Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable

HMTV Dasa Disa Karimnagar

Ch Vidyasagar Rao, BJP
Talks about the suppression of Telangana history and identity.

Malliah Singareni Coal Workers President

Dr. S. Ananda Reddy Intellectual Forum of Senior Citizens for Telangana
Gurajada Apparao said - "Desham ante matti kadoi, desham ante manusholoi". The 'love' of Andhra is of Telangana matti (land), but not of the people.

Sujatha Surepally

Gujjula Ramakrishna Reddy BJP
Talks about allocation of 4 lakh acres of Telangana lands to robber barons from Andhra. Also, why ministries are useless positions without being fully in power.

Chennamaneni Ramesh
TDP MLA on the falsified, fallacious and irrelevant analogy of Berlin Wall that Samaikyandhra proponents keep coming up with.

Krishnamohan, Representing BC Commission

Sambamurthy, Satavahana University Student JAC Convenor
Talks about 260 crores to Univ in Seema vs 1.62 crore to Satavahana Univ.

Jeevan Reddy, Congress
Talks about allocation of Telangana lands to robber barons from Andhra.

Etela Rajendar TRS

Bommarillu spoof on Telangana and Andhra

Democracy in Andhra Pradesh

Need we say more?
How well do you think Democracy works among the two cheetahs and the deer?

Telangana's response to Samaikya-Andhra:

HMTV Dasa Disa Nellore

Dr. Vijay Kumar Jana Vignana Vedika

Dr. Madala Janakiram

Prof Chakrapani

Venkateshwar Rao, Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee

Prof Chakrapani Q & A

S.V. Ramanaiah

Dr. Chandrakanth

Zee Special - Tappevaridi?

Zee Special Tappeviridhi

HMTV Dasa Disa - Muslim Opinion

Also, M.V. Ramana Reddy talks about the farce of Samaikyandhra, burning KCRs effigies and Berlin wall analogy.

Uttara Andhra wants out!

Parameshwara Rao (HMTV Dasa Disa, Vizag)

Tirupathi Dasha Disha - M.V.Ramana Reddy

M.V. Ramana Reddy

Better to get separated from Telangana - Harsha Kumar

Harsha Kumar is Amalapuram Congress MP

Samaikya Andhra is Sponsored Program

HMTV Dasa Disa in Warangal

Katti Padmarao (Dalit Maha Sabha)

Duscharla Satyanarayana (Nalgonda Jala Sadhana Samithi)

Part 3 of Duscharla Satyanarayana

Chukka Ramaiah

Devulapalli Amar

Prof Muralimanohar

Rajeswararao BJP

Prof Borra Ramulu

Kadiyam Srihari

Dr. Revathi

Chandrababu and Chiranjeevi - Katti Padmarao

Andhra leaders have no integrity. Its a crying shame that Andhra people call these people their leaders.

Chandrababu and Chiranjeevi - Katti Padmarao

Dalit massacres in Andhra

Out of 28 recorded heinous crimes against dalits, 24 done by Andhras. At least sixty killed, many raped, hundreds of houses burnt, lots of property looted and destroyed.

Important to note that most of these are done by those in political power or their supporters/relatives. The perpetrators are mostly Kamma and some Reddy. The highest number of crimes were committed in the Coastal districts, Krishna, Guntur, Godavaris, Prakasam.

Majority of these were committed during NTRs rule, the ascendency of Kammas. Karamchedu massacre was the handiwork of Daggubati Chenchuramaiah, father of NTRs elder son-in-law, Venkateshwar Rao.

Dalits in political power (dalit upasarpanch), and in a position to protect themselves (dalit SI of police) are also murdered as part of these planned pograms.

Padirikuppam (Chittor) 5 January 1983
Four dalits killed and 80 families rendered homeless following an attack by upper caste TDP supporters.

Karamchedu (Prakasham) 17 July 1985
Six dalits killed and three dalit women raped in a mass assault by hundreds of forward caste men of the Kamma caste.

Neerukonda (Guntur) 15 July 1987
One elderly dalit murdered in a mob attack by men of the Kamma community.

