Terrorists threaten to attack Bihar trains

Security has been tightened at main railway stations and in all trains passing through Bihar after an alert of possible attacks on railway installations by Taliban-trained suicide squads, an official said on Monday.

“Security was beefed up in trains and at railway stations in Bihar following a tip off about a threat of terrorist attacks,” state Home Secretary Amir Subhani said.

The senior divisional security commissioner of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has sounded a high alert in Eastern and East Central Railway zones. The commissioner has sent a letter to the superintendent of the rail police of Patna, Katihar and Jamalpur in Bihar in which it was made clear that Taliban-trained suicide squads may target railway installations.

The letter said that all railway officials and staff should be put on maximum alert in view of the threat to human lives, railway property and firearms.

“After being alerted by the commissioner, additional security forces have been deployed in trains and at railway stations in Bihar,” Mohgammad Tauqeer, an RPF commandant, said.

Security forces have been directed to check all trains and be alert at railway stations. “We have increased escort parties in trains and deployed more security forces at railway stations,” said Tauqeer.

In view of the threat, security was stepped up at Patna and Gaya railway stations, Subhani said.

Last week the Intelligence Bureau had informed the Bihar police about the infiltration of six well-trained terrorists from Nepal. After that an alert was sounded in the state.

Andhra, Seema hit by bandh

Normal life was disrupted in non-Telangana regions of Andhra Pradesh on Monday due to a bandh called by the All party Joint Action Committee (JAC) in support of United Andhra Pradesh.

“We called for a complete bandh to send a message to the Center that majority of people want a United Andhra Pradesh,” said Prof Samuel, Convenor of Samkhya Andhra (United Andhra Pradesh) JAC, in Vijayawada.

Schools, colleges, shops and other business establishments remained closed. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) suspended its services across Telangana and Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions as a precautionary measure.

In Chittoor district, except buses going to the temple town of Tirupati, all other services remained cancelled. In Vijayawada, former Mayor Mallika Begum and a few other leaders were taken into custody by the police as they tried to hold a protest

“We warn the Centre that they should not make any hasty announcement. We will conduct our next meeting in favour of United Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad also,” TDP MLA D. Umamaheswara Rao said.

The JAC has called for a rail roko in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema on Tuesday, to coincide with the crucial meeting convened by the Centre to discuss the Telangana issue in New Delhi.

The Telangana JAC has also called for rail and rasta roko on Tuesday in Telangana region.

North India reeling under chilly cold wave

New Delhi/Lucknow: There has been no respite from cold wave as chilly and cloudy weather condition will continue to prevail in northern parts of country. The death troll has been passed over 100 in past three days.

The cold waves have claimed at least 30 lives in Uttar Pradesh since Saturday, an official said Monday. The met office has predicted no change in the weather for the next two-three days.

“Of the 30 deaths, the maximum have taken place in the eastern regions, including Mirzapur district, Ballia district, where five deaths each were reported Sunday,” an official of the disaster management department told reporters.

“The deaths have also been reported from others districts, including Banda, Fatehpur, Sonbhadra, Chanduali, Kanpur rural (Dehat) and Unnao,” he added.

According to the state met office, chilly and cloudy weather conditions would continue to prevail in parts of the state.

“For at least the next two days, the weather will remain cloudy with possibilities of light rain and thundershowers in isolated places today (Monday),” state met department director J.P. Gupta told reporters.

Prevailing weather conditions were attributed to the western disturbance that caused snowfall in the hill states and light rain in the Gangetic plains.

“The western disturbance from North Pakistan entered the western regions Sunday and now it is heading towards eastern Uttar Pradesh. There will be no significant relief from the existing cold conditions for two-three days,” he added.

The lowest minimum temperature, 2.8 degrees Celsius, was recorded in Shahjahanpur district Sunday evening. In Lucknow, the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.6 degrees Celsius.

“In Lucknow, all schools up to class 8 have been closed till Jan 7. Students of class 9-12 will attend school 10 a.m-3p.m,” district inspector of schools in Lucknow Ganesh Kumar told reporters.

Rosaiah, TRS chief in Delhi for meeting on Telangana

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah arrived in the capital on Monday, a day ahead of central government’s talks with eight recognised parties from the state on the issue of separate Telangana state.

