What’s in name? Rose still smells, even if you call it by any name. This is famous Shakespearean argument, which no member in Telangana Assembly agrees with. International Airport at Shamshabad doesn’t lose its majesty, though it’s not named after any icon-Rajiv Gandhi or NTR.
No doubt, contemporary Poetry in Telugu is much ahead of the same in any other Indian Language. Politics of Identity-say feminism, Dalit question, outcry of minorities and regional backwardness- have enriched our poetic expression. Telugu poetry has always been quick in adopting all the modern and post-modern techniques. Still, our contribution draws little attention of the poetry lovers in other of the country, if not the world. We have the dearth of translators.Even those who indulge in this craft lack poetic sensibilities.They fail to distinguish poets from non-poets and poetry from non-poetry. They select pieces at their disposal , translate and claim it as the representative ones. Most of the times these English renderings remain literal translations -not literary ones. I wrote an editorial in the year 2000 on this ‘injustice’
No ruler has been true to his words in the era of globalization. They have been made to lie. The successive rulers of Andhra Pradesh, say, N.Chandra babu naidu and Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy have deliberately made the people that the loans granted by the World Bank would alleviate poverty. Poor farmers took away their lives because of indebtedness in the tenures of these two rulers. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy did a little to prevent Babu from throwing the state into perpetual bankruptcy when he was the leader of opposition too. Here is the editorial I wrote in 2000 on their double standards.
Telugu Desam Party(TDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) suffered a humiliating defeat in the By-poll (12June2012) verdict. Both are losing ground in Andhra Pradesh. They had their hey days when they were together. TDP came back to power in 1999 by have electoral truck with BJP, thanks to ‘patriotic rhetoric’ generated by Kargil war. The latter had to lie low and couldn’t play the role of a potential ally or an opposition party . That was how BJP lost all its ground. This was a piece written on their ‘forced friendship’ in the year 2000.
Giving arms to a few ignorant women can never be called arming women to liberate themselves from all shackles of social and economic exploitation.
Mao se Dong, the patriarch of Chinese revolution once hailed the woman folk as “half of the sky”. The PWG Naxalites, who claim him as their hero, have made them “Half of the Jungle”. This editorial was written in the year 2000. The plight of the ‘second sex’ in Naxalite movement is more or less the same. The erstwhile PWG is part of the Maoist Party now. This merger too hasn’t brought any light to the women in olive green uniform.
Undoubtedly numbers matter for the no-confidence motion moved in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. These numbers are not with political parties, but a few dominant castes, say, Kammas, Reddy, Kapus and Velamas. Barring Velamas, each community finds it an opportune moment to express their displeasure (no-confidence)on the other.
While reading these lines from Steve Jobs famous speech delivered at Stanford University (in 2006) I was reminiscent of an essay (Three Days to See) written by Helen Keller, a blind author and a legend of her time.
She had discovered a ‘rule’ instead of a ‘tool’ to define life by adding philosophy to death: ‘Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the values of life.’
After Mandir and Kargil, the Saffron Brigade has found another pretext to light their tails and set the enemy camp ablaze: Corruption. Yes, this is highly inflammable.
Head after head of burning effigy of 2G Ravana is tumbling down. Though every Indian political outfit is corrupt, BJP is trying its best to single out UPA, if not Congress
The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) has come half the way to the match itself to the changed socio-cultural context in India. It has realised that ‘Indianisation’ is different from ‘Hinduisation’. The RSS chief K.S. Sudharshan, has asked Muslims and Christians of this country to ‘Indianise’ themselves. “It is only when you integrate with the culture of the land you live in, you can have sense of belonging”. He has even gone to the extent of advising Indian Christians to severe links with Western Church. In a hurry to embrace Indian Muslims also he remarked that they “had blood of Rama and Krishna in their veins”. How many Indian Muslims and Christians can digest these comments?
When ‘Penicillin’ was introduced in the market, doctors would be quick enough to prescribe it for most of the ailments. Now, privatisation has become the much-opted prescription for the ‘sickness’ of all sorts, suffered by Public Sector Under-takings(PSU’s)
There has been many successful practitioners of this ‘PRIVATO’PATHY (like Allopathy and Homeopathy), after the seasoned Financial Physician, Doctor Man Mohan Singh, legitimised the use of this great drug. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh is one among them.
One should not think that people are always innocent and harmless. They too do evil and encourage evil. In an elected democracy, every one is in need of people’s mandate and support. No one, who has public face, dares to pass a remark on People’s opportunistic thinking. People give their sanction even to the evils, that are declared crimes as per law. Classic examples for this sanction are — dowry and corruption. They take pride in giving and taking dowry. They consider it a status symbol. If they are unable to give, they curse their poverty and not the dowry system.