Gudiada (Vizianagaram) 15 July 1987
One dalit labourer killed in a dispute over a small patch of tankbed land by a mob of backward caste farmers led by a forward caste (Raju) Congress Party leader.

Dontali (Nellore) 27 August 1987
One person of a backward caste was killed in an assault by a gang of forward caste men.

Chirala (Prakasham) 13 August 1987
A principal witness in the Karamchedu murder case done to death by Karamchedu killers.

Bandilapalli 27 November 1987
Four dalits beaten and stabbed to death in an assault by a group of forward caste men.

Kodavatikallu 2 February 1988 Dalit labourer murdered by a landlord.

Beernakallu (Nellore) 19 January 1989
A dalit upasarpanch of the village killed by TDP landlord.

Gokarajupalli 16 January 1989
A dalit labourer killed by landlords.

Tangutur (Prakasham) 3 March 1989
A dalit woman raped and burnt to death by a forward caste TDP strong man.

Pippara (West Godavari) 4 June 1989
One dalit killed in a mass assault by forward caste men led by village upasarpanch.

Chinakada (Vizianagram) 31 July 1989
Four tribals of one family killed by henchmen of a liquor contractor.

Pulivendula (Cuddapah) 16 February 1990
More than 150 houses of a ST set on fire and destroyed by a mob led by Congress Party (I) Sarpanch

Kanchikacherla (Krishna) 19 March 1990
Dalit farm servant killed by youth of a landlord’s family.

Jeerupalem (Srikakulam) 21 May 1990
About 180 houses of fishing people set on fire at the behest of Congress Party (I) landlord.

Gutlapadu (West Godavari) 19 May 1990
Two dalits killed in a mass assault by forward caste men.

Palli (Ananthapur) 6 June 1990
A dalit burnt alive by forward caste men.

Kaspa Gadabavalasa (Vizianagaram) 22 November 1990
Four tribals and a harijan killed in a mass assault by forward caste men.

Chillakallu (Krishna) 28 November 1990
A dalit SI of police shot himself dead due to casteist harrassment of CI.

Moodurallapalli (Kurnool) 18 March 1991
A dalit labourer beaten and stabbed to death by a mob of forward caste men.

Timmasamudram (Prakasam) January 1991
Dalits driven out of the village by an attack of forward caste men owing allegiance to a TDP leader.

Chundur (Guntur) 6 August 1991
At least 8 and up to 20 dalits killed in a mass assault by forward caste men of six villages.

Gokarajupalli (Krishna) 3 August 1991
Dalit labourer killed by forward castes.

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Will India Run Out of Water?

UPMANU LALL, director of the Columbia Water Center, and associate research scientist Tobias Siegfried present a talk entitled "Will India Run Out of Water?" This event was cosponsored by the Columbia Water Center and Scientists and Engineers for a Better Society, an undergraduate student group.

Five part video.

Will India run out of water? (Part 1 of 5) from Earth Institute on Vimeo.

Telugu brotherhood?

Every soul in T cares for T brotherhood but none in T care for Telugu brotherhood..I believe u dont need any proof..WHERE WAS THIS BROTHERHOOD DURING JAI ANDHRA movement?

2. Andhra people may be interested in Brotherhood and let them maintain brotherhood among themselves. Why would that bother people of Telangana?

3. Telangana people JUST want no part of Andhra, neither being part of it nor any interest in it. They JUST want to be left alone and left to their own destiny. JUST don't come to us and talk about Unity. If you are united among selves, more power to you.

4. This statement alone tells us how far the Samikyavadis are from REALITY and how that reeks arrogance: "Samaikyavaadis are saying to pro-T supporters: So leave your hypocrisy and high decibel levels aside." There is no table for anybody else but for people of Telangana. Make your own table and get your own people to sit at the table and discuss to your heart content about what and how you want to run your own state. Telangana people wish you all the best in ruling your own state.

Where is your sense of compassion and humanity?

I have been thinking about this issue of suicides (irrespective of the reason behind - Telangana or Farming woes, or any other personal difficulties) and our reactions.

