Monday, May 25, 2015

Formation Day fete : Bar on popular TS song

The popular Jaya Jaya he Telangana will not be sung during the Telangana Formation Day functions on June 2 and the week-long celebrations that will follow.

Only the national anthem and the national song Vandemataram will be sung. It is said that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was not satisfied with ‘Jaya Jaya he Telangana’ written by Dr Ande Sri of Warangal. Collector M. Jagan Mohan said Jaya Jaya he Telangana will not be sung as the stanzas in the song talk of Telangana comprising 10 districts, but the CM was in favour of creating 10 more districts.

Jaya Jaya he Telangana used to be sung as a prayer song by children in many schools and colleges during the Telangana agitation and even after state’s formation. The state government has not issued a government order declaring it as the official state song. It was reported that text books for some classes were printed without the official song.

Telangana Rachayithala Vedika Adilabad district president Dr Damera Ramulu alleged that a coterie of some Sri Vaishnavas and brahminical forces around the Chief Minister did not want to honour a Dalit poet, Dr Ande Sri. He recalled that the first Dasharathi state literary award was given to poet Tirumala Srinivasa Charyulu and demanded that the government declare Jaya Jaya he Telangana as the state song.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Tents replacing traditional 'Pandiri'

Traditional ‘pandiri’ (makeshift shamiana)) covered with the branches of sacred trees as a shelter helps the marriage parties keep their cool even under the blazing sun.

People in villages performed weddings at home instead of marriage halls. The pandiri covered with pala poruka gives coolness. 

According to tradition, people erect a pandiri with wooden poles and place the branches of the three trees that are popularly known as pala poruka. It is a fast disappearing tradition with the easy availability of several other options from makeshift tents to marriage halls.

The bridal couples’ families used to put up a new pandiri in front of their house for the marriage. Branches of the Medi or Allaneredi trees are collected from the forests in bullock carts and the cart loaded with the branches of the pala poruka is brought to the house amidst the accompanying band of musicians. 

Ada Rajanna of Ankoli village in Adilabad mandal who supplies pala poruka for marriages said it is used for making shamianas since time immemorial and was considered auspicious. Getting pala poruka in the jungles these days has become difficult due to deforestation, said Rajanna and added that they have to go to long distances to find Medi, Allaneredi trees in the forests unlike in the past.

Providing accommodation was difficult for the large number of people in the villages in summer so the pandiri works as a shelter. There are some rituals should be followed even for removing that pandiri after completing the marriage. But hardly any people opt for this preferring the convenience of city amenities.

Lekkalwar Shankar of Adilabad town said even the shed of the height and distance to be erected in front of the house where marriage taking place is decided to match the size of the house. The pandiri is erected only after performing the traditional ritual of sare.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teachers to launch agitation

Villagers boycott leprosy patient

Pandram Lingubai, a 45-year-old Adivasi widow, has been ostracised and forced to live in a small hut on the outskirts of her village (Kommugudem of Jannaram mandal) for six years, only because she suffers from leprosy.

The district officials have failed to cure her and Ms Lingubai is relying on traditional ayurvedic medicines purchased with her pension money.

Her son Rajender and relative Gangubai, who live in the village, bring her food every day, but they do not live with her. Kommugudem village community head Pusam Sonerao said that they did not have any objections to her return as she owned a house and land, but she should be cured first.

In rural areas, leprosy is still considered a deadly disease and people feel that those suffering from the disease (pedda rogam) should not live within the community as it is considered an ill omen.

Ms Lingubai, meanwhile, said that she had become accustomed living on her own in the agricultural fields, after the villagers evicted her. The hut she is living in had been constructed by her family long back.

She said health workers had visited her long ago and had given her some medicines. She added that doctors at the Jannaram hospitals had said that they did not have medicines for leprosy.

However, she expressed her willingness to return to the village if she was cured. Members of Human Rights Forum, led by state secretary Atram Bhujangarao, recently met Ms Lingubai and had lunch with her and touched her feet to show that leprosy was not a life threatening disease and was not contagious.

Apparently 30 years ago, a woman from the same village, who had leprosy, had committed suicide by consuming pesticide, as she was unable to withstand the pressure mounted by the villagers.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Rahul's chai pe charcha

Machharla Padma and Gangadhar of Vadyal village in Laxmanchanda experienced the happiest day of their lives. 

An unexpected surprise turned up at their doorstep in the form of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday. Rahul spent time between 12.46 pm and 3 pm with the new friends he made during his Kisan Sandesh Yatra in Laxmanchanda in Adilabad district.

Members of the middle class family served tea and decoction to Rahul Gandhi, Digvijaya Singh, Madhu Yaskhi Goud and other persons who spent some time in their home. Rahul had curd and dal rice for lunch, which was arranged by the Congress leaders. Gangadhar’s home was adjacent to the public meeting ground where Rahul was to address the gathering. The close proximity of the house was selected by the Congress leaders for which SPG gave clearance immediately.

Elated over Rahul’s visit and partaking of their hospitality, Padma said “They had tea and even accepted decoction instead of coffee as there was no milk available. In fact we also gave it to the people on the dais.”

She said, “Rahul Gandhi had a bath in our home and took a brief nap for some time while discussing with other senior Congress leaders.” She added that Rahul entered their home while she was rolling beedis and was asked by Rahul to roll a beedi for him to have a look about making beedis. She told Rahul that she earned Rs 145 per 1,000 beedis in a day when Rahul asked her about her work.

Padma’s elder son Naveen said their family members got a rare opportunity to not only have a close look of Rahul Gandhi but also serve him tea. Their family took a photograph with Rahul Gandhi, which will be preserved and treasured forever, he added.

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