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Deconstructing Telangana March

11-10-2012
All the spurious critiques, filthy abuses, fretting and fuming rants, and gratuitous remarks on my earlier posts are despatched to where they should belong. The gutter.

Two Important Issues

Now, let us get down to the serious business of examining the two most important issues that need our attention about the 30 September 2012 Telangana March.

1.The density of the crowd that assembled on the Necklace Road for the Telangana March.

2.The length and width of the venue occupied by the marchers on the Necklace Road on that day.

Many people are under the impression that the marchers were all over the entire length and breadth of the Necklace Road. They estimate the length of the entire Necklace Road as 4.5 kilometres – from Indira Gandhi statue to a bit after PV Jnanabhoomi.

They assume that I have taken only the snaps that showed a small portion of the entire ‘march’ to arrive at the estimate.

This is not the case.

Only a Tiny Stretch of the Necklace Road

In fact, the marchers were unable to fill the entire area for which the organizers have taken permission from the government. They occupied only a tiny stretch of the Necklace Road. To be precise, the area was from near about the Sonee Food Court till a bit after the point where PV Jnanabhoomi ends.

Anyone who is familiar with the Necklace Road knows that at this part of the stretch there is a place large enough to have a gathering. It is some sort of an ‘island’ between the two roads. Normally this is the place where one finds ice cream vendors. You might also see cars parked there on normal days.

Dais – a makeshift one – was erected straddling the two lanes of the road. It was the spot which was the  the beginning of the ‘march’ crowd. You could find only a handful of people behind the dais. They are mostly organizers or those who were in charge of the logistics.

The crowd stretched from there towards PV Jnanabhoomi and a little bit beyond that.

This actually was the theatre of action on the day of Telangana March. It was’t a Kavaatu or a march. It was merely a gathering; a rally.

Let us look at the photographs published by the various Telugu daily newspapers. You will notice that they printed lyrical captions on the pictures to describe the  March as a grand success. They wanted the readers to believe that a sea of humanity gathered at the Necklace Road, the earth shook under the ‘marching’ feet and Hyderabad was actually jolted!

Eenadu’s Photograph

This is the picture published by Eenadu. I used this in my earlier post. And taken the densest part of this picture to show that in the grid of squares of uniform size, one cannot count more than 500 persons in a square. Let us take other major daily newspaper pictures also along with this to understand the dimensions of the road occupied by the marchers and the density of the crowd.

Jorugaa Kavaathu, Eenadu Photo

Vaartha’s Photograph

This is the photograph published by Vaartha.

You can see PV Jnanabhoomi on the far left side of the picture. Just a bit after the end of the Jnanabhoomi, the march has tailed off.

Kavaathu, Vaartha Photo

Jana Uppena, Vaartha Photo

On the far right side of the photograph you will find the stage, and an inset that shows the photograph of the stage from where Prof Kodandaram, Chairman of the Political JAC is seen addressing the gathering.

You can see a row of trees on the border of the Necklace Road that runs parallel to the railway track. The last tree at the end of the row towards the left is in the midst of the venue. If you zoom in on the picture, from there onwards the crowd begins to get thinner and thinner. Observe the density of the crowd on the road opposite PV Jnanabhoomi. You will find it very thin.

The crowd is dense only in the area that is between the stage and the tree that I mentioned.

Andhra Jyothi’s Pictures

Look at this picture carried by Andhra Jyothi, with a caption ‘Rana Garjana’.

Andhra Jyothi, Rana Garjana

Andhra Jyothi’s Rana Garjana

This picture gives you a better view. On the far right, you can see the stage very clearly. You can also clearly  see the tree point I’m mentioning. It is right next to the index finger of Prof Kodandaram whose picture is in the inset here. You can see that as you move to the left from there the crowd becomes thinner and tapers off at the far left edge of PV Jnanabhoomi. You can also notice that behind the stage, there were only a handful of people. Probably they were organisers or those who looked after the logistics.

Now, look at this:

Andhra Jyothi’s Rana Garjana

This picture is even clearer. It is from the same publication but this time without the inset picture of Prof Kodandaram.

You can clearly see the thinning of the crowd from the tree as you go further left. In fact you can also see several vehicles parked there. Zoom in to get a better view. Those of you who are in the habit of strenuous defence of the T agitation can perhaps even count the persons. The crowd is actually that thin.

Sakshi’s Photograph

Sakshi carried this picture:

Porettina Jana Sagaram, Sakshi

Showing this kind of a kind of a crowd, the newspaper chose to print on the photograph a caption describing the crowd as ‘sea’.