Below is my response to desi_mom specifically addressing her questions and comments. I have other comments to make at the end of that response.

If anybody is actively involved in killing these young people then it is the National Leaders and then the State Leaders, and then the dishonest Telangana leaders.

Could you cite any reference in these threads that glorified dying? or Killing?

Why are you muddling the issue with YSR's death? That is about one person who died in an accident. Most of those dead were reported to have died due to cardiac arrest (grief). This is the struggle for survival of the whole Telangana region (people). These people actively self immolated themselves out of hopelessness and distraught and frustration that their future is doomed if they have to face the humiliation of living at the mercy of the victors.

It is sad and we all wish they didn't resort to such extreme tragedy. But, it is real and requires immediate attention and resolution. Not name-calling.

It is the culture of Hindus and the people of Telangana that these youngsters did not turn into suicide bombers or mass murderers (US).

Where is your sense of compassion and humanity? You are calling these frustrated youngsters misguided? Worse, suspecting that their deaths are being misrepresented for political gains?

Would you react the same way when you learn a college student, a child of somebody you know closely, committed suicide?

We need to self-examine our thoughts and why we are thinking in this fashion? Are we so enlightened and evolved that we lose complete touch with the real world and the trials and tribulations of other people who may not have the same assured lifestyles.

I wonder if you ever thought about the thousands of farmers who committed suicide!. Have you ever considered the emotional hopelessness and complete helplessness they might have gone through before ending their lives. Leaving their loved ones - wife and kids? 

Do you think people wantonly kill themselves for no reason? No matter what our own rationalization is about these people, they felt hopeless and saw no way out. Our view of their lives is not the issue because we are not living their lives. What made them take such an extreme measure is "reality" for them. 

Passing judgments on these tragic incidents, especially those who paid for it with their lives and their loved ones going through such an excruciating agony, only shows how superficial and disconnected we are with people around us.

I know the pain of losing friends who took their lives. One when I was in high school ( a classmate), another one a very close friend and a brilliant scientist who earned his Ph.D in Engg., and with a wife and a son, and another good friend and a client (a very highly informed and evolved person).

Those who utter nonsense only display what they are and who they are. Their utterances do not describe those who paid with their lives but pinpoint themselves lacking human values.

Forgive me for my discourse but I am ashamed that I had to do it.
"what’s accessible in our minds can exert an influence on judgment and behavior, it’s floating on the surface of consciousness” Jamie Arndt

Suicide is a tragedy no matter which way you analyse it. But, it is even a bigger tragedy when the society looks down upon those who committed suicide and thus indirectly insulting and injuring the families of those departed members of the society.

It is popularly claimed that most humans entertain the thought of committing suicide at some time or another during their lives. For MOST, it is a passing thought and never more than that. So, it is not a strange or foreign phenomenon to us. We are fortunate if we have not ever faced a situation in our lives wherein we had to interact with the family members of someone who committed suicide.

And to such vast majority, suicide is a cowardly act and only cowards commit such acts. They do not deserve any sympathy, much less empathy, and deserve to be condemned. Such people believe that those who commit suicide should be called them Idiots, if in a generous mood, or even call them losers or worse, a Darwinian casualty to indicate our superior scientific and logical and rational mind we possess. Some will even venture further to tell what exactly those dead people ought to have done if they had any sense or common sense or had an ounce of real courage. But, under any circumstance, don't express sympathy and empathy, never, lest it be construed as encouraging suicide.

Are these kinds of people to be complimented for their rational mind and scientific accomplishments and admired for their fortitude (although they never faced such adversity and forget if they ever possessed courage to show in daunting and hopeless situations)? More importantly, do they even have the right to express such denigration towards their fellow human beings? 

I, for one, regard that it is much too easy to denigrate others. It does not take much courage to insult dead persons and injure their family members beyond the hurt they already are undergoing. Kicking someone when someone is down is considered not only cowardly but despicable. But what about kicking someone when he/she is dead? And kicking their family members when they are down and out? Especially, the parents, wife and children!. 

