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

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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…)

Telangana and Reddy – Kamma battles : Gautam Pingle సెప్టెంబర్ 6, 2011

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Reddys, Kammas and Telangana
Gautam Pingle

Economic & Political Weekly EPW September 3, 2011 vol xlvi no 36 p 19 – 21

Reddy-Kamma rivalry has defined politics in Andhra Pradesh in both the Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party. The two communities used a pliant Telangana vote bank in their battles, but this option is now no longer available to them. Should that come in the way of the formation of a state of Telangana?

Take Andhra: there are only two major communities spread over the linguistic area. They are either Reddis or the Kammas. They hold all the land, all the offices, and all the business.
– Ambedkar 1955

Caste is an important factor in the political history of Andhra Pradesh and remains critical for political mobilisation. Most scholars have pointed out the hegemony of the Reddy and Kamma castes.
– Sri Krishna Committee (SKC) Report: 410

The Reddys and Kammas continue to hold economic and political power and are likely to continue to play an influential role in future decisions regarding the state.
– SKC Report: 310.

Caste and Party Politics

A Reddy-Kamma alliance with the Reddys playing a dominant role has become the leitmotif of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) Congress. This control is based partly on numerical strength, dominant status in villages and economic power. As for numerical strength:

…the regional distribution of upper castes varies with Coastal Andhra having the highest proportion at 32%, followed by Rayalaseema at 24% and Telangana having the smallest proportion at only 11% (SKC Report: 380).

Of the 11 cabinets formed from 1956 to 1980, the Reddy contingent supplied an average of 26% of the total with the brahmins (7%), Kammas (8%) and Kapus and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) (28%). This was in line with the general dominance of the Reddy community in the seven assemblies (with an average strength of 294 seats) during the period 1957 to 1985, when they had an average of 25% of the seats with brahmins getting 9%, Kammas 14% and backward castes 17%. While all this was going on, during the same period there was a total collapse of brahmin presence in the seven assemblies (from 23 to 11 MLAs) as well as in the same 11 cabinets (from 23% to 6%) (Reddy 1989: 305-06).

However, it is an odd but incontestable fact that a Kamma has never been a Congress chief minister. This is significant in that the Kamma community from 1953 until 1983 had almost totally supported the Congress Party with votes, funds and media support. That was to change with the advent of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which, in its turn, has had only Kamma chief ministers till date! While the Congress has some Kamma support and the TDP Reddy support, they largely reflect the interests of the dominant castes that control their fortunes. However, as Carolyn Elliott (1970) comments, these Reddy-Kamma equations are unstable and tend to fall apart. (మరింత…)

Telangana tailspin – Inder Malhotra జూలై 14, 2011

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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…)

TDP to move no -trust motion in next session మే 28, 2011

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TDP to move no-trust motion in next session
ENS, The New Indian Express, May 28, 2011

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam’s three-day annual conclave Mahanadu, which began here on Friday, sent out a loud warning to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government as well as YS Jagan Mohan Reddy while being more vocal on the Telangana issue without abandoning its two-eye philosophy.

Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, in his inaugural address which lasted nearly one and a half hours, said that his party would move a no-confidence motion against the state government and that it was not dragging its feet as claimed by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

“We are not hesitating to move the no-confidence motion. We had moved no- confidence motions in the past. From the beginning our stand has been very clear, “ he said in an oblique reference to Jagan Mohan Reddy’s allegation that he was not moving a no-confidence motion only to protect the Kiran Kumar Reddy government. (మరింత…)

More paramilitary forces for city to suppress re-launch of T agitation మే 11, 2011

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More paramilitary forces for city
TNN | May 11, 2011

HYDERABAD: Apprehending another outbreak of unrest owing to the proposed re-launch of Telangana movement by various political parties, the state police has sought for deployment of at least 60 companies of paramilitary forces in Hyderabad and the other T districts over the next two weeks.

In response, the Union home ministry has sent 19 of the 27 central companies that were sent to Kadapa for poll duty while the remaining companies were dispatched to Tamil Nadu ahead of the counting of votes on May 13. A decision on the state’s request with regard to remaining companies is expected soon, state government sources said.

