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Telangana different from Gorkhaland: Jaswant అక్టోబర్ 13, 2013

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Telangana different from Gorkhaland: Jaswant
Dajeeling Times.com 5 October 2013

Kurseong, 4 October: The Darjeeling MP, Mr Jaswant Singh today said that the Telangana and Darjeeling statehood issues should not be clubbed together.

“Two are different in their respective perspectives. But it does not mean that while Telangana is conceded Gorkhaland would continue to be ignored,” he said in Darjeeling today.

“True, Darjeeling cannot be compared to Telangana. But we should not lose sight of the fact that the demand of statehood for the Hills under Bengal is old, dating back to over a century. I am convinced the emotion behind it would find fruition one day, though the present situation is not conducive,” he said. (మరింత…)

Fallout of Telangana ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

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The Fallout of Telangana

Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Governance, 2 August 2013

Hours after the Centre announced the creation of Telangana, reams and reams of analytical copy have been printed on the necessity of another state, the implication of the split and the political convenience of such decisions. As an afterthought, some have mentioned Gorkhaland and later Bodoland but I am yet to find even a passing reference to Karbianglong. The first “land” is a contested space in West Bengal and the latter two are disturbed areas of Assam and all three have been demanding separate states.

Gorkhaland is tense with the renewed statehood demand which will intensify over the next few weeks. The strategic location of both Gorkhaland and Bodoland ensures that the rest of India’s northeast gets paralysed by the strikes and agitation programmes. There is an indefinite strike in Gorkhaland which essentially means Sikkim and North Bengal is hit. From Friday evening, the Bodoland strike comes into effect with a “rail rook”. A statewide bandh has been planned along with a 1000-hour economic blockade – a perfect throwback to the Eighties and Nineties. In Karbinaglong which happens to be one of the largest districts in the country, the army had to be called in to calm the protests for statehood in which 23-year-old Rajiv Senar was shot dead in police firing. Twelve others were injured. This would be the first death in this round of statehood demands which unfortunately failed to qualify for news tickers on well-informed television channels or newspapers.

Why are these three stories important? Simply because too many lives have been lost. Books and reports on these movements have utterly failed to document the number of people who were killed, lives snubbed out without a trace, assets and property destroyed and the exodus of “non-indigenous” people following intimidation and quit notices. Nobody has ever questioned the human rights abuses that took place in these places under the banner of sub-national assertion. (మరింత…)

Separate Telangana demand has a robust case – Ramachandra Guha ఫిబ్రవరి 4, 2013

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Living together, separately
Ramachandra Guha , The Hindu, January 30, 2013

Advocates of smaller states have a robust case. India should look for further reorganisation as it no longer needs to fear about the country’s unity

I recently came across some fascinating news reports, dating from the year 1914, on the then growing demand for a separate state for Telugu speakers. In towns such as Guntur, Nellore and Vijayawada (known at the time as Bezwada), many meetings were held, asking for a separation of Telugu-speaking districts from Madras Presidency, with areas from the Nizam’s Dominions being added on later when conditions permitted.

Tamils on Telugus

The Tamil intelligentsia did not take kindly to this movement for an ‘Andhra desa’. Thus, in its issue of 6th June 1914, Swadesamitran, a widely circulated newspaper published out of Madras, wrote disparagingly of a conference in Guntur which claimed that Tamil domination blocked the progress of the Andhras. The Andhras, it was argued here, needed to break free of the Tamils to realise their hopes and ambitions.

Swadesamitran said it could not “understand the rationale of this argument. If Tamilians are forward in education, etc., their company can only infuse a spirit of emulation in the minds of the Andhras. How can it impede the progress of the latter? The Andhras are not a set of uncivilised barbarians. They are an intelligent community with an ancient civilisation and the example of the Tamilians is bound to create in them new desires and aspirations. This is exactly what is happening. The present feeling among the Andhras that they have not been progressing much, and their demand for a separate province and equal privileges with the Tamilians indicate only this new desire and aspiration. We are at a loss to understand the meaning of their demand that they should be separated from the Tamilians. Is it that they do not want the Tamilians to step into their portion of the country? The patriotic leaders of the country are striving their best to do away with the distinction of caste and creed in India, which prevents the union of the people and impedes the progress. It is therefore regrettable that the Andhras should try to separate from others and form an independent community.” (మరింత…)

Land of many discontents, united AP rationale squandered అక్టోబర్ 9, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, BJP, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Culture, fast, Guntur, Hyderabad, Identity, Kamma, KCR, Mulki, Nizam, politics, Reddy, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telugu, TRS, Velama, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Land of many discontents
Seema Chishti, The Indian Express, Oct 07 2011

Among most English-speaking sections of southern India, when a concept finds itself abbreviated or turned into an acronym, it is considered evidence of its acceptance. To that extent, the usage of “T” for Telangana in newspapers and periodicals there, as opposed to AP for Andhra Pradesh, could signal that “Telangana” is around the corner.

