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Telangana remains paralysed – People’s strike సెప్టెంబర్ 14, 2011

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Telangana remains paralysed
The New Indian Express, 14 September, 2011

HYDERABAD: The administration remained paralysed in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh Wednesday as the indefinite strike by over 400,000 government employees continued for the second day.

Delivery of civic services was hit in 10 districts of Telangana as employees stayed away from work to demand formation of separate Telangana state.

The “people’s strike” called by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) did not have much impact in Hyderabad, but was total in districts like Warangal, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Adilabad.

Work in the state secretariat was not affected as about 85 percent of the employees attended their duties but the leaders of Telangana movement claimed that the employees from the region constitute only 15 percent of the total workforce. The impact was also partial in offices of other departments in the state capital.

The strike led to tension in some offices in Hyderabad as a section of employees refused to join the strike. In the office of Hyderabad district collector, the supporters of the strike had heated arguments with those who refused to join them.

In the office of the district collector in Khammam, striking employees ransacked the office of joint collector as he was attending work. (మరింత…)

Battleground Telangana : Chronicle of an agitation జూన్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Mulki, Palamur, politics, regionalism, Review, Telangana.
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Book review

Nomads near Cyberabad
D Murali

Medak, a district that borders Greater Hyderabad, is a telling example of the poor economic development in Telangana, writes Kingshuk Nag in ‘Battleground Telangana: Chronicle of an agitation’ (www.harpercollins.co.in).

On the roads of Medak, not more than an hour and a half from Hyderabad, it is possible to run into nomads travelling on bullock carts with all their belongings, describes Nag. “These people have no home and hearth and move from place to place within the district in search of jobs. Many others, who have some place to live, migrate seasonally in the months of summer not only in search of jobs but also looking for sources of drinking water.” (మరింత…)

Justice Srikrishna behaved like a AICC member : Sushma Swaraj జూన్ 1, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, compromise, Congress, Culture, elections, Identity, Karimnagar, Mulki, politics, suicide, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, TRS.
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Crowds throng BJP Poru meet
May 31, 2011 DC Karimnagar

The Telangana Poru public meet organised by the BJP at Dr B.R. Ambedkar Stadium here on Tuesday proved a grand success as the attendance exceeded the expectations of the party leaders. While privately BJP leaders had said they expect 25,000- 30,000 people, the number of people who attended the meeting is estimated at more than 50,000 with thousands of people who could not enter the stadium lingered outside it.

Ms Sushma Swaraj, who addressed the meeting, targeted mainly the ruling Congress in her speech holding it responsible for the suicides of 600 youth in Telangana for the cause of separate state. Stating that the Congress has no capacity to carve out Telangana, she also took a dig at Telugu Desam for allegedly backtracking on the statehood issue saying that credibility is an important factor in politics. Ms Swaraj lashed out at the Congress for cheating the people of the region in the last five decades in the name of various committees and agreements. (మరింత…)

An Eye-opener on Telangana : Madabhushi Sridhar ఏప్రిల్ 23, 2011

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Book Review
An Eye-opener On Telangana
Madabhushi Sridhar
Power Politics, April 2011

The major defect that Telangana suffers from is lack of data and documentation to advocate against discrimination and disparities perpetuated by leaders coming from other regions. This problem is now being addressed effectively. Telangana: The State of Affairs, edited by M Bharath Bhushan and N Venugopal is a bold attempt to provide a framework to understand the rationale for the demand of Telangana

Telangana is victim of its own leaders who permitted others to exploit it. These leaders are culpable for two reasons : either they are guilty of not knowing the diversion of water, funds and other resources; or they knew it but allowed the injustice to continue without any resistance. For the sin of leaders, people are suffering. It can also be said other way round too : people should have been more conscious to question these leaders and not allowed the leaders to exploit them.

TELANGANA : THE STATE OF AFFAIRS, M Bharath Bhushan, N. Venugopal, AdEd Value Ventures, 2009, Rs 250, pp. 210

Andhra Pradesh unfortunately did not have a leader of state level nature so far. Almost all chief ministers conducted themselves as the leaders of their native district or region and none ruled like a leader of the entire state. Some of the leaders did not do anything for their district or region. People’s representatives who occupied crucial positions in New Delhi were more obedient to Prime Ministers and thus never cared for their state. Some MPs and bureaucrats from Coastal Andhra were over smart and diverted the resources from out of Telangana. This led to serious disparities among the region’s leading to the present state of hostilities and turbulence.

Another major defect that Telangana suffers from is lack of data and documentation to advocate against discrimination and disparities perpetuated by leaders coming from other regions. This problem is now being addressed effectively. Telangana: The State of Affairs, edited by M Bharath Bhushan and N Venugopal is a bold attempt to provide a a framework to understand the rationale for the demand of Telangana. (మరింత…)

Land of Suicides – farmers, weavers, Gulf returnees, T agitators ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, agitation, Andhra, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, politics, Rangareddy, Rayalaseema, regionalism, students, suicide, Telangana, Telugu, Warangal, youth.
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State of suicide: 42 die every day
April 4, 2011, DC Correspondent, Hyderabad

April 3: Every day, 42 people commit suicide in the state. This shocking statistic appears in the latest report of the State Crime Records Bureau. In the year 2010, more than 15,529 persons ended their lives in AP. An alarming figure, which was 1,702 higher than that in the previous year. Telangana districts Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Ranga Reddy and Mahbubnagar reported the highest number of suicides.