I have faced three times the daunting task of having to face and console family members when one of them committed suicide. From an early age of 15. I have had the misfortune to experience it three times in my life. All three were friends. The last two were well educated, one with a Ph.D., brilliant, hard working, kind hearted, helpful, happy and making me and others happy, and supporting their families. These situations were heart wrenching and devastating in every literal meaning of these words. No one, with even a tiny heart could label these dead persons the way I have read in R2I forums.

Consoling anybody who lost his/her beloved even under natural conditions is an impossible task for most of us. But when the situation is even more tragic like an accident and God forbid, a suicide. Sometimes, I secretly wish that those who look down on those who commit suicide and resort to name calling like Idiots, Cowards, or Darwinian casualty get to show such courage and wisdom in life. I know, it is a dark thought but what else could you wish for their enlightenment?

Rarely, a person commits suicide just for the kick. Almost always, they reach the end of their wits, utterly hopeless, no ray of light at the end of the tunnel, nobody in sight to give a hand and pull them up from the bottomless pit they are in. They all want to live happily with their families and friends. They have worked hard albeit within their constraints and limited lives to progress and have taken risks necessary to move forward. They have shown enough courage facing whatever hardships they perceived. But, they have reached the end of their rope. Maybe, some of us think they really didn't reach the end of the rope. But we are not living their lives. They are. They have a better grasp of their situation even if they cannot articulate or to tell the whole truth. They are frustrated, and hapless. They are scared of what they face or might face. 

I don't think they are cuckoo. They are not idiots. They are not cowards. They are utterly hopeless. We haven't reached their stage of hopelessness.

Instead of calling names and condemning them, we ought to show compassion, sympathy, empathy, and willingness to seek further knowledge and to gain the courage to peep into what their fears took them to, the abyss.
Obviously, when mass suicides are taking place - like in this political disaster and like the thousands of farmers who committed suicides, the society has failed them. It is not that all these people, otherwise strong, bold, sensible, and rational to function in the tough societies they live have gone bonkers. It is amply clear that the Society created such hardships and is not paying attention to understand why so many have resorted to the ultimate act. And to resolve the situation to stop such tragedies.

That's what ought to be. But, just like in the case of the thousands of farmers who committed suicide, and now these young students, the powers be who are responsible for creating the hardships in the first place are not interested in resolving the situation. India 's governments (state and central) are notoriously disinterested in good governance and utterly anti-democratic. They only Power and how they can benefit themselves personally but are oblivious to the plight of the people who elected them to rule.

But, even if the governments are dysfunctional, we, as individuals, ought not be and resort to inhuman behavior like calling these departed souls as Idiots, Cowards and Darwinian Casualties.

When we do that, we are unmasking ourselves and reveal who we are. maybe, that is a first step towards redeeming ourselves.

Thanks for travelling on this sojourn of introspection with me .

Reorganising states - Kancha Ilaiah

The formation of linguistic states itself was based on wrong premises. The assumption that regional languages would develop as globally competitive and the development of the linguistic states would depend on the development of the provincial languages without creating their own nationalist aspirations is wrong. The most advanced linguistic states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal developed major contradictions with the Centre. But their ruling elite also got Anglicised. There is a contradiction in the very basic idea of forming linguistic states and they remaining loyal to Pan Indian ruling elite, which developed as a very advanced Anglicised social force. All this has created a linguistic colonialism within India. This needs to be broken by reformulating the states more as small and compact administrative units in which English and the regional languages should develop with equal priority.

The best way, therefore, is to break all big linguistic states and form small administrative states

In this background the concept of linguistic states is even administratively meaningless. In every state there is a small historically backward and politically hypocritical group that keeps on working around the sentiment of the so-called mother tongue and national tongue (Hindi). As it happens in some states, there are some, who keep saying that the state administration should work in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and so on. But the demands of these forces will be swept of by the logic of global market forces. Hence the role of English will expand more and more and a day will come when it will be officially recognised as the national language.

The states reorganisation would not be on the ground of language. For example, the present Telangana demand is not worked out based on this larger context. Whether Telangana becomes an independent state now or some time later is not the issue. Breaking Andhra Pradesh into two or three administratively small and compact states is necessary. The united Andhra Pradesh failed the people on many accounts. The Telangana question should be an entry point to break all big unviable linguistic states.

