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Friday, February 24th, 2012

Visalandhra Mahasabha is holding an exhibition and media workshop titled “Rashtra Samaikyatanu Kaapadudhaam” on February 25th 2012 at the Nehru Kala Vedika in Tirupati
 
The exhibition will open at 10.00 AM in the morning. We will showcase:
o   History of Telugu unity
o   Socio-economic indicators by region
o   Separatists’ changing tunes on Telugu unity
o   Why Telugus should stay united
o   Photo gallery

During the morning session VMS will hold a media workshop at 11.00 AM. The event will be attended by prominent personalities from Tirupathi as well as VMS members: Anjaneya Reddy, Parakala Prabhakar, Narra Madhav Rao, Chegondi Ramajogaiah, Sunkara Venkateswar Rao, K. Srinivas Reddy, freedom fighter Mahboob Ali, Laxman Reddy garu and others.

If you live in and around Tirupati, please do attend the event.

Regards,
Nalamotu Chakravarthy

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Visalandhra Mahasabha is holding an exhibition and media workshop titled “Rashtra Samaikyatanu Kaapadudhaam” on February 11th 2012 at the Siddhartha Auditorium, Moghalrajpuram.
 
The exhibition will open at 11.00 AM in the morning. We will showcase:
o   History of Telugu unity
o   Socio-economic indicators by region
o   Separatists’ changing tunes on Telugu unity
o   Why Telugus should stay united
o   Photo gallery

During the morning session VMS will hold a media workshop at 11.00 AM. Then at 3 in the afternoon, we will be holding another session where local leaders are invited to speak on the issue of integration.

If you live in and around Vijayawada, please do attend the event.

Regards,
Nalamotu Chakravarthy
 

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Visalandhra Mahasabha on December 29th achieved an important milestone. After months of setbacks, we've eventually achieved our goal of conducting an integrationist event in Hyderabad. It is the first of its kind.

When we asked for our right to freely express our opinion: the State government instead of coming to our rescue stifled our voices. The police have turned their back on us when we asked for protection. The "so-called" integrationists and community leaders of Hyderabad refused to come to our rescue as they felt expressing a point of view would be provocative. Our political parties and leaders said it is in VMS’ best interest that they don't stand by us as it would hurt our organization's image of an apolitical organization. When our venue was denied to us, as a last resort, when we approached the judiciary, the court system failed us. The High Court sided with the government and dismissed our most basic fundamental rights case. I was dumbfounded by the courts decision. The judiciary in our country lost course.

The essential ingredient for a free society to survive is people's ability to freely express their opinions. When a society cannot tolerate such freedoms, it gradually degenerates into a dictatorship, where only might will win.

The fight for integration is important. However, the fight for individual freedom is far more important. Alas, it is lost on the intellectuals of our state why we should stand for our fundamental rights, while risking fears of provocation. Every time you fear to freely speak your mind, the society moves one step closer to an autocracy. Need evidence? Look at how the separatist movement became violent as years went by. This has happened because integrationist voices decided to stay quiet.

VMS about a month ago lost trust in the judiciary process as the High Court kept on adjourning our petition week after week after week. We have decided to go ahead and conduct our event in a private venue instead of a government facility like the Jubilee Hall or Ravindra Bharathi. We’ve also decided not to give anything in writing to police seeking protection, as they will use it to deny our most basic rights. Technically, we did not need permission from the law enforcement to conduct an indoor event.

December 29th 2011 exhibition and media workshop was a phenomenal success. We had several freedom fighters from the Nizam region that rallied to our cause and dared to stand with our organization. They are Sri Narra Madhav Rao, Smt. Shakhamuri Suguna, Sri K.S. Mehaboob, Sri Laxman Rao, and Sri Naganna. The former two are also members of VMS executive committee.

As the session began, when Sri C. Anjaneya Reddy garu was speaking, a journalist kept on interfering demanding to name the five Chief Ministers from Telangana mentioned in our charts. Anjaneya Reddy garu insisted on allowing him to finish his speech and the answer will be given later. He eventually clarified that they are JVR, PVNR, MC, and TA. The reason for five is the two terms held by MC.

When Sri Narra Madhav Rao spoke, some of the journalists took exception to his comments and demanded an apology. 90 year old native Hyderabadi, Madhav Rao garu refused to apologize and with police intervention things returned to normalcy. Freedom fighter Suguna garu, despite her frail physical condition, took on the journalists head-on. She said, nobody can stop the event from happening that day. From that point on, the event went on smoothly. Professor and former Vice Chancellor R.V.R. Chandhra Shekhar Rao, MCPI leader Thandra Kumar and MCPI Secretary Marreddy Venkat Reddy spoke. After which Prabhakar garu did a powerpoint presentation. It was highlight of the day and his presentation was carried live on most TV channels and it was simply spectacular.

We’ve also put up an exhibition at the venue. In the lobby area we put a photo gallery of the violent activities that have happened during the course of this agitation. Some of the journalists pulled those charts down. We quickly put them back up.

The media workshop ended as planned at 2.00 PM.

Police came in around 2:30 PM and said they have protected us to the best of their ability throughout the day. In reciprocation, they requested us to conclude the exhibition early due to security concerns.  We took the exhibition down at 3:30 PM an hour and half earlier than planned. I now regret agreeing to end the exhibition early. The media completely distorted the story and declared the event was disrupted by the separatists.

Today, I am very proud of the Visalandhra Mahasabha team. There are too many names to mention. Our brave team has worked hard for weeks and never did their spirits wane. We stuck together through thick and thin. I am proud to be associated with such spectacular group of team players.

Our cause is noble, our fight is just. The fight for Telugu unity will go on.

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

President

Visalandhra Mahasabha

http://www.visalandhra.org
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Visalandhra Mahasabha is holding an exhibition and media workshop on December 29th 2011 at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Bagh Lingampally.

·       Exhibition will open at 11.00 AM in the morning. The exhibition will showcase:

o   History of Telugu unity

o   Socio-economic indicators by region

o   Separatists’ changing tunes on Telugu unity

o   Why Telugus should stay united

o   Photo gallery

 ·     11:30 AM, a book titled “Rashtra Samaikyatanu Kapaadudhaam” will be released

·        At noon, the media workshop will commence. Prominent intellectuals and freedom fighters will participate in the session.

The exhibition will end at 5.00 PM

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow December 15th is Potti Sriramulu’s varthanthi. Visalandhra Mahasabha is going to garland the statue of Amarajeevi and pay homage to the gandhian who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of a Telugu state.