The chief minister, who met Law Minister M. Veerapa Moily on his arrival, is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later in the day.

He is also expected to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Defence Minster A.K. Antony to apprise them of the situation in the state and discuss his government’s stand at the talks.

Moily is in-charge of his Congress party’s affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao is also in the capital to take part in the talks with the government.

Rao said Sunday he will meet Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad and other political leaders to seek their support for a bill in parliament on a separate statehood to Telangana.

The two other regions of the state — Rayalaseema and Andhra — are bitterly opposed to any division of the state to carve out Telangana state, comprising 10 districts including capital Hyderabad.

Life in Rayalaseema and Andhra ground to a halt Monday as the shutdown called by various groups opposing Telangana evoked total response.

Pro-Telangana factions of political parties and other groups have called for a shutdown Tuesday in Andhra Pradesh.

At a rally at the Osmania University Sunday, activists for the bifurcation of the state decided to block railway tracks and roads Tuesday.

The invitations to eight recognised parties followed a statement by Home Minister P. Chidamabaram Dec 23 that wide-ranging consultations would be held with political parties and groups in view of the sharp differences over the issue.

The Congress, the Telugu Desam Party, the TRS, the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Praja Rajyam Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen are to take part in the talks with the central government.

India abandoned G-77 at Copenhagen, says Yashwant Sinha

New Delhi: Attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for speaking in different voices at home and abroad on key foreign policy issues, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha Monday accused the government of abandoning the G-77 developing countries by striking a questionable climate change accord at Copenhagen.

“Yesterday (Sunday), the prime minister admitted that no one was happy with the outcome of the Copenhagen conference. You can’t sing a different tune when you come back home,” Sinha, a former external affairs minister, told in an interview.

“The same thing happened at Sharm el-Sheikh. The government has completely repudiated what happened at Sharm el-Sheikh,” Sinha maintained.

He was alluding to the July 16, 2008 India-Pakistan joint statement after Manmohan Singh’s talks with his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani at the Egyptian resort on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.

The contentious statement delinked actions against terror by Pakistan from the composite dialogue process and included the first-ever reference to Balochistan in a bilateral document that sparked an uproar in parliament. The government had to subsequently soft pedal on the statement, with Manmohan Singh hardening his stand on cross-border terror.

“In all areas of foreign policy, one notices the same thing,” said Sinha, who also served as finance minister during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.

“From the nuclear deal to the WTO negotiations to climate change, we have been playing second fiddle to the US. This is clearly not in our national interest,” Sinha maintained.

“While no one is against friendship with the US, we should not play second fiddle to the US,” said Sinha, whose party took the lead in initiating a nuclear rapprochement with the US after sactions were imposed on India in the wake of the 1998 Pokhran tests.

Sinha, according to party insiders, is expected to take over as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs. Newly-appointed Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj has resigned from the post and has forwarded Sinha’s name for the job. Sinha, however, clarified that no final decision has been taken on the issue.

Sinha didn’t mince words in attacking the government’s handling of the climate change negotiations at Copenhagen last month. “The most damaging outcome of the Copenhagen conference has been that India has broken ranks with the G-77 countries. We left them high and dry,” Sinha pointed out.

“We struck our own accord with the BASIC countries,” said Sinha, referring to the last-minute pact struck at the Dec 7-18 Copenhagen summit between the leaders of Brazil, South Africa, India and China and US President Barack Obama.

By doing so, India betrayed the interests of developing countries, Sinha maintained.

“We are an emerging economy. India has a standing in the world. No one can deny it. But that does not mean we should abandon solidarity with the developing world,” he added.

“We have abandoned the G-77. It’s a major departure from our foreign policy,” he stressed. “In effect, we have buried the Kyoto Protocol, accepted quantitative restrictions and international verification. Call them by whatever name you will,” he said.

“It’s a complete and abject surrender to the US without any commitment on funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation,” he added.

“This government has been blundering its way through. It is committing one blunder after another,” Sinha said, adding that the BJP will try to pin the government down on these alleged foreign policy missteps in the budget session of parliament next month.

Enough is enough; Krishna asks firm action over student’s death

New Delhi: Strongly condemning the fatal stabbing of an Indian student in Melbourne, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Sunday warned Australia that if such attacks continue, India will be forced to look “for other ways” to address the situation.

