ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By K Srinivasulu

Champion of Civic Politics: Keshav Rao Jadhav (1933-2018)

Keshav Rao Jadhav’s role as an individual and as rights activist was immense. After his death on 16 June 2018, Telangana has lost a great champion of civil and subaltern society activism and an optimist who instilled confidence and hope among the youth and students that change is possible provided we direct our effort to and strive for it.

The Caste Question in the Naxalite Movement

The period following the Chundur massacre of Dalits in August 1991 has witnessed an intense theoretical and ideological debate on the caste question in Telugu society, ignited by the growth of the Dalit and women’s movements. The article examines the debate on the caste–class question in theory and in practice in the Naxalite/Maoist movement in Andhra Pradesh.

Srikrishna Committee: Thorough But Unviable

It is unfortunate that the Srikrishna Committee turned out to be insensitive to the passionate disapproval in Telangana of a Samaikya (United) Andhra identity. This seems primarily because of the hegemonic thinking that puts a premium on development and technology in meeting people's aspirations. This thinking finds favour with the coastal Andhra capitalist elite, for this class believes in the global consensus on neoliberal development as a panacea for all social problems. This in essence means the subordination in Telangana of the people's collective aspirations to the interests of capital.

By-elections and Telangana Agitation

The recent by-elections in the 12 assembly constituencies of Telangana indicate that the separate statehood demand has come to dominate the political discourse of the region. Social classes and groups seem to have left older political affiliations and coalesced around candidates who stand unequivocally for separate statehood. The dominant political parties - the Congress and the Telugu Desam - have paid heavily by not taking a clear stand and trying to play both sides.

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy: A Political Appraisal

Even after Y S Rajasekhara Reddy won power in Andhra Pradesh in 2004 by tapping the widespread anger about the agrarian crisis, he retained the patriarchal benevolence and ruthlessness of the factionist politics of the Rayalaseema region. While YSR instituted many schemes to address the needs of the poor, this largesse was also designed to feed a network of supporters. YSR's rule marked a clear departure from the time-honoured "politics of accommodation" in the Congress: perhaps for the first time, a uniquely parochial Reddy regime was put in place throughout the state. Turning the new approach of the Congress in New Delhi to his advantage, YSR managed to marginalise opposition to his leadership and thus emerged as the most powerful Congress chief minister of Andhra Pradesh in recent times.