This picture also gives a view that confirms our earlier observation that the densest part of the venue is from the dais to the tree-point that we identified earlier. In this picture also you will find that as they ‘march’ towards PV Jnanabhoomi, the crowd increasingly wears thin. This picture also clearly shows the stage, and also the elevated place where the tv cameras were placed.

Namaste Telangan’s Picture

Now let us look at the picture published by the Patron Saint of the separatist propaganda machinery, Namaste Telangana.

Jana Saagaram, Namaste Telangana

The captions bear no relation to the crowd shown in the photograph.

This photograph shows even the drying laundry near the railway track. More importantly, it clearly shows, very candidly, that the crowd is indeed thin as you move towards left and towards the Jnanabhoomi.

This is the situation as far as the crowd and its density is concerned.

To recap: the most densely occupied area was from the dais to the tree-point. From there the density gradually wears off and becomes very sparse as you reach points opposite PV Jnanabhoomi and tapers off as you go beyond that.

One more point needs to be noted here. The venue of the March was not the entire 4.5 kilometre stretch of the Necklace but only between the dais which was erected near Sonee Food Court astride the two lanes of the road and a little beyond PV Jnanabhoomi.

In other words, it is from the point where there was a broad island-like divider between the two lanes of the road and ends a little after PV Jnanabhoomi. The dais faced in the direction towards Jnanabhoomi.

Length of the Necklace Road Occupied By Marchers

Now, let us look at the length of the road that was occupied buy the marchers.

Here is the Google map, which captures the road from the point where the makeshift dais was erected. As you can see the distance measurements (ground length from point to point) are also by Google. I have given the screen shots below.

Necklace Road, Length Measure 1

This one above shows the distance between the point where the makeshift dais was erected, past the tree-point and stops slightly short of PV Jnanabhoomi. Google maps measures the ground length from point to point (marked red) as 819.53 feet.

Necklace Road, Length Measurement 2

And from that 819.53 point to the point which is beyond the end point of PV Jnanabhoomi, it measures 487.19 feet.

Thus the total length of the Necklace Road the marchers occupied, albeit with varying density, is 1306.72 feet.

Width of the Necklace Road Occupied By Marchers

Now, let us look at the width of the road. Its width is not uniform. Therefore, let’s measure it at 4 different points.

Necklace Road Width Measure 1

This picture above shows the measurement at the starting point of the venue, close to the dais. It measures, as you can see, 95.25 feet.

Necklace Road, Width Measure 2

At the second point the road width measures, as you can see, 161.03 feet. This is actually the widest point of the venue.

Necklace Road, Width Measure 3

The third point measures 140.57 feet. This point is almost near the far end of PV Jnanabhoomi.

Necklace Road, Width Measurement 4

The last point measures 78.88 feet. This is the narrowest part of the stretch occupied by the marchers.

If you take the average of the entire stretch which has varying width, it comes to 118.93 feet.

Total Area Occupied

Therefore, the total area the marchers occupied on 30 September 2012 for Telangana March is 1,55,408.20 square feet.

If we try and fit in 30 persons per 100 square feet, uniformly all over this area, then the number could have been slightly under 47,000

The Most Crowded Area

But we have clearly seen that it is only the stretch that falls between the dais and the tree-point that has the densest crowd. If you look at the first map which marks 819.53 feet length, you will notice that the distance between the dais and the tree is about a third of that. That is, therefore, 273.17 feet.

If we take the average width of the road between these two points, it is 128.14 feet.

That brings the area occupied by the crowd at its densest to 34,004.00 square feet.

If we take 30 people per 100 square feet, then at the densest area the crowd was just around 10,500. Even those that are stuck with the lift car measurements will not be able to put more than 30 people per 100 square feet. If they take a bit of liberty, maybe they can add another five and say 35 per 100 square feet. Even with that kind of licence, they will not able to go beyond 12,250. Can they?

Rest of the Area

The rest of the area is progressively thin in crowds. Everybody could have their own guess on how many people were there per 100 square feet in the rest of the area other than the 34004.00 square feet. One thing is clear that there can, by no stretch of imagination, be more than 30 persons per 100 square feet. In fact, there are much less than half of that number for anyone to see.

Generous Estimate

Most generous observer could put another 10,500 in the rest of the area. And the most ardently inspired separatist could double that up and put 20,000 there.

That would total the crowd to somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000.

That is the most generous figure.

If anyone wants to imagine a bigger crowd, they can take a call.

We can’t stop anyone from hallucinating. Can we?

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