Friday, December 31, 2010

Telangana XIV: Will SKC strongly recommend a 'state-within-a-state'?

As Sri Krishna Committee(SKC) submitted its report yesterday, there has been anticipation and speculation on the 'options' the committee members said they will recommend to meet the aspirations of Telangana movement. This is what I feel. Looking at the committee members' statement that their report is seeking to achieve the "highest satisfaction of the largest number", the SKC seems to have given their strongest recommendation for a 'middle way' - one that results in Telangana as a separate administrative unit, but not a separate state. In short, Telangana could be a 'state within a state'.

Obviously, the SKC would list out a separate state as one of the 'choices' with its pros and cons but I guess they will make a strong case for the 'middle way' so that it is seriously considered by political parties and people of Telangana. Only after exhausting this option in all its forms, I guess the SKC would recommend central Government to consider granting statehood.

Present situation in Andhra Pradesh
Telangana movement has come to a point of no return. It is certain Andhra Pradesh would not continue politically for a long time as it is now. The state government's writ no more runs in Telangana, whether it is job recruitments or exams. Parties like TDP opposing the demerger (albeit covertly) are paying heavy political price. On the other hand, the demerger process has been 'too quick' and has not gone well with Andhrites, especially those who invested in Hyderabad and made it their home. One year the committee took did little to quell this disquiet.

It is this situation SKC could report and suggest a staged approach for gradual transition for the change to sink in. In this light, Telangana as a state may be realised only after a few years but the aspiration could be addressed immediately with an interim setup that initiates the demerger. This interim setup could be a 'state within a state', a middle way to assure both Andhra and Telangana that their concerns are taken care of.

Will Telangana get an interim setup?

After the SKC report submission, there could be discussions on laying down an interim setup in Telangana. This would while assuring Telanganites that things are moving would also buy time and make Andhrites involved to get assurances on their concerns - mainly river waters and their Hyderabad investments. The earlier experiment with a Telangana regional board failed because it had no constitutional mandate and it was a half-hearted token measure brought into effect to resemble self-rule. The board did not even have executive powers. Justice Fazal Ali in First SRC too suggested this would fail as these kind of regional authorities do not have constitutional mandate and hence no real teeth to implement their policies. This time the centre could hardsell this regional autonomous authority with a constitutional mandate with executive powers which means budget and policy at its disposal. Will the Telangana advocates be happy? I guess No. Telangana has now become a political aspiration more than anything. A matter of self-rule where they want their own real leaders to govern, not stooges as ministers and deputy CMs who are on 'Mute' mode all the time.

Telangana: State-within-a-State?

Telanganites now are in no mood to just settle for an administrative body, they will demand a law-making body - namely a legislature of their own. The Telangana regional authority/board, if recommended by SKC and proposed by centre would have a chance to get accepted by Telangana advocates only if the authority/board is given legislative powers. Now an authority with legislative powers would be equivalent to a state government. This is what is referred to as a 'state within a state'.

As this would be a state within a state, Hyderabad could serve as a 'joint-capital' of the regional authority and the Andhra Government in the interim period. The demerger could be completed after the stipulated interim period during which Andhra gets to build its political capital. This staged approach also can get support of common Andhrites who are opposing the demerger due to their emotional attachment and investments in the Hyderabad. In short, the demerger would be done without redrawing the map immediately! A revenue-sharing agreement could be mooted over the resources of Hyderabad for next 10 years or so with revenue being shared by Telangana regional authority and Andhra Govt. Over the years, the river water sharing will have to be worked out. After a stipulated number of years, the authority could metamorphose into a separate state and the demerger would be complete. Once this plan gets going, automatically Andhrites would be channelising their resources onto a new business capital in Coastal Andhra and Hyderabad would start losing the attention it has now as the crux of the problem.

Will anything other than statehood accepted?
If this is how the proposal comes, it would be interesting to see how the responses could be. Legislative powers and revenue-sharing over Hyderabad are tricky issues to agree over. Congress as a political party will salvage something on both sides - Andhra and Telangana. Right now it is in a pathetic situation and is seen as indecisive and rudderless. This proposal would be seen as affirmative and will score a few brownie points against TRS and YS Jaganmohan Reddy's unborn party. In Telangana, congress can prove it can do things on its own and deliver the state instead of just being a 'deer-in-the headlights' ready to be run over by the TRS juggernaut. After the disastrous by-polls, TDP too may not excuse itself out of the solution but may try along with the crony capitalists in congress to subvert the chance of the regional authority endowed with any legislative powers as that would mean losing the power to manipulate Hyderabad's resources.

