Posts Tagged ‘education’

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Dear Friends,
 

This week was the last episode of my television show Sweccha on hmtv. In total, we have aired 13 episodes.
 

When India attained independence, our country had many liberal thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi and Balgangadhar Tilak. Unfortunately, under Nehru’s leadership, our country adopted socialism. After four decades of socialism, we were an economically failed nation. Things changed a little under the leadership of Late P.V. Narasimha Rao. Unfortunately, signs indicate that we are again going back to the failed policies of license raj and welfare raj.
 

I believe in a very simple principle. Our country should have a government that is as small as possible, and regulations that are as few as possible. This will lead to increasing individual freedom and economic prosperity. Towards that end, I used the show to make my case for a more free society.
 

Fight for liberty is a long drawn battle. Often, it is a lonely battle. Ours is a country addicted to government welfare and regulations. It therefore is not easy to make our people see the merits of individual freedom.
 

Here are links to the thirteen episodes of Sweccha with a brief description:
 

1)    Sweccha Sidhaantam rests on one fundamental tenet of non-violence! Other than for self-defense, one should not physically assault another individual. However, when under threat, state machinery can rarely protect an individual. In fact, there is a long historical record of state itself committing acts of violence on its subjects. Therefore, I advocated right to own guns in the first episode:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtjbGz6CwWk

 

2)    Government regulation on free trade impedes our economic progress. Our government constantly regulates imports, controls exports, and actively manipulates the currency. This causes a great deal of harm to our economy. This episode was about allowing foreign direct investment into our country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7CKzgYVAFY

 

3)    In a free society there is minimal public property and maximum private property. In such a society people will not be burdened with limitations imposed by government on their fundamental rights. In this episode I defended Akbaruddin’s right to hate speech and showed how private property rights and freedom of speech are connected to each other:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFzHOcJKg9g

 

4)    Despite our ancient philosophies and belief in dharmic lifestyle, our country is one of the most corrupt in the world. It is my view that big government is the root cause of corruption in our country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCB2RpJrWFs

 

5)    Millions in our country consume illegal alcohol every day. Our governments with taxation ranging from 300% to 400% made alcohol unaffordable to masses. This created a market for illicit liquor. Our governments’ twisted morality of looting the alcoholics to provide welfare schemes to the same alcoholics is a curse on our society:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDe9LSdAw5g

 

6)    Fluctuation in commodity prices is a natural market phenomenon. High commodity prices indicate scarcity and induce farmers to grow more of that particular commodity. However, our government constantly interferes with natural prices and in fact exacerbates scarcity. Here’s an episode on why government should not regulate high onion prices:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR8mBBl3NRI

 

7)    Our society has a bizarre notion that education should not be a for profit business. An industry that is most profitable indicates that people have a dire need of the services being provided. I other words, some say education sector and health sector are most profitable in India. It is an indication that our society badly needs those services. In any event, what is so holy about education that it should be free?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0_tLs2VYY

 

8)    I should have full rights on my body. Whether I want to donate or sell an organ in my body should be my business. Any law restricting what I do with my body is denying me my natural right to my life. Our society’s twisted morality is resulting in hundreds of thousands of patients dying for lack of kidneys. Legalize kidney sales and save lives!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UV38sHXPO4

 

9)    After 60 years of independence, our railways are a wreck. Going to a train station is like walking into a living hell. Our government uses railways as a vote getting enterprise. Our railways are a great example of the consequences of government imposed monopolies. Privatize railways:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x49WBVfJIds

 

10)    Government imposed Maximum Retail Price laws in reality do not protect consumers. They make consumers reckless as they no longer have to shop around for a lower price. Even worse, these laws result in poor paying more and rich paying less for products:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MQLNURTv5c

 

11)    Andhra Pradesh is in dire straits in the electricity sector. Power industry for all practical purposes is another government imposed monopoly which is an utter failure. Competition via privatization is the only lasting solution to this problem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-X4r7dexUA

 

