Battleground Telangana : Chronical Of An Agitation

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Harper Collins, May 27, 2011 - Political Science - 256 pages
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When the state of Andhra Pradesh was formed in 1956, the people of Telangana (the region ruled by the Nizams at the time of independence) did not want to be a part of it, fearing that they would be displaced by the more enterprising and better educated migrants from the Andhra region. In 1969, massive agitations for a separate Telangana left 400 people dead but the movement petered out. With the creation of new states like Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Uttaranchal in 2000, the battle for Telangana began once again. In 2009, the Indian government announced that Telangana would be a separate state, but is now dilly-dallying, worried about the backlash from the Andhra region. At the heart of the problem is the city of Hyderabad, which lies bang in the middle of Telangana but is being claimed by both sides. Is the upsurge in Telangana so strong that the Indian government will be unable to resist it? Is there a middle course? This book explores the complex issues, and the underlying causes of the Telangana movement

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This book in truth is either the lack of knowledge of Kingshuk Nag or one of those million pro-telangana books. No one to blame except the Andhra people who are illiterate and want to remain so even after 60 years of fraud by Nizam-Telangana.
In Chapter 5, Kingshuk Nag quotes one Mr.B.K.L Reddy supposedly from Andhra who happens to think that there are no mother goddesses in Andhra. To correct the author and Mr.B.K.L Reddy, their are Yellammas in Andhra also.
Yellamma is a Badami Chalukyan era Karnataka mother goddess popular from Mumbai to Kadapa, Bangalore to Guntur etc. There is ample literature on her on the google books dominion.
Ankalamma, Peddamma are goddesses in Mysore to Rayalaseema to Coasta also.
Poleramma and Maremma are popular goddess of Yanadi etc people in Nellore etc.
It is very unfortunate that authors like Kingshuk Nag do not do enough research before writing.
Elsewhere, the author says much of the prosperity in Coasta can be attributed to Sir Cotton.
Sir Cotton did it for the British Empire's prosperity and not for the sake of the people in the delta. However, I love British Empire and Sir Cotton than these mean, selfish and jealous Indian fellows who hate and fight among themselves for no reason but for the sake of hatred. People like Kingshuk think that until Cotton built a reservoir, the delta did not have water and paddy. That is foolish and childish. That means the entire India with its 1.3 billion people were born by eating mud.
The author must know in his own skill of writing that the Nizams built the state of Hyderabad with the diamonds and pearls from the mines in the delta region and money got from selling the coasta to the british. And the Sir Cotton of the Nizam state was in reality no on else but a coasta gentleman named Mokshagundam Visweswaraya who had built the Hussainsagar and Osmansagar dams, the foundations of prosperity of Hyderabad. So is it not apt to say in the same skill as that of the Kingshuk that the whole prosperity of Nizam-Telangana was due to the greatness of Andhras.
It is also very unfortunate that the people of Andhra do not know their own history. The Telangana Rebellion against Nizam was a war fought hand in hand with the Andhras who were at the forefront. Puchalapalli Sundarayya, an Andhrite again is the greatness behind the winning of the rebellion against the Nizam.
The author writes about allocation of water to the coasta. But no one talks about the "Delta" and how much water is needed for the survival of mangrooves in the delta. No one talks about how a lower riparian state can block water. No one talks about the godavari flowing in the Bhadrachalam constituency which was originally part of East Godavari.
Only a white man can do justice to the Andhras. All Indian media is ruthlessly against Andhras and the lies propagated by the Nizam-Telangana people are the worst nightmare of the Andhras for ever in the History of India.



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Kingshuk Nag has been a journalist with The Times of India for the last sixteen years, and is currently the resident editor of its Hyderabad edition. He is a winner of the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence for his coverage of the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

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