Information source: Siasat News, December 24
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Information source: Siasat News, December 24
Posted by Hyderabadiz at 07:11
Gulf jobs prove death for migrants, Times of India-by Bushra Baseerat
HYDERABAD: Dream jobs in the Gulf countries are turning into nightmares for thousands of Indian expatriates. In an alarming scenario, two Indians commit suicide every week on an average in the gulf region. Moreover, several others are dying at a young age due to heart attacks or other ailments. With a chunk of these migrants hailing from south India, especially Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, experts say it is high time the government intervenes and determines the cause of these telling statistics. continue reading Times of IndiaOn the same shelf:
“Every day I read in the newspapers articles spewing hatred with unrestrained venom. Illegals/Expats: A threat to national security’’, ‘’Expatriate remittances costing Kingdom billions’’, ‘’Expatriates taking jobs away from Saudi workforce" are just some of the many popular lines that I find in the print media that make expatriates look like a disease when you know that this an absolute falsehood. How are we a threat to national security when we aren’t even recognized as one of Saudi’s own? continue reading saudigazette.com.sa
Posted by Hyderabadiz at 01:12
NTR Stadium hosted the event organised by the
National Book Trust in coordination with Hyderabad Book Fair Society,
from December 7 to 15,2013.
Temple Desecration and Muslim States in Medieval India
Book Description: Hope India Publications. Few issues in India?s current public discourse are more controversial than that of the political status of religious monuments. In particular, the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992 raised a number of urgent questions relating to the desecration of temples in India?s medieval period.Some of those questions that are historical in nature are addressed in this monograph: What temples were in fact desecrated in medieval India? When and by whom? How and for what purpose? What role did the desecration of temples play in the legitimization or delegitimization of royal power in medieval India?
2. Early Instances of Temple Desecration
3. Sufism and State Building
4. Temple Desecration and State Building
5. Temple Protection and State Maintenance
6. Temple Desecration and State Maintenance
7. Temples and Mosques Contrasted
8. Temple Desecration and the Rhetoric of State Building
Extract (from frontline.in):
... Similarly, in 1579, when Golconda's army led by Murahari Rao was campaigning south of the Krishna River, Rao annexed the entire region to Qutb Shahi domains and sacked the popular Ahobilam temple, whose ruby-studded image he brought back to Golconda and presented to his sultan as a war trophy (no. 51). Although the Ahobilam temple had only local appeal, it had close associations with prior sovereign authority since it had been patronised and even visited by the powerful and most famous king of Vijayanag ara, Krishnadevaraya. The temple's political significance, and hence the necessity of desecrating it, would have been well understood by Murahari Rao, himself a Marathi Brahmin.22
In each of these instances, the deity's image, taken as war trophy to the capital city of the victorious sultan, became radically detached from its former context and in the process was transformed from a living to a dead image. However, sacked images were not invariably abducted to the victor's capital. In 1556, the Gajapati raja of Orissa had entered into a pact with the Mughal emperor Akbar, the distant adversary of the sultan of Bengal, Sulaiman Karrani. The raja had also given refuge to Sulaiman's more proximate adversary, Ibrahim Sur, and offered to assist the latter in his ambitions to conquer Bengal and overthrow the Karrani dynasty. As Sulaiman could hardly have tolerated such threats to his stability, he sent an army into Orissa which went st raight to the Gajapati kingdom's state temple of Jagannath and looted its images. But here the goal was not annexation but only punishment, which might explain why the Gajapati state images were not carried back to the Bengali capital as trophies of war. 23
PS. News is not always News/Trusted. It may be an hoax, always confirm with some authentic source!!!
Posted by Hyderabadiz at 10:28
THE DESTRUCTION OF HYDERABAD
november 30, 2013 vol xlviiI no 48
Economic & PoliticalWeekly, by Bhangya Bhukya
[An earlier version of this article was presented as the keynote address to a seminar on “Socio-Economic and Cultural Contribution of Mir Osman Ali Khan”, Nizam VII, organised by the Nizam Museum in September 2011, Hyderabad. Bhangya Bhukya is at the Department of Social Exclusion Studies, the English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad. Between Tradition and Modernity Nizams, Colonialism and Modernity in Hyderabad State]
"Nizam’s well acclaimed farman issued in 1933:
I do not wish that I should wound the feelings of any community or religion through short-sightedness or that I should so immerse myself in my religion that it might be called “Bigotry”. In short, my policy and that of my predecessors has been not only to look upon all religions of the world equally without discrimination or difference…But also to earn a good name by behaving in harmony with all like milk and sugar." Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan , the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1933.
Thumbs for ek chai lao yaroo days .for mereku kya malum days .forsukoon days .for kya tho bhi hai days .for dekhke chalo bhai days .for lite le mamu days .for jigri dost days .for license bhool gaya bhaisaab days .for nayi gadi days .for khali peeli days .for pareshaani days .for bess rupai ka petrol maro yaroo days .for biryani days .for apan aisiech bolthe days .for abbhi atu yaroo days .for aj gym nahi jatuu yaroo days .for all those nakoo, kaiku, hau, hallu, baigan and pinda! !!
Posted by Hyderabadiz at 07:45
Although Hyderabad is not the language capital of India (nor like Delhi, Mumbai a salad bowl), yet the Hyderabadi-Urdu and; Hyderabadi-Telugu gave the city a distinct place as a composite culture. And today the area is linguistically known as Telangana, with its own Telengana dialect (source). Example of the current Urdu and Telugu spoken in Hyderabad:
hyderabadi urdu (baigan me milgaya, nakko yaaro, boleto suno miya, kiraak, etc,) and hyderabadi telugu (em anna samajhainda ne, arrrrrrey pareshaani cheyyaku, nuvvu gatla bhi koshish chesinava, etc.) (source)
Medscape-Nov 7, 2013 "We chose Hyderabad, in India, as it has large numbers of both monolingual and bilingual people, and it is a native population with few ..