But if you discount the hype, there is a different story unfolding in the region. The absence of real stalwarts in Andhra Pradesh who can lend heft to the debate, and the Congress’s classic act of not knowing which side to weigh in on, after muddling things up very competently two years ago, does not help. A short biography of the idea of Telangana and the “movements” there is in order.

The Telangana movement, as was understood when India was being created out of hundreds of princely states, was of a completely different kind. A deep peasant revolt against the landlords was brewing, headed by the then-united CPI. The Telangana movement, between 1946 and 1951, meant bringing about a virtual “people’s republic” in those parts. Facing brutal attack from local landlords and the Nizam, comrades like P. Sundarayya, Basavapunaiah, B. Narasimha Reddy and a thousand others led a prolonged struggle for establishing “true” freedom, before they withdrew the struggle (for a variety of reasons) and participated in the 1952 elections. The communists, then a force to be reckoned with in AP, secured more than 33 per cent of the votes and were more than a handful for a wary Congress. However, despite a pre-poll alliance that got them more than the Congress, it was the Congress that was called in to form the government. Communist accounts describe how the backbone of the comrades was crushed with a brutal police-led witch-hunt, as the Telangana “movement” wound down. (మరింత…)

Form Telangana now – T K Arun అక్టోబర్ 7, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, bandh, Congress, Economy, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS, Uttara Andhra.
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Form Telangana now
TK Arun, Economic Times, October 06, 2011

As Telangana burns, the Congress fiddles — with its electoral fortunes in all three regions of Andhra Pradesh and with credibility across the nation. The buzz is that the Congress wants to announce the new state only on the eve of the next assembly elections in 2014.

The calculation behind such thinking would perhaps be clear to the Hottentots, whose world of numbers used to have three elements: 1, 2 and many. The rest of us can only gape in awe.

The roadblock on Telangana, we are told, comes from West Bengal, in the form of Mamata Banerjee’s sensitivities on Gorkhaland: if Telangana is granted, it would strengthen separatist demands in Darjeeling. Neither the sense nor the sensibility on Telangana will change, as far as Ms Banerjee goes, by 2014. If the Congress can bite the bullet then, it might as well put its teeth to good use now.

Another argument is that the Congress cannot be seen to be buckling under pressure. Granted, the entire nation and Anna Hazare know the Congress is guided only by principle and never by pressure. That said, the worry that the Congress would, if it forms the new state under pressure, cede ground to the TRS that has been spearheading the agitation for Telangana is altogether misplaced.

Andhra Pradesh was formed under pressure, after Potti Sreeramulu died fasting for a separate Andhra state to be carved out of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, in 1952. Despite what today’s Congress logicians would deem to be abject surrender under pressure, the Congress formed all successive governments in Andhra Pradesh till the early 1980s.
Respecting popular sentiment is a core value of democracy, provided that sentiment does not conflict with equally core values such as protecting fundamental rights of individuals and groups. This qualification is, of course, what separates democracy from mobocracy. Respecting the wishes of the people of Telangana for a state of their own amounts to recognising and acting out popular sentiment, not yielding to pressure.

But TRS would certainly have the upper hand, to begin with. Dealing with that is normal politics. The way some Telangana agitators have turned into protection racketeers who take money for not targeting particular commercial installations is a source of popular revulsion that is waiting to be tapped. (మరింత…)

We are waiting for Srikrishna Committee report- Gorkha Janmukti Morcha జనవరి 2, 2011

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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) waits for Srikrishna report on Telangana
SHUKNO LANKA-Mithuda Special, Calcutta Tube

Darjeeling, January 1, 2010 (Calbutta tube / IBNS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has decided to chalk out its future course of agitation in the hills once the Srikrishna Committee report on demand of a separate state for Telangana in Andhra Pradesh is out on Dec 31.

GJM supremo Bimal Gurung, who has been insisting for an early interim set up in the Darjeeling Hills, told a gathering at Darjeeling Gymkhana Club on Tuesday that now they would wait for the B N Srikrishna report, which is expected to be out by this month end.

“We would not allow anyone on earth to cheat us. If we find the Srikrishna Committee report is favouring for a new state in Andhra Pradesh, we would also go immediately for separate Gorkhaland state carving out of West Bengal,” Gurung thundered amidst claps from the audience. (మరింత…)