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Our First 100 Days

  We were quiet. That’s what we were on the day we completed our 100 days in office. While we were quiet, our actions were loud. On the 16th of this month the government of Andhra Pradesh under the leadership of Sri Chandrababu Naidu completed 100 days in office. We didn’t buy space and time […]

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Finance Commission and Telugu Signature

I was in Tirupati the other day. Our government met the 14th Finance Commission.  Chief Minister Sri Chandrababu Naidu had made a compelling presentation to the Commission. He told the Commission that Andhra Pradesh needed to be treated on a completely different basis. The situation of AP is not comparable to any other state. He argued […]

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It’s Two Months!

It’s two months since I have taken over as the Advisor (Communications) to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. I have now an opportunity to use communications to contribute to the building of a new state. Almost from foundation. We are making an effort to make communications a tool for development. I did whatever I could to […]

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Introduction : Refuting An Agitation

  This book is an effort to carefully examine the claims, assertions, and allegations that are made by the separatists in Telangana. These have gone unexamined for a long time. Therefore, they went unchallenged and unquestioned. Not only those who want the state to be divided believed them to be true but also those who […]

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Deconstructing Telangana March

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 […]

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Isn’t Technology Changing the Survey Landscape?

Technological advances in data collection, analysis, and presentation are increasingly influencing the way we carry out surveys, understand the data and their correlations and report the findings. Analytics A lot of analytical work is now made easy by a number of statistical packages. One can slice and dice the data almost at will. Because it […]

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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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Q&A With Parakala Prabhakar in Business Standard 10-7-2011

“They want you to believe all those who love Telangana should demand a separate state. And, those who want a united Andhra are anti-Telangana. This should be decoupled. One can be a well-wisher of Telangana and yet want a united Andhra. More importantly, all those who are in favour of a separate Telangana state need […]

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School Education: Shoudn’t We Meet the Challenge?

Can there not be socially owned and funded, but professionally managed good quality schools which can debunk the notion of the inevitability of ‘marketization’ of school education? Need a good school necessarily be expensive? Need an inexpensive school necessarily be of low quality? Should we not identify this as a challenge? And should we not […]

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World Class Cities or Livable Cities?

Urban infrastructure is riveting our policy-makers’ attention.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has recently said that the Indian ‘cities can no longer continue to develop in a haphazard manner.’ He exhorted that the cities need to ‘invest in world-class public infrastructure and improve quality of living’. Recently he said that in Mumbai. And he said that […]

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