Politics of Bharat Ratna
That the Padma awards are less for recognition of distinction and more for doling out patronage or reward by the government of the day has ceased to be a contestable point long ago. On a different scale, however, the award of Bharat Ratna is increasingly used not for patronage, but to make political statements. It is done to claim ownership of political legacies, to co-opt regional identities, to appease sectional interests, and to exhibit loyalties. One need not go into the merit of any of the awardees. But answers to questions like when was the last time someone deserving was awarded, and by whom, or who was denied and for how long, can be found if they are seen in the light of the extant political compulsions and ideological battles.
Atal Behari Vajpayee, Bharat Ratna, BJP, Congress, Jyoti Basu, Narendra Modi, Parakala Prabhakar, PV Narasimha Rao, Sonia Gandhi 20-11-2013 0 Comments
Is it Telugu Vs Telugu?
I participated in a discussion on CNN-IBN which posed the question whether it is Telugu Vs Telugu in the unfolding drama of the Centre’s move to divide the state of Andhra Pradesh?
Andhra Pradesh, CNN-IBN, Nalamotu Chakravarthy, Parakala Prabhakar, Sagarika Ghose, Telangana, Visalandhra Mahasabha 01-11-2013 0 Comments
Srungvarapukota Public Meeting Video Recording
On 18 September 2013, a huge public meeting was held in Srungavarapukota (popularly known as S Kota) to protest against the move to divide the state.
Andhra Pradesh, Parakala Prabhakar, S Kota, Telangana, Visalandhra Mahasabha 24-09-2013 0 Comments