Is the Telangana govt violating the Constitutional rights of adivasis with district reorganization? ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017Posted 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…)
Polavaram Dam: ‘Stop the work order’ for not conducting Public Hearing in Chhattisgarh & Orissa జూలై 9, 2016Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, displacement, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Koya, landuse, Polavaram, Settler, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence.
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Centre’s bar on Polavaram work lapses
Deccan Chronicle, 9 July 2016
Project authority says Central water panel has no objection to approval.
The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.
Hyderabad: The ministry of environment and forests’ (MoEF) orders regarding the Polavaram project — to keep the ‘stop the work order’ in abeyance — lapsed a week ago. The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.
This was issued initially on February 8, 2011 due to non compliance of the condition for an environment clearance, namely, conducting a public hearing in Chattisgarh and Odisha. (మరింత…)
Tags: BJD, Motu
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Polavaram issue: BJD bandh affects life in parts of southern Odisha
Odisha Sun Times Bureau, Koraput, January 7, 2016
The 12 hour bandh call today by the ruling BJD party protesting against the Polavaram dam has affected the day-to-day life in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts in Odisha.
The bandh has been called from 7 am in the morning till 5 pm in the evening. The streets were deserted, shops and business houses remained closed. The general public is also supporting the strike, with locals joining the protests which are being held at different places in the districts.
“ When the first MOU was signed in 1980 with Odisha government there near Motu its height was limited to 150 feet, but currently the Andhra Pradesh government has increased the height to nearly 180 feet.”
Displacing Godavari and Its People – N Venugopal నవంబర్ 6, 2015Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, AP Reorganisation Bill, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, regionalism, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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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 (email@example.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…)
Tags: Chhattisgarh, Salwa Judum
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Another Salwa Judum in the making?
Krishna Prasad, The Times of India, TNN, Jan 6, 2015
Hyderabad: In what could be a rerun of the failed Salwa Judum campaign of Chhattisgarh, the Andhra Pradesh government, faced with a renewed threat from Maoists, is planning to raise a tribal police battalion to take on the insurgents.
The cabinet sub-committee on Naxalite problem, headed by finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, has recommended a tribal battalion, staffed by tribal youth from East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, exclusively to counter Maoist insurgence on the Andhra-Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. Plans are afoot to locate the battalion either at Rampachodavaram in East Godavari or Paderu in Visakhapatnam district.
While the government says the decision is aimed at discouraging angry tribal youth, many of who would be dislocated due to the Polavaram project, from joining the Maoist fold, security experts feel the move is likely to backfire.
“What happened in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, which is not far from tribal areas of Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Srikakulam, is still fresh,” cautioned former director general of police Pervaram Ramulu. “In the name of Salwa Judum, tribals were fielded against Maoists. The proposed tribal battalion is similar to Salwa Judum. In the name of employment, tribals should not be made to suffer,” he added. (మరింత…)
Odisha CM Opposes Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: Chhattisgarh, Naveen Patnaik, Odisha
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Odisha CM opposes Polavaram
TNN, 8 Ocober 2014, Hyderabad
In a major setback to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Polavaram mission, his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik has conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi his opposition to the construction of Polavaram project across river Godavari in AP by the TDP government.
Patnaik has urged the Centre, now the implementing authority of the project, not to go ahead with its construction. The development comes at a time Naidu is scheduled to visit Bhubaneswar to meet Patnaik and seek Odisha’s cooperation to complete the multipurpose project as early as possible.
According to sources, the Odisha CM told Modi that all riparian states had serious reservations against the project that has now been accorded the status of national project as concession to residuary AP following bifurcation. (మరింత…)
Ordinance for Seemandhra into the dustbin? మార్చి 8, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, Godavari, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, TDP, TRS.
Tags: Pranab Mukherjee
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Pranab wary, ordinance for Seemandhra as good as dead?
