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Here I offer perspectives on a wide range of topics - politics, economy, current affairs and life in general.



I am Back!

It’s a pretty long time since I have been here. I got busy with a lot of professional commitments. Our company (RightFOLIO) was busy with a large pre-poll survey exercise. I was fully immersed in it, dealing with mounds of data that flowed continuously from the field. We had a challenging task of validating the data, verifying it, consolidating it, giving weightages and finally analyzing to arrive at our own forecasts. In addition, I had to also pay attention to the Skill Development Programme in the Northeast India of which we are a part.

Parakala Prabhakar 04-06-2014 0 Comments

This is My Charminar

I came to live in Hyderabad in 1992, a few months after I returned from the London School of Economics (LSE). Economic reforms have just been unveiled in India. Perhaps no other city adapted itself so fully and quickly to the liberalized and globalised phase of the Indian economy as did Hyderabad. Today you will find the icons of new economy dominating the landscape of the city. Interestingly, before that Hyderabad was quintessentially a command economy city like no other in India with a large number of public sector industries and government R&D establishments around its core. Before that it was a city that personified feudal-aristocratic ambience with an unequal mix of high culture and gruesome backwardness. Hyderabad thus has the uncanny ability to reflect and own the essence and drift of the political economy of India. In many ways it is a microcosm of our country.

Andhra Pradesh, Charminar, Hyderabad, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana 26-02-2014 0 Comments

Telangana Bill Passage: Historic Day or Murder of Democracy?

Discussion on NDTV’s Left Right & Centre Programme with Nidhi Razdan on the shameful way the Telangana Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Andhra Pradesh, NDTV, Nidhi Razdan, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana 26-02-2014 0 Comments

Response to a Rejoinder: Indecent Proceedings of Lok Sabha

In a rejoinder to my piece (TNIE Feb 20 ) N Venugopal chose to call my account about the indecent hurry in passing the Bill “as full of lies”. He chose to tell his readers that “at least 12 members spoke and 5 others submitted written representations on the Bill.” He wanted the readers to believe that he had the authority of the Lok Sabha website behind him.

Andhra Pradesh, Lok Sabha, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana 26-02-2014 0 Comments

Proddutur Polikeka

On 5 September 2013 Proddutur Samaikyandhra JAC has organised a mammoth public meeting to protest against the move to divide Andhra Pradesh. I participated in the meeting and addressed the gathering.

Andhra Pradesh, Parakala Prabhakar, Proddatur, Telangana, Visalandhra Mahasabha 07-09-2013 0 Comments

Visakhapatnam Public Meeting Address

On 31 August 2013, the Joint Action Committee of Vizag has organised a huge public meeting to protest against the move to divide Andhra Pradesh.

BJP, Congress, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana, Visakhapatnam, Visalandhra Mahasabha, Vizag 06-09-2013 0 Comments

Telangana: Congress Party’s Election Gambit

In a deft move, Congress Party has declared that it is in favour of constituting a Telangana state. Apparently the leader of the ruling coalition expects to outmaneuver the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other political formations and win good number of seats from the region. Perhaps the Congress strategists have decided that this was the only way of arresting the steep decline the party is likely to suffer in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Andhra Pradesh, Congress, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana, TRS 20-08-2013 0 Comments

Amma in the portico

Amma has been unwell for a while now. Although she doesn’t have any major health problems, her movement is affected because of severe back pain. Most of the time, therefore, she is confined to her room. A couple of times in a day she is able to come out and sit in the portico for a brief while and get some fresh air and sunlight for herself.

Amma, Isavaasyam, Nannagaru, Parakala Kalikamba, Parakala Prabhakar, Parakala Seshavataram 12-07-2013 0 Comments

Clouds. From above

On my way back from Chennai when I looked out from the window of the plane I found these marvellous clouds below.

Parakala Prabhakar, View from Above 09-06-2013 0 Comments

Write, so that you can write

I have recently written a piece in Telugu for a Newspaper. Since then I haven’t done any writing outside my professional commitments. I wrote a couple of proposals, and a comprehensive report. The report demanded interpretation and analysis of a huge amount of data. It is a bit of a challenge because it has to be put in a format and a language that will be intelligible to government officers and their junior colleagues.

Write, so that you can write 01-06-2013 0 Comments