Koulas, a fort with a hoary past
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Education. Energy. Civil liberties. All things Telangana!
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.
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.
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.
.... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In January 2009, Raju indicated that Satyam's accounts had been falsified over a number of years. 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.