Archive | October, 2011

Message From Banswada

In our first-past-the-post electoral system, winner takes all. The result, therefore, only tells us who qualifies to sit in the Assembly. Nothing more, really. But if one wants to honestly look for the message – the small print, so to speak – one cannot miss the hollowness of the claim that the people of Nizam […]

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Where Are the Battle Lines?

Demand for unity exists in both the Nizam region as well as in the Coastal and Rayalaseema regions. Likewise demand for division exists in Coastal and Rayalaseema regions along with the Nizam region. The battle lines in Andhra Pradesh, therefore, are drawn not between Telangana and the rest of the state. They are drawn between […]

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Suspend Your Disbelief!

An agitation which feels insecure and knows it’s inner hollowness cannot muster that kind of courage and grace. Instead it tries to cover up and become dogmatic and rigid. It cannot face a simple and a very plain fact that goes against it’s grain. It tries to deceive the people. And in the process, deceives […]

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Reclaiming our Democratic Space

The most important outcome of yesterday’s press conference was that we were able to claim our democratic space to voice our opinion. The kind of atmosphere of intimidation that the agitators succeeded in creating in the capital of our state has to be seen and experienced to be believed. We the members of VMS were […]

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