North Coastal Andhra

Warning Andhra to be fair (once Andhra is separated out), or they will revolt too for their state.

Telangana - A Tale of Unmitigated Misery

.. the exodus from almost all areas of the state to the nearest urban conglomeration: from the North Telangana to Maharashtra from South to Hyderabad, and from West to Karnataka. According to estimates, during any year, the poorest and the driest district of Mahabubnagar sees the exodus of five lakh labourers, well-known through out India for their hard work. Better known as “Palamur labour”, they have worked in every major project construction in India and yet they have remained half-fed, half-clothed, forced to live the life of nomads, going back to their native village not only to return to the old people they had left behind but to their soil to which they belong; A soil that remains dry most of the year, which does not provide them sustenance and yet to which they return year after year, season after agricultural season, with hope. According to estimates, as many as 12 lakh people have migrated out of Mahabubnagar in 1997 as monsoon failed.

Sheer neglect has marked the planning by irrigation department. Several major and medium irrigation projects planned for mitigating the drought conditions have remained on paper. For instance, the Priyadarshini Jurala project, Bhima first and second phases, Nettempadu, Koilsagar, Peddamarur and Kalwakurthy lift irrigation schemes which were expected to irrigate 4.5 lakh hectares apart from providing protected water supply to hundreds of habitations have not been taken up. Successive governments have shown little concern or sympathy with the people of Mahabubnagar.

The drought of Telangana is as much a handiwork of nature as of the government’s callous. neglect for over four decades. Nature has been generous to Telangana, endowing it with two major rivers, many lakes and rich groundwater resources. Not so the succession of governments headed by politicians from coastal Andhra, and run by bureaucrats from coastal Andhra. For them, Telangana has become a colony – to be used, exploited, and kept under-developed to serve their needs.  

Dhoom Dham to raise voice for Telangana

The Y Vyvaswatha Manu-produced Dhoom Dham, starring himself, Brahmaji, Raghunatha Reddy, Padma Jayanthi, Rambabu, Vizag Lakhi, will raise a voice for a separate Telangana.  The film refers to the travails and tribulations of the people in the region and stars Baby Madhu Priya and Praja Kavi Gorati Venkanna in important roles.

The film has completed all its production and post-production works and is all set to release soon.  Dhoom Dham is set in Telangana and scouts for Statehood to the region.

The producer is dedicating the film to the student-martyrs of the December 2009 agitation.  Written, music-directed and directed by Shilanand Yayala, it has Mr. Manu playing a journalist.

Though it is not the first time that a T movie is coming, this is one of the important releases in recent times.

Samaikhya Andhra Enduku, Evarikosam - Kadempally Sudhakar

.... only 100 families control the state of Andhra Pradesh being stationed in Hyderabad. The main business areas: Film and entertainment controlled by only 5 families (one community)! worth 1500 cores annually. They decide the fate of distributors, exhibitors by producing third rate movies (97 %) unlike Malayalam, Tamil movies. Children of these five families are heroes and do not allow others irrespective of Andhra/ Telangana/Seema regions (true smaikhyavadulu!). All of them have got lands and other subsidies from Govt in the name of development but misused to the core. This is the group not interested in Andhra or Telangana but self, but of late they are all in politics directly or indirectly.

Bulk Drug / Pharma industry controlled by 15 families. They are the beneficiaries of the govt in terms of lands and subsidies and set up industries in and around Hyderabad. Though they are from Andhra, but they are not interested in setting up industry in their own area. Why? As a result of their industry in surroundings of Hyderabad, entire RR dist, half of Medak and parts of Mahabubnagar dists have been seriously polluted. It is alleged that concerned Govt departments are in their pockets hence laws of the land does not apply to them. Most of these industrilists worked in responsible positions in erstwhile public sector companies like IDPL which were closed down due to their invaluable contribution. Employees in their companies are from their own place not locals. It is not out of love they employ people from Andhra but to exploit them fully by paying merge salaries, inhuman working conditions, no unions, no holidays etc. They are here to do business not charity.

