Posted by Maj Shiva Kiran
18 September 2013, 7:47am
A commentary on the Hyderabad Scenario on the occasion
of Ganesh Nimmajan with Hyderabad on the threshold of an important decision.
Ganesh never had it so good.
To be in the news for the right as well as the wrong reasons. To be or not to be was no longer the
question. The Kiranesian Dilemma cannot
wait. This is the time for action.
The swank, newly
built, GNR (Ganesh Nimmajan Rendezvous) underwater terminus at the Hussain
Sagar..nay… Vinayak Sagar was all agog with excitement as the Nimmajan arrangements
for 2013 began.
Every year the Ganeshas from various parts of the city are
immersed into the lake and as they enter the placid lake waters they have a
dialogue with the venerable Buddha who stands tall, all wisdom & peace
personified amidst the pandemonium. Further as the idols enter the HCIP –
Hussain Sagar Catchment Area Improvement Project, (JICA aided) waters, they
report on the situation of the city in the year gone-by to their predecessors
But the year 2013 was a momentous year on many counts. The denizens of Hyderabad would not in recent
times experienced such a Hyderabad. Last time around it was the “Dirty Picture”
& a different “Kahani”. This year as the administrative machinery had come
virtually to a standstill with Geography attempting to redefine History the
Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Committee changed tack and gave a new meaning to
governance. It thundered Ganesh Mandaps
had only to inform & not wait for approval regarding installation etc. Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!! said over One lakh
mandaps in the city !! as the City administration watched helplessly.
Amongst the first lot were those from Begum Bazar. It was actually difficult to recognize the
“Ilaichi ganesh”, “Kapda Ganesh”, “Masala Ganesh”, as their size had shrunk
considerably. Recession is truly in;
they all nodded in unison, but what is this 7-8% annual growth!!!! Alas
Ganeshas too like the “Aam Aadmi” do not understand the policies made for the
Aam admi. The figures the economists profess do not seem to reflect on the
health of Begum Bazar. They all agreed that you could still get a meal for Rs
22/- in the gullies of Begum Bazar.
Maybe Montek Singh et al had their surveys done in this part of the
country. But with Petrol rates closing in on a century & the plummeting
Rupee, Begum Bazar Ganesh had very little to be happy about.
In came the venerable Vegetable Ganesh. In normal circumstances he brought tears to
everyone’s eyes, but this time no tears…..you guessed right, no Onions. Vegetable
Ganesh explained how Onions were being imported (actually after exporting what
we had) and how the common citizens were getting used to an onion less diet.
The Cantonment Ganesh, usually on time, explained his delay
on account of the poor road conditions and how year after year it was the same
low lying areas, same roads and maybe same contractors who had perfected the
art of taking the Ganeshas & citizens for a ride. Cantonment Ganesh was enraged
by the civic apathy which snuffed out the life of a young girl near Marredpally
due to bad roads. While GHMC and Roads & Buildings squabbled over
jurisdictions, Ganesha opined it was time Hyderabad had responsible civic
While on responsibility, the HMDA supported-Clay Ganeshas
from RWAs (Resident Welfare Associations) explained that it took the High
court, in the wake of a PIL (Personal Interest Litigation) to direct the Chief
Secretary to convene a meeting on “How to reduce the Pollution in Hussain Sagar
Lake On account Of Ganesh Immersion?” In a well attended meet the moot point
remained unanswered that is it not the Industrial effluents that pollute (right
under the APPCB nose at Sanathnagar) rather than the Ganesh? As the CS &
other seats squirmed in their seats, Ganesh had scored yet again. The Lord brought many departments, Community
groups & NGOs together to bring focus to Hussainsagar. A new development
this time around, the little Ganeshas in some areas were immersed in a
decentralized manner rather than create more issues of traffic & lake
In trooped Telangana Ganesh, all & sundry took to him
with not exactly religious fervour. He said “How can you do this? How many more
Committees will you have? He expressed the hope that the Next Ganesh Utsav will
be in Telangana. Jai Bolo Telangana
Ganesh Ki !!!
The Budhha was taken in by the new look laddu in Khairatabad
Ganesha’s hand which symbolized a spirit of togetherness as it was prepared by
a famous sweet shop from coastal Andhra. Will Hyderabad be a UT / Separate State
/ Joint Capital ? The citizens wish
Ganesha knew the answers.
The wise Buddha only said “Can we
have another Bal Gangadhar Tilak to help us rid of the modern day manipulators?”
Buddham saranam gacchami (I go to
the Buddha for refuge)Dhammam saranam gacchami (I go to the Dhamma for
saranam gacchami (I go to the Sangha for
Posted by Maj Shiva Kiran
24 February 2012, 8:59am
It’s official….. it’s the chilliest time in history of
Hyderabad…..brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…Hyderabad is freezing at 8 degree Celsius, the
lowest temperatures in many years. In
keeping with the chilling weather, the whole mood in Hyderabad also seems to be
freezing. There is a freeze on all
government activity (that is surely not new !!!), freeze on all developmental
activity. The only things that are going
up, up & away seem to be the inflation and prices of essential
commodities. This inversely proportional trend is confounding all contemporary
Economics professionals, of whom thanks to a liberal PM we have one too
many. When reports last came in the BPL
rekha had also gone up from Rs 26/- a day to Rs 32/-. One should actually be consulting
the politicians, as they seem to have the magic mantra of ensuring that their
fortunes are always on the rise, irrespective of the state of the state . And
you bet Switzerland sure is chilling.
