Andhra Pradesh Divided

Finally Congress has divided Andhra Pradesh and carved out residual state of Telangana. The haste with which the bill was passed in both houses of parliament shows the desperation of Congress government to see Rahul as the next PM. The most surprising thing was how all the MPs, AP NGOs, MLAs stood as mute spectators to all this drama. Only thing they did try was to use pepper spray, hold some banners for the cameras, play snatching with the speaker. Did Pepper spray or banners stop the process? they stalled it for some time but could not stop it.

VAGUE TERMS
No solid conditions or terms of division were laid down. There was no discussion, consensus about how to divide the state, how to share the resources, employees, property. While everyone knew in the back of their hearts that Congress was hell-bent to form separate state, we lost crucial time in having a consensus, in discussing the terms. Meanwhile these congress leaders made promises of stopping this process, NGOS formed JACs but did they make any difference other than fighting for TV space. They never resigned from government, parliament, assembly, or their jobs but showed dreams of stopping it. The only sensible persons Chandra Babu Naidu and Venkaiah Naidu were relegated to back seat. While these two tried to negotiate the package to Seemandhra, they were portrayed as Division supporters.

CONGRESS CONFIDENCE
What was congress party’s confidence in dividing the state. They know they will not get support from Seemandhra, they may gain some seats in Telangana. what is their confidence in losing 25 Lok sabha seats compared to 17? Are they foolish in raking the wrath of Seemandhra voters? Will they be content with just Telangana? No one thinks so. Then why did they not care about Seemandhra and went about the division so blatantly?

DEEP DIVIDE
Their confidence is the deep divide among the people in Seemandhra. While emotion filled may come together to vote for TRS or Congress in Telangana, they are pretty sure that Seemandhra people will not come together and vote for a single party. They have systematically cultivated divisions among people on caste and religious lines and for that they supported new parties on the same lines. The last lok sabha elections were a proof for them that the votes can be split despite anti-incumbency factor. They nurtured new party of Chiranjeevi and made sure opposition votes are split. This is their confidence.
With their callous attitude towards Seemandhra, they are pretty confident that TDP would not be the majority party. Jagan’s party and expected new party to be formed by Kiran Kumar Reddy and Lagadapati Rajagopal would play spoil sport.

TDP DOWNFALL
Now it is very clear that TRS, Chiranjeevi party and YSRCP are formed solely to weaken the strong TDP. Whatever new parties will be formed, it will be for the same purpose. They want to weaken the regional parties. These parties blame TDP for everything. They know BJP is not strong here so once TDP is weakened they dream of dominating AP with their sister parties.

PEOPLE’S VERDICT
People’s emotions are high on both sides of Telangana and Seemandhra. We have to wait and see how this will be reflected on the ballot. Will Telangana people vote for Congress-TRS as gratitude or vote for BJP-TDP for their dynamic leaders? Will Seemandhra people vote for TDP or pseudo Congress parties?
I wish people stop for a moment, keep aside their emotions. Only then they can make a good choice or else we will fail again as responsible citizens.

Let there be prosperity in all Telugu households as well as the nation.

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Hyderabad, Hyderabad where are you going?

A song was going on in the TV, it was about who is the real mother of Krishna, Devaki- who gave him birth or Yashodha- who fostered him?  Hyderabad is in similar situation now.  Will it go with Telangana in which it geographically located or does it have to go with Seemaandhra who claim to have major role in its development?

What makes a city like Hyderabad, a vibrant, multicultural, modern developed city?
Are the city’s Hi-tech IT centers, or its concrete high rises, or its Metro-rail in construction or its Rajiv Gandhi International Airport or its famous Biryani?  Economically yes but the heart and soul of Hyderabad is  its culture. The life of  people from all the three regions of the AP state as well as the numerous migrants and IT guys from all over the country assimilated into one whole – that is Hyderabad.  At least, as I am told, since  independence Hyderabad has been ever welcoming , stretching its hands to everyone who wanted to make it a home, who came in search of livelihood, who wanted to make money in it, on it, out of it. With ever-growing population Hyderabad has tried to keep everyone happy, though we have polluted its main vein Musi, and heart Hussain Sagar. It has been generous, though we have over-loaded its drainage network. It has been hearty, though its road system is jammed with traffic.