Infrastructure (airports/roads, irrigation projects): Controlled by 20 families. The company which built Shamshabad airport, no one heard about it 10 years ago but now they are every where. The company supposedly spent Rs 3000 core on the project, but got 5000 thousand acres of prime agricultural land in Hyderabad for a song (Rs 5000 core). The airport doesn’t run on its own unless there is a good connectivity. The AP govt spent public money Rs 8000 cores on ring roads etc to the airport. The biggest criminal act is Rs 600 core spent on PV express where only cars are allowed mainly meant for the airport. Now the airport is being used for motors races, music programmes, and hotels. Another act of vandalism is Hyderabad Metro project to MYTAS (SATYAM) the Ulta Company! We have seen what happened with its original company. Let the Govt release the details of contactors project wise in the state then people know who these people are and where are they from. People also know who the beneficiaries of Nagarjunsagar projects are and what they are doing now in the state. They have not even spared Lord Venkateswara.

Real Estate: Another 20 families control this business mostly from Rayalaseema, Nellore and coastal Andhra. What is the link between Satyam bust and real estate? One MP belonging to costal dist building real estate in the name of SEZ that’s too on Wakf lands who was also allegedly involved in insurance scam. Software companies are given hundreds of acres of land in Hyderabad in the name of development where as Microsoft USA in Seattle operates on a 50 acre land. Are these software companies or real estate companies?

Hotels and leisure industry: Controlled by 10 families and print and electronic media is controlled by another 10 families which have interests in everything in the state not just in Telanagana. Hospitals and health services controlled by 10 families which are making killing money through Arogyashree scheme (scam!) and you ask yourself on corporate hospital services in the state.

Transport: Controlled by 10 families. They also constantly try to weaken APSRTC so that the entire system will be in their hands. It is also alleged that one operator takes 10 permits from RTA and run 100 services! Accorss the state, a good case for Samikhyavadam

Education: 10 families control intermediate education which has become an industry worth Rs 2000 core just on EMCET coaching. Tamilnadu and Karnataka abolished common entrance test for professional courses but this mafia in AP still lobby for EMCET where supply is more than demand which is against the basic principle of market economy. They have destroyed children rights and life in AP by redefining education like running poultry forms. They have also started concept schools which no one knows what is the concept? It is effecting all in AP not just alone Telangana. You know why they want samaikhyavadam.

Another 250 families of central services (IAS and IPS) facilitate the above group’s interests in Hyderabad. Another 10,000 Andhra employees (Govt)(section officers, clerks etc) support these groups. Rests all are ordinary citizens who live in Hyderabad like any other people with whom no one has problem.

White Collar crimes: Krishi Bank, Satyam, Mytas, Metro rail, Prudential Bank, GTB, Nagarjuna Finance, Margadharshi Chit fund, many real estate scams, irrigation contracts, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Scams at Tirumala (they have not even spared the lord Balaji). They should know that he doesn’t spare too. Who are these people? They are certainly not belonging to Andhra/Rayalaseema or Telangana. They have no region / religion and they belong to mafia. Do you want to own them?

Hence my dear friends, in the name of Smaikhya Andhra, they are instigating (you) innocent and poor and middle classes of Andhra and rayalaseema people for their survival. If they are doing business legally, nothing to worry not just in Telanagana but any where else. Poor are poor every where irrespective of regions. You should question your leaders why Kurnool, Vizayawada flooded so badly, why so many deaths in Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram. Vizag due to mosquitoes! Why girl child and infant mortality is higher in Anathapur and Kurnool dists. Why there is no drinking water in Rayalaseema, why no BC representation in Rayalaseema at all, for how long you want to be servants of these mafia. Do not sacrifice your valuable lives for factionist’s designs.

Rayalaseema CMs ruled for 22 years but what have they done to Rayalaseema? Factionist, Mining mafia, disgrace to Lord Venkateswara, dominance of one community. Human development indicators in the region are appalling.

