Dalit Christians Political Power Meeting at Vinukonda, Guntur District

Kanshiram Foundation, Andhra Pradesh, organised a public meeting for the unification of Dalit Christians, for their political empowerment. Mr Raju, who proclaims to be one of the chief associates of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from this area coordinated this meet. Mr Ravela Kishore Babu, IRTS and Chief of Kanshiram Foundation was the chief Guest and sole key person who addressed the gathering for prolonged duration. This event took place just opposite to Bus Station at Vinukonda, Guntur District, on October 28, 2012. Dr Kakani Sudhakar, Lecturer in Telugu, Government Degree College, Timmasamudram was the Chairperson of the Meeting. Dalit Christians were mobilized from villages in various modes of vehicles, just like political parties meeting. Good amounts of financial resources seemed to have been invested for the grand success of this event, apart from huge physical coordination.

The formal activities of Kanshiram Foundation can be observed at http://www.kanshiramfoundation.org

Different banners were erected at the venue, this is one among them...
Different banners were erected at the venue, this is one among them…
Every banner prominently mentioned Mr Ravela Kishore Babu and other local persons as organizers...
Every banner prominently mentioned Mr Ravela Kishore Babu and other local persons as organizers…
Artists performances with Dappu before starting of the programme
Artists performances with Dappu before starting of the programme
The Chief organizer Mr Raju and local youth...
The Chief Coordinator of this Meeting Mr Raju and local youth…
This is the Poster released for this occasion...
This is the Poster released for this occasion…
Bahujan Youth, Vinukonda...
Bahujan Youth, Vinukonda…
Singers, before starting of the formal programme on the dais...
Singers, before starting of the formal programme on the dais…
Mr Ravela Kishore Babu's address to the gathering...
Mr Ravela Kishore Babu’s address to the gathering…
Though too many persons were invited onto the dais, only Mr Ravela Kishore Babu was highlighted, and of the persons on the dais were not given chance to speak also!!
Though too many persons were invited onto the dais, only Mr Ravela Kishore Babu was highlighted, and most of the persons on the dais were not even given chance to speak also!!
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Dr B R Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) Lone Fight for Reservation Policy Protection

Dr B R Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA), University of Hyderabad is changing its political discourse in various aspects. Of course, there is no great/special in this. But, there should always be some analysis from the changing natures, if not, one may misunderstand in various ways.

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This is the  Poster released by Dr B R Ambedkar Students’ Association on the University of Hyderabad Campus on 26 August, 2012 night.

Usually at University of Hyderabad every crucial aspects like Non-Implementation of Reservation Guidelines, etc, which are concerned to the wider Dalit-Bahujan community, either on the Campus or outside the Campus are carried out by almost all the Dalit-Bahujan based student organisations. But, this time, this crucial aspect has been taken up by ASA on its own. This is due to various reasons.

The best reason for this is; ASA seems to be feeling uneasy to join with other student organisations. But, during the last Students’ Union election held in 2012 ASA lost power, as it had no trust worthy electoral partner, even from the Dalit-Bahujan based Student organisations. In other effective words, there is no other Student organisation willing to align heart-fully with ASA!!

Tollywood Film Actor Pavan Kalyan Fans Enthusiasm at Guntur

In October, 2012, when I was at Guntur Tollywood Film Star Pavan Kalyan’s Fans showed over-enthusiasm, when objections were voiced against the Film Star’s Movie ‘Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu’, by the Telengana protagonists. A mob pro-claimed to be the Fans of Pavan, and those, who seemed to be for United Andhra Pradesh, took-out a rally on bikes and burnt the effigy of Mr K Chandrashekara Rao, President, TRS, very close to Market Center, as a result traffic  got halted. This agitation seemed to be spontaneous, without permission of the concerned Police officials. Interestingly, I just watched this movie in a theater and going around the City and found this agitation!! The day’s pictures are as follows;

Mob surrounding the Circle for their agitation
Mob surrounding the Circle for their agitation
Increased Mob and traffic halt
Increased Mob and traffic halt
Burning effigy of Mr Chandrashekara Rao, President, TRS
Burning effigy of Mr Chandrashekara Rao, President, TRS

Paper Presentation on ‘Education, Leadership and Social Transition: A Study of Subaltern Student Organizations at University of Hyderabad’

International Conference on ‘Grassroot Social Development’

Due to various historical factors like caste; Education is a privileged aspect in India, as it was denied for substantial subaltern sections. But, again due to various other intervening historical factors, like advent of foreign British rule, etc, the same sector was widely opened for the excluded subaltern sections. Even-then, there are varying patterns of potential gulf among different sections of our society, especially on categories like upper caste versus lower castes and their continued gulf in various forms. The present paper traces out the Subaltern student organizations activism at University of Hyderabad and analysis their activism under two primary categories; Subaltern Student Organizations versus Other Student Organizations on the one side; and existing ideological differences among different Subaltern organizations on the other side. Finally, concludes by observing that the raising educational attainments and presence of the subaltern students at higher levels of educational institutions and their activism through different subaltern student organizations are exposing the existing heterogeneous nature among them, while they perceive the predominated upper caste organizations as a common political and ideological threat. This existing and strengthening gulf (between upper castes versus subaltern) is bringing new frontier to the grassroots of social development and democratic aspirations.

Key words: Subaltern, University of Hyderabad, Student Organizations.

The above paper is accepted for presentation on the sidelines of the International Conference on ‘Grassroots Social Development’, organised by University of Calicut and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Youth Development, from February 4-6, 2013.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Agitation over Delhi Physiotherapy Student’s Gang Rape

The members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidharthi Parishad of the Guntur City/District marked symbolic protest by shouting slogans and burning the effigy at Hotel Shankar Vilas Center, Guntur on December 23, 2012, Sunday. Hardly around ten members were seen in this protest. I was surprised to see this much less students, even when it was a holiday!! Though, these people did this protest at the middle of the City’s busy road, there was no traffic halt, as they have no much strength to do the same. The following are the photos of this event.

ABVP leader addressing his cadre., while the effigy is burning...
ABVP leader addressing his cadre., while the effigy is burning…
Effigy reduced to ashes
Effigy reduced to ashes

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Birth Day Celebration at Guntur

On the occasion of 89th Birth Anniversary of the Former Prime Minister of India and senior BJP leader Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at the Shankar Vilas Center, Guntur, BJP leaders celebrated his Birth Day by cutting cake and distributing the same. This event is organised at City’s commercial junction, and only BJP leaders seems to have attended, indicating that this party seems to be not well established in this area. This took place only a few minutes back. Please observe the below Photos of this event.

Ready to cut the cake...by the City/District leaders
Ready to cut the cake…by the City/District leaders

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These kind of banners and flags were erected at some of the junctions. In-fact, erection of banners by different political parties, etc is a routine phenomena on this busy road.