Visalandhra Mahasabha Executive Committee members C. Anjaneya Reddy, Parakala Prabhakar, Challagulla Narasimha Rao, Kumar Chowdhary Yadav, Chegonti Ramajogaiah, Prof. Atluri Murali, Sunkara Venkateswar Rao, Dr. Syed Faheem, freedom fighters Sugunamma and Narra Madhav Rao and others will participate in the event.

Please join us on Thursday December 15th at 11.00 AM at the Potti Sriramulu statue that is near Secretariat.

I am looking forward to seeing you all.

Save Andhra Pradesh!

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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Friday, November 25th, 2011

In order to quell 1973’s violent Jai Andhra movement for a separate State, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Congress Government reached an agreement with the leaders of Andhra Pradesh. That agreement is often called the Six-Point Formula.

 

As part of that agreement, six new zones were defined. Each zone had a set of districts. Zone 1: Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam, Zone 2: East Godavari, West Godavari, and Krishna, Zone 3: Guntur, Prakasham and Nellore, Zone 4: Chittoor, Cuddapah, Anantapur, and Kurnool, Zone 5: Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, and Khammam, Zone 6: Ranga Reddy, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Medak, and Nalgonda.

 

Hyderabad district was categorized separately as it was the State capital.

 

In the 6-point formula’s zonal agreement, 80% of Class-IV government jobs were reserved to those from their respective native districts. 70% of the non-gazetted posts were reserved for locals of each native zone, and similarly 60% of gazetted posts were reserved for locals of the native zone.

 

6-Point formula did not apply to certain government posts and these were detailed in Section 14 of the agreement. These included posts in the Secretariat, offices of the Heads of Department, and posts in other State level offices or institutions. Lastly, clause 14(f) excluded police officer posts, hired under the Hyderabad City Police Act, from the agreement.

 

This 14(f) clause has become a bone of contention over the past several years. The arrangement to allow candidates from all districts of the State to apply for police jobs in the capital city is not unusual. For example, Delhi police recruits from all the states in the country. Its 2009 recruitment notice said: “Recruitment will be held at Delhi for which candidates from all parts of the country…can apply”.

 

Separatist leaders claimed that opening up of Hyderabad posts to all districts in the State has resulted in jobs being looted by other regions of the State. They have instigated students against the government and people from other regions of the State. ‘14F’ became a rallying call for the students.

 

So, let us see if the repeal of 14(f) actually benefits those hailing from Nizam districts.

 

Andhra Pradesh police department, in 2005, compiled a list of police constables working in Hyderabad, but are not natives of the city. They’ve identified a total of 2869 candidates and here is their split by district- Srikakulam: 140, Vizianagaram: 23, Visakhapatnam: 23, East Godavari: 104, West Godavari: 97, Krishna: 113, Guntur: 247, Prakasam: 356, Nellore: 30, Chittoor: 53, Anantapur: 51, Kurnool: 128, Kadapa: 96, Mahabubnagar: 459, Nalgonda: 251, Ranga Reddy: 347, Medak: 125, Nizamabad: 37, Adilabad: 10, Karimnagar: 33, Warangal: 99, Khammam: 47.

 

If you group these posts by regions- Kosta: 1133 (39%), Rayalaseema: 358 (12%), Nizam: 1408 (49% ).

 

Now, let us see the percentage population of these regions excluding Hyderabad- Kosta: 44%, Rayalaseema: 19%, Nizam: 38%.

 

What does this indicate? Nizam region (excluding Hyderabad), despite having 38% population availed 49% of the police constable jobs, whereas Kosta with 44% of the population availed 39% and Rayalaseema with 19% of the population availed 12% of the non-local police constable jobs.

 

One may argue that with the repeal of 14(f), all the jobs will now go to Hyderabad citizens. However, Hyderabad today is a cosmopolitan city with residents from all regions of the State and all parts of the country living in it. So, jobs in Hyderabad will be availed by people of all regions living in the city and not necessarily from a particular region.

 

Government of Andhra Pradesh recently issued a notification for the hiring of 2,643 police constables in the city. If past trends were to hold good in the current recruitment phase, who are the worst affected by the repeal of 14(f)? The rural unemployed youth of Mahbubnagar, followed by Prakasam, Ranga Reddy and Nalgonda! These are the four districts that sent highest number of non-locals to the Hyderabad Police Department.

 

Interestingly, past efforts by the police department to recruit constables from Hyderabad were partially successful. Hyderabadi’s are not interested in taking up constable jobs, when there are less risky and more lucrative jobs available in the city. It is the rural unemployed that are keen on taking up these jobs. Our politicians in their infinite wisdom have fought hard to deny these employment benefits to our rural poor and underprivileged.

 

With the repeal of 14(f), residents of areas such as Kukatpally, Dilshukhnagar, Uppal, and Narsingi, which are integral part of Hyderabad, are denied job opportunities. These areas come under Ranga Reddy district!

 

Our politicians in their infinite wisdom have fought hard to deny these employment benefits to our rural poor and underprivileged. As long as our creator continues to shower our leaders with this kind of wisdom, we can be rest assured of our third world country status.

  

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Andhra Pradesh came into existence according to the deep desires of Telugu people to live together in one State. The movement for a Telugu State is as old as Indian National Congress’ independence movement. Telugu people have thousands of years of legacy living together under Satavahana, Kakatiya, Vijayanagara, Qutub Shahi and Nizam Shahi rules. With the advent of the British merchants, our unity fell apart. Our people and land have been traded off as commodities. As a result, Telugus acquired new regional identities called Circar, Ceded, and Nizam regions.

In early 1900s there has been an awakening among Telugus. Telugus were scattered across today’s Tamilnadu, Orissa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra regions. They’ve realized that their history, culture, and language have been neglected for generations. After a movement that lasted for nearly fifty years our state came into existence. It required great many sacrifices by our leaders such as Potti Sriramulu, Konda Venktapayya, Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, Raavi Narayan Reddy and scores of other great men and women.

When the dream of a united Telugu State was about to be realized, leaders like K.V. Ranga Reddy and M. Chenna Reddy threw a wrench into the plans. To appease the parochial interests of these politicians, an agreement has been reached called the Gentlemen’s Agreement. Unfortunately, this agreement and the agreements that followed it have perpetuated the regional feelings among the Telugu people.

Today, the rumoured solution being prepared by the Congress Party involves creation of regional councils for each of the three regions. Unfortunately, just like the previous agreements, this proposal will ensure that the wound of regionalism will continue to fester.