In a statement, Krishna condemned the knife attack on Nitin Garg, a 21-year-old student, who became the first fatality of New Year in a spate of attacks on the Indian community members continuing from the past year.

“The stabbing of the Indian student is brutal and I hope the Australian government will take necessary action and not force India to look to other ways,” Krishna told reporters in Bangalore.

Garg, who hails from Punjab, was studying accounting in Australia.

He was attacked and knifed on Saturday night by a group of unidentified men in a park as he was walking towards a restaurant, where he worked part-time.

Krishna has directed the Indian high commissioner in Canberra and the Indian consul general in Melbourne to closely coordinate with the Australian authorities and extend all assistance to the victim’s family as well as members of the Indian community, the external affairs ministry said in New Delhi.

“If attacks of this nature continue, we will have to seriously think what course of action lies with government of India. I am hoping that the government of India will not be pushed to take such positions,” Krishna said.

“India will not tolerate (it) any more,” he added.

The latest attack comes barely two months after Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visited India and assured that “full force of law” would be used to protect Indian students in that country.

The Australian police were quick to deny any racist motive in the attack.

“I think to jump to any conclusion like that is presumptuous and may well interfere with the investigations,” Senior Sergeant David Snare told reporters in Melbourne when asked about the allegedly racist nature of the attack.

The attacks on Indian students started in June last year, eliciting protests from India and putting bilateral ties under stress.

The Australian government has repeatedly denied any racist element in the attacks and has put in place a series of security measures to protect Indian students.

Nearly 100,000 Indian students study in Australia, contributing around $2 billion to the country’s economy.

Manmohan sister-in-law passes away

Bangalore: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s sister-in-law Harpreet Kaur Kohli died in the north Karnataka town of Hubli Monday, family members said.

Kohli, 67, sister of Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur, was suffering from breathing problems for several days, they said from Hubli, about 420 km from here.

Kohli is survived by husband Harinam Singh, an automobile businessman, three sons — Harmeet, Manmeet and Parvinder — and daughter Radhika.

244 Indian pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi, Jan 4 : As many as 244 Indian pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia during the Haj pilgrimage in November 2009, mostly due to ailments, according to the Haj Committee of India.

Eight people died in two road accidents. One pilgrim, from Andhra Pradesh, died of swine flu.

Over 165,000 Indians performed the Haj, one of the fundamentals of Islam, in November 2009.

While 124,000 pilgrims went through the Haj Committee, the rest proceeded to the kingdom through tour operators.

Air India, in colloboration with Saudi Airlines, operated 375 special flights for the pilgrims. The Haj operation ended Sunday.

Due to fear of spread of swine flu, the Saudi authorities had imposed restrictions on aged pilgrims. This resulted in a decline in the number of people from various countries.

Iran cut the number of pilgrims by 25 percent. The Gulf countries stopped people over 65 years of age from proceeding to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage.

The Indian government did not put any restriction on the pilgrims but made adequate medical arrangments for them in the holy cities of Makkah, Medina and Arafat.

Over 200 doctors and paramedical staff was deployed at the holy places to render medical assistance to the pilgrims.

India to promote environment friendly buildings

Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said here today that it would be made mandatory for all buildings of state-run offices to pass the energy requirement levels.


Speaking at a conference organised by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, Environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, underlined the need for making necessary changes in the building sector to strike a balance between development and environment preservation.

“We now really have to act as missionaries and make sure that the entire building sector reaches a level of efficiency that not only serves the purpose of this country but stands out as a shining example for rest of the world,” said Pachauri.

Farooq Abdullah, who also attended the conference, said that this would make an impact upon the State governments to raise their standards.

“It is mandatory for almost all government building that are going to come up, they will have to come 4-5 star rating that has to be done. We are now impressing on state governments also to get onto the same and we will assist them in that,” Abdullah added.

Sonia’s Thoughts To Make YS Jagan As CM

The stage is set for the 5th all party meet in Delhi. Now, sources from central command reveal that Sonia is looking at making neutral statements during the meet and the objective is to prevent agitations. However, here is the main agenda of ‘Madam’ as per those who know her.

Sonia would be preparing stage for Rosiah to offer his resignation and get Jagan into the chair. Incidentally, the importance of YSR is now being felt strongly by Sonia and she realizes that congress is losing strength and becoming a joke with many leaders singing their own songs in the name of ‘movements’.