Jalayagnam Facts and Fiction - Sridhar Deshpande

Sridhar Deshpande - Deputy Executive Engineer - Irrigation Department (Govt. of A.P)

Part 1

Part 2

JAC Chief Prof Kodandaram at Vidyarthi Garjana

Education - a tale of two states

Education Policy of Telangana (Quick Notes)

1: Liberalise, abolish the license-permit raj in education.
2: Institutionalise accountability of government and private educational entities.
3: Empower students and parents.

Kerala has the highest literacy rate in the nation, above ninety percent. The way Kerala spends its education money is also strikingly different from the other states. For illustration, I compare it with the state of West Bengal. Ideologically the governments of both states are equally committed to basic education and literacy. Both states have for long had popularly elected Marxist governments. The conclusions of the comparative analysis are however generally valid.

Kerala is one of the few states in the country where elementary education is NOT made compulsory by law. Both governments spend almost equal fraction of the total budget on education (about 25 percent). In West Bengal, 84 percent of rural children do not pay any fee for primary education but that number is only 48 percent in Kerala. Sixty percent of rural primary school children get free textbooks and supplies in West Bengal, only two percent in Kerala do. Households with less than Rs. 3000 in annual per capita income spend 25 percent of the income on elementary education in West Bengal but in Kerala it is 36 percent. The poor in Kerala spend the highest fraction of their income on their children's basic education compared to the poor in any other state in the country.

Given these facts-more children get free education and supplies in West Bengal and the poor are asked to spend more of their own money in Kerala-one would expect that West Bengal would have a much higher literacy rate than Kerala. The facts speak otherwise. Kerala has 91 percent literacy rate while West Bengal has only 57 percent. Moreover, in West Bengal 46 percent of children in the age group of 6 to 14 have never enrolled in school, only two percent in Kerala suffer from that fate. What explains this vast difference in performance?

It is surprising that in a thoroughly Marxist state like Kerala, 60 percent of the rural primary schools are private, as compared to only 11 percent in West Bengal. The proportion of private primary schools in Kerala is the highest in the country; the second highest is Maghalaya at 21 percent, and the national average is only five percent. The government of Kerala also pays expenses of almost half of the students enrolled in private primary schools. The number for West Bengal is 15 percent which is the third highest in the country (Tamil Nadu is at 20 percent); the national average is again about five percent.

Kerala has the highest proportion of private primary schools and it also subsidises the highest proportion of students in private schools. Both of these facts give the citizens of Kerala wider effective choice in selecting primary schools for their children. Many of the private schools are run by various religious groups in the state. They are generally more likely to be successful in exerting pressure on parents to send their children to school. The choices available to parents must increase attendance as well as retention rates in the state.
Kerala uses its public funds to encourage competition among schools. To avoid transportation costs, most parents generally send their children to the nearest school. The resulting "geographical clustering" of schools and their customers lessens competition among schools. Each school has a captured customer base. By subsidising transportation costs, Kerala helps parents send their children to the school they consider best, irrespective of the distance. This increases competition among schools. The provision of direct scholarship to students in Kerala also leads to the same result. With the scholarship money, students can go to any school of their choice. Among all the states in the country, the highest proportion of children in Kerala receives transportation subsidies and direct scholarships.
The focus on how the two governments spend their education rupees indicates that Kerala by offering more choices to parents and increasing competition among schools actually practices market principles. Kerala's citizens have received far better educational service than those of almost any other state in the union. The Kerala model of education-of choice and competition-is unique in the country, and so is Kerala's educational performance. It is not just how much a state spends on education but how it spends that determines efficiency and effectiveness of the education system.
The status of higher education in these two states is also worth comparing. State universities in West Bengal receive 91 percent of their budget from the government. In Kerala it is only 54 percent, the remaining amount is generated by fees, donations, endowments, and other sources. Again Kerala requires its universities to raise almost half of their budget from the customers and communities they serve. This fosters accountability and more attention to the needs of those who help finance state universities. This is one of the important reasons that Kerala performs better also in higher education than many other states in the union.
Read the full paper at: On the Role of Government and Civil Society in Education: Liberalisation, Accountability, and Empowerment - Dr. Parth J Shah, President, Center for Civil Society.