12)    Indian government and the governments across the world are taking on debt that may never be paid back. Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Italy are a few examples of this. However, the national debt menace is bound to spread to the rest of the world eventually:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0GxGRetq6U

 

13)    Final episode is about the Housing Ministry’s license raj and TRAI regulations on how many minutes of advertisements can be aired on television. This is a further indication that India has never really understood the damage caused by license raj. Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat the same mistakes again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVu8-HvJf4E

 

Regards,
Nalamotu Chakravarthy
 

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Here is my conversation with TV9's Pratyusha. This discussion has occurred after the Pustaka Parichayam program that was broadcast on TV9 this weekend.

 

I am trying to get the video of Pustaka Parichayam program. If it is available on a public site, please pass it on to me as I would like to provide a response to Professor Manohar's allegations.

 

Here is the link to my conversation with Pratyusha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLdjdS8Reh0

 

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Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I would like to present more statistics on the state of Nizam Telangana, Coastal Andhra, and Rayalaseema regions. The data does not include education and irrigation as I’ve already published this data on my web-site at http://www.myteluguroots.com/tables.html.

 

I am not going to provide detailed commentary on the data, as the tables are self-explanatory in nature. 

 

Here is the gist:

 

In the categories of total workers, government hospitals, primary health centers, livestock, factory employment, power consumption, roads, school and degree education Nizam region performs better.

 

In the categories of number of beds in the government hospitals, number of vehicles it falls behind.

 

In the categories of total agriculture output, and poultry Nizam Telangana is comparable to the other regions.

 

Per-capita income is a good gauge to assess the economic well-being of a region. When summarized by region, Kosta per-capita income is Rs. 28,133, Nizam Telangana is Rs. 26,528, and Rayalaseema is Rs. 20,804. When Hyderabad and Rangareddi districts are excluded from Nizam Telangana, per-capita income drops to Rs. 24,168.

 

Based on per-capita income, clearly Nizam Telangana is behind Coastal Andhra and ahead of Rayalaseema. However, this difference is not enough to justify the kind of wild and inflammatory exaggerations being made by the separatists to further their agenda of hate. The backwardness of the Nizam Telangana region can be partly attributed to the feudal rule under Nizam. If one were to look at the absolute growth, Nizam Telangana region has grown more than the other two regions, since the state formation.

 

But here is a more important observation. Separatists mislead their supporters claiming that “self-rule” will change the face of the Nizam Telangana region. Ironically, Rayalaseema, from where 7 of the 15 chief ministers of our state hailed from, continues to be the most backward of the three regions.

 

Workers

 

FactoryEmployment

 

AgricultureOutput

 

Livestock

 

Vehicles

 

Roads

 

Power

 

MedicalFacilities

 

PerCapitaIncome

 

 

 

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Friday, February 26th, 2010

Earlier I posted only Part-1 of my interview with Professor Venigalla. Now, all three parts of the interview are available on his web-site.

 

This is an inspirational and informative interview for all Telugu people who believe in our unity.

 

Please listen to the interview and share it with your friends and family.

 

As always, I am grateful to you for your support for this monumental cause.

 

http://www.teluglobe.com/podcasts/mm-gaanalahari/mmgl-interviews/who-are-we-as-telugu-people-nalamotu-chakravarthy-1-of-3

 

http://www.teluglobe.com/podcasts/mm-gaanalahari/mmgl-interviews/who-are-we-as-telugu-people-nalamotu-chakravarthy-2-of-3

 

http://www.teluglobe.com/podcasts/mm-gaanalahari/mmgl-interviews/who-are-we-as-telugu-people-nalamotu-chakravarthy-3-of-3

 

Save Andhra Pradesh!

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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Friday, February 19th, 2010

Separatist leaders and intellectuals often claim that people’s desire for a separate Nizam Telangana state is over 50 years. These claims being made by the separatists are untrue. To the contrary, it is the vast majority of Telugu people’s desire for Vishalandhra that is over 50 years old.