On doing extensive groundwork, she got to know that the Jagan group is strong in people following and also the financial strength is deep due to the association with Lagadapati. It is said that Sonia is under the impression that Jagan is the only person who can set things straight. Although she kept him away after YSR’s death, now she has no other way than to make him CM, at least to check on trial and error method. However, what is there in her mind, we will know soon.

The stage is set for the 5th all party meet in Delhi. Now, sources from central command reveal that Sonia is looking at making neutral statements during the meet and the objective is to prevent agitations. However, here is the main agenda of ‘Madam’ as per those who know her.

Sonia would be preparing stage for Rosiah to offer his resignation and get Jagan into the chair. Incidentally, the importance of YSR is now being felt strongly by Sonia and she realizes that congress is losing strength and becoming a joke with many leaders singing their own songs in the name of ‘movements’.

On doing extensive groundwork, she got to know that the Jagan group is strong in people following and also the financial strength is deep due to the association with Lagadapati. It is said that Sonia is under the impression that Jagan is the only person who can set things straight. Although she kept him away after YSR’s death, now she has no other way than to make him CM, at least to check on trial and error method. However, what is there in her mind, we will know soon.

Celebrities warned to tweet no more

Cameron DiazThe naughty birdie that lures people to reveal confidential information about their lives and professional ventures has now been gagged. Celebrities in Hollywood and Bollywood have been banned from revealing information on their upcoming and ongoing projects.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, actors have new clauses in their contracts that prevent them from using social media sites. A clause from Disney says that the actor should not make information available “via ‘interactive media such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other interactive social network or personal blog.'” Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers are also believed to have been banned from revealing confidential information related to ongoing projects.

The ban isn’t just confined to Hollywood. B-town celebs are not getting spared either. Recently, actor Emraan Hashmi upset the director ofGul Panag one of his biggest forthcoming releases Tum Mile by revealing his look in the film much ahead of the planned strategy. According to the detailed marketing strategy which had been planned for the film, some exclusive pictures were to be revealed only at the time of the music release of the film. However, the actor posted these exclusive pictures on the social networking web site Twitter, which has apparently resulted in a tiff between the two. Starring Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan, the movie will hit theatres on November 13.

Gul Panag, who is also very active on Twitter, has been banned from revealing any information related to her upcoming film with Prakash Jha on the site. “Ok now I am getting banned from tweeting!! Enter spy tweet mode!” reads her recent tweet.

So much for democracy, in the country!

Here’s some of the Bollywood and Hollywood celebs who love to tweet.

Bollywood celebs on Twitter International celebs on Twitter
Priyanka Chopra
http://twitter.com/priyankachopra
Followers: 74,731

Dino Morea
http://twitter.com/DinoMorea9

Imran Khan
http://twitter.com/1mrankhan
Followers: 18,468

Gul Panag
http://twitter.com/gulpanag
Followers: 24,196

Karan Johar
http://twitter.com/kjohar25
Followers: 29,799

Mallika Sherawat
http://twitter.com/MallikaLA
Followers: 22,549

Pritish Nandy
http://twitter.com/PritishNandy
Followers: 7,542

Sonam Kapoor
http://twitter.com/sonamakapoor
Followers: 22,464

Shreya Ghoshal
http://twitter.com/shreyaghoshal
Followers: 7,572

Lara Dutta
http://twitter.com/DuttaLara
Followers: 9,607

Britney Spears
http://twitter.com/britneyspears
Followers: 3,584,267

Lindsay Lohan
http://twitter.com/sevinnyne6126
Followers: 372,292

Cameron Diaz
http://twitter.com/camerondiaz
Followers: 30,778

Samantha Ronson
http://twitter.com/samantharonson
Followers: 1,260,074

Kim Kardashian
http://twitter.com/KimKardashian
Followers: 2,549,984

Tyra Banks
http://twitter.com/tyrabanks
Followers: 450,802

Kelly Osbourne
http://twitter.com/MissKellyO
Followers: 172,423

Lady Gaga
http://twitter.com/ladygaga
Followers: 1,314,954

Justin Timberlake
http://twitter.com/jtimberlake
Followers: 978,871

Oprah Winfrey
http://twitter.com/Oprah
Followers: 2,444,924

SPS Rathore to lose his police medal

New Delhi: Former Haryana director general of police SPS Rathore will be stripped off his police medal.

