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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dejected youth sets self ablaze-With T State Not Happening,My Job Hopes Look Bleak

A teenager from Ranga Reddy district brought home the chilling aspect of the T agitation by setting himself on fire near the main gate of Osmania University.The gory step came on Saturday after-noon in the midst of a student-police standoff on the university campus. Siripur Yadaiah,a resident of Nagaram village in Maheshwaram mandal,shocked the police,fellow students and the media alike by starting to run after setting himself ablaze.He was immediately bundled into a 108 ambulance and shifted to Apollo Hospital near DRDO at Santhoshnagar,where he is battling for life with 85%  burns. Eye witnesses said Yadaiah was part of the student group that had set out from Arts College around 10.45 am with the intention of marching to the assembly.Even as the students were stopped at the barricades erected by the police outside the main gate towards Vidyanagar,Yadaiah joined other students in shouting slogans and gave no indication of his deadly plans. He spoke to me for about 15 minutes on the Telangana issue,and wanted to know whether it is going to happen.He also spoke of his family back-ground and his studies, said Market police sub inspector K Ravi Kumar.Apparently,Yadaiah was part of the group that broke through the barricade once only to be chased back by a strong posse of cops.At 1.45 pm,even as top police officials present on the campus finished speaking to the media about the develop-ments till then,Yadaiah stepped behind the main gate,opened the bag he had brought with him,took out a bottle of kerosene,and doused himself and lit the match.The sight of the boy running with flames consu-ming him was chilling, admitted a police official later.

It later became clear that Yadaiah,19,had come to the campus on Saturday determined to take his life for the Telangana cause.His bag contained a suicide note,a photo album and some certificates,including that of his SSC from Victoria Memorial High School,Saroornagar,besides some clothes.He dropped out of Intermediate first year (CEC) from New Nobel Junior College,Moosarambagh in Dilsukhnagar. In his suicide note,however,he merely stated that he had completed studies till class X.I am an orphan and lost my parents in my childhood.I was hopeful of getting a job in case Telangana materialised.But it appears that the separate state will not happen.I am giving up my life for the Telangana cause and many more will do so till the dream is realised, the note written in Telugu said. Going by the photographs in the album found in his bag,Yadaiah had a penchant for getting himself clicked with leading politicians.There were many photos of him with such politicians as home minister Sabita Indra Reddy,who represents the Maheshwaram constituency from where he hails.Soon after his immolation bid,Yadaiah was first rushed to Gandhi Hospital and then shifted to Apollo.His condition is critical, said the hospital authorities.
OU simmers as students battle with police

Hyderabad: On a day of high drama,marked by more tension than actual action,violence erupted late on Saturday evening with incensed students pelting stones on the security forces at Tarnaka.The violence was triggered by the suicide attempt by a student earlier in the afternoon. Almost 500 students gathered on the Tarnaka main road around 5 pm and started pelting stones on the police.At first,the police merely shielded themselves and did not retaliate.But a little later,around 6 pm the students converged on the university ground behind Aradhana theatre at Tarnaka and began another but more intense round of pelting stones and whatever else they could lay their hands on. The police then burst at least 15 round of tear gas shells as well as a few rubber bullets and also resorted to lathicharge.They also hurled back the stones that were flung on them by the students.At least 15 students were said to be injured in the police action.The violence subsided by around 8.30 pm and majority of the police forces withdrew from the site. However,situation is still tense, a police official said. The violence occurred just when it appeared that the march to assembly planned by the OU JAC in the morning all but petered out.When the students began their march from Arts College around 10.45 am,there were hardly about 100 of them but by the time the marchers reached the main gate towards Vidyanagar,their numbers had swelled to almost 1000.
T-issue : Govt lacking political will (A Political Issue Has Been Reduced To Law & Order Problem By The Rulers)

If the separate Telangana issue has divided public opinion vertically,the manner in which the student agitation is being countered by the government has unified opinion the government has failed miserably in handling what is largely a political problem. Observers note the state is not looking at resolving the issue politically but has instead pushed the police to cow down the T agitators.Osmania University may not have turned into a war zone if the state had not taken refuge in the police lathi,they assert.On Saturday,around 20,000 police personnel,including paramilitary forces,were deployed in the city to scuttle the Chalo Assembly call given by T supporters.The assembly area was cordoned off throwing city traffic out of gear.Analysts appalled by the huge police presence wondered if the city was facing a terror attack. Police forces should be used to regulate when necessary.But this is an excessive police presence and show of strength, says V S Krishna of Human Rights Forum.

While a city-based entrepreneur considers police presence important to protect public property and the common man during agitations,he wonders what the fuss is about.Can a few thousand students campaig-ning from a university campus achieve separate Telangana It is too political a demand.Why is it being taken so seriously, he asks. News portals on Saturday had netizens commenting furiously as to where the political leaders were when the young Class X student immolated himself on Saturday.The situation is aggravated because students have lost trust in the government,which knows nothing apart from using brutal force, says sociologist Bharath Bhushan,who has authored a book on Telangana.The assembly has been ghearoed on many occasions in the past but never before has this kind of force been used, he adds.

