Telangana-Andhara

Castes, Regions and Politics in Andhra

Inukonda Thirumali

9789350022177

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2015

253 pages

Price INR 495.00
Book Club Price INR 372.00
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The present work is an attempt to present the inside story of the Telangana Movement that developed due to historical reason . The moment in this book, has brought forward the Telangana lower class response to the established cultural hegemony of the Andhra linguistic elite and affluent agrarian communities who, in their perception, monopolized the political power and economic resources. The movement voices the democratic yearnings of service castes, artisans, Dalits and nomads who through their instant association with the movement expressed expressed aspirations for their due share in political power and administrative structure. The leadership that has come from the regional elite has, however, articulated only the reasons of ‘self-respect and regional autonomy’. The dichotomy is not debated enough in intellectual and political circles. This work brings out the two – fold character in the movement. It also gives insights into the possible need of remaking states in India in the interest of the inclusion of these social groups in political structures so that democracy might further percolate downwards.

 

Inukonda Thirumali

Inukonda Thirumali is a senior fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research and Chairman of Joint Action Committee of Telangana Praja Sanghalu.