TRS alliance offer of KCR has any takers?


Soon after TRS Party Politburo meeting that last for almost 5 hours, KCR, the TRS Party President addressed the press conference late on Monday and declared that TRS Party will not merge in Congress Party. It was a much anticipated move from the TRS supremo.

Getting Telangana as the 29th state of India has not given a due credit to the Congress Party, as expected. More or less, everyone in Telangana accepts that the demand of Telangana has become a national issue only with TRS Party and also accepts TRS as the major stakeholders in the entire course of action.

In politics, it is a most common thing that sentiments find their own alleyway to give victory to the parties. TRS party has the advantage of getting Telangana just before the general elections of 2014. At this crucial juncture, the decision taken by the TRS party supremo, KCR to not merge TRS in Congress Party is unquestionably a wise decision. By his decision, KCR has revitalized the party activists and the leaders who strived hard for making the party stronger.

Also, KCR has wisely come out with an open ‘alliance offer’ to all parties through a nominated 5 member committee of the party headed by K Keshava Rao (KK). As far as the national politics are concerned, three groups have been fighting for the summit. Nevertheless, the open offer can be wisely used by the TRS party according to the future situation that prevails after the frightening polls and their results.

Based on the executive poll survey results, TRS party has a bright chance of winning more number of Lok Sabha seats and assembly seats in the newly formed state – Telangana. Also, the results reveal that there will be again a hung parliament as no party is likely get a sure majority to form the government at Centre.

In view of the above, there will be a need for any cluster at national level to get support from TRS to form the government. By this, it is for sure that TRS party will play the cards, as applicable in the Centre as well as in the state.

It is most likely that well before the elections both Congress Party and BJP may come up to the TRS party to seek alliance. However, as conjectured, TRS will not extend support to any party before the polls, strategically to play the cards as applicable after the decree.

Yes, there will be many ‘takers’ of alliance offer given by the TRS party through its supremo KCR. Yet, TRS will not be the ‘giver’ before the elections, for sure. Is it not a wise decision by KCR, the clever politician?

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Telangana state: Dreams of myriad realised


As many as three generations have occupied a place in Telangana agitation subsisted in many fractions. Most of the first generation people like Prof Jaya Shankar and Konda Lakshman Bapuji have breathed their last even before their dream was realised.

Nevertheless, the people of remaining two generations and survivors of the first generation like veteran Congress Leader Venkata Swamy (more aptly known as Kaka) are among those innumerable people whose dream has come true – realisation of Telangana state.

In the opinion of most of the people, realisation of Telangana was more than achieving sovereignty for them for sundry reasons they quote. They feel that all these days it was nothing greater than bearing the shackles of slavery under British Rulers.

I personally opine that it was just the rulers who blemished the entire show and sowed a poisonous seed between the people of the two regions. There have been conjugal relationships between the people from all three regions, though it was limited. There is no doubt that rulers have overlooked one particular region which was the chief cause for such a long fight back. However, it is not the normal people who are to be blamed. The subjugated people will always fight back for their rights. That’s what has exactly happened in Telangana agitation.

February 20, 2014 will ever remain a golden day in the history of Telangana as on the same day dreams of myriad have been virtually realised. People overwhelmed with joy and celebrated the occasion patently.

I wish state bifurcation should only divide the regions and not the people of either region. After all, we are the branches of the same tree!!

Telangana Bill: Why voice vote?


Passing Telangana bill in either house while keeping the vested political interests intact has been a herculean task for any party- either ruling or opposition. Amidst so many hurdles caused by the leaders who opposed the state bifurcation, taking up the crucial Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 for discussion and voting was more than an audacious act.

It was between the two equal and opposing forces, the bill was taken up for discussion in either house. A very important role was played by both Meira Kumar, the speaker of Lok Sabha and Kurian, the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha in getting the Bill passed in their respective houses.

The house proceedings of Lok Sabha were not telecasted live in the pretext of a technical breakdown of the system. Nevertheless, the entire world watched the proceedings of the Upper House, Rajya Sabha.