A question needs to be raised

A question needs to be raised: why is coastal Andhra Pradesh so insistent on keeping a region that is so adamant on divorce? It cannot be a territorial matter since Telengana is not seceding from the Indian union, and there is no law which says that an Andhra businessman cannot own a Telengana company or, for that matter, property in Hyderabad. Language is clearly no longer the most important glue for states, and if people get convinced that there is imbalance in development they will demand a better option – and seek it in their own lifetimes. There is no point offering them gold in 2020 and coal today. It won’t work.

Andhra Leaders - Byrraju Ramalinga Raju

The first person to severely tarnish the image of India in IT Outsourcing! This guy makes a lot of companies rethink about outsourcing to India. I wonder why India Govt involves and begs on behalf of Satyam.

Maytas is the infrastructure front of BRR:

In wake of the Satyam scam, the Citizens for a Better Public Transport in Hyderabad (CBPTH) demanded a CBI inquiry into the process of how Maytas bagged the Hyderabad Metro Rail project. The CBPTH convener C Ramachandraiah alleged that the state government had been favouring Maytas for infrastructure projects. The Economic Times reported that the Andhra Pradesh government has had paid Rs. 1,800 crore to Maytas Infra towards works under the irrigation department's Jalayagnam project. The major irrigation minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said that works totalling another Rs 11,000 crore had been sanctioned to Maytas Infra, since Y S Rajasekhara Reddy took as the chief minister in 2004. Maytas Infra-led consortium failed to achieve financial closure and give performance guarantee, the state government of Andhra Pradesh was on Tuesday forced to end its unprecedented generosity and cancel the concession agreement with the group on the Rs 12,132-crore Hyderabad Metro Rail project. On July 21, 2009, a criminal case was registered against the promoters of the company by the Hyderabad police under Section 406 (criminal breach of trust) and Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

Some excerpts on Satyam:

Being an Andhraite, and having good political connection with the Andhra dominated government and bureaucracy, he is said to have acquired vast amounts of land in and around Hyderabad city at dirt cheap rates, a lot of it under benami (nameless, phoney) accounts.
A botched acquisition attempt involving Maytas (a company owned by his own family) in December 2008 led to a plunge in the share price of Satyam.[7] In January 2009, Raju indicated that Satyam's accounts had been falsified over a number of years.[7] He admitted to an accounting fraud to the tune of 7000 crore rupees or 1.5 Billion US Dollars and resigned from the Satyam board on January 7, 2009.

.. is reported to have resulted in a loss of around Rs 14,000 crore (Rs 140 billion) to the shareholders.

Satyam Computer Services, now Mahindra Satyam, can face punitive action in the US as the company's shares were listed and traded on American bourses. It is also contesting about a dozen class action suits in US courts which could entail a heavy penalty on the company.

Also, the company can face action by the US Securities Exchange Commission.

India has requested authorities in the United States not to take any action against scam-hit Satyam, as it would amount to punishing shareholders of the IT company for a second time.

Mixing Solar with Coal to Cut Costs

A project that will add solar power to a coal-fired power plant could reduce the amount of coal required to generate electricity and dramatically cut the cost of solar power.

The project will involve building an array of parabolic mirrors designed to concentrate heat from the sun, and using that heat to help make the steam that drives the coal plant's turbines and generators, making electricity. Such mirrors have been used for decades to generate electricity at stand-alone concentrated-solar power plants, also called solar-thermal plants, which are currently the cheapest source of solar power. But pairing the concentrating mirrors with a coal power plant offers a way to make this type of solar power even cheaper because a large part of the cost of a solar-thermal plant is the equipment for converting heat into electricity. The Abengoa Solar project will use existing boilers, turbines, generators, and so on, reducing this cost. 

"The thing that's attractive about this is you only have to buy the solar field portion of the plant, which is 50 to 60 percent of the cost of the plant," says Hank Price, director of technology at Abengoa Solar. That could effectively make solar-thermal power about 30 to 50 percent cheaper, according to various estimates.

Ramagundam has plenty of coal. Telangana has lots of sunshine. 

Adilabad Pembi - Shankar Reddy