Just chill. That seems to be the in thing. KCR & TRS also seem to subscribe to the
trend. Congress in any case is in the cold due to the Maya wave and has consigned
Telangana to the deep freezer in Andhra Pradesh. With Telangana so cold
heartedly put away to 2014, Hyderabad city can breathe a little easy while
missing the impromptu mini vacations. Advanis Yatra drew a cold response and cadre
very easily attributed it to the winter. However they seem to be oblivious to
the Modi-heat in Gujarat.
There is one agency that is sending a real Chill up the
spines of many a bureaucrat, politico i.e, Chill….Central Bureau of
Investigation. That is why all of them from Mine bureaucrats like Sri Lakshmi
to Rajgopal to Politicos of Bellary fame are feeling the heat even though they
are experiencing chilling experiences of another kind. They certainly warrant some
warm feelings from their brothers in arms. We are told that the Jails are
unfailingly cold & unforgiving.
There was a time when Hyderabad never had a chill, no
sweaters, no ceiling fans, it was always blessed with natural AC weather. But
now chill is haute. The pavement Nepali
sellers have given way to many a “Winter Collection” ensembles. The page -3
regulars generally are a chilled out genre without relevance to the weather.
The vagaries of the weather are for the Aam Aadmi.
Talking of cold ….. the CM & PCC chief seem to revel in
a cold vibe environment especially when they come back from an audience in
Delhi. The Telugu Desam does not seem to
have an idea of the weather, they should follow Jr B’s advice and get some
“Ideas”. The other parties have been knocked out “Cold” and are looking for
To top it all guess the name of the film that won the best feature
film made for children this year---CHILLar Party. Have fun “Just Chill”.
Power of Now
Posted by Maj Shiva Kiran
30 September 2011, 7:53pm
Come September... Jai Telangana
There is nothing romantic about this one. But then to the 4.5 cr Telanagana, the tryst with independence will be a mixed feeling. A feeling of being there and not done that. September and Hyderabad have had explainable linkages. If in 1948 the tryanny of the razakkara ended... its about time the Andhra's gave way.
The saddest part of the struggle of september of 2011 is that thousands of Telangana employees taking part in the 'Sakala Janula Samme" will go without salaries. Not done. Our hearts go out to them. RTC employees, Secretariat employees, advocates, JACs, NGOs, Kodandarams, Vimalakkas, Gadars, KCRs, KTRs, Kavithas, Harish raos, Struggling for Telangana, taking to the streets and people like me sitting in the quiet comfort of our middle class homes, blogging. Is there anything else I can do ?? Sincerely wish there was more I could do. I am sure there are many more who believe in the cause of Telangana. Lets do what we can.
I earnestly request the State Government to pay the salaries of all the employees who have taken up the cause of Telangana.
Posted by Maj Shiva Kiran
08 April 2011, 4:24pm
Jal Vihar to Jantar Mantar
Jal Vihar to Jantar Mantar
Maj Shiva Kiran
Jal Vihar on the Necklace road was the start point of therally organized supporting Anna Hazare in his quest for Jan Lok pal bill. Even though the sms / facebook alert hadmentioned 7am as the start time, peoplewere trickling in as early as 645 am. They landed up in cars, scoters, bikes and a motley crowd of 100 odd hadgathered by 7 am. Very few knew eachother and were trying to look for familiar faces. Thoughts were around Anna’sfast, Sonia Gandhi’s request for talks. A volunteer distributed a pmapletexplaining the Jan Lok Pal bill. It was a pleasant surprise to see the head ofHMTV walk in and join the group. Dr Mitra, was another known face. In T shirts,kurtas, jeans, running shoes, they were there in all ages. Hyderabadhad come of age. No leader, no coordination. The spirit of Anna Hazare had brought themtogether.
A few of them walked in with chart papers & pens. Thewriting work began spontaneously. “ Anna Hazare- V R with you”, “V want Jan Lok Pal” were the favourites.Within no time charts were ready in different languages including English,Hindi, Telugu & Urdu. Digicams aplenty, the shutterbugs were at it. The media had gathered by then.
News came in that another group had already started a March from People’s Plaza side. The Jal Vihar group started off to joinforces. “Anna Hazare” we are with you,“We want Jan Lok Pal “ rent the air. Bandh karo, bandh karo, Bhrashtachar ko Bandh karo rent the air. Most of them were new to this form of rallys. It took some time for some coordinated slogansupport. An enthusiastic lady came upwith “gali, gali mein shor hain, sare neta chor hain”. Not all of them agreed on this showing thatmeaningful & responsible politics still has a chance. “V want Clean India”was agreed upon.