Commonsense dictates that efforts should be made to fuse the different Telugu regions that have been under different rules. Otherwise, what is the point of creating a united Telugu state? Instead, our brilliant leaders continue to come up with solution after solution that perpetuates regionalism. Gentlemen’s Agreement crafted along regional lines, resulted in the creation of a regional council that was to last for 5 years, which was extended to 10 years and then to 15 years. Similarly, the agreement offered job protections along regional lines. In 1969, opportunistic politicians took advantage and built a separatist movement around violations to Gentlemen’s Agreement, when hardly any violations actually took place.

Let us fast forward to the 6-point formula devised by Smt. Indira Gandhi to quell the Jai Andhra movement. Though Smt. Gandhi was instrumental in saving the Andhra Pradesh state from division, her solution yet again was myopic. She divided the state into 6 zones and these zones were grouped along regional lines. Thanks to Mrs. Gandhi and the leaders that advised her, we had GO-610 controversy, the 14F controversy, teacher postings controversy and controversies around employees of one region/zone not being able to move despite special needs, and not to mention the current separatist agitation.

Now the same Congress backed Government yet again is noodling over a solution to create regional councils. Apparently these councils will have a good bit of autonomy including budgets. Unfortunately, what is lost on our leaders and people is the implicit acknowledgment of the regional divide. When you create regional councils, it goes against the very fundamental objective of creating a united Telugu State. We are perpetuating the regional differences among people to satisfy the needs of politicians. Creation of three regional councils is in fact worse than Indira Gandhi’s 6-point formula.

Central Government may duck behind the recommendation made by Justice Srikrishna Committee (SKC) to create regional council. SKC findings are excellent in the area of socio-economic analysis by regions. However, one must accept that Justice Srikrishna lacks basic understanding of our State’s culture and norms. His immaturity and insensitivity towards local issues is evident by the language used in his report by citing the names of castes and identifying businesses by regions. The secret chapter is the highlight of his unprofessionalism. If only Srikrishna was more focused on understanding the subject and not had religion about finishing the report in a year, he would have been judged favourably by history.

SKC’s recommendation of a Telangana Regional Council is hackneyed, illogical and shallow. If the UPA government creates regional councils, it will yet again show that our leaders learn nothing from history. This will go down as another historic blunder. Today Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders have one voice. Now, this ingenious regional council arrangement will sow seeds of differences between these two regions too. It is just a matter of time before all three regional councils start accusing each other of favouritism by the State government.

Then, what is the solution? Our leaders should stop crafting solutions along regional lines. Regionalism is a ploy cooked up by opportunistic politicians. There is a widespread acceptance for devolution of powers in India. Any solution must be based at the district level or even mandal level. Here are a few suggestions that came up during the brainstorming sessions held by the leaders of Visalandhra Mahasabha:

  • The current zonal system should be completely eliminated and replaced with a district based reservation system.
  • Government employees should be able to work anywhere in the state, while the reservation is only meant for proportionate employment to the district. In other words, if a district has 5% of the State’s population, residents of the district are entitled to 5% of the government jobs but are free to choose their job location based on a forced ranking system.
  • District level representation in state government offices such as the Secretariat and departmental directorates.
  • A university for every district and funds to universities should be in proportion to the population (barring large established universities- whose funding should over the long run to be aligned with district universities; in other words, no special treatment for OU, AU, and others). Allow, at least one medical college for every district.

·      Extensive administrative autonomy to districts via zilla parishads or newly formed district councils.

  • Devolution of powers to be made statutory with 40% of the current State budget going to zilla parishads (or district councils).
  • Restrict state government’s ability to re-allocate river waters to other irrigation projects and industries. Any re-allocation of river waters including surplus/flood waters should have 2/3rd of legislators consent in the State Assembly.
  • Identify mandal as a unit of prosperity. A special financial package must be given to backward mandals. The package must be based on weighted average of per capita income and population. Mandal Presidents must be given a free hand to spend the money on development initiatives.
  • Limit government’s ability to acquire private land. Before government can acquire private property, it should be put through a tough judicial test of whether public interest outweighs private property rights by a large margin.

Let us all hope that the Central Government will come up with a solution that is sensible and well thought-out which will bridge the regional divide.

 

Save Andhra Pradesh!

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

http://www.visalandhra.org

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Friday, November 4th, 2011

The recent by-election in Banswada was a slap in the face for TRS and its MLA Pocharam Srinivas Reddy. The election was necessitated by the resignation of the then TDP MLA Srinivas Reddy. The voting was going to be a mandate for TRS and its separatist agenda. Unfortunately, TDP yet again proved itself to be a gutless party by not contesting in the election. They feared losing their deposit. Alas, the results turned out to be something else. When the election results were declared, Congress Party candidate Srinivas Goud unexpectedly polled more than 30 thousand votes, while Pocharam polled over 80 thousand votes. Separatists won by a significant margin, but everyone including the TRS were surprised with the number of votes Congress got. There was hardly any campaigning done by the major political parties. They were all resigned to get beaten badly. Despite it, Congress polled over 30 thousand votes. If TDP contested in this constituency with all their strength, they likely would have cut further into TRS margin. Banswada traditionally has been a TDP bastion. 

 

In light of election results, a red-faced Pocharam Srinivas Reddy went to the press and spewed venom against those that did not vote for him. He made veiled threats against the so-called "settlers"- most of them are people who have been living in his constituency for over fifty years. He didn't even spare those who live in Kukatpally. He threatened them with "consequences". Our constitution requires that the voters' anonymity is protected. He proudly proclaimed that the electronic voting system allows him to identify areas that have not voted for him- hinting that they can be targeted.

 

Visalandhra Mahasabha has lodged a formal protest with the Chief Election Commissioner against Pocharam Srinivas Reddy. The representation was drafted by former DGP C. Anjaneya Reddy garu of Visalandhra Mahasabha. Given below is the text of the complaint:

============================

The Chief Election Commissioner
Nirvachan Sadan
Ashoka Road
New Delhi – 110 001
                                                                                    27 October 2011

Sir,
 

Ref:  Press Statement of Shri Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, MLA -  Banswada in Nizamabad District of
         Andhra Pradesh –regarding:

We wish to make this representation to you on behalf of Vishalandhra Mahasabha, a non-political organistion committed to the cause of integrity of Andhra Pradesh in the face of agitations in Telangana, Rayalaseema and Coastal districts for the vivisection of the State in the name of sub-regional sentiments. We have no political affiliations of any kind.
 