In return what we gave is bandhs, hartals, and petty fights vandalizing its shops, paralyzing its life many a times. And now we are fighting over its rights.  One says its in our region, and another says it is we who have developed this city.  It’s easy to fly by emotions which happens to me in a moment or rage or  anguish. But will it be any good to anyone?  All these concrete buildings do not have more than 30-40 year lifespan and they make way for the new ones, we people stay there for 50-60 years and we make way for newer generation.  What stays behind is Hyderabad and its heritage. It can survive independently without  a Telangana or Seemaandhra tag on it.

Hyderabad (Bhagyanagar – the bountiful) has given life to many, so lets not break it. Let it be the way it is and no petty politics on it, no more battles on it. Unfortunately so many lives are entwined and perilously balanced with it that moving one block will be a death knell to many a lives surviving marginally.  We have done enough to destroy  it by over-development and over-exploitation, lets not break the people’s trust with such fights. Everyday we have to work with each to get it going, this kind of mistrust may lead to favoritism and finally the death of the city

Krishna has no problem being son to both his mothers, Bhagyanagar has no problem being home to all people – reasonable and responsible ones though.

Telangana: Did we miss the bus this time too?

The much awaited decision on Telangana has finally been taken. For some reason, I don’t feel much jubilation ( I hail from Telangana). This decision long pending was taken not in parliament or state assembly but by a group CWC (Congress working committee) and later  endorsed by UPA. Did we miss the bus?

Source: zeenews.india.com

Source: zeenews.india.com

No one has a consensus on what the people really want or how they want the bifurcation of the state to take place. The decision is taken so close to Elections that it leaves no time for anyone to adjust. We have seen enough agitation in Telangana and now its turn of other side! Staying unified or separating, we will just remain spectators to this partition rather than participants. we missed the bus again..

Going into the brief history……

When ” The gentleman’s agreement” was not respected, we missed the bus.
When Nagarjunasagar dam was constructed submerging one region and watering another, we missed the bus.When Jurala project conceptualized at the same time as  Nagarjunasagar but  was only completed recently, we missed the bus.
when Nalgonda, in spite of having Nagarjunasagar in it, is suffering from Fluoride contamination, we missed the bus.
When drought gripped the state, many villages migrated to Bombay, Pune for work, we missed the bus.
When many students were going to Karnataka, TN for Engineering education due to less collages here, we missed the bus.
When we allowed Naxalites to boom owing to bad governance, we missed the bus.
When we did not fight for GO 610, we missed the bus.
When we allowed many graduates emigrate to other countries, we missed the bus.
when IT boom was not equally distributed among all regions, we missed the bus big time.
When agriculture was becoming too harsh on farmers over decades, we missed the bus.
When we allowed the government to sell lands around Hyderabad to fund government programs, we missed the bus.
When Manjeera river water meant for irrigation were diverted to Hyderabad for drinking water, we missed the bus.
When we over-jammed the limited roads of Hyderabad with traffic, we missed the bus.
When we allowed to give people alternatives to Hyderabad, we missed the bus.
When we did nothing to the drought affected districts of the state, we missed the bus.

When we allowed some secessionist ideas of some party for its own gains, we missed the bus.
When allowed that to seep into students, people, we missed the bus.
When we did not do anything to win the confidence of people we missed the bus.
When we let that be decided by a single person, we missed the bus.

Watching all the drama of UPA deciding the bifurcation, I have many doubts.
Is it another ploy of covering up their bad governance over these 9 years ?
Is it a ploy to win voters in the next election?
Is it to split the vote one more time and weaken the only strong opposition in the state – TDP?
May be, but We again missed the bus.

Source: ndtv.com

Source: ndtv.com

What ever has happened is difficult to digest but it has happened and we the total state more as spectators are  part of it. Though having same language we missed to assimilate into one or we have been drugged to feel different.
Hyderabad like any other metros is overcrowded, polluted and noisy.  And this is not the ideal way to create an alternative to it.  Though administratively we may get divided but we have to work together for our collective development and well-being.

