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On the Telangana Trail

What is Telangana? Why does it stir such powerful sentiments? What are the boundaries between the people and the leadership? In an attempt to understand the multilayered articulation of the demand for a separate Telangana, we decided to speak to a cross section of people on their participation and their aspirations - people across political formations and social backgrounds. Our travels took us to small farmers, pastoralists, intellectuals, coal miners, schoolteachers, weavers, traders and dhobis; Muslim, adivasi, dalit and student leaders; we attended meetings in adivasi hamlets, in working class urban neighbourhoods and we visited shibirams (tents) across the region and spoke to people on relay hunger strikes. We see quite clearly the emergence of a new politics that is committed to deliberating over the meanings of democracy and direct action. People's demand for Telangana elaborates a complex set of arguments in relation to investment, employment, education, land, water, and resources. But more importantly it has to do with self-rule, dignity and self-respect, which are the fundamental premises of the Telangana movement. The separate state is seen as only the first step towards democratisation.

'Nonconformity Incarnate': Women with Disabilities, 'Gendered' Law and the Problem of Recognition

Women with disability face discriminatory treatment and are also victims of negative social attitudes. By using law and the democratic political process they should be able to move from charity and benevolence to justice and equality. Their right to sexuality and reproductive choice also needs attention. Dealing with the psycho-social problems of such women the paper points out that women with disabilities do have the potential to carve a space for themselves and acquire a unique identity.
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