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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…)

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…)

Telangana legislative council polls: TRS bags 4 seats, Congress wins 2 డిసెంబర్ 31, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, politics, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana Legislative Council polls: TRS bags 4 seats, Congress wins 2

PTI, 30 December 2015
Hyderabad: In a relief to Congress, the main opposition party today managed to win two out of six seats in Legislative Council polls in Telangana, though the ruling TRS bagged the remaining four.

Congress won one seat in Mahabubnagar district and the Nalgonda district constituency. Elections were held on December 27 to fill six seats from local authorities constituencies in the Legislative Council. (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…)

207 farmers’ suicides in 4 months in Telangana అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Economy, Identity, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, suicide, Telangana.
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207 farmers allegedly committed suicide in Telangana in 4 months
Sreenivas Janyala, October 8, 2014 Indian Express

At least 207 farmers have committed suicide in Telangana in the last four months, according to Rythu Swarajya Vedika, an umbrella group of voluntary organisations working on farmers’ issues. The situation is grim in Warangal where 52 farmers allegedly committed suicide, followed by 35 in Medak, 31 in Adilabad, 28 in Nalgonda, 27 in Karimnagar and 18 in Mahbubnagar.

Inadequate rainfall, dry bore wells, depletion of ground water and scarce irrigation facilities leading to general crop failure have been cited as the reasons that forced these farmers to end their lives.

“A majority of the victims are tenant farmers who pay very high rates to take land on lease, often paying up to Rs 10,000 per acre per season. When their crops fail, they are left in debt. With private financiers hounding them, they take their own lives,’’ said RTI activist B Kondala Reddy who is associated with Rythu Swarajya Vedika, and Caring Citizens Collective, an NGO. The Agriculture Department officials said cotton and chilli farmers have been hit hard, because of unseasonal showers and lack of sufficient rainfall. (మరింత…)

A Separate State, Yes, But On Whose Land? Madhavi Tata సెప్టెంబర్ 21, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Mahabubnagar, politics, SEZ, Telangana, TRS.
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A Separate State, Yes, But On Whose Land?
Government officials themselves admit in private that bogus ration cards are circulating in some districts
Madhavi Tata, Outlook India, September 16, 2013

The food security bill brings with it fresh headaches for Andhra Pradesh, a state with an elaborate public distribution system. Government officials themselves admit in private that bogus ration cards are circulating in some districts of the state. When Outlook visited villages in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district, it found that many had not even heard of either the food security bill or the land acquisition one, but welcomed any extra largesse that would come their way. Represented by TRS supremo K. Chandrasekhara Rao in Parliament, backward Mahabubnagar has a high migrant population that often travels to Maharashtra to look for jobs in the summer.

Land, on the other hand, is an issue in the villages of Polepally, Mudireddipally and Rayapally. Several small farmers were displaced when an SEZ came up in the area. Proud landowners once, some of them now work as security guards, cleaners, labourers, coolies or ply autos around the SEZ. Mudiraj Kothatelugu, 18, runs one such auto in Polepally now, and says his family spent most of the money they got in repaying loans. His father now works as a farm labourer in other villages. While politicians would sometimes show up for solidarity, their displacement issues really have not been addressed, says Balaiah Goud who is now working as a guard in the SEZ. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, he says, has let them down. “It was under the Congress government that we were displaced. What is the use of a Telangana statehood when our own land is taken away from us,” asks Kishtaram Sarojanamma, a farm coolie, indicating which way her vote will go. The land acquisition law comes too late for them. (మరింత…)

TRS to merge with Congress for separate Telangana? ఆగస్ట్ 31, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Congress, elections, Harish, JAC, KCR, KTR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Sonia, YSR.
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Will a separate Telangana facilitate merger of TRS and Congress?
A Srinivasa Rao, Mail Today, Hyderabad August 31, 2102

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which is spearheading the movement for carving out separate Telangana state by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, is willing to be merged with the Congress party if there is a positive announcement from the Centre on the Telangana state formation.

According to TRS sources, party president K Chandrasekhara Rao has sent fresh feelers to the Congress bosses in New Delhi to this effect. He told them that he did not mind merging the TRS with the Congress if the Centre commenced the process for Telangana state formation. He insisted that the UPA government must announce a specific time-frame for carving out a new state. (మరింత…)

Its predictions going wrong, TRS decides to revive stir ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Congress, drama, elections, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, KCR, KTR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, suicide, Telangana, TRS, Warangal.
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Its predictions going wrong, TRS decides to revive stir

Express News Service, Hyderabad, 28 August 2012

The TRS leadership, which has been claiming that it has received signals of a favourable decision on the separate Telangana issue from the Centre and an announcement will be made in just a couple of months, has now come to the opinion that the Congress led UPA government at the Centre might defer a decision till the 2014 general election.

Though Telangana leaders of the Congress are time and again saying that their high command will take a final call on the issue soon, the TRS leadership has come to think otherwise.

After closely watching the developments in Delhi, the pink party leadership has formed an opinion that the UPA government is not in a position to deliver on its promise.

According to the TRS leadership, if the Centre wants to make any announcement on Telangana, it will do so only just before the 2014 elections. (మరింత…)

TRC – Sonia repeats mother-in-law Indira’s joke & TRS planning a long term strategy for separate state ఆగస్ట్ 20, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, elections, GHMC, Harish, Hyderabad, JAC, Karimnagar, KCR, Mahabubnagar, MIM, Mulki, Polavaram, politics, Rahul, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Massive agitation in sight as congress plans autonomous regional council for Telangana
A Srinivasa Rao, Mail Today, Hyderabad, August 19, 2012

The Congress high command is mulling over the proposal of constituting an autonomous Telangana Regional Council a solution to the contentious Telangana issue in Andhra Pradesh. Having realized that the indecisiveness in taking a decision on the Telangana demand has cost the party heavily in the state, the Congress leadership is understood to be working on the proposal for autonomous regional council for Telangana, on the lines of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, which has recently transformed into Gorkhaland Territorial Administration with considerable autonomy for the local tribes.

An empowered Telangana regional council is part of the sixth option recommended by the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee in December 2010 as the best way forward on the Telangana issue. According to the committee, the regional council would be equipped with adequate funds, functions and functionaries. It would be headed by a legislator with cabinet rank and would provide a legislative consultative mechanism for subjects like planning and economic development, water and irrigation, education, skill development and vocational education, local administration and public health. (మరింత…)

TRS scraped through in Parkal జూన్ 16, 2012

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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…)