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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.

Pawan Kalyan's Inconsistent Political Agenda Might Make Janasena Party Come Undone

Pawan Kalyan’s political party, the Janasena Party has no clear agenda and has been inconsistent in taking concrete steps. It looks unlikely that the political outfit can succeed soley based on Pawan Kalyan’s on-screen prowess.

Developmental Rhetoric, Uprooted Lives

Any developmental activity can be meaningful only when the dispossessed and displaced people are taken care of and adequately rehabilitated. Nevertheless, their basic rights to life and decent rehabilitation are often violated by governments and project authorities. Such violations are particularly evident in the Gundlakamma Reservoir Project in Andhra Pradesh.

Following the Government’s Urban Footsteps

Will the inauguration of the Interim Government Complex in the new capital villages of Andhra Pradesh spur newer, better forms of urban growth? Our sixth photo essay from the transforming land of Amravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Vector Control Operations to Deal with Malaria

Although India had some successes in controlling malaria from the time of independence, it still faces a substantial socio-economic burden from this disease. This paper presents a case study of a highly endemic primary health centre with an annual parasite incidence of 30.9 in the tribal regions of Andhra Pradesh. It reviews the various operations involved in vector control methods like bed nets, insecticide spraying and anti-larval operations. Based on the data available with the health functionaries and household level surveys, it makes operational suggestions to improve the efficacy of control measures. It finds that the current focus is heavily skewed towards surveillance for malaria-affected patients with inadequate attention for vector control methods of malaria prevention. Ensuring the adoption of vector control methods by the community will yield rich dividends in curtailing the malarial transmission process.

Making of Amaravati

This paper examines Amaravati, the proposed greenfield capital of the bifurcated Andhra Pradesh state, against the backdrop of the rise of urban mega-projects across Asia, and the tendencies towards land speculation they have unleashed in Indian cities. It offers a critique of the land pooling mechanisms as they have played out on the ground in the affected villages. It argues that voluntary land pooling on such a large scale has been made possible through a coordinated use of coercive tactics and legal measures, including the land ordinance of the Government of India, which was re-promulgated three times and provided a credible fallback in the AP government's dealings with farmers. Land pooling also facilitated a regime of co-option with absentee landowners aligning, on caste lines, with the ruling party.

Andhra Pradesh's Master Plan for Its New Capital

Amaravati, the planned new capital of Andhra Pradesh, is to be set up in a highly fertile, multi-cropped area in the Guntur-Krishna belt where the water table is just 15 to 20 feet below the surface. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has been aggressively pursuing land pooling through a series of not-too-friendly measures to acquire land for the capital which will be located in a low- to medium-risk flood area. Where the Singapore consultancy's master plan for the new city, Amaravati, falters is in not visualising the need to accommodate low-income residents and the informal sector in the new capital, and in its exaggerated projections of employment generation in the information technology sector.

Uranium Mining in Nalgonda

The uranium project being set up close to the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Andhra Pradesh will not only occupy vast acreages of agricultural land, but will destroy forest land, the 'buffer zone' of the Rajiv Gandhi Sanctuary. More worrying is the spate of preacquisition land transactions that it has prompted. This is resulting in land transfers to outsiders who aim to gain by selling land to the Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) later on, and to access compensations in various forms.

Grass Roots Politics and 'Second Wave of Decentralisation' in Andhra Pradesh

This article considers the impact of multiple channels of village level participation from the perspective of the macro political motives and micro political dynamics. Recent fieldwork from Andhra Pradesh shows that party politics plays an important role in elections to local bodies and that a subset of rural voters, that the author calls the 'political stratum', is emerging. The article goes on to consider the importance of newly created political party structures in the state, and their role in establishing de facto horizontal and vertical linkages that have to date been insufficiently accounted for in studies of the matrix of grass roots development associations.

Hybrid Rice in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh was the first state in India to develop and release two rice hybrids during the 1993-94 dry seasons. Hybrid rice technology was projected as the harbinger of another rice revolution in the state, as the yield potential of existing varieties was declining. However, the initial experiences of farmers who grew hybrid rice in the state indicated that it was not profitable relative to existing modern varieties. Recently, scientists have claimed that the initial experiences of hybrid rice cultivators are no longer relevant as many new rice hybrids of better quality were developed and marketed by the late 1990s. The current study tests, the widely propagated hypothesis that these new rice hybrids have been accepted by farmers in Andhra Pradesh.

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