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Telangana fallout: Sharad Pawar supports separate Vidarbha state ఆగస్ట్ 5, 2013

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Telangana fallout: Sharad Pawar not to oppose separate Vidarbha state

IANS, New Delhi, August 4, 2013

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said he favoured a united Maharashtra but would not oppose the demand for a separate Vidarbha state.

“I am for the state, for the unity of the state. But I am also of the firm view that if a sizeable section of the society, particularly from the (Vidarbha) region want a separate state and that separate state will be a viable state, then I will not come in their way,” he told a news channel in an interview.

Pawar, also the Nationalist Congress Party chief, was responding to a query on his stand on the renewed demand for Vidarbha state after the Congress approved creation of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.

Pawar also said it will be difficult for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to attract allies if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was made its prime ministerial candidate. (మరింత…)

Politics of smaller states in India – Kunal Majumder ఫిబ్రవరి 24, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, Culture, Economy, GHMC, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Nizam, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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Support for and opposition to the creation of new states in India is often politically motivated

New provinces?
The politics of smaller states in India

In the last reorganization of states in 2000, three new states were created – Jharkhand from Bihar, Uttarakhand from UP and Chhattisgarh from Madhya Pradesh. But did that solve any problems? Kunal Majumder

Two months before state elections were due in India’s largest province Uttar Pradesh (UP), Chief Minister Mayawati surprised her opponents with the announcement that she wanted to divide the state into four parts – a Poorvanchal in eastern UP, Paschhimanchal in the west, Bundelkhand in the south and Awadh in central UP.

With the elections approaching and allegations of corruption against her mounting, Mayawati’s critics say she had only tried to divert people’s attention. But that did not work. In a country where there are already more than a dozen movements for separate states, she failed to start another four.

Many of the demands for new states in India are based on ethnicity. The most recent of them was the demand for Telangana in Andhra Pradesh. For months the state saw bloodless agitations. The capital Hyderabad was brought to a standstill. Home minister P Chidambaram had initially accepted the proposal, but backed out later. The government set up a committee that came up with seven options. The new point of contention was, who will get Hyderabad? The capital of the Nizam’s princely state, the city has seen a lot of development in the last few years and generates a large revenue for the state government. It falls in Telengana region but also has an identity of its own. Home to Urdu-speaking Muslims, the elite and representatives of Hyderabad simply refuse to become part of the economically backward Telangana. They demanded a separate union territory status. (మరింత…)

Political Empowerment of Telangana – CH. Hanumantha Rao ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Economy, Hyderabad, livelihoods, Mulki, politics, regionalism, SEZ.
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Political Empowerment of Telangana – Key Lesson from Encouraging Performance of Smaller States

C.H. Hanumantha Rao

1. Introduction

Achieving economic growth with social justice has always been the foremost objective of economic planning in India since independence. Although the achievements in this respect have been substantial, the growth achieved was much slower than planned and reduction of poverty was also slow. It was after the launching of economic reforms in the early 1990s that the growth rate of the economy accelerated, but the reduction of poverty became even slower with rising inequalities in income. In view of this, the plan strategy was reviewed and the Eleventh Five Year Plan aimed at achieving faster and inclusive growth. In the last few years, however, issues like the degradation of environment and large-scale displacement of people and destruction of their livelihoods, especially in tribal areas, on account of indiscriminate mining and certain other projects have come into sharp focus. Responding to these growing concerns, the Government of India has recently come out with the three-fold strategy of faster, inclusive and sustainable development during the Twelfth Five Year Plan. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna report on Telangana is rape of democracy: Dhote జనవరి 9, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Congress, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu, TRS.
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Srikrishna report on Telangana is rape of democracy: Dhote
Ramu Bhagwat, Jan 7, 2011

NAGPUR: Veteran politician and staunch supporter of separate Vidarbha state demand Jambuwantrao Dhote has described the UPA government’s inaction and Justice Srikrishna committee report on Telangana as ‘rape of democracy’.

Talking to TOI after the Srikrishna report was made public finally on Thursday, Dhote said: ” It’s a hotch-potch report. There is no clarity in it nor direction, making it a futile exercise. I had predicted that the committee and its report would be of no use as the UPA government was only bidding for time and vacillating in resolving the issue.

“Democratic politics is understandably prone to delays. But what the UPA government is doing in ignoring Telangana demand amounts to rape of democracy. Such a delay in taking decisions in unpardonable by any democratic norms. Elections have been fought on the issue, hundreds of people have ended lives for the cause of the separate Telangana. But the UPA government has once against displayed insensitivity in handing a matter that has public support,” said Dhote. However, he said this would not be a setback for the separate Vidarbha struggle which has more merit and longer history. (మరింత…)

Expelled from Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh bats for separate Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 23, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, compromise, Mulki, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana.
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Expelled from Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh bats for separate Telangana

Puneet Nicholas Yadav / DNA Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Delhi: Pushed into political obscurity following his expulsion from the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh’s desperateness to remain relevant seems to be growing by the day.

With his mass contact programmes with Kshatriyas and backward classes of Uttar Pradesh (UP) not yielding much publicity, the former SP general secretary has chosen to join the Telangana leaders fighting for statehood.

Addressing an agitation organised by the Telangana Lawyers Joint Action Committee at Parliament Street on Monday, Singh said, “The Telangana movement has got muscle and massive support. I want to extend every possible help to the movement and be its face and voice.” (మరింత…)

Vidarbha, Telangana ‘states’ welcome motorists at border జనవరి 18, 2010

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Vidarbha, Telangana ‘states’ welcome motorists at border
SifyNews 16 Jan 2010

Nagpur: Hundreds of motorists entering or leaving Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh were surprised to find new colourful hoardings welcoming them to new ‘states’ of Vidarbha and Telangana on Saturday. A group of slogan-shouting pro-Vidarbha and pro-Telangana activists erected the hoardings at the Kanyakumari-Varanasi National Highway 7, on the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh borders, around 180 km from here.

“Let the government take its own time over the long-pending issue of Vidarbha. As far as we are concerned, we have symbolically created the new Vidarbha ‘state’ here today,” Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) president Kishor Tiwari said over phone from the border area on Saturday evening.

The hoardings can be seen in Marathi and English with a map of Vidarbha region and in Telugu and English on the Telangana side, on the bridge of the Pen-Ganga river crisscrossing the state border here. (మరింత…)