Shri Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, MLA – Banswada  who was earlier in Telugu Desam Party resigned from the party some time ago and joined the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). In the bye-election caused by his resignation, he contested on behalf of the TRS and won the election on —- with an impressive margin of some 49000 votes. His Congress rival secured about 33000 votes when the TRS was expecting him to lose his deposit. On the 20th October2011, Shri Reddy addressed a press conference celebrating his victory in which he said:
 

“Settlers claim they support the Telangana cause, but did not vote for it. They live on Telangana soil, but did not vote for us. They have to rethink about their attitude or face consequences,”
 

This is perhaps the first time a TRS MLA has openly attacked the attitude of people who have settled in Telangana and held out a threat on the ground they have not voted for him. By settlers, he meant the people from coastal districts of the State who settled in Nizamabad district about 70 years ago.  Holding out threats of this kind is punishable under Section 125 of Representation of People’s Act which reads as follows:
 

125. Promoting enmity between classes in connection with election.—Any person who in connection with an election under thisAct promotes or attempts to promote on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language, feelings of enmity or hatred, between different classes of the citizens of India shall be punishable, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

 

Apart from the Representation of People’s Act, this is a cognizable offence u/s 153A of Indian Penal Code which reads as follows:
 

Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds or religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religions, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities and which disturbs or is likely to disturb the public tranquility, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years or with fine or with both.

 

In view of the culpable conduct of the MLA, we request you to order an enquiry by a senior officer of the Commission and initiate appropriate action against the MLA.
 

Thanking you.
 

C. Anjaneya Reddy, IPS
Visalandhra Mahasabha
 

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Visalandhra Mahasabha, on November 1st 2011, felicitated freedom fighters at the Telugu Thalli statue near Secretariat. Freedom fighters have put garlands at Telugu Thalli’s feet. They were later felicitated by the representatives of Visalandhra Mahasabha. Five freedom fighters have participated in the event. All of them are from the Nizam Telangana region. They have unequivocally and vociferously spoke against the division of our state. Andhra Pradesh Freedom Fighter’s Association President Sri Narra Madhav Rao was felicitated by former DGP Sri Anjaneya Reddy, Smt. Sugunamma by Dr. Parakala Prabhakar, Sri K.S. Mehabub by Sri Chegonti Ramajogaiah, Sri Alladi Naganna by Sri Sunkara Venkateswara Rao, and Sri P. Ramaswamy by Sri Kumar Chowdhary Yadav.

Speaking at the event, Sri Narra Madhav Rao garu recollected his memories from his time fighting the Razakars. He said he and his fellow fighters have made enormous sacrifices during their lifetime. He said that he is saddened and outraged with the way politicians are ruining Telugu unity that has been won over after a long-fought battle. He ridiculed the separatist politicians as little kids who were not even born when they were fighting for Telugu unity. He said that the politicians know nothing about what Telugu people had endured prior to 1956.

Smt. Sugunamma said she is a proud native of udhyamala gadda Nalgonda. She recollected her battles with Razakars and how she was a gun-toting fighter in those days. Though she had a bit of difficulty in walking, her energy kept her going. Her energy was a source of inspiration to people around her. She urged the media to take her message of Telugu unity to the people of our State.

Sri K.S. Mehbub spoke eloquently about Visalandhralo Prajarajyam. He said politicians are running amok with our state. He said there are many daunting social issues that need to be tackled including corruption, caste discrimination, and income inequality, unfortunately our leaders have taken up the ill-conceived separatist movement. He expressed anguish at the way hatred being spread among people of different regions.

Freedom fighters, despite their old age, gave loud slogans non-stop for nearly five minutes- “Varthillali Varthillai, Visalandhra Varthillali”, “Jai Samaikyandhra, Jai Jai Samaikyandhra”. It was an unforgettable moment.

We are grateful to our venerable freedom fighters for their uncompromising belief in Telugu unity. They are our inspiration and Visalandhra Mahasabha will continue to fight to ensure that their sacrifices don’t go in vain.

Save Andhra Pradesh!

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

http://www.visalandhra.org

http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

http://www.myteluguroots.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/@/226703252445

http://twitter.com/nalamotu

http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Dear All,

I am saddened to inform you that the democratically elected government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to stifle our fundament right to free expression. It has “instructed” us to not conduct a closed-door event citing "law and order exigencies". For the record, we have not sought police permission to conduct the event. Our position was that we did not need police permission as this is not a public meeting. We have only asked them to provide security to the premises.

Our government needs to understand that the awesome power of state should be focused on tackling miscreants that disrupt events such as ours, and leave the law-abiding citizens alone. There is a fine line between a democratic society and a dictatorial society and that line is freedom.

In a free society people have a right to speak their mind. One may disagree with a position, but nobody has a right to deny the freedom to express oneself. Sadly, a great majority of intellectuals of our State claim that a separatist meeting should not be held, for example in Vijayawada, due to the sensitivities in that region. The same intellectuals also pontificate that holding a Visalandhra meeting, for example in Karimnagar, would be provocative and insensible. My friends, if this line of reasoning holds good for our nation, democratic India’s future looks quite bleak. The way we are institutionalizing this intolerance for opposing view, we might as well accept a dictatorship to run our country.

Visalandhra Mahasabha has approached the court with a writ petition. We are hopeful that the court will respond favourably and compel the government to honour our fundamental rights. We are hoping that the house motion will be processed by the court in the morning on a priority basis. As of now, our October 22nd and 23rd program is on hold. I will update you all as soon as I get a word from our legal.

Save Andhra Pradesh!

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

http://www.visalandhra.org

http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

http://www.myteluguroots.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/@/226703252445 

http://twitter.com/nalamotu

http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603

 

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Dear Friends,

I would like to invite you all on behalf of Visalandhra Mahasabha to a media workshop and exhibition titled “Rashtra Samaikyatanu Kapaadudaam”. The event will showcase the history of Telugu people, it depicts how separatists are using tools of hatred to incite people against one another, it highlights the economic progress achieved in each region since the state formation, and lastly our view on why division of the State is not in the regional, state and national interest.

The event is being held at Jubilee Hall, Public Gardens. I can assure you, that the event is going to impress you beyond your expectations. I am looking forward to seeing you all there.

Here is the link to the invitation in pdf format: http://www.myteluguroots.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Vishalandhra_Invitation.pdf

Here is the schedule:

Day-1: Saturday, October 22nd

Media workshop 1: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Exhibition: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Day-2: Sunday, October 23rd

Media workshop 2: 12:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Exhibition: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Save Andhra Pradesh!

