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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.

Celebration and Introspection

The Osmania University, now a 100 years old, has, especially from the 1940s onwards, played a pivotal role in shaping the intellectual, social, cultural and political life of Telangana. But tragically, the present dismal state of affairs in its portals does not befit its centenary status. Sincere support from the Government of Telangana is the need of the hour.

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.

Jos Mooij - I

In the untimely death of Jos Mooij on 28 February we have lost a conscientious and inspiring scholar whose work in the area of policy studies has touched many of us. I had known her for more than a decade since the days of her affiliation with the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS),...

A Valuable Intellectual Resource on Dalit Writing

No Alphabet in Sight: New Dalit Writing from South India, Dossier 1: Tamil and Malayalam edited and introduced by K Satyanarayana and Susie Tharu (Delhi: Penguin), 2011; pp xii + 641, Rs 599.

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.

Political Articulation and Policy Discourse in Elections

In the Andhra Pradesh elections of 2004, policy discourse displayed a plebiscitary character. The defeat of the TDP government has been interpreted as a 'vote against anti-people reforms'. The discourse analysis of the election campaigns of different parties however, clearly shows that except for the Left no mainstream party made this election a contest on reforms. The crisis-centric discourse of the Congress displayed possibilities for new discursive coalitions and political alliances, as concerns of marginalised groups gained prominence.

High-Powered Committee, Low Voltage Report-Mira Seth Report on Handlooms

The committee's prescriptions of an export-oriented strategy, if pursued, would in the long run transform handlooms once the symbol of swadeshi into objet d'art to be displayed in museum of national heritage and culture.

ANDHRA PRADESH-Impact of Liberalisation on Beedi Workers

Impact of Liberalisation on Beedi Workers K Srinivasulu The production of cheap mini cigarettes by many manufacturers has posed a dilemma to the beedi workers' movement Faced with the threat of a wage cut introduced by beedi barons on the pretext of beedi sales going down, they have been forced to wage a battle against the mini cigarette manufacturing units and their Workers, thus diluting the workers' movement.

1985 Textile Policy and Handloom Industry-Policy, Promises and Performance

Policy, Promises and Performance K Srinivasulu It is a decade since the New Textile Policy was adopted by the then Rajiv Gandhi government. It is time for a critical appraisal of the policy. This paper attempts to assess the impact of the policy on the handloom sector.

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