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Sense and sensibility for twin Telugu States – Gautam Pingle ఆగస్ట్ 6, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu.
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Sense and sensibility for the soon-to-be-formed twin States
Gautam Pingle – 6 August 2013 The New Indian Express

With the final phase of demerger of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh imminent, the emotional element must now be replaced by cold and hard thinking of the opportunities that such a reorganization offers to both successor States – Seemandhra and Telangana.

Both states have a reasonable fiscal position. The breakup of population and the revenue, expenditure and surplus is given below. As can be seen, the two regions will constitute medium sized states and are not ‘small’ by any criteria. The revenue and expenditure figures are the average for 2003-06 as given by to the Assembly. The figures for “Headquarters” has been reallocated on the basis of population of the two states.

It is reported that in 2012-13, the state’s own tax revenues stood at Rs 69,146 crore. Allocating Headquarters tax revenues to the two successor states by their population proportions, Telangana revenues will be Rs 25,767 crores and Seemandhra revenues Rs 43,379 crores. Figures for expenditure are not available but they are likely to have grown faster than revenues since 2006 because the AP government had gone on a spree of free spending and huge borrowing to fund its many populist schemes and defunct new irrigation projects under Jalayagnam.

Fiscal consolidation may be necessary for both successor states in order to fund the transition and further development. The allocation of loans secured by the composite state will also impinge on the fiscal situation for each successor state as it is already doing now for AP. A cold hard look needs to be taken at projects and schemes introduced by the AP government which cost the exchequer heavily and diverted funds from basic development and productive capital formation. This situation for both successor states must lead to a drive for lean and efficient government. The Legislative Council is one white elephant that can be abolished as well as the number of Cabinet Ministers and Special Chief Secretaries and DIGs. (మరింత…)

Both regions can benefit – K S Chalam ఆగస్ట్ 5, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Economy, heritage, Identity, Nizam, regionalism, Telangana.
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Both regions can benefit
K S Chalam, August 5, 2013 The Hans India

The long-cherished dream of the people of Telangana is going to be a reality soon. The region will be demerged from the combined State after 56 years of cohabitation inflicting great pain and sentiment of separation. But, this is how States or nations do emerge and develop. This is not the time to reflect on our common culture and heritage as no one is physically isolated or rehabilitated elsewhere, as in partition. We continue to live and sail together enriching our common culture, language and future sharing our experiences and resources.

We may briefly reflect here on the economic status of the region. The Economic History of the region narrated by Adapa Satyanarayana, Ramakrishna Reddy, Thirumali, Vasant Bawa and others clearly shows that it had a distinct character different from others. It is really a puzzle how the Nizam accumulated so much of wealth in a land-locked region. It is revealed that the economic activity in the form of industrialisation was initiated by the State which got its resources through primitive accumulation. It was the Nizam who had invited outsiders to cultivate 40 lakh acres of barren land during the 1920s that helped create agricultural surplus for public investment.

Thus, the Nizam had developed a model to overcome the handicap of being an isolated province and not to solely rely on international trade. The authors have also explained how the “quartet of thugs” (dominant castes) bribed revenue officials to get their names entered in revenue records to transform as landowners. (మరింత…)

TRS will not accept package: Harish Rao డిసెంబర్ 11, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, politics, Settler, terrorism, TRS.
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No question of accepting package: Harish Rao

Special Correspondent, The Hindu December 11, 2011

TRS denies having been consulted by Congress on the Telangana issue

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has denied that it was consulted by the Congress high command in a bid to resolve the separate Telangana issue.

Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, the party MLA T. Harish Rao condemned reports that the Congress leaders in New Delhi were in touch with the TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao. He warned the Congress that the TRS will not remain quiet if it came up with any package or development council or the States Reorganisation Commission as an alternative to statehood. (మరింత…)

TNS Nagam promises wonders in the coming days సెప్టెంబర్ 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhra, Congress, elections, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Nagam promises many wonders in the coming days
Express News Services, Sep 10, 2011

HYDERABAD: Nagam Janardhan Reddy, who quit the TDP along with three fellow rebels MLAs on Thursday, says he’s not going to be another Devender Goud, the former no. 2 of Chandrababu Naidu who floated a Telangana party but came a cropper in the 2009 elections.
In an interview with Express, Janardhan Reddy dismissed rumours that he is all set to sail with Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Excerpts from the interview:

Some TDP leaders have predicted that you will meet the same fate as Devender Goud after quitting the TDP. How do you react to this?
This too is a campaign started by Chandrababu Naidu’s loyalists and the TDP’s so-called Telangana leaders.
The TDP chief is trying to prevent his MLAs from quitting the party by pointing out Devender Goud’s failure.
But they should also recall the experience of K Chandrasekhar Rao, A Ramnarayana Reddy and C Ramachandraiah, who quit the TDP in the past.