A step to victory!

TDP chief Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu is on a 2000km Padayatra  in  Andhra Pradesh.
The 2009 elections were a shocker for TDP. Congress again won not with huge margin but with enough to keep the power away from TDP. This was a mandate from confused  voters who had too many choices. There was Chiranjeevi with his Prajarajyam party. There was JayaPrakash Narayan with his Loksatta promising a corruption free state.  Though  these parties did not get enough seats they were successful in dividing the votes. And TDP was the main loser.

IMPORTANT MANDATE
2009 election was a mandate from people who were looking for alternatives to Congress and TDP.  Drought and neglect of  agriculture during CBN’s tenure did not do any good to TDP.  Prajarajyam party won some seats in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.  TRS party won few in Telangana. Loksatta took  votes from the educated white-collar citi-zens.  Congress had its rural vote due to its popular Aarogyasri and 100 day employment schemes.  Finally Congress came victorious.

DIVIDE AND RULE
2009 elections was  the testing ground for reuse of Divide and Rule policy. It worked  and what followed is systematic division of state on regional, caste and religious lines.  Jagan’s new party,  always hot Telangana issue or trouble in Old Hyderabad  is keeping the limelight away from basic needs and development.  The death of  YS Rajashekar Reddy aggravated the problem.  Chiranjeevi’s party merging with Congress highlights the purpose of its formation.

ANTI TDP
Rhetoric  of the new parties or TRS is only anti TDP. TDP was not in power during 2009 elections. But still all the parties were contesting elections as if they were against only TDP.  This highlights the strategy of eliminating the only strong opposition in Andhra Pradesh.  Jagan’s Party has grown in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions further eating into the support base of TDP.  TRS only asks TDP about its opinion on Telangana.  The ruling party cleverly showed itself divided while they collectively support the goverment in State and at the Center.

CBN PADAYATHRA

Source: TheHIndu.com

Source: TheHIndu.com

I do not know how useful CBN’s padayathra would be for TDP. It was interesting to see Jagan’s sister taking up another padayathra at the same time in support of her brother.  May be it was to weaken CBN’s walkathon.  Even the rural population is pampered by the freebies given by the government.  In present condition when  people are preferring to be identified by regional, caste, religious divisions despite no development, TDP has to approach the 2014 elections differently. It has to diversify its cadre by encouraging young leaders who are willing to bring about a change  similar to what Late NTR did.

Andhra Pradesh is down in all parameters. it is now a play ground of all the foolish people among us.  Its time for a change. We the people of AP state have to channel the anguish of certain sections of the people into a political movement.   Whether we stay united or part ways,  whether we  develop or go bankrupt it should be on our terms, not on some outside dictations…

AbdullapurMet Trek

Man, the alarm was not soothing but rather cruel at 5.00A.M in the morning but had to get up. Not much later got a call from Bharath ” Do you want to go? It rained badly yesterday”. I  don’t know how I could manage to say, ” Let’s go, at least we will meet people” .
Out of the comfort of the home reached the meeting point “Koti Women’s college Gate” by 5.45 sharp as was ordered by Sukumar, our Organizer. There were few others waiting on the other side of the road. but there was no Sukumar, nor Padmaja.  but before I could get any more sharp and angry almost everyone arrived by 6.00A.M blunt. We started off in the 4 wheelers  after parking our bikes before Haridwar hotel.  Padmaja was not coming as her father was not feeling well. So we started off in Hari’s Scorpio microHybrid.

Abdullapurmet is a group of small hillocks on the NH9 on the way to Vijayawada near Ramoji Film City. It is in fact very near to the Outer Ring Road which is in construction. (I don’t know what they will call the next Ring road, no prizes for the guesses). There was a nice BT road leading to the foot of the hillock, thanks to the real estate ventures. This is the first time GHAC is conducting a trek here and we are the first ones which makes it really most interesting and exciting.

We parked our vehicles and had the customary introduction, There were software victims, addicts, professionals,.. what ever you want to call them, a doctor, fashion Designer, consultant, ad woman. So started off.  It was cloudy but not raining luckily. The first thing was to conquer the first hillock. There was excitement to find new routes to the top.  we had to lift ourselves through the narrow opening between two rocks.