In either house following a debate on the Bill, the ibid bill was passed by means of Voice Vote. Voice Vote is the procedural way of obtaining majority of the house by the Speaker of Lok Sabha or Chairman of Rajya Sabha, when the house doe not remain in order.

For obvious reasons, in the purview of MPs standing in the well opposing the state bifurcation, there would be no other option left with the speaker of Lok Sabha or chairman of Rajya Sabha other than opting for a Voice Vote. It is a lawful method to be adopted and has constitutional validity through the rules mentioned for the functioning of the houses.

As far as Rajya Sabha is concerned, the two TDP MPs – Sujana Choudhary and CM Ramesh without a doubt were responsible for compelling the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha to opt Voice Vote for passing the bill.

Interestingly, proving the mathematical formula that (–) X (–) = (+), the one who opposed the state bifurcation have indirectly ensured the passing of the bill.

President’s rule in AP?


The Article 356 of the Constitution of Republic of India deals with President’s Rule which denotes the failure of the Constitutional mechanism of an Indian state.

In the event of President’s Rule which is caused due to the government’s failure in a state to function as per the Constitutional norms, the state comes under the direct control of the central government, with decision-making authority exercised through the Governor instead of a Council of Ministers headed by an elected Chief Minister accountable to the state legislature.

If there has been failure of the constitutional machinery, Article 356 is put into practice. During the President’s rule, the sole authority lies with the governor of the state. He may wisely utilize the services of retired civil servants or other administrators for assisting him. Such nominees will perform the same roles of council of ministers in the state cabinet.

President’s rule can be imposed under different circumstances as follows:

  • Uncertainty of electing the Chief Minister
  • Revoking of support by a supporting party
  • Greater delay in holding the elections
  • Loss of no confidence motion

Most recently the state of Delhi has been imposed with President’s rule under unavoidable circumstances. Now, as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has also submitted his resignation and opted not to be an interim Chief Minister also, there is a probability that President’s rule may be imposed in the state. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Chief Minister’s resignation has been approved by the state governor ESL Narasimhan. Under these circumstances, there are two options left with the Congress Party high command:

  • To nominate the new Chief Minister
  • To order for the president’s rule

The former appears to be most uncertain due to the looming elections and the notification for the same within a few days. So, it is most likely that President’s rule may be imposed in the state. It will surely serve two purposes: One- controlling of law and order situation at this crucial juncture of state bifurcation, second-removing any sort of uncertainties being faced by the Congress Party.

If the President’s rule is imposed in the state, it will be the third time for such an imposition in the state. At earlier instances, for the first time due to the loss of majority, the President’s rule was imposed on 15 Nov 1954 and it last up to 29 March 1955. In the second instance, it was during the Jai Andhra agitation, President’s rule was imposed from 11 Jan 1973 to 10 Dec 1973.

Prof Jaya Shankar remembered


Who deserves the credit of formation of Telangana? Is it the TRS party and its president Kalvakunta Chandrasekhar Rao (more aptly known as KCR) or the student martyrs who sacrificed their life for Telangana statehood or the entire Telangana community for being united at all times for the very reason?

I personally opine that all these reasons are collectively responsible for the emerging of Telangana as the 29th state of India. Nevertheless, the entire Telangana people should remember Prof Jaya Shankar for bringing all of them together. Many people including the research scholars have drawn inspiration from his speeches and literature indubitably. If one person was to speak on Telangana issue and the injustice caused to the region, it was none other than Prof Jaya Shankar.

Politicians may fight for any cause –noble or poor. So, people, especially the educated elites will never bother for their opinions. However, if it were a scholarly person addressing the swarm, surely, people will listen to him/her. Such a situation was sensible in case of Telangana episode. It was due to the scholarly writings and speeches of Prof Jaya Shankar, most of the people got literally educated on the very issue. Otherwise who knew who Sardar Papanna Goud, Komaram Bheem et al were.