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

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Friday, October 14th, 2011

I went to the Narayana College in Nallakunta yesterday and met the parents. I told them that I was visiting them as a fellow parent and to show solidarity. These parents are real heroes and role models for rest of us who are victims of the ongoing strike. They’ve shown why it is important to stand up for individual rights.

The parents of the college were very reluctant to come into the media. However, this is what I gathered from my interactions with them.

Last weekend, parents of Narayana College spoke to each other over the phones and told themselves enough is enough. On Monday morning they went to the college with their kids. The principal of the college refused to open the gates. When pressed for a reason, he said he received threatening phone calls from some people. The parents immediately went to the local police station and lodged a complaint seeking protection for the college.

Local police were forced to respond and give security to the college. Parents went back and had the college doors open. Classes started, but the parents refused to leave fearing trouble the moment they leave. By now, TV channels were running scrolls about the developing situation and the media was camped outside the college.

However, there was no trouble and the classes went on without interruption. When the parents got home, they got a call from the college principal that he is receiving tremendous pressure from different quarters and he will not be able to open the college on Tuesday. When the parents pressed, he said that he got a threatening call that separatist protestors will arrive at 5 AM in the morning to prevent the classes from starting.

On Tuesday a group of about 30 parents went to the college at 5 AM and forced the management to open the gates. The classes started as scheduled. Around noon they received a tip off that there is a group of people in the principal’s office and were having an argument. The parents got up and dashed into the principal’s office. The three guys who came in were in a state of shock with the aggression, and almost all the parents were women. The parents demanded to know what was happening there. Separatists immediately noticed the crowd’s mood and backed off. They said that they were reacting to the scroll on TV and wanted to know what was going on. Without creating much fuss they left.

Later in the evening principal came to the parents pleading them to allow for the college to be shut. He said he found a secret house in some colony. He will move the furniture there and without anyone finding out conduct classes. Parents refused to budge.

By Wednesday, parents got better with their planning. They compiled a list of all the students’ parent’s names and phone numbers. They’ve divided the list into groups and started guarding the college in turns. They created a time-table and allocated each group a few hours slot.

On Wednesday they again received a tip off that someone is in the principal’s office. They all again dashed into the principal’s office to the separatist leader’s surprise. They demanded to be part of the conversation that was going on. The separatist leader demanded that the institute be closed till October 15th and that all indications were that the strike will be called off at that point.

Parents refused and said that their children are in Intermediate second year and they can no longer risk their kids losing classes. They then asked him if he made a similar attempt to close Ramaiah’s institution. The separatist leader responded saying Ramayya’s is a coaching center, whereas this is a recognized intermediate college. In the end he said, as a compromise he will agree for the college to run till noon every day. The parents didn’t want to get into a shouting match. After the separatist leader left, they immediately found a local printer. They got a big banner printed that said IIT Coaching Center. They put the banner up on the college gate. They went back to the principal and said, we are now a coaching center and you now have to run full day classes.

On Friday, a bunch of 8 activists came to the college in the afternoon. Police allowed only three of them into the Principal's room. The activists demanded to know why the college was running. Principal replied that they already explained to one Narayana faculty Upendra Reddy, a Telangana Lecturers Forum leader and he 'permitted' them to run. They shouted at the principal and said who is Upendra Reddy to permit. They demanded why the principal didn't take their permission. In the meantime, the Inspector got to know about this, he came and arrested the activists.

At this point all hell broke loose. Phones started ringing from the head of Narayana institutions downwards asking the principal to go to the police station and get them released. The principal went and pleaded but the police did not budge. They were arrested and later released on bail.

Parents don't know what lies ahead. But they are determined to stay put and fight. Their resolve is getting stronger with each attempted disruption. I was told that the TLF leaders who were there yesterday in fact were Narayana faculty of other campuses.

Here is the moral of the story. The freedom that few societies enjoy is not a divine gift given by god. Why does Pakistan live under constant tyranny while Indians enjoy reasonably sound personal freedoms? Why do Americans have more personal freedom compared to Indians? Answer lies in “We the people”.

Indians have fought hard for their individual freedom and fundamental rights. For example, when Indira Gandhi became a dictator, the country rose up in unison against her. However, Pakistanis haven’t fought back as hard and we all know the plight of well-meaning Pakistani people. Americans fight harder for their freedoms than Indians do. Fighting for freedom is in the DNA of that nation.

The parents of Nallakunta Narayana College are a ray of hope for all the parents who are hesitating to come out and fight for their right to give their kids the education of their choice. My hats-off to them!

Save Andhra Pradesh!

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

http://www.visalandhra.org

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http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603

 

 

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

On Tuesday October 11th 2011, Visalandhra Mahasabha organized a press meet at the Somajiguda Press Club to give our point of view on the ongoing school closings. Almost all the print and electronic media representatives were in attendance.

Speakers invited to the event were prominent freedom fighter Narra Madhav Rao, Frmr DGP Anjaneya Reddy, Dr. Parakala Prabhakar, Hyderabad Parents’ Association Secretary Subramanyam, Chellagulla Narasimha Rao, Kumar Chowdhary Yadav, Kudicherla Venkataiah, Sunkara Venkateswar Rao, Dr. Syed Faheem, Chegonti Ramajogaiah, and Nalamotu Chakravarthy.

Sri Anjaneya Reddy garu kicked off the press meet. He said Visalandhra Mahasabha has been working relentlessly for nearly a year to keep the State united. He introduced the VMS working members to the media.

Nalamotu Chakravarthy spoke about both the government’s and parents’ apathy with regards to the closing of the schools. He commended the parents of NRI college students in Kukatpally and the parents of Narayana college students in Nallakunta for a bold and courageous stance they’ve taken. Chakravarthy expressed his disappointment with NRI college being closed despite parents’ valiant effort. He accused the Chief Minister of the state for not doing enough to keep the schools and colleges open. Chakravarthy urged the parents to take charge of the situation and pressure the school managements to keep the schools open.

Sri Kumar Yadav talked about the importance of why our State should be united. He said our State came into existence with the sacrifices made by the people of all regions. He said a lot of young men have sacrificed their lives in the name of Telangana. He asked if any of those young men are children of the politicians? He accused KCR of running the separate State movement for his own benefit and said that division of Andhra Pradesh will destabilize the nation.