It is again difficult to gauge Telanganites' reaction to the proposal. no meaningful debate happened over the last year and nothing prepared them for accepting a solution like this. They are expecting a 'state' in conventional sense. But if the legislative powers come through, especially without any clauses over Hyderabad, this could work for them. But with a specific time period after which the authority gives way to a full-fledged state. Till then, maybe the authority would have to report to the Governor.

Why I think a proposal like above can come up for discussion is because:
  • It won’t sound like someones triumph or defeat.
  • More importantly, this methodology could solve serious problems elsewhere in the country, like in Darjeeling, with constitutionally supported regional authorities which over time with or without a second SRC would metamorphose into separate states.
  • This is the only solution that will cool the tempers in AP and brings back a semblance of governance.
If the center tries to push for an authority without any legislative powers, I guess the streets would be full again of another round of agitation which would only result in a hardening of stance that would then settle for nothing less than statehood straightaway. 

Telanganites have relentlessly fought through democratic means to get their state and it is now time they are rewarded for their faith in democratic and constitutional means. They displayed patience and maturity and it is time that is acknowledged by the powers that be through a solution. Even in the pervasive political crookery we see every day, I have a hope the greatest civil movement I saw would fructify.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Raktha Charitra 1: RGV's own 'roaring rampage of revenge'

Revenge has a new name – Rakhta Charitra. Rakhta Charitra is RGV’s own ‘roaring rampage of revenge’, his desi KILL BILL 1 & 2. The movie is RGV’s full-scale romance with violence and a tribute to his inspiration Quentin Tarantino. The slow-motion scooter scene introducing the violent protagonist, the merchant of death as well symbolizes the leisure for the pleasure from violence.

This is of course only the first of 2 parts, so RGV is free from the burden of showing the grey shades and creating drama. So he creates a black and white picture. Pratap is horribly wronged through the killings of his father and brother. We are the visual witnesses to how his father’s head was crushed under a boulder. RGV put good sound for the crush. I wonder if he very soon considers making a 3D movie with this kind of horror and violence. Bukka Reddy is an abominable creature who deserves to be hanged a million times. And again we are witness to how he treats women. So it is easy, with the fantastic casting and good performances, the movie appeals to the viewers’ most basic instinct – revenge. When Bukka is being hunted to death, every viewer enjoys the orgy of gun shots and the camera angles as sickles fly for his body parts. That is RGV, the story teller back in form.

RGV stews the emotions masterfully with these black and white characters. Some scenes make huge impact.
1) Narasimha Reddy’s wife’s reaction while her husband is killed.
2) Pratap’s father’s killing

RGV’s attention to detail showed in the art direction with the vehicles, houses all wearing a 90s look – non-flashy and taking a backseat to the revenge story. Telugu audience may like the movie more out of the Parita Ravi story correlation. For others, this may not be that impactful but nevertheless is watchable. With a rooted story, RGV got his bearings back after a series of uninspirational flicks. As usual, RGV’s casting is bang on and it worked wonders. Vivek Oberoi, Abhimanyu Singh, Shatrugan Sinha performed wonderfully. Even the small characters made an impression. I now have a mountain of expectations on Suriya in the 2nd part. And the trailers look very promising.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Rajni's Robot Rocks - Hollywood meets Hong Kong!

Shankar’s fascination for everything big just got bigger. ‘Robot’ is India’s most ambitious movie ever, both in budget and content. What is admirable is that the team here did not get weighed down by its own budget and the consequent expectations, as is the wont of Indian big budget flicks. They rose to the challenge and made a mark. ‘Robot’ is the marriage of Hollywood and Hong Kong for a full 2 hours and 40 minutes! It is a what people say ‘world-class’. Shankar who had his big-budget failure in ‘Jeans’ this time makes sure the humane feel is not lost in the paraphernalia of a big flick. And the result is a duel that emanates out of human feelings. A duel with double screen-presence of SUPERSTAR RAJNI.

‘Robot’ is not a typical Rajni flick. It has Shankar written all over it. It has none of Rajni’s trademark signature moves - style shots or punch dialogues. It is amazing how Rajni just fitted in the script, underplayed himself. Compare that with other ‘superstars’ and ‘megastars’ who literally edit their movies to make themselves look bigger than the movie. Despite the underplay, Rajni’s energy shines through in his nuanced acting. He covers up for the few logical flaws through his screen presence. His robotic action is superb and displays shades of grey and comedy impeccably. Aishwarya looked breathtakingly beautiful after a long time and electrified the screen.