I wish Prof Jaya Shankar could have been alive to see formation of Telangana. Wherever he may be (such a noble man has no bereavement) I am sure he might be feeling heavenly!!

Communicating adore on Valentine’s Day!!


A special day for each occasion draws individual’s focus. Even for expressing love – a universal trait, we have a precise day. Hope you conjectured the milieu I am talking about. Yes, it’s about the Valentine’s Day.

Both the history of Valentine’s Day and the story of its benefactor saint are shrouded in mystery. The full month of February has been celebrated by the entire world as the month of romance, since long. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains remnants of both Christian and ancient Roman custom. But who was Saint Valentine, remains a mystery even today.

Many versions of the stories are heard on St. Valentine. Three singular saints named Valentine or Valentinus have been identified by the Catholic Church, all of whom were martyred. One myth argues that Valentine was a priest who served in Rome during the third century. This is not the conclusion to identify who St. Valentine was. However, universally all stories swathe of one verity that St. Valentine was a martyr.

In a similar vein, while some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the heart of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or interment, few others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to Christianize the ethnic celebration of Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a fertility festival bestowed to the Roman god of cultivation – Faunus as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the Lupercalia festival, an order of Roman priests or the so called members of the Luperci would get together at a holy cavern where the children Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome were believed to have been heeded by a she-wolf or lupa. For the sake of fertility and purification, the pastors would sacrifice a goat and a dog, respectively. The sacred blood would then be spilled in the fields. Also, without having any fear, the Roman women would welcome the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. After this entire episode, according to an epic, all the young women (spinsters) in the city would place their names in a big vase. The bachelor youths would in turn pick up one name from the vase and become twosome for the year with the selected woman. Subsequently, such relationships often ended in marriage.

Lupercalia continued to exist till the opening ascends of Christianity. However, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day, Lupercalia was outlawed on the grounds of un-Christian by the end of the 5th century. Since then the day has been hypothetically observed as the lovers’ day due to the reminiscences it carried of Lupercalia.

The other version of the narration reveals that in the medieval period, it was universally believed in France and England that the mating season of all kinds of birds begins on February 14, which in turn added to the idea that the middle of valentine’s month should be a day for romance (February 14 turns to be the mid day of February month, considering 29 days in the month of February in a leap year).

From the other end, the word communication has been evolved from the Latin words communis and communicare. It can be appositely defined as a two-way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange a range of feelings but also create and share meaning. Communication can be verbal or nonverbal or both. Communication of either form has an imperative role on Valentine’s Day.

In common, the couple who has an affinity for each other rummages around for the proper form of communication. Valentine greetings were popular for most of the time in the history, though written Valentine’s were not popular till 1400 A.D.

Way back to the olden times, the poem written by Charles – Duke of Orleans turns to be the oldest accepted valentine. Charles wrote ibid poem exclusively for his wife while he was captivated in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The poem received a rare honour and secured in the form of a greeting after being recognized as the manuscript collection of the British Library in London. Another similar thing in hearsay is that King Henry V appointed a writer John Lydgate by name to compile a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

So many similar things happened in the history when communication found limited means for expressing the feelings for the aficionado. However, in this contemporary era of Satmass communication, Internet – the eighth wonder of the world has already originated many ways and means to express love on Valentine’s Day. Nevertheless, the most suitable medium of such an expression turns to be the Interpersonal communication, which includes both verbal and nonverbal forms of communication and dominates any other form of communication for the very occasion.

It is said that love can make a poet of anyone. However, it is quite possible that you may be in love and not be able to write any romantic poetry. Nothing in addition to appropriate interpersonal communication is required to express one’s love for the other – for love is universal and it reaches the destination, indubitably!!

Emotional intelligence a need of the hour


Telangana issue has reached the ultimate phase of decision making. In the state bifurcation episode,Thursday and the remaining few days of Parliament session turns to be the most crucial period. At this imperative peak, youths need to adopt emotional intelligence as the only weapon they should be ever in possession of.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. Emotional intelligence is one of the five personality traits in the psychological perspective.