While the government should act like the house elder and resolve issues,here it has failed to do so is the common perception.Politicians,say observers,have used students asking them to blow cold initially only to instruct them to step up the agitation later.Now,that they are all agitated,the party has left them to fend for themselves. Kukatpally resident and businessman D Venu Gopal who is for a united Andhra says that he is surprised that nobody is talking about the academic year.It is mid-February and there is no talk about examinations, he says,adding that the campus cannot be used as a field for political battles.

But B V P Rao,former bureaucrat and home secretary of Assam,says that universities are also meant for political lessons.I lost two-and-a-half years in 1969, he says.There is helplessness setting in at OU and the political system is to blame for it.Still,it is to the students credit that they have kept this movement non-violent, says Rao,who had taken part in the 1969 agitation,which was comparatively much more violent. But those like Bharath Bhushan say using OU campus as the centre of the agitation is not fair.Making a campus as the only centre is not fruitful because it is bearing the entire burden.The agitation has to be more widespread, he says. Nevertheless,some like Dr Veera Prasad,CEO,Nellore Medical College,believe that given the frustration among students the government is right in not taking any chances.


Police personnel charge at students who managed to breach the cordon and pelted stones at them at the Tarnaka main road,in the city on Saturday.The Chalo Assembly agitation of the Osmania University students in support of the demand for separate Telangana turned violent in many parts of the city following the suicide attempt of a student
T Cong leaders to meet tomorrow-Will Plan Memorandum To Be Given To Justice Srikrishna Commission

Telangana Congress leaders will meet on Monday to give shape to their memorandum to be presented to the Justice Srikrishna Commission. The commission,apart from issuing the public notice,has already written to eight recognised political parties inviting their suggestions and views on the seven terms of reference in 30 days.The T Congress leaders are roping in experts in irrigation,agriculture,education and other sectors to prepare reports on how injustice had been done to the region in the past 55 years.A team of experts is already on the job under supervision of senior leaders Palvai Goverdhan Reddy,P Narasa Reddy,A R Suresh Reddy,former speaker,to prepare a report on the irrigation related injustice to the region.We are taking the services of several academics,scientists and other retired bureaucrats and technocrats to prepare the documents on subjects like education,industry,culture and others, Goverdhan Reddy said. Another senior leader K R Amos said important Congress leaders from the region are meeting on Monday to expedite the process of preparation of their argument in support of the Telangana state. Apart from presenting a collective report on behalf of the party from the Telangana region, individual leaders would also seek audience with the committee to present their own personal points of view,Amos said. Meanwhile,Congress leaders from the Rayalaseema and Circar districts also are planning to meet soon.But,the date has not been decided yet,said chief whip of government S Sailaja-nath, a prominent leader from Anantapur district.The TDP too is yet to take a decision on whether or not to submit a report before the Srikrishna committee.MLAs from Telangana and Seemandhra regions will meet separately on Tuesday to discuss the issue.According to party leader S Venugopalachari,there is an opion in the party that since leaders of both the regions had already submitted their views to the Union home minister at the recent all-party meeting there was no need to go before the committee again.

Panel seeks views of public,political parties

The Justice B N Srikrishna committee on Telangana on Saturday issued a notice seeking views and suggestions from the public,political parties and local organisations on the contentious separate statehood issue within 30 days.On receipt of the views and suggestions and after examination of the issues,the committee will hold wide-ranging consultations with political parties,concerned associations and groups and civil society organisations as indicated in the terms of reference before submitting its report, said the notice,issued by the panels member-secretary Vinod K Duggal.TNN
Its a sorry state of affairs

The ongoing T-turmoil has cast its gloomy shadow on the states budget for 2010-11,forcing K Rosaiah government to maintain a status quo instead of providing an impetus to the states flagging economy,feels trade and industry. The chief minister has said that under the given circumstances this is the best he could do.This speaks volumes about the sorry state of affairs we are in, said Confederation of Indian Industry (CII),AP state council chairman,Y Harish Chandra Prasad,expressing disappointment that no sops by way of tax exemptions or power concessions were given to industry. Terming it as more of a welfare budget than a developmental one,Prasad said industry was grateful for a taxfree budget.He also lauded allocation for enhancing IT infrastructure by creating IT/ITeS SEZs in Visakhapatnam, Vijaya-wada,Warangal,Kakinada,Kadapa,Tirupati and Ranga Reddy districts. Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Fapcci) president K Harish Chandra Prasad said the budget was more of a ritualistic exercise than a means to provide impetus to the states economy that had taken a hit due to the Telangana issue.

There is no real focus or impetus to any sector.We had hoped for some relief or encouraging signs, said Prasad. Despite all his experience,the CM was not able to focus on budgetary planning due to the recent disturbances.This is the price we have to pay for the political uncertainty,bandhs and violence as they throw planning out of gear, Prasad said. The government has not done its homework properly, opined Administrative Staff College of India (Asci) advisor Surendar Reddy,adding,my hunch is income has been inflated as agricultural output,growth and revenues are down.They are mainly depending upon the Centre for funds.The Rs 13,000-odd crore deficit could balloon by another Rs 7000-8000 crore by the end of the year. Pointing out to a disturbing fallout of the T-crisis,Reddy said: There is no allocation for schemes in the Telangana region as against other cities like Vijayawada and Vizag.All the three irrigation projects that have power projects under them are also located in Andhra.I feel that not many funds are going into creating assets in the T-region given the current disturbances.

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