Before the Srikrishna Committee report was made public in January this year, the Centre had granted 60 companies of central forces to the state to handle the agitation. But they were re-deployed in five states which went to polls. (మరింత…)

Nagam Janardhan Reddy proposes a full alternative party for T state మే 10, 2011

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Nagam’s meet moots new JAC to fight polls
VV Balakrishna, Express News Service, 10 May 2011

NAGARKURNOOL: In what is being perceived as an attempt to dare his leader N Chandrababu Naidu and TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, TDP Telangana leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy on Monday said the legislators regardless of the party they belong to should come out in support of Telangana or people would dump them in history’s dust-bin.
Janardhan Reddy organised a massive public meeting at the headquarters of his home Nagarkurnool constituency without the Telugu Desam flags.

Kalawakurthy MLA Jaipal Yadav, an ardent supporter of Janardhan Reddy, brought out a proposal for formation of a Joint Action Committee to contest all the 119 assembly seats in Telangana region in the 2014 elections, indicating the possibility of a new political formation parallel to the TDP and the TRS. (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…)

U-turns on Telangana : Gautam Pingle ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

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U-turns on Telangana
Gautam Pingle, Deccan Chronicle, April 10, 2011

Telangana statehood has many sympathisers. The UPA-appointed Pranab Mukherjee Committee received letters of support for Telangana from Mr I. K. Gujral, Chandrasekhar, V.P. Singh and Mr H.D. Deva Gowda (all former PMs) and also from Mr Lalu Yadav, Ms Mayawati, Mr Sharad Pawar, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Mr George Fernandes, and Mr Prakash Singh Badal. Mr Yadav understood what was driving the movement.

He wrote: “The people of the region have been fighting for it for more than a half a century. It is a people’s movement in the real sense. This movement has always been solidly backed by every section of the people of the region. Intellectuals, government employees, students remained although, as the backbone of the movement. And now, it has percolated down to the agrarian sector and the working classes…. The people of this region strongly feel and they have every reason to feel so — that they can no longer live in the integrated state of Andhra Pradesh with self respect and dignity.”

All these were non-Congress leaders. The BJP has always been a consistent supporter. But the NDA was prevented in granting statehood to Telangana only because, as Mr Advani wrote in his memoir, of objections by Mr Chandrababu Naidu and the TD — its major coalition partner. Since 2009, however, the TD and Mr Naidu have also supported Telangana statehood. The Congress has in 2004 and again in 2009 promised statehood for Telangana in its election manifestos. The riddle is why was there the delay since at least 2009? (మరింత…)

Telangana – inaction is no option for the Centre మార్చి 2, 2011

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Reporting Back

Editorial, The Indian Express, 2 March 2011

The political play over Telangana displays certain odd, disturbing tendencies. The situation that compelled the setting up of the Srikrishna Committee — tactical as well as violent aggression on the streets of Andhra to put pressure on the Centre — is now slowly returning to the state, almost two months after the panel had made its recommendations on the feasibility of a separate state of Telangana. It should now be clear that the Centre cannot allow the situation to drift. Having given the appearance of caving in to the TRS’s passive-aggressive tactics in December 2009, and thereby provoking anxiety in other parts of the state, it has to now reclaim the middle ground by using the committee’s very useful blueprint for negotiations with different strands of opinion. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee Report full of lies: HC ఫిబ్రవరి 19, 2011

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Srikrishna report full of blatant lies: HC judge
TNN, Feb 18, 2011

HYDERABAD: Justice L Narasimha Reddy of the AP High Court on Thursday described the ‘secret’ contents of the Srikrishna Committee as full of lies and mind-boggling descriptions of non-existent things.

“It is unfortunate that this report and its related exercise was presided over by a former judge of the Supreme Court,” he told additional solicitor general M Raveendran. The issue came up when the judge was hearing a petition filed by former Congress MP M Narayan Reddy demanding chapter 8 of the committee report, which was submitted to the Centre in a sealed envelope, be made public. (మరింత…)