There is a possibility of only two outcomes of the entire virtual battle of Telangana that has taken place over a period of time – formation of Telangana or continuation of united Andhra Pradesh. It is for sure that one group of people may welcome the decision or the so called outcome, while the other group oppose. At this crucial juncture, everyone needs to be emotionally intelligent. Nothing ever happens with the sacrifice of lives.

The battle is won only by taking an active part both individually and collectively. Telangana issue has infused some sort of despair among the masses of either region. There should be a definite closing stage to the ongoing process in some or other way. The normal people have been vexed and they want an outcome of it that should resolve the problem once for all.

However, few weak hearts may not be in a position to digest the outcome, if it is beyond their expectations. The need of the hour is to promote measures to avoid the suicides bowing to the outcome of the Parliament’s decision. Media channels should consider promoting the issue of emotional intelligence equally, apart from presenting only news and views.

The media channels, through expert psychologists should promote the very issue – for ever since the Telangana bill has been sent to the Parliament, the suicides have again seen rising. At this juncture, the only option left with us is to prevent suicides. Media conglomerates should think of this very matter and focus the issue at an appropriate level.

With the sacrifice of the lives, the individual who commits suicide gives a lifelong pain to their family members. Nothing can ever substitute their being with the family members. So…. Just think….be emotionally intelligent….and achieve your target.

Uneven Pillars of Democracy


It is said that democracy stands on the four pillars – – Executive (Government); Legislature (Parliament & State Assemblies, etc), Judiciary (Supreme Court, High Court & Other Judicial centres) and  Media (Newspaper, Internet, Blogs & all the platforms that airs people’s aspirations). Democracy is like an implicit building that stands firmly on these four pillars. However, democracy in contemporary India is now standing on four uneven pillars, indubitably.

If we clearly look into the ongoing problems in the country, palpably it becomes evident that there is no coordination among the four functional wings of India, the huge democratic country in the world. Let’s have a look at the lacuna in the system:

Executive – As far as bureaucracy in India is concerned, mostly it is virtually functional through the legislature, an uneven pillar that can not be erected properly in the purview of increased corruption in the country. Going by the heavy influence drawn from the pillar of legislature, the pillar of executive virtually turns to be another slant pillar.

Legislature – Increased corruption in India alone is sufficient to state that the functionality of one of the crucial wings of democracy in the country turns to be limping. It not only makes one pillar of democracy stand skew, but also has a strong brunt on other pillars.

Judiciary – Of course, it is the only pillar that maintains its stature even this day in democratic India. Nevertheless, it becomes very difficult to take the entire load of democracy on a single pillar with the remaining three getting tilted in different directions. In this manner, judiciary turns to be over loaded.

Media – last, but not the least media. Media has been referred as the fourth estate and was given due importance in democracy for the simple reason that it ensures healthy and neutral discussions and debates of the focused issues for the betterment of the functioning of a democratic country. However, due to the ownership of the media conglomerates in the hands of most of the politicians, it has become a fundamental factor that media started supporting one or other side of the issue and gaining the consent of one party or the other. Reverse engineering is another new aspect being adopted by the media. The media present what the audience wants instead of presenting the facts. It is unethical as far as journalistic ethos is concerned, thereby making the fourth pillar, media leaning to a side.

We can clearly imagine the situation of democratic India wherein three pillars are leaned to different sides and only one pillar is standing erect. There is a need to change the situation. The only option we Indians have is to franchise our vote, effectively. There is no doubt that erecting the pillar of legislature would subsequently that the remaining two pillars stand tall (considering that judicial pillar is fine).

Whither patriotic zeal?


Today, India is celebrating its 65th Republic Day that commemorates the day when the Indian Constitution was adopted in 1950. It is that day of the year when just about every Indian, from the politician to the common man, turns true-blue patriotic. Making it distinctly visible one buys a plastic tricolor that gets hooked to the shirt or even adorns the car.  On a closer look, this indicates that he is doing it after last having done it on the previous Independence Day.