‘Robot’ is a visual splendor. The song in the ruins of Machu Pichu in Peru is the highlight. The cinematography, choreography, costumes, art, action are all top-notch. AR Rahman’s songs have the dubbed tinge due to heavy lyrics but the music and background score is delectable. The movie is sure to become a rage with kids with all the CGI and would be a big hit this festive season.

Shankar ha s not exactly been my favorite. I found his most popular flicks too simplistic even while dealing with important issues like corruption. But then he displayed a consistent knack for the pulse of the viewers and more importantly stayed true to his craft and got better at it even while his contemporaries (including my favorite) seem to become prisoners of their own success and lose it after a few ‘hits’. It is this craftsmanship I have to come to like after watching ‘Robot’ today.

Shankar’s goals will now surely soar higher in the craft after this flick. Maybe the mosquitoes animation is a pointer. Is that implying an impending animation flick? And is the final scene implying a sequel – ROBOT 2!? I hope so :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Telangana XIII: How the 'politically unemployed' created the Andhra state

The Congress MPs from Andhra and Rayalaseema met the SriKrishna committee and presented their case that the Telangana movement is spearheaded by ‘politically unemployed’ and so it has to be ignored as they opined this movement will eventually peter out.

It is amusing to say that the movement for demerger of Telangana is spearheaded by so-called ‘politically unemployed’ politicians. Let us examine this argument.

As we understand from the statements of these MPs , ‘political unemployment’ is defined to be a politician’s condition of being out of power or being in positions of negligible power. As we know, all the Telangana leaders are demanding demerger. So if ALL of them are ‘politically unemployed’, then it is apt to ask why all of them are in such politically powerless position while Telangana in area and population amounts to well above 40%. What could be wrong with such disproportionate political unemployment? Why is that they don’t get their share of political power through chiefministerships? What in the system of the political structure of this state is denying them their share? More importantly, the idea of ‘political unemployment’ itself has to be examined. To understand this, we should look no further than the birth of Andhra state itself.

Congress stand on reorganization of states and on the demand for Andhra state prior to 1952 elections
It is well known that the Congress party has agreed for reorganization of states on linguistic and cultural lines right after 1st world war. Even in their 1945-46 election manifesto, the Congress stated: “The Congress has stood for the freedom of each group and territorial area within the nation to develop its own life and culture within the larger framework and it is stated that for this purpose such territorial areas or provinces should be constituted, as far as possible, on a linguistic and cultural basis.” The words ‘ linguistic and cultural basis’ has to be noted here and it is also to be noted that the Linguistic Provinces Commission (the Dar Commission) set up on December 10, 1948 to consider the carving out of new states of Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra decided against their formation as they found out language in itself cannot be the sole criteria for reorganizing states and more importantly such an exercise at that moment could be dangerous for a just-born democracy.

Political equations in Madras state prior to 1952 elections 
The emergence of Tamil powercentres in 1930s
If we look at the rulers of the justice party which ruled the Madras presidency till 1930s, it is clear Andhrite Zamindars and elite ruled the roost. It is only in the 1930s, the Tamil outfits reasserted themselves when the congress entered the fray in electoral politics. Even the justice party got taken over by Periyar and renamed the Dravida Kazhagam. Tamils being majority got the levers of power. Rajaji and Kamaraj emerged as powerful leaders of opposite camps and as king-makers. In one such move, Prakasam was propped up as CM for an year in 1946 by Kamaraj to keep Rajaji out. That paid off and Rajaji instead went to join the interim government at centre. Once Rajaji is out of the way, Kamaraj unceremoniously removed Prakasam and propped up another of his supporters as CM.

In 1948, Prakasam retried for becoming CM of Madras state but was opposed by his own Andhra brethren like N. Sanjeeva Reddy and Kala Venkata Rao. Among the Andhra congressmen again, there were again 2 factions led by T.Prakasam and Pattabhi Seetaramiah. The Prakasam group again lost the Andhra PCC presidency in April 1951 to the Pattabhi group. By 1952 elections, there was disillusion among the Andhra leaders as on one hand, they were reduced to pawns being a minority in the political scene at state level and on the other hand there was too much infighting among them.