Aloke Tikku & Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March 08, 2014
The anti-corruption ordinances backed by Rahul Gandhi may not be the only ones to be spiked by the government. The ordinance on a special package for Seemandhra — which was approved by cabinet, unlike the graft laws — seems headed the same way.
The government appears to have developed cold feet on the proposed law that seeks to tweak Telangana’s boundary ever since an emissary to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday returned with the clear message that President Pranab Mukherjee wasn’t going to play ball.
A senior government functionary confirmed to HT that the cabinet-approved ordinance was as good as dead, but was quick to add that it may already have served its political objective. (మరింత…)
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Parliament Delivered a Crippled Child, Says Ex-judge
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 7 March 2014
“Parliament has delivered a crippled child with several major complications. History is repeating because we do not learn from our mistakes,” former judge of Supreme Court of India Justice B Sudershan Reddy has remarked, referring to formation of Telangana state on June 2.
He was speaking at a function organised to release a book, ‘Fall and Rise of Telangana’, written by Dr Gautam Pingle, former dean of research and consultancy of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). The book was released by Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram.
Justice Sudershan Reddy minced no words in laying bare the inability of the political leadership to allow injustice to Telangana while it was being created. “There will be only one High court for the two states, only one governor for two states and he would be sitting on law and order and for 10 years Hyderabad would remain a joint capital. How could this be allowed?” he asked.
He hit out at the political leadership of Telangana for its doublespeak. “You embrace personalities from the film world saying that though geographically we are separated but we can live like brothers knowing fully well it is the film world that has done a lot of damage to the Telangana social fabric. But why don’t you say a word about 3 lakh tribals who are going to be rendered homeless because of an ordinance brought out within hours of the President signing the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013?” he said. (మరింత…)
Brief history of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh మార్చి 7, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Deccan, Godavari, Hyderabad, Kakatiya, Mulki, Nizam, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Six Point Formula, SRC, Telangana, Warangal.
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A brief history of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Ratnakar Sadaysula, DNA, 4 March 2014
Ratnakar Sadaysula writes about the history of Andhra Pradesh, and how the foundations of the Telangana movement were laid
Honestly speaking, it was quite a tough task for me, to write about the formation of Telangana – and the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh – without being emotionally affected. It was, after all, a place I called home. Tirupati in Rayalaseema was where I was born, Visakhapatnam in Coastal Andhra was where I grew up, studied, and got married, and Hyderabad in Telangana is where I am settled now.
In a sense, I belonged to all three regions. I had relatives from Telangana, from Seema region and of course from Coastal Andhra. But then I never saw them as being from Telangana or Seema or Kosta; for me they were just my relatives, period. It was the same at engineering college. My classmates came from all parts of the state, but we never really saw ourselves as being from Telangana or Seema or Coastal Andhra. Yes, we used to often rib and joke about where we came from, but at end of the day, we were all basically Telugu people.
When the bifurcation finally happened, it was as if a part of me was lost somewhere, a sort of confused identity. Until then, I could tell people I was from Andhra Pradesh. But now, where exactly do I say I am from? Do I belong to Coastal Andhra since Vizag is my hometown? Do I belong to Telangana since I live in Hyderabad? Or am I from Rayalaseema, since I was born in Tirupati?
Of course, apart from the “are you from Seemandhra or Telangana?” question, people also asked me, “Why Telangana state, what was the need for it to be formed?”
It is not easy to cover the entire Telangana-Andhra issue in a single article, as it has multiple dimensions, social, political, economic and historical. So, this is an attempt to explain it to people outside Andhra Pradesh, who wonder what the fuss is all about.
A brief history
The name Telangana is believed to have been derived from the word Trilinga Desa, the ancient name for Andhra Pradesh, so called because it is believed that it was flanked by three ancient Shiva Temples at Srisailam, Kaleswaram and Draksharama. A more historical explanation is that during the reign of the Nizams, the region was called Telugu Angana (where Telugu was spoken) to differentiate it from the Marathi speaking areas of their kingdom. (మరింత…)