 

The movement for a Telugu state started in 1903-04 with the formation of Young Men’s Literary Association in Guntur. This association developed a map of Andhradesa that included Telugu-speaking provinces of Madras Presidency, Central Provinces, Nizam dominions, and the Mysore state.

 

In 1912, when Congress Party leaders held their 21st Krishna-Guntur district conference, members of the literary association proposed: “…to agitate first for the formation of a province for the Andhras comprising the coastal and Ceded districts and that later they could add the five contiguous eastern Telugu districts in the Nizam’s dominions and the Telugu-speaking areas in the Central Provinces.”

 

As a result of these efforts, the “Father of the Andhra Movement” Sri Konda Venkatapayya undertook the task of leading the movement for a separate state. Andhra Mahasabha was born as a result of these grassroots efforts. The organization held its first meeting in Bapatla in 1913. In addition to 2000 visitors, 800 delegates from Kosta, Seema, Nagpur, Warangal, and Hyderabad attended the conference.

 

The struggle for a Telugu state went on for a couple of decades. The organization was able to convince Gandhiji to agree in principle to the formation of a Telugu state. They even sent delegations to London to make a case for Telugu province.

 

In March 1936, on Ugadi, Vishalandhra proponents carried a map of Andhrarashtramu in a procession through the streets of Bezawada. The map consisted of the Telugu-speaking areas of the Madras presidency, Orissa, Mysore, and Hyderabad. Hundreds of people gathered on the banks of the Krishna River and took a pledge to achieve an Andhra province.

 

Sataavadhaanulu Srinivasa Sodarulu compiled a book titled “Andhra Raashtramu” in 1940. Given below are a couple of poems from 1940, 16 years before a united Telugu state formed. The writers’ affinity for Telugus living in all the regions, including the Madras presidency, Hyderabad state, and Orissa, becomes clear from these poems.

 

After India achieved independence there was intense lobbying by Telugus for an Andhra state. Government appointed Dar commission to sort out the issue and it recommended against linguistic provinces.

 

On August 15, 1949, Father of the Andhra Movement, Konda Venkatapayya died without realizing his dream for a Telugu state.

 

Then the JVP committee was formed- made up of Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhai Patel, and Dr. Pattabhi Sitaramayya. These efforts failed too, as the issue of Madras became contentious. Telugus claimed their right to Madras city as it historically belonged to them and the region was given to the British by the erstwhile Vijayanagara kings who ruled from Chandragiri after the empire’s downfall.

 

In January 1950, APCC general body met at Madras and passed a resolution demanding Madras be the temporary capital of Andhra province and upon creation of Vishalandhra, Hyderabad become the permanent capital.

 

Swami Sitaram, a Congress Party worker who became a Saadhu, took up the cause that Venkatapayya fought for decades. He started his fast unto death on August 16, 1951. 35 days into Swami Sitaram’s fast, Vinoba Bhave intervened and convinced Sitaram to give up his fast and promised to reason with Nehru. However, Bhave failed to impress upon Nehru for the formation of a Telugu state.

 

Potti Sriramulu consulted Swami Sitaram and obtained permission to start his fast until death. After 57 days of fasting Potti Sriramulu passed away. Following Amarajeevi’s death there was widespread violence and Nehru agreed to the formation of the Andhra state. Telugus' claim to Madras was denied by Nehru, given Rajaji’s intense lobbying.

 

Telangana separatists often cite an article written by Sri M. Narayan Reddy, former M.P. from Nizamabad where he referenced Potti Sriramulu’s letters about the status of Madras and claims that Potti Sriramulu fast was just to win Madras for Telugus.

 

Yes, Madras was a contentious issue at that time. However, Sri Narayan Reddy looked through a narrow prism to reach his conclusions. He ignored 50 years of Telugus’ struggles for a state, which culminated in the death of Potti Sriramulu.

 

Now, let’s switch gears and quickly look at Nizam Telangana.

