TOI | IANS | Mar 9, 2010 | 03.33pm IST
Desperate over the delay in formation of a Telangana state, another student of the Osmania University committed suicide on Tuesday. Sai Kumar, a second year B Tech student, ended his life by hanging in his hostel room in the campus. A suicide note purported to have been written by him said he was taking the extreme step as he was upset over the delay. Police said some hostel inmates saw Sai Kumar hanging from the ceiling fan. Kumar, who hailed from Nalgonda district, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
The incident triggered fresh tension in the university, the nerve centre of the Telangana agitation. Students gathered in large numbers and raised slogans of ‘Jai Telangana’. In view of the tense situation, the university authorities have postponed the exams scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. This is the latest in a series of suicides by Telangana students in support of the demand for separate statehood to the backward region, which comprises Hyderabad and nine other districts.
05:24 GMT, Monday, 22 February 2010
An Indian teenager, who set himself on fire demanding the creation of a new state in southern India called Telangana, has died in hospital. S Yadaiah, 19, set himself ablaze on Saturday during a protest in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Yadaiah, unemployed and an orphan, died of his injuries in hospital on Sunday. Andhra Pradesh has seen weeks of violent protests for and against the proposals to form a new state. Reports say Yadaiah took out a bottle containing petrol from his bag, doused himself and lit a match while watching a procession of university students. Campaigners say Telangana’s economic development has been neglected in favour of the richer and more powerful Andhra region – and that a new state is the only solution.
“The suicide note in his bag shows that he was frustrated due to lack of proper employment,” police official Srinivasa Rao was quoted as saying by The Indian Express newspaper. “He wrote that a separate Telangana state would ensure jobs for hundreds of youths like him and that he was immolating himself in protest against the delay in formation of the new state.” In December, Indian authorities said Telangana would be carved out of the northern districts of Andhra Pradesh, but later said more talks were needed. The Indian government has decided to set up a committee to look into demands for the formation of Telangana state. Continue reading
BBC NEWS | 2010/01/05 | 14:58:59 GMT
Indian political parties meeting to discuss a “road map” for the proposed new state of Telangana have ended talks in Delhi without a breakthrough. The eight parties issued a joint statement appealing for calm. Telangana would be carved out of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and there have been protests for and against it in recent weeks. The Indian government announced the proposal in early December, but later said more consultations were needed.
‘Appeal for peace’
Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said Tuesday’s talks had been “a good meeting and everybody expressed their views.” More consultations would be held, he said. “It is quite clear that views of political parties are divided. I summed up their views and will take them to the prime minister and formulate a course of action,” the NDTV channel quoted him as saying. The leaders of the political parties who attended the meeting called for calm in Andhra Pradesh. “It is our earnest appeal that peace, harmony and law and order should be maintained in the state,” their statement said. Correspondents say there are deep divisions within political parties over the Telangana issue and a consensus was not expected. Continue reading
Indian Express | Yahoo News |Tue, Jan 5 2010 | 07:12 AM
On the eve of the first meeting convened by the Centre to hold consultations on Telangana, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and other pro-statehood camps on Monday flagged their determination not to allow any delay in the creation of India’s 29th state, but sharp divisions in other political parties suggested that the outcome could be a long-drawn process. Out of the eight recognised parties called by the Home Ministry, three (TRS, CPI and BJP) have openly voiced support for Telangana, two (CPM and Praja Rajyam) have publicly opposed it, two (Congress and TDP) have taken ambivalent positions while the MIM will take a stand only after seeing which way the meeting turns. At the meeting that will be attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and chaired by Home Minister P Chidambaram, the TRS will cite the government’s December 9 announcement to demand that Telangana be created. “The government has announced its policy on Telangana. It should follow it up with constitutional process. A resolution should be moved in Parliament,” TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters after he called on CPI leader A B Bardhan here on Monday.
“It is a single-point agenda for us. Create Telangana under Article 3 of the Constitution,” TRS leader and former MP B Vinod Kumar told The Indian Express. The CPI too has favoured formation of Telangana, though it has made it clear that it is not in favour of other smaller states and has said it will oppose constitution of a second States Reorganisation Commission. “We support a separate Telangana. Its formation is Continue reading
TOI | Hyderabad | 4 January 2010 | 05:03am IST
In what can spell further trouble for the Congress high command whose decisions have put Andhra Pradesh in a state of turmoil, the Telangana Students’ Joint Action Committee (JAC) at a massive meeting at the Arts College grounds in Osmania University on Sunday evening called for a Rasta roko on January 5 in the entire region. It also threatened the Centre of dire consquences if it went back on its word on Telangana. They also claimed they would boycott examinations if the January 5 meeting does not result in a favourable decision.
The JAC from the Andhra region has already called for a bandh on Monday and a Rasta roko on Tuesday, when the Centre is scheduled to hold talks with political parties on the Telangana issue in New Delhi. In a display which was well regulated both by the police and the JAC members on the directive of the AP High Court, almost 80,000 students managed to make it to the venue and displayed remarkable restraint. JAC members however claimed that nearly 2 lakhs students made it to the OU. The students claimed that hundreds of their brethren were detained en route. On the other side, police officials heaved a sigh of relief that it went off peacefull. Continue reading
Reuters | Hyderabad | Sun Dec 27, 2009 | 3:31pm IST
Senior Congress leader and governor of Andhra Pradesh N.D. Tiwari resigned after an alleged sex scandal in another blow to the ruling Congress party which is facing protests over statehood demands there. Tiwari resigned late on Saturday after a local television channel aired a video of the 86-year-old Congress leader allegedly in bed with three young women. Tiwari said the footage was doctored, but an embarrassed Congress party asked the governor to resign. The Congress faces a mid-term poll in the state if political parties continue to protest and lawmakers resign en masse over demands for a new Telangana state.
“This incident adds to the problems of the Congress party and the government will now have to look for a replacement who they will hope can control the political turmoil and keep the house in order in Andhra Pradesh,” said N. Bhaskara Rao of the Centre for Media studies. The Congress party, which has won several key state polls recently and has 33 lawmakers in parliament from Andhra Pradesh which it also rules, does not want any further trouble in the key state, experts said. The political developments in Andhra Pradesh have made politicians and investors jittery, especially in the state’s main city of Hyderabad, which houses firms like Microsoft, Google and Mahindra Satyam among others. Continue reading
BBC NEWS | 2009/12/14 | 16:05:10 GMT
India’s government said last week it would allow a new state to be created from part of what is now the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Historian Mahesh Rangarajan looks at possible fall-out from the move. The near total political paralysis of one of India’s largest states, Andhra Pradesh, over its proposed carve-up, raises fresh questions about how the world’s largest democracy will handle questions of identity and territory in this young century. Telangana, the new state proposed, is not a fresh demand, but even as it seems closer than ever to materialising, it opens a Pandora’s Box in a vast country of over a billion people. It is not numbers, but diversity that has always been the challenge for India. In 1956, less than a decade after independence, India embarked on a redrawing of most internal boundaries on linguistic lines. Half a century later, most if not all people in states throughout much of the west, south and east of the country speak the same tongue.
Language defining nationhood was passed in Europe’s history. But in a country which now has as many as 18 official languages, linguistic divisions took place within a nation state and not on its international borders. The issue of the Telangana region shows how the arrangement, over half a century old, is under the scanner. One simple reason is the vastness of India’s larger states. Its most populous province, Uttar Pradesh, has over 170 million people, almost as many as Pakistan. Its chief minister, Mayawati, has been quick to call for its re-division, a Continue reading