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Telangana movement is propelled by people, not TRS or KCR : Kishan Reddy సెప్టెంబర్ 24, 2012

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‘Telangana movement is propelled by people, not TRS or KCR’
The New Indian Express, September 24, 2012

BJP state president G Kishan Reddy speaks on Telangana Movement, Telangana March, etc in an interview to Express.

Q) What is your view on the Telangana Joint Action Committee’s call for ‘Telangana March’ in the city on September 30?
A) The TJAC has decided the programme without consulting it’s political constituents. However, the BJP has extended it’s solidarity and decided to take part in the programme. BJP leaders of the Telangana districts would soon meet to prepare an action plan for making the march a grand success

Q) TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is maintaining silence on the Telangana March. Do you think the programme will be organised at the expected level?
A) What do you mean? You should not forget past experiences! TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao did not take part in any programme for which a call was given by the TJAC. But, the BJP has played an active role in every programme. Even the Million March was not supported by the TRS. To protect his existence, KCR took part in it at the final hour.

Q) TRS chief claims that the TRS and the Telangana Movement are one and the same. What do you say?
A) It is wrong and that sort of image has been cultivated by certain sections of the media. If that was true, how come the TRS chief failed in the Mahabubnagar Assembly constituency by-elections which falls under his own parliamentary constituency? How come TRS win the Parakal by-election by only a margin of 1500 votes? TRS is just one of the political parties in the region and not the whole Telangana Movement. (మరింత…)

KTR warns of violence ఏప్రిల్ 14, 2011

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KTR warns of violence
DC Correspondent, April 6, 2011 Sircilla (Karimnagar)

TRS legislator K. Taraka Rama Rao warned the state and Union governments to “remember” Million March mayhem before denying permission to the party’s 10th anniversary public meeting proposed to be held in Hyderabad on April 27. (మరింత…)

Kavita threatens to demolish statues once again మార్చి 19, 2011

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Kavita threatens to demolish statues once again
TNN, Mar 15, 2011

HYDERABAD: Telangana Jagruti, the cultural wing of the TRS, on Monday threatened to vandalise the statues of the Telugu luminaries’ on the Tank Bund once again if they are re-installed before the creation of Telangana state. (మరింత…)

Telangana : History and economy మార్చి 19, 2011

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Telangana: History and economy
G Naga Sridhar, Business Line, March 15, 2011

If the Vijayanagara ruler Sri Krishnadevaraya (AD 1509-29), who strived to further the Telugu language and culture, was alive today, he would have jumped into the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad. The reason: He would been thrown into despair at the nihilistic cultural attitude displayed by a section of the pro-Telanagana activists, who destroyed 18 statues (out of 33) of legendary personalities of Telugu land during the ‘Million March’ on March 10 in support of Telangana State, just because they did not hail from what now is being termed Telangana.

The statues of great saint-composer Annamayya, 19th Century social reformer Kandukuri Veeresalingam and Sir Arthur Cotton (1803-1899), the first British engineer to envisage a complete system of irrigation and canals for India, too faced the same fate. Not that these statues are rare artefacts. They were sculpted and installed just about 25 years ago. But what is alarming is the attitude that refuses to see the distinction between blind jingoism and a sagacious sense of regionalism. (మరింత…)

Million March- TJAC and TRS మార్చి 19, 2011

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Professor who couldn’t steal a march on leader
Sreenivasa Janyala, Indian Express 14 March 2011

One is a politician, the other a professor of political science at Osmania University. Each is trying to upstage the other in the Telangana movement.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrashekhara Rao wants to keep the agitation under his control but Prof M Kodanda Rama Reddy, 55, chairman of Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), hopes to wrest the initiative.

