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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…)

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e-Resource Centre for TSPSC in Telangana University జనవరి 10, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, 29th State, agitation, Culture, Economy, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Kakatiya, politics, regionalism, Telangana, Telangana Festivals, Telangana People, Telangana Places, TRS, TSPSC.
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Telangana University opens e-resource centre for TSPSC exams

P Ram Mohan, The Hindu, Nizamabad, January 10, 2016

V-C has given green signal to purchase any number of books required by students, says Registrar

Dozens of coaching centres have emerged across the district with a series of notifications coming for recruitment of various jobs in the State government. Aspirants of jobs are thronging coaching centres and libraries for serious preparation.

They, however, seem to be struggling to find relevant syllabus in books and magazine available at the libraries. They find it difficult to get authentic information on Telangana politics, economics, culture and festivals, geography, general history, and history of the 60-year-old agitation for separate Statehood and also on current affairs.

The market is flooded with books written by several writers, but aspirants do not feel satisfied with the contents in them. They have been waiting for the books written by eminent writers being published by the Telugu Academy. Meanwhile, coaching centres are searching for senior faculty members and experts in general studies to engage them in their centres. (మరింత…)

Telangana, the 29th state of India, and grouse of Parakala Prabhakars ఏప్రిల్ 6, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Fazal Ali Commission, Hyderabad, Identity, Jai Andhra, Kakatiya, Mulki, Polavaram, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, TRS, Urdu, Warangal, YSR.
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India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
Kranti Rai, The Daily Beast, 03.22.14

By acquiescing to the formation of a new state, Telangana, India is setting a dangerous precedent of ethnic division.

By acquiescing in the formation of a new state called Telangana, India has succumbed to the greatest political fraud in its modern history. Andhra Pradesh, stretching from central to peninsular India, is larger than New Zealand. The Telugu-speaking Indians who predominate the state, numbering roughly 80 million, are more numerous than the French or the British. (Satya Nadella, the new CEO of Microsoft, is a Telugu, as is Nina Davuluri, the reigning Miss USA.) The Telugus’ contribution to recent Indian history has been both constructive and corrosive. If the flag of independent India was the product of a Telugu patriot’s inclusive imagination, the map of contemporary India is the consequence of the Telugus’ insularity. It was the Telugus’ agitation in the 1950s for cultural and linguistic homogeneity that prompted the restructuring of Indian territory into linguistic states. Andhra Pradesh was born on November 1, 1956, as free India’s first state.

To its proponents Andhra was the meridian, after 600 years of division and dispersal, of Telugu civilization. It was the largest state in peninsular India, returned the second-largest contingent of MPs to the Indian parliament, housed the third-largest linguistic bloc in the country, and was the geographic intersection that bridged north and south. But the moment could not be sustained. Less than 60 years after its historic creation, Andhra is poised to be partitioned once again. The irony is that the Telugus, having precipitated the reorganization of India by invoking language as a legitimate instrument of political mobilization, will now become the only major linguistic minority within India to be divided by boundaries. (మరింత…)

Brief history of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh మార్చి 7, 2014

Posted 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…)

Telugu literature will flourish in separate states డిసెంబర్ 23, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Kakatiya, Rayalaseema, Telangana, Telugu, Telugu (తెలుగు), Warangal.
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Separate states good for Telugu
Deccan Chronicle, Amar Tejaswi, 22 December 2013

Hyderabad: Literature is an important tool to craft the identity of a populace. Each state in India and regions within have their own distinct identity. The same holds true for Andhra Pradesh. With three definitive regions and 23 districts, the undivided state is a garden of literary flowers.

But once imaginary borders divide the current state into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, what does fate hold for Telugu literature? Writers reckon the separation will herald better times for Telugu literature and put focus on the unique literature and unsung writers of Telangana.

It has been said that the literature and history of Telangana has been suppressed under the cloak of a united Telugu state for long and has often been dismissed as slang.

Freedom struggles of farmers and common men from the region often don’t find a mention in the regular curriculum. From the Telangana writers’ perspective, their literature was never treated at par with the mainstream Telugu literature. “Telangana has recorded several struggles that are recognised, but they never found their place in the chapters of history. Andhra’s history became the whole undivided state’s history,” award winning writer Prof. Nandini Sidda Reddy explains.

He adds that the genesis of the Telangana struggle for statehood partly lies in literary waters. He says, “Important literary works from Telangana were forgotten. The problem was suppression; there was a lack of equality. Language and literature were cited as reasons to unite Telangana and Andhra when the state was formed, but the equality never existed.” (మరింత…)

KCR draws a blank in Delhi, feels betrayed సెప్టెంబర్ 16, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, BJP, Congress, drama, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, JAC, Kakatiya, KCR, KTR, Manjira, Mulki, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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KCR draws a blank in Delhi, feels betrayed
Express News Service – HYDERABAD, 16th September 2012

The Telangana Joint Action Committee has decided to force the Telangana Congress MPs to participate in the Telangana March in Hyderabad on September 30.

TJAC leaders are learnt to have received credible information that TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has been camping in Delhi for several days, has failed to get a positive assurance on creation of Telangana state.

Moreover, the negative signals they had received in Hyderabad in the past were confirmed during his current stay in Delhi, says a close aide to the TRS chief.

Party sources say the TRS chief is now convinced that the Centre is back to its delaying tactics and has betrayed him.

He will be returning shortly to Hyderabad and convening a party Politburo meeting to chalk out future course of action.

