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Madhya Pradesh: Political Conversations at the Grassroots

Ground report and analysis of the political situation in Madhya Pradesh before 2018 Assembly elections

Madhya Pradesh, Elections 2018, BJP, Congress, Parakala, Modi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Rahul Gandhi 20-11-2018 0 Comments

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

Sikkolu Samaikya Garjana Video

On 20 September 2013 a huge public meeting was held in Srikakulam to protest against the move to divide Andhra Pradesh. The meeting was titled ‘Sikkolu Samaikya Garjana’. It is estimated that over a lakh of people attended the meeting.

Andhra Pradesh, Parakala Prabhakar, Srikakulam, Telangana, Visalandhra Mahasabha 26-09-2013 0 Comments

Demerger Trick: A Velvet Glove to Cover an Iron Fist

Clever communicators use mitigating words to try and lend a velvet glove to their iron fist. ‘Increase in interest rates’ is painful to hear. Therefore, ‘upward revision’ is invented. ‘Surgery’ is intimidating. Sugarcoat it by saying ‘procudure’ and it sounds less threatening. The invention of the term ‘demerger’ by the Telangana separatists belongs to the same genre. Instead of saying division of Andhra Pradesh, they are making efforts to give currency to ‘demerger’ of Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana, Visalandhra Mahasabha 23-09-2013 0 Comments

My Address to Anakapalle Public Meeting Videos

Anakapalle Laksha Gala Garjana was held on 11/9/2013.

Anakapalle, Andhra Pradesh, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana, Visalandhra Mahasabha 15-09-2013 0 Comments

Shinde’s Rebuff to Separatists

The statement by Sushil Kumar Shinde, the Union Home Minister, at the monthly press briefing is a clear rebuff to the agitators who want the state of Andhra Pradesh divided.

Shinde, Separatists,Telangana,Sushil Kumar Shinde. 11-09-2012 0 Comments

Damn Zakaria by all means, But…

Fareed Zakaria is found plagiarizing from Jill Lepore’s article in the New Yorker. He has apologized unconditionally for having let a passage from her writing slip into his piece for the Time Magazine and also into the recycled CNN blog post.

DamnZakaria,Fareed Zakaria, Huffington Post, Jill Lepore, Jim Sleeper, Parakala Prabhakar, Plagiarism, Time 11-08-2012 0 Comments

T Argument: Relay Run of the Lame

Traffic on my social networking sites has seen a tremendous surge these days. But alas, a very unhealthy one. Whatever is my post, people eventually end up venting their spleen against on my stand on the T agitation. I don’t mind a strong dose of criticism on my position. But instead of engaging in a debate or criticism, my facebook ‘friends’ turn aggressive, and abusive. Even the presumably educated ‘netizens’ too resort to filthy language and verbal intimidation. I was amazed at the choice of words by someone who claimed to be a doctor.

Relay Run of the Lame,T Argument,Telangana 01-12-2011 0 Comments

Response to ‘T’ Discussion in Karmayog – IV

Sri Subhash C. Reddy, Ph.D’s response to my reply to Sri Subba Rao gari request might mislead the readers. This is especially with regard to the views and writings of Sri Ravi Narayana Reddy. Sri Subhash C. Reddy, Ph.D said that Sri Ravi Narayana Reddy couldn’t have said “Veera Telangana Naadi – Veru Telangana Kaadu”. Sri Subhash C. Reddy, Ph.D, also said in his response to my post that Sri Ravi Narayana Reddy inflicted crushing defeat on Telugu language fanaticism.

Andhra Pradesh, Karmayog-hyd, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana   15-11-2011 0 Comments

Response to ‘T’ Discussion in Karmayog – III

Socio-economic data do not support any claim of backwardness in Telangana or any discrimination against the region. Problems exist in Telangana, as they do in any other region in the state or for that matter in any other part of the country.

Andhra Pradesh, Karmayog-hyd, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana   15-11-2011 0 Comments