The 1952 election debacle in Andhra areas

Then came the January, 1952 elections to the Madras state in which Andhra was a part. The Andhra congress leaders miserably lost to communists in Andhra areas. The Congress could win only 40 seats out of the 133 it had contested. The Communist Party who were their first election in Andhra emerged as the single largest party in Andhra region winning 41 seats out of the 63 they contested with about 25% of the vote, higher than what they then got then in areas of Kerala.

All prominent Andhra ministers in the Madras state lost their elections!
The minister for Prohibition, Housing and Forests - N. Sanjeeva Reddy lost from Anantapur
The minister for Finance and Commercial taxes - Bejawada Gopal Reddy lost from Udayagiri
The minister for Health - Kala Venkata Rao lost from Amalapuram
The minister for Local administration and Co-operation - K. Chandramouli lost from Repalle

Post-poll politics of Andhra congressmen to secure their 'Political employment'

In February, 1952 Ex-chief minister Tanguturi Prakasam tries to foster a post-poll alliance and claims to have the largest group and ask the Governor to invite him to form Government. The Governor instead invites Rajaji. Faced with bleak future, the rival camps of Prakasam and Pattabhi join hands.The stunning defeats of 1952 bought the flock together to get out of their ‘political unemployment’. Andhra congress leaders were also desperate to break away from the domination of Tamil factions led by Kamaraj and Rajaji. They saw an opportunity in creating a new state.

They increased pressure on Nehru to concede the Andhra statehood. They sold Nehru the fear of communist takeover in Andhra if the state is not granted at the earliest. To take the sails out of the communist boat, the congress, they advised, should hijack the issue of separate Andhra state, get the state and take all credit and bury the communist party forever. Nehru more or less bought the argument but wanted to set up a commission to reorganize states in line with the observations made by Linguistic Provinces Commission (the Dar Commission) in 1948. He obviously did not want to make arbitrary decisions as is clear in his letter to chief ministers on December 2, 1952 which said “the decision to establish the Andhra state will open out questions relating to other demands about linguistic provinces”. But then, the ‘politically unemployed’ are in tearing hurry. They want the state right then. By then the communists have established sound support in the Kamma community of coastal areas and the predominantly Reddy led Congress and Brahmin led Prakasam faction were in no mood to waste time and let the communists consolidate their party post the election results.

Potti Sriramulu came handy to fast pedal their cause. In October, 1952 they provided shelter to him at the residence of the former speaker of madras state assembly (one more politically unemployed, to borrow the term), Bulusu Sambamurthy to do his fast. A few months into the 'political unemployment', Andhrite stalwart leaders thought its enough! While Sriramulu was fasting for 50 odd days, Prakasam was supposed to have visited him almost very frequently but no efforts were made to stop him from the fatal fast. In fact, the point is when the process of creating a state was already under consideration and due process, why was this extreme step taken to fast-to-death? Is it is not the fear of their political future after the poll debacle that has propelled the Andhra congressmen to insist for the state immediately? How different would have been the situation if the congress got majority in those elections in Andhra area and if the communists didn’t take up the cause of Andhra state?

How Andhra state solved 'political unemployment' and strengthened Andhra Congress
As per their ambitions, Prakasam could become CM of the newly created Andhra state. He must have thought good riddance from Kamaraj and Rajaji! Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy becomes his deputy. Other ministers who previously lost in Madras state like Bejawada Gopal Reddy and K. Venkata Rao went on to become chief ministers and ministers in Andhra state. The Congressmen strategy of securing their ‘political employment’ worked and in 1955 mid-term elections in Andhra state, with the credit of securing the Andhra state, they decimated the communist party to a mere 15 seats while they won 119 out of 196 seats. That is how the ‘politically unemployed’ created the Andhra state and furthered their strength and secured permanent employment.

What is bothering the Seemandhra MPs now?
So now what are the Seemandhra MPs complaining about? That the Telangana politicians speak on behalf of their people? Why would Telangana politicians endanger their political future (and their election deposits!)? Why would all of them want to be a D Srinivas? The seemandhra MPs would give 'political employment' to pliant politicians like D Srinivas who anyway have no political clout. They are just place-holders in ministries to be counted as Telanganites but who do the bidding for these plutocrats in all their contracts and businesses. Anyone with a mass base (like late PJR) is anathema as they fear he would strengthen Telangana's representation by roping his men. They want losers like D Srinivas not people who have their own mind like the Nizamabad MP for whom they tried to refuse a ticket in last election. Incidentally, he won while the assembly speaker, PCC president, a powerful minister all lost in the same district! That is what is bothering these MPs. There is so much 'political unemploymnet' in Telangana it really is reaching saturation point! That would be now addressed only by a separate state. No less. Especially, after this Seemandhra MPs show of hypocrisy, dishonesty and endless arrogance towards their ‘telangana brethren’.