The decision to take back Rathore’s police medal, given to the police officer for meritorious service in August, 1985, was taken by a committee of Union Home Ministry officials in New Delhi on Monday.

The issue of Rathore’s police medal was taken up by the Medal’s Committee of the Home Ministry headed by Union Home Secretary GK Pillai.

The recommendation to take back Rathore’s medal has been sent to President Pratibha Patil.

Ruchika’s friend Aradhna Prakash Gupta who has been fighting the case for the past 19 years was elated at the Centre decision.

“Certainly I’m happy. For the first time a harsh punishment has been given after 19 years long battle. The decision has given me a relief. The punishment to ex-DGP SPS Rathode is just a start of the battle. I’m looking for it,” said Aradhna.

“Media support and public support are commendable and I’m thankful to all of them. The system need to be awakened. Finally after 19 years the truth has come today. The concerned authorities need to understand the situation and announcement of justices should not be delayed. Everyone, who was involved in Ruchika molestation case must be punished. Moreover, school authorities are also to be punished,” she added.

Rathore has been convicted for molesting Ruchika Girhotra and sentenced to six months in jail. The former Haryana DGP has also been fined a meagre Rs 1,000 in the molestation case.

Ruchika tragically committed suicide in 1993 with her family and friends alleging that Rathore used his influence to get the budding tennis player expelled from Sacred Hearth Senior Secondary School where she was a student.

She was expelled just a month after Rathore molested her.

Her brother Ashu was slapped with several false cases accusing him of being involved in thefts and was allegedly tortured by Haryana Police officials in the presence of Rathore.

DRDO builds technology blocks to kill enemy satellites

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is building the technology blocks needed to “neutralise” hostile satellites in low earth and polar orbits, according to V.K. Saraswat, DRDO Director-General and Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister.

These blocks are the kill vehicles that will bring down the adversarial satellites, long-range radars, communication systems, laser-based systems and imaging infra-red seekers that give a complete picture of the satellite.

They will be generated as part of the Ballistic Missile Defence Programme, which will reach “maturity in totality” in 2014, Dr. Saraswat said. He was addressing a press conference here on Sunday

CBI seeks permission for Narco tests on Aarushi’s parents

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In a new twist to the Aarushi murder case, the CBI has sought permission to carry out narco analysis tests on Rajesh and Nupur Talwar — parents of the teenager found dead under mysterious circumstances at her Noida residence less than two years ago.

An application in this regard was moved a week ago before a special CBI court in Ghaziabad seeking permission to conduct the tests on the dentist couple.

14-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her Noida house on May 16, 2008.

Satish Tamta, counsel for Talwar said an application was moved by the CBI for narco analysis. “Both of them have given their consent,” he said.

Narco analysis involves psychotherapy which is conducted while the patient is deeply sedated with medication so that inhibitions are reduced and responses will be more truthful. Incidentally, Rajesh, who was arrested by the Noida police, was let off after the CBI gave him a clean chit.

“The CBI had about a week back sought our consent to carry out the narco tests. We have given our written consent as our final objective is to get the killers. We are suffering and if the CBI has any doubts, we are happy to help them,” Rajesh said.

“Last year too, we had given our consent for Narco but the CBI did brain mapping and lie detector test. After that they said the Narco was not needed. Now they want it again and we have no problems with that.”

“Certainly I’m happy. For the first time a harsh punishment has been given after 19 years long battle. The decision has given me a relief. The punishment to ex-DGP SPS Rathode is just a start of the battle. I’m looking for it,” said Aradhna.

“Media support and public support are commendable and I’m thankful to all of them. The system need to be awakened. Finally after 19 years the truth has come today. The concerned authorities need to understand the situation and announcement of justices should not be delayed. Everyone, who was involved in Ruchika molestation case must be punished. Moreover, school authorities are also to be punished,” she added.

Rathore has been convicted for molesting Ruchika Girhotra and sentenced to six months in jail. The former Haryana DGP has also been fined a meagre Rs 1,000 in the molestation case.

Ruchika tragically committed suicide in 1993 with her family and friends alleging that Rathore used his influence to get the budding tennis player expelled from Sacred Hearth Senior Secondary School where she was a student.