Hyderabad Parents Association Secretary Subramanyam spoke eloquently on the issues being faced by the students. He said students of 10th, Intermediate, and the final year degree studies stand to lose the most. He said, nationwide entrance exams like IIT and the international admissions won’t stop for anyone. He criticized Prof. Kodandaram’s “KG to PG” statement as irresponsible and reckless. He also said that the movie halls are running without interruption. Wine shops are open and are registering hundreds of crores of rupees revenue. He said it is utter nonsense to let the entertainment industry work normally while preventing education institutions from operations. He said parents and kids are tired of this uncertainty about their future. Subramanyam stated that the Government of India made primary education a fundamental right. Though the law is passed, he accused the government of not doing enough to even run primary schools smoothly. He further said while the world is moving towards border-less globalization, we are stuck in the medieval age regionalism.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Parakala Prabhakar pleaded with the separatist organizations to not involve young children in the separatist movement. He said “wars are where old men talk and young men die”. He urged all the intelligent minds to think over the madness of closing down the schools. He asked all those involved in the strike to not make young children sacrificial animals for the sake of differences between adults. He urged all educational institutions to open their schools and colleges for the sake of students’ future.

As usual, the separatists in the guise of journalists desperately tried to pick a fight during the press conference with their standard shenanigans. A few advocates also descended on the press club but were prevented by the police from coming in.

I would like to thank all the media houses that have covered our event extensively.

Come what may, the fight to keep our State united will go on.

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

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http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

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Sunday, October 9th, 2011

JAC Chairman Professor Kodandaram called upon private educational institutions to cooperate with their strike. He took objection to some educational institutions’ plans to reopen schools and colleges on Monday. He urged the managements of educational institutions to keep their facilities closed till the JAC goals are achieved [source: Eenadu, Sunday Oct 09]

Our state has been reeling under incessant bandhs and strikes for many months. Our kids have lost too many school days. Daily wagers have lost employment. Small businesses have suffered immensely. IT companies are moving projects and offices in droves. New IT investments are not coming to Hyderabad. Real estate is in a state of slump. Engineering colleges are in doldrums. Students from Nizam region are taking admissions in Kosta based engineering colleges. Power cuts are crippling industries.

My haircutter told me today that his family stayed home for Dasara as his earnings have come down due to bandhs. He was dejected by the fact that he could not afford to take his children to the usual Dasara outing. Though he bought new clothes for his kids, for the first time in many years he couldn’t afford to buy himself a new pair of Dasara clothes.

Participating in a bandh or strike voluntarily is an individual right. However, what is happening in our state is very different. Bandhs are being imposed on people. Schools are being shut forcefully. Same applies to many businesses- petrol bunks, restaurants, grocery stores. The few who want to work in Singareni collieries are being stopped from going to their duties. Buses plying between Hyderabad and Vijayawada are being stopped and stoned. There is another threat of Rail Rokho- which is an illegal activity and not an individual right. Separatists are at liberty to refrain from travelling in the trains, but they don’t have a right to stop others from travelling. Alas, our activists don't get this simple distinction.

According to 2010 Statistical Abstract, There are 1.3 crore school students in the State. Out of these 62 lakhs are in the Nizam region. Similarly, there are over 15 lakh students pursuing intermediate in the state, out of which over seven lakhs are in the Nizam region. Add degree and professional college students to this count and the number reaches staggering proportions. Now multiply nearly 30 school days lost to that number and what you get is a criminal waste of human resources.

It is time for all the parents to think hard about their students’ future. Another month of similar shutdowns will have disastrous consequences on our children’s future. Especially, those who are in intermediate and final year of degree studies will suffer immensely as the entrance exams conducted at the all-Inida level will not stop for them.

A good friend of mine has a child who is studying Intermediate. He got phone numbers of eight other parents from his daughter and called them up today. He was surprised with the kind of response he got back. Practically 8 of the 8 parents he called said they will accompany their children to college tomorrow. They are going to talk to the principal and stand guard against those that will come to close the college.

I have talked to several school managements over the last few days. They are getting immensely pressured by the separatist organizations to not reopen the schools. Government is trying to do its part, but it is awfully inadequate. Minister Parthasarathy has announced that the government will provide security to any school that asks for it.

As a parent, it is your solemn responsibility to protect your children’s future. Please do your part. Call up other parents from your children’s school and you will be surprised how supportive they will be. Form a parent group and on Monday go meet the school management. Urge the management to keep the school open. Tell them you will stand guard against those that forcibly close schools and colleges.

Please forward this email to all the parents of school going children. Starting today, VMS will do its part in highlighting this issue extensively in the media.

 

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

http://www.visalandhra.org

http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

http://www.myteluguroots.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/@/226703252445 

http://twitter.com/nalamotu

http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603/

 

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

I got up in the morning and there was a note in my mailbox written by APNRI, one of the organizations I was affiliated with in the past. The letter is addressed to the President of India urging President’s rule be imposed in AP. The gist of why they are demanding President’s rule is this:

·         Separatists are violating fundamental rights and creating public nuisance via bandhs, million march, strikes etc.

·         Police forces hands are tied down by the government hence they have become ineffective in protecting people

·         Much of the state government is paralyzed by the strike

·         The judiciary is not functioning either

·         MLAs, MPs have submitted their resignations to the speakers and are not performing their public duties

·         Electricity, Schools, and Buses are all severely hampered by the strike

According to APNRI, the above reasons clearly show that the state machinery has shut down and hence President’s rule is required.

Article 153 of Indian constitution requires that a Governor be appointed by the President of India. Article 154 says: “The executive power of the State shall be vested in the Governor and shall be exercised by him either directly or through officers subordinate to him in accordance with this Constitution.”

India should amend its constitution to make the Governorship either a true democratic executive branch of the state or eliminate it all together.

Today the system of Governors has become a big nuisance for the country. It gets misused by the central governments to create trouble for the democratically elected state governments.

The system of Governors is a big drag on the economy. They take in too much money and provide little to no utility in return. Sarojani Naidu once said about her governorship as being a “bird in a golden cage”. Pattabhi Sitaramayya once said that “he had no public function to perform except making the fortnightly report to the President [source: Mainstream, March 1, 2008].

The Governors played insignificant role when Congress party was the dominant party at the centre and in the states. However, as opposition parties gained strength in India, Governors have become agents of the central government to undemocratically meddle in the state government affairs. Janata Party in 1977 used its Governors to dismiss Congress Governments in 9 States. When Indira Gandhi came back to power she imposed President’s rule in 9 Janata Party ruled States. It is very well known how Governor Ram Lal denied N.T. Ramarao his constitutional right to become the CM despite having a landslide majority.