“If the Centre announces Telangana state, there will be joy. If not, there will be war,” declared KT Rama Rao, TRS legislator and KCR’s son. (మరింత…)

TRS scraped through in Parkal జూన్ 16, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, bandh, BJP, cinema, Congress, corruption, elections, Harish, Identity, JAC, Jai Andhra, Kakatiya, KCR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Orugallu, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, SEZ, Sonia, suicide, TDF, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Parkal result a wake up call for Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Arun Kumar Govindraj, TNN, June 16, 2012

HYDERABAD: The close finish in Parkal between K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress has thrown up serious questions about the strength of the ongoing separate Telangana movement with the TRS itself admitting that it needs to regroup and introspect.

TRS ought to be worried by the slender majority of 1,562 votes by which its candidate Moluguri Bikshapati won as Parkal lies in the heart of Telangana statehood movement — Warangal. TRS earlier had boasted that it would win by a majority of 35,000-40,000 votes. But evidently, the voter was equally divided between the pro-Telangana protagonist and a party which espouses the united Andhra cause.

In fact, the fight turned out to be a bit like a T-20 cricket match with leads swinging back and forth between the TRS and YSR CP. Bhikhapati, who was leading comfortably with 5,999-vote lead till the 12th round, slipped to a slender majority of 283 votes in the 17th round. At one point, YSR CP’s Konda Surekha led by 16 votes. The TRS candidate gained in the last 19th round and snatched victory. But where did the TRS calculations go wrong? The Friday’s result is not only a wake up call for the party but raises questions on the effectiveness of the movement. (మరింత…)

Vijayamma makes successful foray into Telangana జూన్ 9, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, BJP, Congress, elections, Harish, Identity, JAC, Kakatiya, KCR, Mulki, Osmania, Palamur, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, struggle, students, TDP, Telangana, TRS, universities, violence, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Vijayamma makes successful foray into Telangana
Ravi Reddy, The Hindu, HYDERABAD, June 9, 2012

Public meetings of KCR in Parkal and Sushma Swaraj at Hanamkonda will be watched keenly against this backdrop

The successful foray by YSR Congress honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma into Telangana on Friday has turned to be a game changer in the by-elections to the Parkal Assembly.

The large crowds she drew at Geesukonda, a mandal headquarters, in the afternoon and in Parkal in the night have made the main contenders for the seat, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the BJP sit up and take note.

The public meetings proposed to be addressed on Saturday by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Parkal and by BJP leader Sushma Swaraj at Hanamkonda will be watched keenly against this backdrop.

During their day-long campaign Ms. Vijayamma and her daughter Sharmila held forth on how they were being targeted by the ruling party while Congress leaders and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu got away after the CBI filed similar charges against them.

Ms. Sharmila avoided any reference to Telangana but Ms. Vijayamma was goaded by the crowd to express her views. She recalled late YSR’s statement that Telangana will come when it has to, but the region has to be developed on all fronts in the meantime. At Parkal road show, she elaborated further stating that when YSR was the CLP leader, 41 Congress MLAs led by G.Chinna Reddy had met the AICC president Sonia Gandhi demanding a decision on Telangana. She also said that during the YSR Congress plenary, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy said it was the Centre, which had to take a decision. “If the Centre decides, it will not take more than a minute to announce separate Telangana,” she said. (మరింత…)

YSRC faces no trouble to campaign in Parkal bypolls జూన్ 8, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, bandh, BJP, compromise, Congress, corruption, drama, elections, Harish, JAC, Kakatiya, KCR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Osmania, Palamur, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, students, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence, Warangal, Y S Jagan, youth, YSR.
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Jagan mother Vijaya Lakshmi faces no trouble in Telangana region

Agencies: Warangal , Jun 08 2012

YSR Congress leader Y S Vijaya Lakshmi had a smooth passage in Telangana region during her campaign for the June 12 by-polls, unlike other top leaders from non-Telangana regions who have faced anger of supporters of the separate statehood.

Vijaya Lakshmi and her daughter Sharmila recently campaigned in Parkal Assembly segment in Warangal district, the hotbed of statehood agitation, for the YSR Congress’s Konda Surekha.

Top leaders including TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and even YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had faced strong protests, often violent, from Telangana supporters.

Jagan had to abort his plan to undertake `odarpu yatra’ in Warangal district two years ago following violent clashes between his supporters and pro-Telangana supporters at Mahabubabad railway station.

But Vijaya Lakshmi had a smooth going mainly because TRS and Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) decided not to oppose her campaign. TRS, however, asked why Jagan held a placard in support of united Andhra Pradesh in Parliament couple of years ago, while JAC wanted Vijaya Lakshmi to spell out her party’s stand on the separate statehood demand. (మరింత…)

Why current Telangana agitation led to suicides? Universities to probe ఏప్రిల్ 6, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, BJP, compromise, Congress, elections, Identity, JAC, Kakatiya, Mulki, Osmania, Palamur, politics, regionalism, students, suicide, TRS, universities, violence, Warangal, youth, YSR.
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Telangana suicides set to become hot subject of research
TNN | Apr 6, 2012

HYDERABAD: The suicides for the ’cause’ of separate Telangana state is set to become a subject of research with several scholars opting for the topic in universities in the region. In addition to starting an anti-suicide drive on the campuses, the four universities in the Telangana region – Osmania, Kakatiya, Palamuru, and Telangana – have decided to do research on the cause of the deaths.

Telangana University has decided to go a step further and set up a centre for studying suicides and other social issues spawned by the separate statehood issue. The universities have, in fact, taken a leaf out of the research work conducted on suicides earlier in the countries like the US, where suicides were witnessed among different immigrant population, especially the Afro-American communities.

Universities other than Osmania are even planning to earmark Rs 5-6 lakh in their budget next year for research on the subject. The topic has been chosen since several research scholars have shown keen interest in the Telangana agitation and suicides. (మరింత…)