Till February 2011, at least 2,635 suicides had taken place in the state. The SCRB officials reported that the number of men who ended their lives was double that of women. Around 4,827 women committed suicide in a year, as against 10,672 men. Suicides of farmers, weavers, Gulf returnees, Telangana agitators, accounted for a large number, besides the “regulars”, like domestic disputes, financial troubles and love affairs, said to be the key reasons for suicides. (మరింత…)

I want to uphold Telangana cultural identity through my art : Vaikuntam మార్చి 12, 2011

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My art is my aspiration for Telangana: Thota Vaikuntam
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New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) The art of Thota Vaikuntam, leading Indian figurative painter, remains loyal to the aspiration for autonomy and a distinct socio-cultural identity of his native turf, Telangana.

Vaikuntam is described as the most visible face of Telangana, his lines reflecting the battle for a separate state.

Considered one of the best figurative artists in the country, Vaikuntam is often feted as the ‘Jamini Roy of the south’.

He has exhibited worldwide and has been honoured with nine national and state awards.

‘My art is my village, Boorugupally in Karimnagar district in Andhra Pradesh, the soul of the crusade for a separate identity for Telangana. My art will never move out of my village and people,’ 69-year-old Vaikuntam told IANS. (మరింత…)

Violence mars protest march for Telangana మార్చి 10, 2011

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Violence mars protest march for Telangana
IANS, 10 Mar 2011

HYDERABAD: In a major show of strength, thousands of people violated ban orders and removed police barricades to assemble at Tank Bund area here on Thursday as part of the ‘million march’ for a separate Telangana state.

The peaceful protest during the day was marred by incidents of violence in the evening.

Protesters damaged some statues of Telugu leaders on Tank Bund, set afire a police vehicle and attacked a vehicle and crew of a television channel.

The incidents, along with the attack on two Congress MPs, took place despite an assurance by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) that it would be a peaceful protest.

Thousands of Telangana activists remained on Tank Bund at 5.30 pm though the TJAC had announced that the protest would conclude at 4 pm. (మరింత…)

The vote & Beyond: Telangana bye elections 2010 ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Adilabad, BJP, Congress, elections, Identity, JAC, Karimnagar, Medak, Mulki, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal.
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Opinion/ Editorial
The Hindu, JUly 30, 2010

The vote and beyond

Quite understandably, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti is portraying the results of the 12 Assembly by-elections in Andhra Pradesh as a referendum in favour of a separate Telangana State. The party won all the 11 seats it contested; the twelfth went to the Bharatiya Janata Party with which it had an understanding. After all, the by-elections were a direct fall-out of the Telangana issue with the sitting MLAs — 10 belonging to the TRS, one to the BJP and another to the Telugu Desam Party— resigning in protest at what they saw as a delay on the part of the Centre in carving out a new State. Statehood was indeed the dominant issue right through the campaign, and the TRS won all its seats with huge margins, a marked improvement over its performance in the general elections just a year ago. Its chief, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who spearheaded the Statehood agitation by undertaking an indefinite fast last year, must be feeling vindicated. Both the Congress and the TDP, which have been equivocal on the Statehood issue, received a drubbing. Indeed, in a high stakes contest for the Congress, the party’s State president, D. Srinivas, lost to the BJP candidate in the Nizamabad Urban constituency. The TDP, apart from conceding one seat to the TRS, lost its deposit in several constituencies, finishing a poor third. A pro-Statehood sentiment was clearly in evidence in all the constituencies that went to polls. (మరింత…)

EVM controversy in Telangana polls జూలై 10, 2010

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Telangana polls: Hundreds of candidates, intentions suspect
T S Sudhir, NDTV, July 09, 2010

Hyderabad: Later this month, Telangana will vote for 12 new MLAs. These are vacancies created by politicians who resigned in protest over what they describe as the lack of support from the Centre and the state government for a separate Telangana state.

There’s no shortage of candidates.The Warangal (West) constituency alone has 117 candidates. All but one are independent candidates. It’s not just a desire to serve the people that’s at play. Sources say parties want to ensure that Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), famous for being tamper-proof, cannot be used. An EVM can deal with a maximum of 64 nominations. Hence, the surging numbers. (మరింత…)

Telangana bypolls on July 27 జూన్ 22, 2010

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Telangana bypolls on July 27
Special Correspondent , The Hindu, June 22, 2010

No elections in Vemulawada and Sircilla segments

Schedule for byelections

Event Date
Issue of Notification July 2
Last date for nominations July 9
Scrutiny of Nominations July 10
Last date for withdrawal July 12
Date of Poll July 27
Counting of Votes July 30

NEW DELHI:The Election Commission on Monday announced that the byelections from 10 of the 12 Assembly constituencies in the Telangana region will be held on July 27 and the notification issued on July 2.

The counting of votes will be taken up at 8 a.m. on July 30 and the electoral roll with respect to January 1, 2010, as the qualifying date will be published on June 25 in 10 Assembly constituencies going to polls. The model code of conduct has already come into effect and would be applicable to all the candidates, political parties and the State/Central governments. (మరింత…)