The system of Governorship is being used by central government to reward their loyal party workers. Former CM Rosaiah was rewarded with a Governor position for being a loyal party worker and for making way to CM Kiran Kumar Reddy. Governorship has also become a good retirement plan for the older generation that served their parties. N.D. Tiwari took that retirement plan to a new level. These retirement plans are a big burden on the tax payers.

Unfortunately, the problem of Governers meddling in State’s affairs is still going on unabated. For example, the rift between former CM Yedyurappa and Bharadwaj and the ongoing public spat between Narendra Modi and Governor Kamla Beniwal which is offering news papers ample fodder.

There are only few instances when the role of Governor is needed. When the State government loses majority-support in the legislature, Governors have a role to play. Even in those cases, their impartiality is often questioned. Even when the government loses confidence, typically the existing CM is asked to run the show till the next elected government is sworn-in. We don’t need a full time Governor to manage such affairs. The Chief Justice of High Court is well equipped to handle uncommon situations such as these.

So, either eliminate the system of Governorship altogether and delegate the duties of Governor to the Chief Justice of High Court or replace it with an elected executive branch.

Now to the issue of President’s rule in our state. Demanding President’s rule is like asking for a pseudo-dictatorship. Despite all its defects, the democratic government that is currently in power is better equipped to maintain law and order and to understand people’s desires than an unelected central government imposed ruler. In fact, during the Jai Andhra movement, when Indira Gandhi removed P.V. Narasimha Rao and imposed President’s rule, the violence actually went up significantly.

I don’t think Congress Party will be inclined to impose President’s rule in the state. TRS is currently in a relatively strong position in the Nizam region and feels that they will fare well if the elections were to be held today. YSR-Congress would love to have elections now to capitalize on YSR’s name before his popularity starts to diminish. Of course Jagan thinks he can also play a victim card.

There is a possibility of imposing the President’s rule for a few months and then restore Congress government back to power. However, I think that scenario is quite unlikely too.

So, it is time for the Chief Minister to step up and do what the constitution requires him to do. Ensure law and order is maintained. Empower police to stop the miscreants that indulge in attacks on people and property. Create an environment where separatists and integrationists freely voice their opinions. Respect people’s right to do “voluntary” bandhs and strikes. However, stop hooligans that “impose” bandhs by shutting down schools, stopping buses and trains, and closing down businesses.

 

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

http://www.visalandhra.org

http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

http://www.myteluguroots.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/@/226703252445

http://twitter.com/nalamotu

http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603/

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

News papers in Andhra Pradesh ran front page stories about Azad’s report to Congress Core Committee. Deccan Chronicle ran a headline that said “Hyderabad is T bottleneck”. Eenadu ran a bit more nuanced headline. Andhra Jyothy assessed that the core committee felt that the conditions in the state are not conducive to a united state. Editor Radhakrishna, while masterfully playing with words to appear unbiased, took the separatists side. In his editorial today, he advocated bifurcation or a mutually agreeable trifurcation of the state. However, he chose to ignore the immorality of the demand for separation. He is part of the mob that believes if majority people want it, they should get it. In many societies stoning to death is an acceptable form of punishment. Just because majority wants it, it doesn’t become right. For the record, I am not convinced majority of the people in the Nizam region desire separation. Even among those that want separation, it is unlikely that they are forming an informed opinion in an environment where freedom of speech is stifled.

Somewhere in between the newspaper lines I read that Azad personally wrote his 45 page report to the core committee. He was so paranoid about the report leaking out that he personally went to the photocopy machine and made copies of the report that was given to the committee members. It is unclear how news papers learnt so much about what is in the report and what transpired in the core committee meeting.

When I speak to integrationists, their typical position is that they would like to see the state united. However, if division becomes inevitable, they prefer to see Hyderabad as a union territory. They argue that people of all regions have contributed to the city’s growth. Then some of the crafty leaders and opinion makers think that separatists want Telangana state to enjoy the fruits of Hyderabad. If Hyderabad is removed from the equation the whole separatist movement will fizzle out. I for one won’t believe that to be the case.

The separatist movement is not based on convictions. The movement is not run for the betterment of peoples’ lives. It is built for political fruits by opportunist politicians. To further their goal, they have spread hatred, and lies among people. People have just followed the leaders like sheep without questioning the veracity of their arguments. If a complete stalemate is reached between the leaders of all regions and the only way out is to declare Hyderabad as union territory, I am certain that KCR and other separatist leaders will accept it. How can I be so sure? If one accepts the premise that the movement is to gain political power, then the opportunity to rule the Telangana state minus Hyderabad is far better than the alternative of not being in power at all.

The proposal being pushed to make Hyderabad as union territory is unwise and is fraught with dangers that will have national implications. It will become a precedent for movements to make other metros into union territories.

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

http://www.visalandhra.org

http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

http://www.myteluguroots.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/@/226703252445

http://twitter.com/nalamotu

http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603/

 

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I was driving to work today and was about 100 meters from the intersection when my wife shouted BJP flags. She is generally not interested in politics, but her instincts have told her that flags of the nation’s second largest political party on the roads, meant trouble!

That is the sad state of affairs in our state and country. Just like when you see a policeman on the road, you don’t get a sense of assurance; instead, you experience a sense of fear. Similarly, people have gotten to a point, when they see political party flags, it means trouble.

In any event, a bunch of BJP activists randomly walked to a busy intersection at 10:00 AM to do a raasta rokho. They obviously chose the location and time carefully. What must be their criteria? Cause maximum inconvenience to people.

The first thing that crossed my mind is- who are these people that have time at 10:00 AM in the morning to be on the roads to stop traffic? They really have to be jobless. I am willing to bet that 90% of the people who were travelling on the road at that time of the day have to be working. Now, that is the sad state of affairs. About 20 jobless people have made the lives of nearly 2000 miserable. This is the price a civil society pays when good people don’t rise up against evil.

Samme or strike is a democratic right. RTC bus driver, a school teacher, secretariat employee, or a Singareni worker has a right to go on a strike- as long as they don’t demand pay for the time they didn’t work. There may be some contractual/legal obligations that prevent certain members of workforce to go on a strike, but we don’t need to go into those details. Painting with a broad brush, it is a worker's fundamental right to go on a strike.

However, our society seems to have lost the sense of distinction between fundamental rights and enforcing one’s views on rest of the society. A raasta rokho or rail rokho is not a fundamental right. These activities violate passengers’ right to travel to the destination of choice after paying the fare. People who stop trains and traffic should be arrested and prosecuted.