 

Peasants of Nizam Telangana rose up against the feudal system and shook up the foundation of the Hyderabad state. Following Police Action initiated by the Indian government, Hyderabad state became free of Nizam’s atrocious rule.

 

Nehru publicly expressed disinterest for Vishalandhra accusing Telugus of having imperialistic tendencies. He appointed Fazal Ali commission to make a recommendation on the future of Hyderabad state’s constitution. As expected, Fazal Ali toed Nehru’s line and recommended keeping Nizam Telangana region as a separate state for 5 years.

 

The elected representatives of the Nizam Telangana region rose up against the irrational recommendation made by Fazal Ali. Legislators of the Hyderabad state met and debated the issue for a week in the Assembly. Under the leadership of Burugula Ramakrishna Rao, they discussed a resolution favoring the creation of Vishalandhra. Out of 174 representatives in the Assembly, 103 favored Vishalandhra, 29 favored a Telangana state, whereas 15 remained neutral. If one just takes people’s representatives from the Nizam Telangana region, 59 favored Vishalandhra, whereas 25 favored Telangana, and 1 remained neutral.

 

Clearly, there is overwhelming evidence that Telugus across Nizam, Kosta, and Seema wanted to be part of Andhra Pradesh. This desire existed ever since the Young Men’s Literary Association was formed in A.D. 1904. At the time of the formation of Andhra Pradesh state an overwhelming 70% of the people’s representatives from Nizam Telangana supported Vishalandhra.

 

So, how can the separatists claim that Telugu people from the Nizam region wanted a separate state for over 50 years?

 

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Poem-2

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Monday, February 15th, 2010

Professor Mohan Venigalla is a professor at George Mason University and has been doing his online radio show "Mohana Muralee GaanaLahari" for three years. On the eve of the 3rd anniversary of his show, I participated in his program. Here is the audio of the first of the 3-part interview.  If you visit his telugloble website, you will also find a blog I posted on teenage unemployment (not related to the crisis in our state)

I will post the rest of the links to the program as Mohan garu makes them available.

http://www.teluglobe.com/podcasts/mm-gaanalahari/mmgl-interviews/who-are-we-as-telugu-people-nalamotu-chakravarthy-1-of-3

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

1) What is the source of 33 crore rupees shown as balance of funds?

 

I've scanned the copy of the news paper I have from from June 16th 1968:

http://www.myteluguroots.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/33-Crores-2.jpg (please download and view it in an image editor for better resolution)
 

33 Crores Balance of Funds

 

2) Investments in Hyderabad from other regions
 

This should be welcomed. Every developed country welcomes those that want to establish businesses in their cities/states with open arms. Even A.P. welcomes investments from other states and countries.
 

3) Discrimination in irrigation projects
 

The most controversial aspect of the current separatist movement is canal irrigation. Despite the tens of thousands of crores that government invested in this area, since the formation of the state, our government succeeded in adding a mere 3.3 lakh hectares to canal irrigation as of 2006-07. Of these 3.3 lakh hectares, 1.6 lakh hectares are in Nizam Telangana, 1.3 in Kosta, and 39 thousand hectares in Seema. Now, compare that with the 14 lakh hectares brought under irrigation using tube-wells. Please note that I am not talking about ayacut area, as that does not mean much, because we can build all the canals we want, but if there is no water they are useless. We have a canal going through our lands in Nalgonda and we haven't seen a drop of water in it till today. I am talking about actual area under canal irrigation as published in the Statistical Abstract published by the government.

We can argue till the cows come home about how projects are favoring one region or the other. Bottom line, government failure in implementing projects is across the regions and the data does not support that one region was neglected at the expense of other. Also, the current separatist movement precedes Jalayagnam when TRS aligned with the Congress.

Lastly, I personally am not in favor of Polavaram as I think the investment doesn’t justify the returns it will yield. A large number of people are being displaced due to Polavaram. Also, there are credible scientists arguing that it will have the same silt problem that Sriramsagar is having- which is typical to Godavari basin. Lastly, if we build Polavaram, we will lose some of the Krishna water to other states as per Bachawat ruling.