She was expelled just a month after Rathore molested her.

Her brother Ashu was slapped with several false cases accusing him of being involved in thefts and was allegedly tortured by Haryana Police officials in the presence of Rathore.

Molester top cop Rathore to lose his medal

New Delhi: Former Haryana director general of police SPS Rathore will be stripped off his police medal.

The decision to take back Rathore’s police medal, given to the police officer for meritorious service in August, 1985, was taken by a committee of Union Home Ministry officials in New Delhi on Monday.

The issue of Rathore’s police medal was taken up by the Medal’s Committee of the Home Ministry headed by Union Home Secretary GK Pillai.

The recommendation to take back Rathore’s medal has been sent to President Pratibha Patil.

Ruchika’s friend Aradhna Prakash Gupta who has been fighting the case for the past 19 years was elated at the Centre decision.

“Certainly I’m happy. For the first time a harsh punishment has been given after 19 years long battle. The decision has given me a relief. The punishment to ex-DGP SPS Rathode is just a start of the battle. I’m looking for it,” said Aradhna.

“Media support and public support are commendable and I’m thankful to all of them. The system need to be awakened. Finally after 19 years the truth has come today. The concerned authorities need to understand the situation and announcement of justices should not be delayed. Everyone, who was involved in Ruchika molestation case must be punished. Moreover, school authorities are also to be punished,” she added.

Rathore has been convicted for molesting Ruchika Girhotra and sentenced to six months in jail. The former Haryana DGP has also been fined a meagre Rs 1,000 in the molestation case.

Ruchika tragically committed suicide in 1993 with her family and friends alleging that Rathore used his influence to get the budding tennis player expelled from Sacred Hearth Senior Secondary School where she was a student.

She was expelled just a month after Rathore molested her.

Her brother Ashu was slapped with several false cases accusing him of being involved in thefts and was allegedly tortured by Haryana Police officials in the presence of Rathore.

KCR Effect: ‘Team India’ Laughing At Telugus

Well, if you are wondering what ‘Team India’ has to do with us then here is the story. India is a country that has people from different cultures and regions quite like our cricket team and they have been bonded together with one strong platform- language. But today, the sad scene for Andhra Pradesh is that Telugus are fighting against Telugus, hatred is brewing between each other. The reason for that is the move from crooked politicians and their political greed.

The Telangana issue has brought some major cracks and with the leaders planning their own strategies for gaining attention and making a mark in history, the actual essence of Telugus is going to the dogs. Now, many non-Telugus such as Marathis, Punjabis, Gujarathis who are living in Hyderabad and other parts of India are having hearty laugh over the crisis. They are saying that usually Telugus keep fighting for their identity since they are addressed as ‘Madrasis’ but now what happened to their pride? They asked.

This sort of environment is being seen in many IT companies with many of them treating Telugus as laughing stock. The natural reaction for anyone is to get offended but then, is anything wrong in what they are saying? Is it making any sense in creating disparity on the basis of region and not hesitating to take any extremist measure in the name of sentiment? Many of the non-Telugus say that they clearly understand KCR is the man spreading this evil and poison and can see it but sadly, our own people are unable to see that.

Says Vikrant “my friend called me from Mumbai and was laughing uncontrollably, he said they have never seen such idiots like us who are simply shaking heads for whatever that B****** KCR is doing. My friend said that at this rate, AP or should he say Telangana- Andhra will become worse than Bihar”.

Another girl Sandhya revealed “ I have many friends in Delhi and often got into debates with them when they called me ‘idli sambar’, I used to be proud that I was fighting for my Telugu identity and culture but today I have no words for what KCR and his party is doing.”

A more aggressive Rahul Reddy who is a proper Telangana guy said “this F***** KCR has created a major mess. Today, I am not able to look into the eye of my friends in Vijayawada and Kadapa. Everything was so nice when we used to meet but now we know that this issue is creating sensitive feelings. But damn this KCR, we will remain as one and save our Telugu naadu. If god is there, I pray that all those who are creating this ruckus must pay for it and the heartburn they have created; they will die a dog’s death”.

While states like Tamilnadu, Karnataka are having a feast with development and progress, it is really depressing to see that our Telugu land is getting torn into pieces due to a rogue fanatic and these are the times when one must reflect not as an individual but someone who is part of this Telugu history.