There are dozens of organisations fighting for a separate Telangana. Is there a need for Telangana Nagara?
Yes, there is.
All the Telangana political parties and organisations have some limitations or other. We conducted several meetings and found there is a need for us to intensify the movement. (మరింత…)

Vanta Varpu, Rail Roko on July 12, 14 -TJAC జూలై 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, politics, regionalism, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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TJAC plans Vanta Varpu, Rail Roko on July 12, 14
Express News Service, The New Indian Express
July 9, 2011

HYDERABAD: TJAC has decided to intensify the ongoing agitations by rescheduling all the agitational programmes from July 12 in the Telangana region.

The TJAC has decided to observe Vanta Varpu on July 12 across the region and organise rail roko on July 14.

Meanwhile TJAC chairman M Kodandaram met senior Congress leader K Keshava Rao at his residence and urged him to convince his party members for having a ‘united fight’ on the issue. In reply, Keshava Rao told them that their proposal would be discussed at Saturday’s meeting by the Telangana Congress public representatives at Nampally exhibition grounds. (మరింత…)

Move on Telangana జూలై 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, conflict resolution, Congress, Economy, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, livelihoods, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana.
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Move on Telangana
Economic Times, 7 Jul, 2011

Procrastination can lead to painful consequences, as the Congress party can testify after having first rushed to announce formation of a separate state of Telangana and then dragged its feet on acting on the promise. Now that legislators from the region have resigned en masse, including those from the Congress party, there is pressure on the party and the central government to act. At the same time, it is bad policy to concede a demand like formation of a separate state virtually at sword-point: that would be an invitation for a thousand separatist movements to brandish their swords around the country. (మరింత…)

Change in Srikrishna Committee ToR Ruled Out : Duggal ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, movement, Mulki, Parliament, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Six Point Formula, SRC, Telangana, Urdu.
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Change in ToR ruled out
J Balaji

The Hindu, Feb 19, 2010
NEW DELHI: Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee’s Member-Secretary V.K. Duggal on Thursday made it clear that there was no question of change or modification in the committee’s terms of reference (ToR) announced by the Centre. The committee, among other things, has been asked to go into the demands for “separate Telangana” and “united Andhra Pradesh”.

Mr. Duggal, who was talking to The Hindu here, was reacting to a question that some Telangana leaders were hoping that ToR might be modified. He quipped: “the ToR have been decided at the highest level of the Central government and the Home Ministry with the approval of the Cabinet. Let me make it clear that there will be no question of change in ToR whatsoever.”

He said the committee’s notice inviting suggestions/views from the political parties, social organisations and other stakeholders would be released on February 20 in English, Telugu, Hindi and Urdu newspapers. The reply could be in the form of letters, petitions and memorandum.
The committee’s preliminary works had already started and it was contacting experts and researchers to get their views. In fact, some of those interested on the issue had already started contacting the committee seeking opportunities to air their opinions.

Mr. Duggal, who is a former Union Home Secretary, said he would visit Hyderabad on February 23 or 24 to hold discussions with the State Chief Secretary and DGP on the infrastructure, security, administrative and secretarial arrangements for the committee so that it could start its hearings in March there. (మరింత…)

Growing Demand of Separate Telangana – Unethical Politics నవంబర్ 1, 2006

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Hyderabad, Identity, Muslim, Naxalite, regionalism, Review, Telangana.
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Growing Demand of Separate Telangana- Unethical Politics 
Rejoinder to Sreedhar’s “Separate Telangana: Beginning of the End

M Bharath Bhushan and E Revathi

Telangana is today a hot issue and something no party can ignore to address. It has become imperative for every political party worth the name in Andhra Pradesh to acknowledge the issue of separate Telangana. That Congress-I and Telangana Rashtra Samithi had political alliance and ‘controversial’ understanding on the demand of separate state during the recent elections that dethroned Telugu Desam does not require any additional emphasis to point out the importance of the demand for separate state. Today Congress-I at Delhi and Hyderabad and some senior leaders in the state speak regularly of the issue and also claim as the sole force that could give statehood. All the politics are about the “appropriate time” and the art of its interpretation.  Bharatiya Janata Party also speaks of being the only party that could get separate Telangana. Both parties ask for the price of giving them the gaddhi to get Telangana statehood. Today even TDP talks of Devender Goud as the chief minister if there is Telangana. It is necessary to accept these facts to acknowledge that demand for the separate state has a history and peoples support and cannot be wished away by the changing equations of political parties.