Similarly a bandh is a fundamental right, if and only if the business closes voluntarily. I was watching a petrol bunk on the day a bandh was called. The business opened early in the morning. Around 10 AM, when they expected hooligans and hafta collectors to show up, the business closed down. From that point on, for the rest of the day, petrol bunk owner played a cat and mouse with those that want him to shutdown his business. This kind of bandh is not a fundamental right, but is outright illegal.

People of our state quietly accept violation of our fundamental rights that happen on a daily basis. They constantly harp about government’s failure to bring things under control. However, they never point the finger at themselves. The responsibility to stand up for our fundamental rights start at the level of individual, then at the colony, then at a ward, then at a constituency, then at a district, then at a state, and then at a nation. Instead, we tend to think it should happen in the exact opposite order. Sure, bring on President’s rule- which is nothing but a dictatorship. When that fails, let’s hand the rule over to the United Nations. Problem solved!

“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”- Edmund Burke

Save Andhra Pradesh! 

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

http://www.visalandhra.org

http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

http://www.myteluguroots.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/@/226703252445

http://twitter.com/nalamotu

http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603/

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

On Monday September 19th afternoon, I got an SMS from my kid’s school that they are closing on Tuesday in light of the bandh. I was a little troubled with the SMS and I called up the school and spoke with the head teacher to understand how the decision to shut the school down was arrived at. The teacher said it was a management decision and she had no role in it. I urged her to have a makeup day for the school. She said they were going to do that anyway.

Tuesday evening I got another SMS saying that the school is closed for the rest of the week. This SMS worried me and I wanted to get to the bottom of the issue. My concern was about Glendale management taking such an important decision as shutting down the school for a week without consulting the parents. So, I decided to meet the head mistress.

I went to the school with another parent who is a good friend of ours. We requested the head mistress to help us understand how the decision to close the school down for a week was arrived at. Here are the reasons she gave-

Originally the management planned to keep the school open throughout the week. However, on Monday the 19th, separatist hooligans descended on a nearby Kendriya Vidyalay and asked the principal to close the school. When he refused, they physically assaulted him. Later in the day, Chirec school bus was stopped by separatists. It was stranded for sometime after which it was let go. On top of this, schools have been getting more phone calls than usual from separatist outfits urging them to close the school.

Taking all these factors into consideration, managements of different schools in the neighbourhood consulted each other and decided to close the schools down en-masse for at least a week.

I wished the schools showed a bit more courage, but their plight is understandable. The risk of their buses and their staff becoming targets of separatist attacks is their biggest concern.

My main complaint with the school management was that they haven’t consulted the parents when they took as serious a decision as closing the school down for a week. The head mistress argued that they didn’t have time to take parents into confidence as it was an emergency decision. I urged her to consider having a parents meeting at least now so that we can brainstorm together as a team about how to handle any future bandh calls. The head mistress agreed to a parents meeting and I am hoping it will happen soon.

Now to the question of what can parents do in this situation?

First and foremost, we as parents need to come to a realization that police forces are rarely effective when it comes to people’s movements. With thousands of schools and lakhs of children, there just isn’t enough police force to protect all. This problem is universal and applies to more developed societies too. Take for example, 1992 riots in Los Angeles, or last year’s riots in France, or this year’s riots in UK.

Here is my view on how this problem should be tackled:

  • Clearly school buses are an easy target for separatists. On the days when a bandh call is given, instead of sending kids in the school bus, parents should drop off their kids at school.
  • Parent groups should identify children that do not have conveyance and have them carpool with families that live close by.
  •  Lastly and most importantly, parents should volunteer to defend the school staff and children on bandh days. It is not needed for all the parents to be at the school. A small group of 20-30 volunteers is all it takes. This, in my view, is the best way of stopping the separatists from forcibly closing down our kids’ schools.

If you are a parent and your child’s school has been closed down, please consider meeting the school management. Urge them to make parents part of the decision making process. Mobilize other parents to the best of your ability and brainstorm ways in which you can ensure that the schools stay open. Our children have lost too many school days this year. Parents need to take a more active part in ensuring that schools run smoothly. This responsibility cannot be outsourced to the government. After all, this is about your child’s future.

Save Andhra Pradesh! 

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

 

http://www.visalandhra.org

http://www.facebook.com/visalandhra

http://www.myteluguroots.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/@/226703252445

http://twitter.com/nalamotu

http://www.amazon.com/My-Telugu-Roots-Telangana-Bhasmasura/dp/0984238603/

 

  

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Delhi media continues to show interest in our cause. Here is an article published in the recent edition of “Delhi Talks” magazine.

 

Here’s the link to article: http://www.delhitalks.in/telangana-not-in-national-interest.html

 

Now to the second topic of my post- “Way Forward”

 

Integrationists have been seeing several encouraging signs off-late. Clearly, the separatist movement is on a back foot. Visalandhra Mahasabha firmly believes that division of our state is not going to happen. However, challenges continue to linger. The decade long separatist movement must be brought to a logical closure.

 

Dr. Yogendra Yadav of Lokniti is an objective researcher and a staunch proponent of a Telangana state. I met him a couple of months ago in his office in Delhi. After an hour and half of animated discussion, his stance remained firmly in favor of division.

 

Recently CNN-IBN published results of its survey on the issue of separation. The survey was conducted by Dr. Yogendra Yadav’s team. The survey revealed that nearly half of the people in the Nizam region desire separation. We should be glad that the number of people desiring separation is not as high as four and half crores that the separatists claim. However, for those of us who desire that we stay united, 50% is too high a number. It is a grim reminder of the venom that the separatists have managed to spread among the people of Nizam region.

 

The real challenge in front of all the well-meaning Telugu people is, how can the parties, leaders, and non-political organizations come together to resolve this issue in an amicable fashion. Can you think of a way forward?

 

Visalandhra Mahasabha is planning to put together a white paper proposing a way-forward and present it to the decision makers. I would like to urge my friends and supporters to think and suggest ways in which the current situation can be defused in a way that all Telugus can co-exist in a united state for generations to come. I request you to keep your responses concise.

 

As you think of potential solutions, you may want to consider how you can address different dissatisfied groups’ concerns. Some of these constituents are: political parties (congress, tdp, trs), people of the three regions, naxals, government employees, students, businesses to name a few. In addition, one should also focus on areas such as irrigation, education, employment, culture etc.

 

You are welcome to comment on my blog or send me an email directly. I am looking forward to your input.

 

Regards,

Save Andhra Pradesh! 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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