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September 17 – different meanings of today’s yesterday సెప్టెంబర్ 18, 2014

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Just another day for the common man

Sudipta Sengupta      TNN |Sep 18, 2014

HYDERABAD: The lapse of 66 years, multiple governments and a long-drawn Telangana movement spanning four decades notwithstanding, the contentious September 17 debate still seems to be far from over for the new state. On Wednesday, the 1948 event, when the princely state of Hyderabad officially became a part of the Union of India, sparked fresh controversy as representatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led government of going back on its pre-poll promise of bestowing official status on the Hyderabad Liberation Day. The “flip-flop”, BJP alleged, was rooted in the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s (TRS) attempts at appeasing the city’s Muslim population by intentionally concealing the “autocratic” image of the last Nizam.

“September 17 was a historic milestone for Telangana, which the TRS is now unwilling to recognize for petty political interests,” said BJP’s official spokesperson and media convener, Krishna Sagar Rao. He further elaborated how the day had marked the end of an oppressive era, accentuated by the presence of the Razakars, who he described were part of “the Nizam’s private militia”. “Also, our demand (that the day be officially celebrated) is not misplaced, given that Marathwada and parts of Karnataka that comprised the state of Hyderabad still observe it as Liberation Day. It indeed signified people’s freedom from the oppressive rule of the Nizam,” he added. (మరింత…)

Telangana tailspin – Inder Malhotra జూలై 14, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhra, Congress, Economy, elections, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Sonia, SRC, TDP, Telugu, TRS.
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Telangana tailspin
Inder Malhotra, The Asian Age, Jul 13, 2011

Of all the wounds that the Congress-dominated United Progressive Alliance has inflicted on itself in its second tenure (UPA-II), arguably the worst is the dithering over the burning Telangana issue. The thundering silence of the top leadership of the government and the Congress Party amidst tempestuous turmoil on the ground speaks for itself.

The duration for which the festering sore has been left unattended is appalling.

To put the UPA-II’s nay the Congress’ acts of omission and commission in perspective, the problem’s history needs to be encapsulated. At the time of Independence, indeed until September 1948, Telegu-speaking Telangana was part of the multi-lingual princely state of Hyderabad, ruled by the Nizam who was hell-bent on making Hyderabad an independent entity, a design in which Pakistan was complicit. But his people, fed up with his autocratic rule and depredations of the notorious Razakars, would have nothing of this. A sideshow was the Communist Party of India’s revolt against both the Nizam and Independent India. It was also crushed. (మరింత…)