Why do my fellow countrymen become patriotic only on select days is a question that constantly bothers me. Honestly speaking, I have no clue. In fact, the celebration itself is so abysmally low that by evening one hardly thinks of the country, of the martyrdom of our forefathers, who liberated us from the clutches of the British with their selfless valour.  At this juncture, the only question that arises in my mind is whether patriotism has any periphery limits? Or patriotism is a trait that has only a limited role?

Why is that we don’t maintain such an exuberance all through the year, year after year? Why do we pay tributes to soldiers, the unsung heroes, only on Independence Day, Republic Day and Martyrs Day? Having been an air warrior, who served the nation for 19 glorious years, I, like millions of soldiers over the years, fully well understand what patriotism implies and the sweat and toil that went behind achieving independence.

Every year the day is celebrated spectacularly in New Delhi where the main attractions are the impressive parade and showcasing of the military might. The fact of the matter is that every Indian should feel the sense of oneness and be driven by the urge to contribute to the nation-building exercise in his on meaningful manner, howsoever, minuscule that might be.

As we look back, negatives outshadow the achievements. Yes, there have been increases, but have a look at where they originate – crimes, daylight crimes against women, fundamentalism and fanaticism leading to communal riots, unemployment, corruption and white-collar crimes, treachery and deceit, criminalisation of politics, cheating in the name of sports et al!

The true spirit of democracy lies in patriotism alone. Each and everyone is responsible for realizing the dream of Mahatma Gandhiji – “After attaining Swaraj (independence), now it’s time to attain Suraj (good governance)” a reality. If such a day is realized in India, such an occasion would just take a new dawn with the bright appeal of unity, brotherhood, and love. On that day, there is no Hindu, no Muslim, and no Sikh; there is only one caste, one religion, and that is Indian. 

It is never too late to make an honest beginning. This Republic Day let us solemnly pledge and swear by Mahatma’s ever relevant gospel – ‘Be the change you wish to see.’

Patriotism a jiffy affair in India?


Your vehicle comes to a screeching halt as the light turns red at the traffic signal. Even as you fret over the eternal wait, a plastic tri-colour flag is flashed in front of your face. You soon hear chant of Vande Mataram, Jai Hind from a little boy’s mouth trying to sell you the flag. He has other accessories too – an Independence Day metal badge, plastic lotus, soldier figures etc. Then it dawns upon you that there’s a National holiday ahead. Feeling guilty, you even buy a souvenir to display your patriotism only to throw it into a trash bin after a while. Sounds familiar?

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 In India, Republic day is celebrated on January 26 every year with zeal. The objective of such celebrations is to connote the transition of India from the slavery yolks of British Dominion to be a democratic and republic nation where all the supreme political powers, sovereignty, and authority vests with the people. This day also signifies the adoption of Indian Constitution.

Today, India is celebrating 65th Republic Day. On this occasion, repeatedly the only question that has been wavering in my mind is – why do people become patriotic only on selected instances? Having been an air warrior, who served the nation for 19 years, I realize what patriotism means. To me, it is an inexplicable feeling, which should also be an inherent trait for any national.

Patriotism has a rich meaning. In general it means edifying attachment to one’s native soil that ultimately leads for devotion to one’s nation. Such a feeling should not be restricted to just extrinsic values rather it should be an intrinsic value that should be obsessed by each and every citizen.

Patriotism is the true spirit an individual should have for his nation. Do we Indians really have such a feeling within us? India proudly claims to be the nation with plurality as her nature. Unity in diversity has been the slogan which we often find making circles in all nooks and corners of the world. Do we really maintain such a spirit at all times? Or is it limited to a few occasions like Republic Day, Independence Day and Martyrs Day?

Surely, every Indian turns to be patriotic on two occasions – every year on January 26 and August 15. Patriotic songs like “Mere Desh ki Dharti” reverberates almost every street in town. Why is it so?

