrate every year. Tigers move in search of new territories.. they come into Telangana because of overcrowding in the tiger reserves in Maharashtra,” one of them said.

This is not the first time that tigers have gone missing from the erstwhile unified Adilabad district. Since 1996, 18 tigers disappeared from the district, sources said.

Is the Telangana govt violating the Constitutional rights of adivasis with district reorganization? ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Chenchu, Culture, displacement, ecology, Economy, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Khammam, Koya, Mahabubnagar, Polavaram, Settler, Warangal.
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According to the census of 2011, Adivasis account for 9.34% of the total population in Telangana.

Pavan Korada, The NEWSMinute, Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has reorganised and added new districts in the state, increasing the number of districts in Telangana from 11 to 31. Ostensibly, this was done to improve the administration of the newly formed state. But what exactly lies beneath this objective is possibly a shrewd plan to consolidate the party’s support base. This is clearly explained in this article here by senior journalist Kingshuk Nag. But more importantly this exercise by the TRS government will have a massive impact on the adivasi population of Telangana.  (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…)

Maths and politics of New Districts in Telangana జూలై 8, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Adilabad, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, KCR, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, politics, Rangareddy, regionalism, Telangana, Warangal.
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Telangana: In new math, adding more districts will divide politics
Kamalapathi Rao H, Deccan Chronicle, July 8, 2016

Reorganisation of districts will strengthen K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his party TRS in south, east.

Hyderabad: The reorganisation of districts in Telangana state could lead to exclusive zones for the TRS, while edging out the Opposition in some of the proposed districts in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

The TRS has been traditionally strong in the northern districts and Warangal, while it is considerably weak in Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Khammam.

Mahbubnagar district will be split into three parts — Mahbubnagar, Wanaparthy and Nagar Kurnool. As per proposals, Wanaparthy district would have Alampur, Gadwal and Wanaparthy from where the TRS has no MLA. The district will become a stronghold of the Congress.

The residual Mahbubnagar district will have Maktal, Narayanpet, De-varakadra, Jadcherla, Shadnagar, Mahbubna-gar and Kodangal. Of these, only Kodangal has a representative from the Telugu Desam. With this, the residual Mahbubnagar district would become a stronghold of the ruling party.

If Kodangal is merged into its neighbouring Ranga Reddy West (Vikarabad) district, the TD would not have any representation from Mahbubnagar district and the TRS will have no opposition. (మరింత…)

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.

gond festivals
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…)

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…)

Big scam in Telangana Haritha Haram green drive అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, corruption, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Telangana, TRS.
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Big scam in Telangana green drive
DC Correspondent, October 07, 2014

Hyderabad: The ambitious Haritha Haaram project of the Telangana State government to improve greenery in all the 10 districts by planting over 230 crore saplings in three years has hit a roadblock. Tenders being called to procure crores of polythene covers to supply the saplings have become controversial with contractors forming syndicates to bag the contracts for higher prices.

The government had decided to plant 40 lakh saplings per year in each Assembly constituency, totaling 1.20 crore saplings in each constituency in three years. It has constituted Haritha Haaram committees in each district with the joint collector as chairman and officials from Forest and Horticulture departments as members to monitor the tender process. District-wise tenders had been invited to procure polythene covers. (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.

Polling on in seven Andhra assembly seats మార్చి 18, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, BJP, Congress, corruption, elections, Identity, JAC, Mahabubnagar, politics, PRP, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Polling on in seven Andhra assembly seats
Siasat, Sunday, 18 March 2012

March 18: Bypolls were on in seven assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh Sunday, including six in the Telangana region, with over 13.82 lakh voters eligible to exercise their franchise

Polling began amid tight security at 8 a.m. The results will decide the fate of 67 candidates belonging to various political parties. Voters formed long queues outside several polling stations in the constituencies.

The bypolls are a result of vacancies that arose due to the resignations of two legislators of the Congress party, one of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), three rebels of the TDP and the death of one independent legislator.

Unlike the previous byelections, lack of the Telangana sentiment this time has made the going tough for Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the six constituencies that fall in the region.

About 10,000 policemen and polling personnel have been deployed for smooth and peaceful conduct of the polling at 1,660 polling centres. (మరింత…)