My posts on Telangana: 

TELANGANA X: The Good, Bad & Ugly of National Media Coverage
TELANGANA IX: EPW goes on the Telangana trail
TELANGANA VIII: My letter to Sri Krishna Committee (SKC) - A case for demerger of Telangana

TELANGANA VII: Grossly discriminated against: Prof Bhalchandra Mungekar
TELANGANA VI: Why Telugu news channels bar coverage?
TELANGANA V: Plutocrats unleash terror over OU students

TELANGANA IV: Shri Krishna committee a crude joke
TELANGANA III: A case of Tyranny of Majority
TELANGANA II: Statehood at Midnight

TELANGANA I: Telangana Movement and the Plutocracy: The Gathering Storm

Monday, August 09, 2010

Telangana XII: About Amarajeevis and Anti-Nationals

The serving ministers in the AP Govt. from Andhra and Rayalaseema opposing the demerger of Telangana have made their representation to the Sri Krishna Committee. 6 Months after the committee is set up, they expressed surprise about it being constituted to look into what they say is an anti-national demand. They said the demand for demerger is anti-national and should treat it as a cognizable offence and deal with it accordingly. They further opined asking for a new state is equivalent to waging war against the country! And that it has the potential to disintegrate the country itself.

It is understandable that people in general or these politicians have reservations against the demerger but what baffles is this ostrich-like posture of these ministers. Instead of putting their real or perceived losses across the table and discuss their concerns about the sharing of river waters, infrastructure, capital for a new state they make preposterous talk about how a demerger and a few possible new states could disintegrate the country. They continue with the same strategy of stalling the demerger by refusing to start any meaningful debate on it. Even in the clarity of the results of by-polls, the ministers could not refrain from calling their own 40 million subjects in Telangana anti-national. How would they return back to their ministerial seats and work for betterment of the same ‘anti-national’ subjects? The ministers were insensitive and irresponsible.

Notwithstanding the motives of this argument, here is a brief examination of it. There were around 568 princely states in India when India became independent. And there was this wound of partition on religious lines. In the south, there was an anti-Hindi agitation for 3 years from 1937 in Madras presidency. These were but few of those many challenges the first Indian government had to face in free India. The Indian government needed time to settle down and was wary of religious, regional, linguistic, casteist agendas. Obviously, in such a diverse nation, a secular Nehru must be grappling to forge a pan-Indian identity socially and politically and set a strong foundation for a fledgling democracy. His idea was that an immediate reorganization of the states before the nation could build its democratic mores and institutions is fraught with danger. In fact, the Dhar commission, which looked into the demands to form new states, decided against the idea in 1949 as “it was not in the larger interest of the Indian nation and should not be taken in hand”. In fact the Dhar commission clearly mentioned that there is no homogeneity among Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra districts in the proposed Andhra state - all of the former were facing revenue deficits while the latter were in surplus. In addition, the Andhra leadership was demanding inclusion of Madras in Andhra province much to the chagrin of Tamils.

Nehru wanted these things to be sorted out before going ahead with the formation of Andhra state. And on May 22, 1952, Jawaharlal Nehru told Parliament of how "for some years now our foremost efforts have been directed to the consolidation of India. Personally, I would look upon anything that did not help this process of consolidation as undesirable. Even though the formation of linguistic provinces may be desirable in some cases, this would obviously be the wrong time. When the right time comes, let us have them by all means".

But then the Andhrites amongst all were unwilling to wait. Nehru wrote to chief ministers on December 2, 1952 that “the decision to establish the Andhra state will open out questions relating to other demands about linguistic provinces”. His fear about consequences of unveiling the Andhra state clearly showed up even as he in principal accepted to create an Andhra province. The next day, even as Potti Sriramulu was fasting for 40 odd days, Nehru wrote to Rajagopalachari: "Some kind of fast is going on for the Andhra Province and I get frantic telegrams. I am totally unmoved by this and I propose to ignore it completely".