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At this juncture, the only question that arises in my mind is whether patriotism has any periphery limits? Or patriotism is a trait that has only a limited role?

Every year the Republic Day is celebrated most spectacularly in New Delhi, the capital of India. The main attraction of the Republic Day is an impressive and magnificent parade that puts forward the military powers and cultural affluence of the country apart from the patriotic vehemence of the Indians. An amazing fly-past by Indian Air Force and Naval aircraft rounds off this majestic celebration. A similar thing happens every year on August 15 too.

Soldiers, the unsung heroes are praised only in times of dire straits, in times of need, and in times of natural calamities like the most recent Uttarakhand Calamity. We all enjoy watching the spectacular parades of Indian Armed Forces; tableaus of various states and departments; cultural programs on these eves. But, we never realize the pain behind those spectacular shows. The message conveyed through all these programmes is rather short lived. Just peep into these shows, they all convey just one message, “Patriotism”.

The true spirit Republic day brings out is nothing but the patriotism. It’s not a single person’s obligation to keep the nation free from any sort of worries. Each and every citizen should feel responsible to make the nation implausible in the purview of the entire world.

Personally, I feel that patriotism should come from within and not without. Patriotism ensures the stability of all kinds in a given nation. If we genuinely look into the issues faced by contemporary India, surely we can comprehend the levels of our patriotism. The following are the most prominent achievements of contemporary India (if we can call it that!):

  • Increased number of crimes
  • Increased number of militant attacks
  • Increased number of communal riots
  • Increased number of crimes against women
  • Increased rate of unemployment
  • Increased number of cases pending at various courts
  • Increased level of corruption
  • Increased treachery
  • Increased number of unnatural deaths. So on and so forth…!!

I second the thought of John F. Kennedy on patriotism. According to him, one should ask only “what you can do for your country” — as if “country” were the master, and “you” and I and all of us merely servants. Most of the influential personalities of developed countries realize the importance of patriotism. For example, the US President Barack Obama once said loving one’s country means accepting one’s responsibility to do his part to change it. Patriotism is nothing but the grand inherent apostle that prompts a person to serve his nation, at any given time.

The essence of patriotism is fully recognizing and consciously participating in that network of affinity, paying very close attention and constantly responding to a range of issues like what everyone else is doing and saying and wanting and hoping.

Out of the multiple associations emerge ideals and institutions. But those ideals and institutions are valuable only insofar as they support the fulfillment of each and all. The individual is the master; the nation’s ideals and institutions exist merely to serve persons. So ideologically in any given nation, true patriots do not serve some imagined unchallengeable unit called nation or country; rather, they serve the needs and aspirations of every person.

There is a need to self examine whether we can be called factual patriots? Had we been really patriotic year after year, India could have accomplished laurels; but not plummets in grading in almost every sector.

Who is responsible for such trounce is not the question of the hour rather how should we overcome trounce is that question. The ultimate answer is the true spirit of patriotism, which in turn ensures the following:

  • Fraternity among fellow citizens
  • Enhanced civilization; and thereby achieving a fall in crime rate
  • Increased employment opportunities
  • Corruption-free societies

The true spirit of democracy lies in patriotism alone. Each and everyone are responsible for making the dream of Mahatma Gandhiji – “After attaining Swaraj (independence), now it’s time to attain Suraj (good governance)” a reality.

If such a day is realized in India, such an occasion would just take a new dawn with the bright appeal of unity, brotherhood, and love. On that scrupulous day, there is no Hindu, no Muslim, and no Sikh; there is only one caste, one religion, and that is Indian. The sacrifices of all the martyrs will add significance to India’s history.

Let’s hope this year’s republic day will not just be a routine affair, but add true fervor of patriotism in each and every citizen’s life, both in letter and spirit.

Let’s not forget what the great Mahatma once said: “Be the change you wish to see.’

Jai Hind!!