On Thursday, the academician tried to make a statement with a “Million March” but the rally turned violent, with MPs attacked and statues of Telugu icons vandalised, and ended up putting a black mark on the professor’s reputation. (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
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…)

Telangana agitation is against ‘cultural oppression’ too మార్చి 12, 2011

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Focus on ‘cultural oppression’ too
Times of India, TNN, March 12, 2011

While some Telangana supporters maintain that Thursday’s act is an outburst against diabolical politicians and the state government shutting the city to prevent the agitation, others observe that the ‘T’ agitation is progressing or rather maturing from its focal point of Telangana region’s economic deprivation, so far, to elements of cultural and language differences between the two regions. They say the ‘T’ would no longer accept “Andhra colonial legacy” on its soil.

HYDERABAD: A retired professor from a city college easily recalls numerous incidents of his Telangana accent being made fun of by his students or friends in his childhood days.

He, like many Telangana supporters, often rued the poor representation of Telangana in mainstream media, particularly Tollywood films, and also lack of representation of ‘T’ culture and the regions icons in an “Andhra – dominated” Hyderabad.

But on the manic Thursday at Tank Bund, when agitators had just started attacking statues of Telugu literary figures, kings and statesmen, he was among those trying to stop the mob. “I tried stopping them. I could understand it was an outburst of pent-up emotions, but then I do not support this (destruction of statues),” he said. (మరింత…)

Million March, people’s victory- Mahesh Pasula మార్చి 11, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, BJP, Congress, Culture, Harish, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, KTR, Media, Mulki, Muslim, politics, Sonia, students, TDP, Telangana, TRS, youth.
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I am glad to have participated in the Million March on Tankbund today. It was an unbelievable struggle and an adventure to reach tankbund by 1 pm, thanks to studying in Hyderabad I know the gallies in Ashok Nagar area. Our team has reached the place on time and we took the stairs in the middle of tank bund so there was less resistance compared to the main entrances of tankbund.

Within half an hour, the entire tankbund was jampacked inspite of police blocking all roads to tankbund. Actually all the highways were barricaded for the past few days and they have not allowed any suspicious individuals or groups to enter Hyderabad.

The scene represented war zone. Not sure if we are fighting for a separate state or separate country or do they consider us terrorists. I wish they had the same concern protecting our country borders, we would have definitely not had a Kargil or 26/11 in Mumbai..

Anyway, once we reached tankbund it was festive environment and all groups participated in the march peacefully for a couple of hours… Then small incidents transpired into big and statues were destroyed. I must say it looks much more dramatic on TV than being there. A few guys standing on top of a statue and attempting to destroy is being shown as “Karseva” level demolition

Another key observation is that the crowd has really lost patience with political parties, they are frustrated and angry. They have absolutely no faith in any of the political parties….

If not for students, lawyers and employees (though they have backstabbed recently) this movement wouldnt have sustained this long. Hats off to them

Of all the political parties, BJP stood out with their presence. TRS was nowhere to be seen. (May be 10% representation among political parties). Muslims played their part very well.

I met many people who are working at the grass root level and I must say that it is because of these die hard supporters the movement is still strong. Their energy is contagious but they are certainly frustrated with political parties.

I am glad to have got the opportunity to directly participate in the event rather than watching on TV.

Mahesh Pasula

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Million March on tank bund- Vijay Burgula మార్చి 11, 2011

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Everyone found a way to make their way to Tank Bund. Every supporting organisation, institution, mass organisation, political party who have supported Telangana made their way to Tank Bund.

A very civil demonstration of people’s determination had rendered impotent a state-enforced region-wide curfew including public transportation systems. But then people began to vandalise the statues and a lot of people tried to stop them but in vain. The vandalism has overshadowed this victory as the media’s focus is now only on “Telangana vaadula vidhwamsa kaandam”.

But we have shown them that we can do it on an even bigger scale the next time around, and there surely will be a next time, because “ladhai abhi jaari hai”.

Slogans heard on Tank Bund: (apologies for not remembering all of them)

Kiran Kumar Reddy
Chinigi pOyina cheddi

60 – 60 – 120
Sonia Gandhi – 420

Sonia Gandhi dheyyam
Maakem bhayyam

Pyar se bolo
Dil se bolo
Jai Telangana
Jai Telangana

Peddapuram meediraa!!!
Hyderabad maadiraa!!!

Vijay Burgula

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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…)