Common Buddy (courtesy: Vamshi)

There was lot of advices in the air around from the guys who made it to the top, a feeling of ” Can I make it” in the faces down. It was a while before everyone was helped to the top. Wow! it was great team work and spirit of adventure.  Then we had some pictures clicked on top of the hillock.

Conquered! The First Summit (courtesy: Gautam Narain)

Happiness(Anand) on the Peak (courtesy: Gautam Narain)

Then we saw a peacock on top of another hill, all inviting with its fully stretched feathers.  There was greenery all round thanks to the consistent rains in Hyderabad. And our next destination was a bigger hillock towards our  right.  It was already 8 and we stopped to break our fast. There were biscuits, chudwa, Anshu’s Sandwiches (she prepared them in the morning!), haldiram stuff, and Dates! I too had some dates! Then we were again on our way. We did not know how to make it to the top. All the existing routes, if any, might have been covered by the grass and other shrubs.

We were greeted by huge boulders, steep and no easy path to the top. we split into two groups and started our exploring. There was a small group of bees and Hari was bit on his hand. That was the first moment when the spirits were little down. But thanks to our self styled Manager Anshu Gemini and Hari we found a little hope.  There was a small crack between two rocks. I was a little apprehensive about going through it as there may be snakes or monkeys inside. But Anshu went through it, I followed . Anshu could get to the bottom of the small opening to the top. After seeing her courage and spirit, whatever resistance to accepting her as Manager was gone. Under her direction I could lift myself through the opening and made through it. I saw light! Wow! I could not describe my feeling. Anshu made it. It was her find.

The way to the top (courtesy: Naresh)

Slowly everyone followed. Someone from the bottom asked why do we have to do this? Why are we on this trek?   Other group with Sukumar go to the top from other difficult way.  Wow, the wind was soothing and inviting. Wait, Let me take a deep breathe.  How stupid we are, leaving these pleasures we are content living cramped spaces.

We could see the Ramoji Film City’s entrance from the top, thank God it is on the other side of the road. Other we know what would have happened to this hillock.  There were some pink apartments to the far South.  We climbed to the top of this hill. Took some pictures.

On the Top finally!(courtesy: Gautam Narain)

We got down in the direction of our cars. The descent was not that adventurous and boring to Anshu. We got down under the guidance and warnings “slippery rocks, sharp turn, Its steep” of Bharath. After what we have done those were not warnings!

There was this lovely grass swaying to the tune of the wind which we could not hear or comprehend.

Grass Dance (courtesy: Gautam Narain)

It was a great trip! The hill was all welcoming. The overnight rain and the ones before erased all the previous trails and paths and we had to start new. We tried our level best not to leave any impressions on the way. No littering was done but some centipedes were crushed under our shoes, the grass was grounded but they did not complain.  Our Trek to identify with our own nature – Nature was more than expected. Above all, the guys and gals were a great company. There were complaints of lack of variety in the snacks! haha.
Let me remember the names. Sukumar, Hari and his better half, Bharat, Gautam, Anshu, Anusha, Lavanya, Haritha, Anand, Gautham, Vamshi, Srikanth, Naresh, again Naresh, Vimal, Shri, Babu. Sorry who’s 19 and 20?

Thanks Sukumar and GHAC! It was real fun.

(Images Courtesy: Gautam Narain, Naresh, Vamshi)

Moulali Trek

In times when most of us miss the early morning sun shine, or getting up to the wake up call of the rooster, this was more than a welcome experience. Everyone assembled at the foot of the famous Moulali Steps on the morning of last Saturday. The trek did not appear promising as there were well laid steps to the top of the Moulali Durgah Hillock. But once the Organizer Padmaja arrived, we group of 21 started climbing the stairs. Some like me out of sheer excitement found their own way.  I forgot to mention the little girl who was part of this trek – Meghana who has just completed U.K.G and going to First class, came along with her Father. She already bought books for first class so she is in First now. Any questions? And there was Anchal Gandhi who was moving up in his own way had many of his so called “Last photograph”.