If there is one lesson we can learn from 5 decades of mis-investments into irrigation, mega irrigation projects are a colossal failure in terms of return on investment. The best mode of irrigation is tanks and unfortunately they continue to deteriorate by day.
 

4) "Because, both the major rivers krishna and godavari flow through telangana, the region has the right to first utlize its share of water. This is the rule everywhere in the world".

 

No, this NOT an international norm. If Karnataka and Maharashtra adopt this logic, they can use all the river waters they want. Bachawat did extensive study on this subject. He studied both the American and the International models. The internationally accepted rule is “protection of existing uses”. In other words, if there is a project already built, you cannot take water from that project and give it to other projects. Karnataka has 43.7% of the Krsihna river catchment area, while our state has 29.4%. Despite it, Bachawat awarded 700 TMC to Karnataka and 800 TMC to Andhra Pradesh.

 

5) Potti Sriramulu
 

Amarajeevi’s fast was not for Madras. His death was the culmination of 50 years of Telugu’s struggle for a state. I delved into this in my book. Yes, people during his funeral shouted “Madras Manade’, but that is looking at the history through a narrow prism.
 

6) Raavi Narayan Reddy, Komaram Bheem and other legendaries not in history books
 

Rudrama Devi is a Telangana icon and can be found in all history books. I remember reading about Andhra Pitamaha Madapati Hanumanth Rao, Suravaram Pratap Reddy, Sarojani Naidu and others when in school. I haven't seen an objective study showing discrimination by region in history books. If that in fact is the case, let’s fight for it- separate state is not the solution. I personally am very fond of Raavi Narayan Reddy and believe that he should be cited prominently in our school books.

 

 “Veera Telangana Naadhi, Veru Telangana Kaadhu”
- Raavi Narayan Reddy

 

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

For the education statistics I’ve published for the three regions of Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema, and Nizam Telangana, many have claimed that the numbers are misleading. The chief claim is that the numbers include public and private education. The separatists have argued that Nizam Telangana was discriminated when it came to government expenditure on public schooling.

 

I have done a quick analysis on primary and high schools and the results were revealing to say the least.

 

The data for the below given analysis was sourced from the Statistical Abstract of Andhra Pradesh 2007. I have used 2001 population numbers to normalize student population.

 

Government aided schools are made up of: Central Government, State Government, Zilla Parishad, Municipal, and Aided Schools.

 

Let us start our analysis with primary school students in government aided schools.

 

 

 

As you can see, the numbers speak for themselves. There are more students supported by the government in the Nizam Telangana region than in the other regions. I urge my Kosta and Seema brethren to not make too much noise about it, as the difference is fairly negligible. I think the important note all of us should make is that there is no apparent discrimination across regions.

 

Then some have made the argument that there are fewer teachers per student in the Nizam Telangana. So, let’s look at the numbers:

 

 

The number of teachers indeed is fewer in the Nizam Telangana region. However, the difference is not significant. So, I urge my Nizam Telangana brethren to exercise restraint and wait till we get to the high school student numbers. Again, let me underscore that there is no visible discrimination between regions.

 

Now, let’s move on to the category of government aided High Schools:

 

 

In this category Nizam Telangana leads other regions. In fact, the numbers get better when Hyderabad and Rangareddi are eliminated. That is partly because of more emphasis on private education in Hyderabad and Rangareddi districts.

 

Now let us look at the number of teachers situation:

Again Nizam Telangana leads in the number of teachers category in all combinations. There are 12 government aided teachers for every 10000 people in Nizam, compared to 10.8 in Kosta and 10.7 in Seema.

 

In conclusion, the above data clearly shows that there is no evidence whatsoever of discrimination against Nizam Telangana. When the state came into existence, thanks to Nizam’s atrocious rule, education in Nizam Telangana was in shambles. We’ve made significant strides since then.

 

Save Andhra Pradesh!

 

Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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