Most of the time the march was silent. Silence, that was eloquent of the message ,Hyderabad Civil Society was sending out to the main movement in JantarMantar. The frustrated / helplesscitizen has found an icon in Anna Saheb Hazare. Most of us may not understandthe implications of the Jan Lok Pal Bill, but the fact that a 72 year old isfasting to make it happen with support from Social activists like SwamiAgniwesh, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal has got us all involved. A feeling thatsomething needs to be done to cleanse the system. A beginning has been made yet again, anopportunity for Civil Society to take part & sustain.
Are you joining the fast at Indira Park(Dharna Chowk) ? Else do it silently, in your homes, offices, shops. This silence will be deafening to the ears ofthe powers that be. The Jan Lok Pal willbring in the revolution the country’s looking for. Let us all join in.
Posted by Maj Shiva Kiran
01 December 2010, 9:43pm
AP Cup before the World Cup
The new skipper of Andhra Pradesh is being increasingly projected on the basis of his cricketing credentials. In a country which thrives on cricket & cinema this is welcome grist to the mill. The media has had a field day what with catchy lines like “New CM bats for…”, “Stumps for the seniors”, “New CM needs more time to form Team”.Etc…. But as they say cricket is a funny game… the game of glorious uncertainties. As the Skipper is going about forming his team taking into account past performances, current form, format of the game, horses for courses the allude to cricket is but inevitable. First and foremost, the format of the game is very important. Is it a twenty-twenty, ODI or a test match? If it is 20-20 then call in the Yousuf pathans, ODIs- you could look at the Yuvrajs and if it is the test match type don’t look beyond the “wall”. Remember the first 20-20 world cup, all the seniors (Saurav, Sachin, Rahul & Kumble) gave it the go by after a tiring England series and Mahi & co brought home the cup. And Mahi stayed on. The parallel to the current AP political scenario cannot be ignored, with the seniors not having the slightest of clue of what was in store. Coming back to the composition of the team, a nucleus is needed. With seniors being rested by choice / default you have a Dhoni at the helm, versatile players like Raina, Harbhajan, Sehwag, Zaheer forming the nucleus. So the AP Skip has to first identify the nucleus of his team who can bat for him in any format. Going by his demeanour he seems to be “present” (shades of Eckhart Tolle?) in the Dhoni mould as one of his erstwhile cricket team mates tipped to move in as OSD has commented. Then come the format types. In the shorter format with issues like T, Srikrishna Committee, Jagan Factor he will need the pinch hitters / fleet footed fielders, to give away the ones / twos and save the boundaries. At the same time there is a need to keep an eye on the long term with irrigation projects, power situation, agriculture, employment, equation with high command, elections 2014 etc. There you need the Rahul Dravids & Tendulkars and in a crisis VVS to bail you out. But does the present pool of aspirants have it in them to perform the roles which the skipper expects of them. At the same time it is a well known fact that cricket is just not about batting & bowling… but also a lot of fielding & running and sometimes just watching. When the ball is new it swings. However in the subcontinent conditions it is only for the initial 15-20 overs. The new CM needs the pacers who can use the initial swing (PRP, TRS) to good effect. The slip cordon & wicket keeper (btw the new CM is a wicket keeper just like Dhoni) have to be real smart to grab the edges. After the initial overs it’s the spinners who will call the shots. Maybe Pragyan Ojha could be called in to train to bowl armers & how to create stumping opportunities with flight & guile. As far as fielding is concerned our standards are not something to write home about as we lack diving skills. But as aspirants, people sure have gone beyond diving and moved onto groveling… just as long as they make the team its fine, they can indulge in a lot of chest thumping later. Now when a cricket team bats, the openers hold the key, irrespective of the format. A free playing Sehwag with Gambhir is what the doctor ordered for the country and AP surely does have them as the High Command has made the task easier. The No3 batsman sure requires flair as well as skill. Looking for a Virat Kohli ? There are few contenders for this slot, looks like the New CM has made up his mind there to take the MLC route.The middle order seems well set with Hyderabad & Rangareddy contenders selecting themselves on the strength of performance. Shrewd & judicious selection from Coastal, Rayalseema & Telangana will not only add to the good openings but also enable blunting the T & J factors. In recent times the tail has wagged, so also the new CM seems to be looking at PRP and other smaller groups to swell the numbers. All said and done it is the number game as the skipper would say. The New CM would well remember Steve Waugh’s famous words “You just dropped the world Cup… mate” when a South African in World Cup Finals, dropped a catch and Australia went onto win the Cup. It requires all the cricketing skills that the New CM can muster & more to take on J googlies & T tantrums. Cricket is called the Gentleman’s game and should rightfully remain so. The Country & Andhra Pradesh is on the threshold of new age politics. Will the New CM do a Dhoni with a Midas touch? Wait & see as AP plays its own Power Cup much before the World Cup Cricket Championship scheduled for Feb-Mar 2011.