On December 15, 1952, Sriramulu died, after 58 days of fasting. The news then made international headlines as doubts were cast on how a newly-free India can weather the storm unleashed by regional forces. According to an article in TIME magazine, A wave of hysterical emotion swept Andhra territory. Students, youths and workers, led by Communists, attacked Indian government property, cut telegraph wires, damaged railroads, burned rail cars and stoned fire engines, looted railroad restaurants, hoisted black flags of mourning over government buildings. Police, firing on rioters, killed seven and wounded forty. In the afternoon the body, seated in a chair on a four-wheel cart, was drawn through the streets by Telugu schoolboys waving lengths of black silk, beating their chests and crying, "Madras city is ours." This situation lasted for 4 days before Nehru was forced to accept the demand for Andhra state.

In fact on December 16 , Nehru wrote to C. Rajagopalachari, chief minister of Madras state, saying of the Andhras: “Their state will be a backward one in many ways and financially hard up. They cannot expect much help from the Centre. However, that is their lookout. If they want the state, they can have it on conditions that we have stated (i.e. without Madras city).”

Nehru made his displeasure known later too when he refused the subsequent request of Andhra leadership to make the parliament stand up to pay homage to Potti Sriramulu. That of course did not stop the Andhra leadership from garlanding him as Amarajeevi. Indian government’s intention then was to go ahead cautiously, after framing an objective policy on restructuring the states. In fact, Nehru agreed in principle in 1949 itself for formation of Andhra so why was the Andhrite leadership unwilling to wait, that when Independent India is on threshold of a new era and when it needs all its energy to foster brotherhood and harmony among Indians?

And just as Nehru predicted, while the Andhra state was running into a financial mess, the Andhra leadership was back to the center lobbying for control over Hyderabad’s resources in the name of Vishalandra. On July 13, 1953, an angry Nehru told chief ministers: “So far as we are concerned, we have declared quite clearly that after the Andhra state is well established, we shall appoint a high-powered commission to consider the question of reorganization of states… I am surprised that suddenly some people should have galvanized themselves into activity in regard to Hyderabad state and demanded its disintegration… I am sorry for this because it denotes an outlook with which I have no sympathy and, which, I am sure, if given free play, would bring chaos and lead to other disastrous consequences also.”

On October 17, 1953, he even ridiculed the demand for Visalandhra as an idea bearing a "tint of expansionist imperialism". And what do we call these imperialists? Amarajeevis or Anti-nationals? At every instance, they bull-dozed their way, whether separate Andhra, or merger of Telangana (despite Fazal Ali's report), unmindful of the consequences for central government or for the welfare of the involved people and in pursuit of increasing their own power and pelf.

And in the present day scenario of Telangana demerger, all parties have pledged in their manifestoes support for the same including the one to which these gentlemen belong. In fact it is the same congress that declared the state last December 9. Even on December 7, an all-party meeting was called to ascertain their views and only after all have nodded for the demerger did the GoI announcement come 2 days later with complete consensus on the issue. And then all the Andhra and Seema leadership takes a U-turn and now calls Telanganites anti-national! The point is that if there is anyone anti-national, it could be Amarajeevis and Andhrakesaris not Telanganites who are still patiently waiting for justice through consensus and democratic means. And it is indeed funny that in the age when all debates on improving efficiency and eliminating corruption in governance ends up with the mantra of decentralization of power and resources, these wise ministers should see the demerger as a threat to the national integrity rather than a process of decentralization. It is not as if the ministers do not know either history or economics. They try selling fear and insecurity to Andhrites about the consequences of demerger with these remarks to bolster their own voter strength back home in their constituencies and continue amassing wealth in this large state leveraging their power.

Image Courtesy THE HINDU

My posts on Telangana:

TELANGANA XI: Cut the crap, the verdict is out!

TELANGANA X: The Good, Bad & Ugly of National Media Coverage
TELANGANA IX: EPW goes on the Telangana trail
TELANGANA VIII: My letter to Sri Krishna Committee (SKC) - A case for demerger of Telangana
TELANGANA VII: Grossly discriminated against: Prof Bhalchandra Mungekar
TELANGANA VI: Why Telugu news channels bar coverage?
TELANGANA V: Plutocrats unleash terror over OU students
TELANGANA IV: Shri Krishna committee a crude joke
TELANGANA III: A case of Tyranny of Majority
TELANGANA II: Statehood at Midnight
TELANGANA I: Telangana Movement and the Plutocracy: The Gathering Storm