Its easy to reach the  Moulali Steps. Can reach Moulali Kaman – Check google maps or trust the on-road assistance  (Hey Bhai Moulali Kaman Kaise Jaana?) and from there

1. While going towards ECIL/Kushaiguda you will get to a little Y junction in less than 500feet.
2. There you take the left lane. it will take you directly to Durgah foot steps.
Check the below map. Click on it to enlarge.

Source: Google Maps

As we climbed to the top, it was nice feeling. I don’t know what makes us feel great looking at things from top.

We could see, feel the Sun rising from behind the clouds.

There were introductions and we headed for the descent on the other side of the hill. I thought we are going down and the trek is over. But wait there was much more!


We climbed back which was really easy and  I, along with few, was running upwards.  Three more trekkers joined who were late.  And one more such descent and ascent. Again the same thought ” the trek was over. Do I have to say to wait?

We all went to the other side of the hill and went for the trek. The real trek!  Removed the shoes, First time it didn’t work, I slipped. There was Nataraj encouraging from the top. Before me was Meghana who successfully completed the first part. I too did it!
Something in me was asking for more! There I was heading stranded, I could not go further and I my legs were trembling. I somehow got back  and with the help of Subba Rao (Meghana’s father)  I could finish the second climb.  Meghana and Srivalli were already there!   Everyone followed and it was really great experience.
Memorable thing was Meghana clapping without making sound as each one finished the trek.

Image source: http://cid-6f578843fd095913.skydrive.live.com/play.aspx/Maulali%20trek?ref=1%22

And Virginia Wang, who hails from USA and staying in Vijayawada, was speaking in bits of telugu ” Nee peru emti”  Saying about Rosaiah’s famous statement ” Naa chetulo emi ledu” .  Someone asked about which side she is Telangana or Samaikya Andhra.
She says ” If  goons from Telangana  come to her, she is going to say ”  Jai Telangana” and if goons from other side come she is going to say ” Samaikya Andhra” . Do we have a choice?

Thanks everyone for making this a memorable one.

More Photos: http://meetup.ghac.in/photos/858311/

Read more at: http://bharathreddyt.in/2010/03/trekking-trip-to-maula-ali-dargah/

What? On The Same!

I did fasting yesterday and I am really surprised of the ! But I drank coffee yesterday and I want to inform you of the same!
We read a lot of same stuff in the mails like the one from onsite co-ordinators  ” I have observed a defect in the design, and I am attaching a PPt on the same! ”
Really we are in awe for this simple word ” same” .  But do we really need to use it in the above sentence.  This is twisting the already confusing sentences.
If you write to your plumber ( supposing they are hi-tech now) like this
” My bathroom tap is leaking and I want you to repair the same.”
If repairing the bathroom tap is only concern, then the plumber is going to repair the same tap in your house.  If you omit “the same” from your mail he is not going to repair the tap of your neighbor.  Even if you get the bill you are not going to pay it.
” Dear Same sir, we have repaired the tap of your  neighbor as you have not mentioned to repair “the same”. Please pay us on the same” .
I did not know how this got started (using the word same) but  sometimes it is needed when we read the mails in half sleep.

” I have observed a defect in the design,…..and attached a PPT..”
What PPT?
“on the Sameeeeeee!  “
ahhhh,   defect in the design. I got it, I got it.
Next one more mail comes-
” This is regarding the same I wrote yesterday.  Did you rectify the same?”
The reply-
” You did not asked to rectify the design. We did not do the same
One more mail on the same –
“This is third mail on the same! Why would I make a PPT  on the same and send you. You are supposed to rectify (the same). I would  have done it faster than making a PPT  and send work to you guys in Hyderabad.”
The final reply..
” Then do it there (in whatever  onsite location you are)”

If we remove the word “the same” from all the above sentences  they still make a lot of sense. We have many times faced this type of redundancies in the mails only to add confusion. Always the best thing is capture the content of the mail in the subject and that would really make a lot of difference to the communication, sorting the mails . We did not have to read “the same”s repeatedly.

If you have not got bored reading this far, your comments on the same! please