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Telangana Artist Forum seeks justice సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2014

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The Hindu, Hyderabad, September 19, 2014

The Telangana Artist Forum (TAF) has regretted that in Andhra, Sri Venkateshwara, Yogi Vemana and Nagarjuna Universities, 85 per cent of the seats are reserved for local and 15 per cent for non-locals, while in sharp contrast, 64 per cent of seats in the Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University here, were given to students from Seemandhra.

Condemning the discrimination, they have decided to take the issue to the notice of the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and also to the Education Ministers concerned.

On Thursday, they submitted a representation to the Vice-Chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Prof. Mallesh.

TAF Convenor Ramana Reddy demanded that counselling in the Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University be stopped, till justice is done to students from Telangana.

Since the College of Fine Arts was formed by the Nizam in 1933, over 80 per cent of the students were from Telangana and after it was merged with the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 1972, regional reservations were introduced with 36 per cent for Telangana and the remaining for Seemandhra. The continuance of this age-old exploitation even after Telangana is formed is affecting the prospects of its students and is quashing their dreams of becoming artists and architects, Mr. Reddy said.

Will stay put in Telangana: Chandrababu Naidu మే 30, 2014

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TNN, May 28, 2014

HYDERABAD: In a clear message to the TRS and Congress, TDP president and AP chief minister-elect N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said that Hyderabad will be his headquarters until his party comes to power in Telangana in the 2019 elections.

Delivering his opening remarks at the ‘Mahanadu’, a two-day annual plenary marking party founder N T Rama Rao’s birth anniversary at Gandipet on the city outskirts, Naidu said, “It is the TDP’s duty to protect the interests of the Telugu people in both the states. While re-building Seemandhra, I will stay put in Hyderabad and ensure that the TDP comes to power in the next elections.”

Naidu’s assertion is a clear warning to the TRS and Congress that the TDP-BJP alliance is here to stay in Telangana. Predicted that it would be wiped out in the region in view of its ambiguous stance on the separate state demand, the TDP in alliance with the BJP bagged 14 of the 24 Assembly seats in the Greater Hyderabad region and is hoping to improve on its performance in the GHMC polls slated to be held in November.
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State within a state, Yes Telangana, No separation : Andhrangana ? ఫిబ్రవరి 6, 2010

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New solution to break impasse on Telangana?
GS Vasu,
ENS, February 5, 2010

HYDERBAD: Even as the Centre has set up a panel to study the Telangana statehood demand and the opposition to it, there is a new idea being floated so as to meet the aspirations of the people of the region and at the same time address the concerns of coastal Andhra.

In essence, it is the creation of a State within a State, without exactly bifurcating Andhra Pradesh but at the same time granting autonomy to Telangana. Academics and intellectuals who are currently working on this idea see this as a possible impasse-breaking option that could end the uncertainty that has been affecting both regions.

The formula is based on two premises.

1) The purpose of seeking a Telangana state is to enable the people through their elected representatives and the executive to take charge of the development of the region with full control over its resources.

2) But this requires removing the opposition in coastal Andhra to a Separation — primarily the sentiment against division of a linguistic state and apprehension about protection of the interests of people from that region who have settled in Hyderabad and nearby areas. (మరింత…)