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“Men really have very big egos sir, how to get them (sic) to cook or help at home?”
... But, sometimes, I scratch my head when I have conversations of the type I had in Hyderabad, a heaving city where the middle and upper
classesare notorious for the size of the dowries they demand for their sons and the domestic expectations they make of their daughters-in-law....
... My argument is—as it always has been—that at the heart of this disgrace is the belief instilled in the Indian male from childhood that he has no place in the kitchen, that he is the provider and must be cooked for and looked after. Continue reading.
Extract: ... He pointed out to the fact that there are no manuscripts, inscriptions and miniature artworks depicting Bhagmati. In fact, there isn’t even a marked grave. Therefore, she is more the product of fiction than fact. ... However, other historians did not agree. They said the evidences that Safiullah quotes are not accurate.
However P. Jogi Naidu, the retired deputy director of the department of archeology, said, “Bhagmati's tomb is located in Talab Katta, on the eastern side of Charminar. The then Chichdam village (now known as Shah Ali Banda) was an important area of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and it was Bhagmati’s birth place. Some people have removed all the inscription written on the tomb and do not allow visitors to view the grave. The Deccan School of Art from 1750 onwards represented her miniatures and painting and also depicted the events during that era.” continue reading
Hyderabad, November 09: Metro Rail project officials have very treacherously inscribe “Hyderabad Metro Rail- a new face of Bhagyanagar” on its website. It only shows the communal mentality of the officials of Metro Rail project. The so-called intellectuals are bent upon declaring Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar. They claim that Bhagmati was the beloved of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, Founder of Hyderabad City but it is only a fiction which has no relevance with reality.
The fact is that Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah named this city after Hazrath Ali, to express his devotion for Hazrath Ali who was also called Hyder-e-Karrar. Hyder Mahal was the wife of Quli Qutub Shah and the mother of Hayath Bakhshi Begum. In those days, there used to be many Baghats (Gardens) and therefore the city was called Bagh-e-nagar which after distortion becomes Bhagyanagar. Those who talk of the legendary love story of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah and Bhagmathi should know that Purana Pal was constructed in 1578 and at that time, the age of Quli Qutub Shah was only 9 years. The story of Bhagmati is imaginary. Had she been the member of the Royal family, a coin could have been minted on her name or a tomb would have constructed but nothing has happened. It is for the citizens of Hyderabad to ask the Managing Director of Metro Rail Project, Mr. N.V.S. Reddy that how did he give place to this mischievous slogan on the official website of Metro Rail Project. continue reading
"The city is preparing itself to unveil the first Raed Leaf Poetry-India Awards for 2013 scheduled for November 16." Indian Express
Posted by Hyderabadiz at 11:55
"One of the first Rolls Royce in India – the Nizam of Hyderabad’s 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Throne car – has been restored to its original glory. : http://www.carsuk.net/ In 1911 the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad – Mehboob Ali Khan - ordered a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, and had it sent off to Bakers of Edinburgh to create a very special body, fit for Nizam (think Maharajah, the generic term for Indian Royalty)." continue reading http://www.carsuk.net/
By: Rajat Agrawal| Oct 2nd, 2013 BGR India
Extract: Google will officially launch Street View in India tomorrow albeit with a caveat. Instead of launching Street View of regular roads and localities, it will be limited to 100 monuments in India that people will be able to visit virtually from their PCs. Earlier in July, we had reported about Google’s Street View team hitting the Charminar in Hyderabad.
Image from google-street-view.com:
Extract:"For Osmania University was neither a communal nor theological project despite the fact that it did have a faculty of Theology. According to statistics provided by Datla, by 1935 there were 1,806 students in the Osmania system: 771 in arts, 731 in sciences, 102 in medicine, 97 in law, 47 in engineering, 26 in education and only 32 in theology. In other words, theology was not a popular course a fact that indicates Muslim eagerness to be part of the secular mainstream.
It is Datla’s case that such a tendency was encouraged by the Osmania University. She highlights two specific projects that were commissioned by the University which emphasised the highlighting the secular achievements of a Muslim past that would serve India well. They were, Taarikh-e-Hind (The History of India) by Sayyid Hashmi Faridabadi and Taarikh-e-Islam (The History of Islam) by Abdul Halim Sharar. These two histories, writes Datla, “claim space for Muslims within national and global narratives by asserting the importance of Muslims to the larger themes and imperatives of history and development.” “What Sharar and Faridabadi hoped ultimately to demonstrate was the compatibility of national and Islamic goals.”
...The book also contains an extensive discussion on student politics in Osmania University, particularly the controversy surrounding the singing of Vande Mataram. She refuses to accept that this imbroglio was part of the freedom struggle in Hyderabad, or proof of anti-Hindu policies of the Nizam. She recounts how when (in November 1938) some students started singing the Vande Mataram in their hostel prayer rooms they were asked not to sing because the song, given its “political and controversial nature”, had the potential to hurt the feelings of non-Hindus.
Not surprisingly, this was sought to be exploited by the Hyderabad State Congress and the Hindu Mahasabha. This, despite the fact that the striking students did not define their agitation in communal terms." Continue reading The Hindu
Posted by Hyderabadiz at 02:33
Watsa, born in 1950 in Hyderabad, India, and trained as a chemical engineer, has a public profile that has at times bordered on the reclusive since he took over Fairfax in 1985. For his first 15 years at the company, he barely spoke to a reporter, and he only started holding investor conference calls in 2001.
Fairfax has generally not been known as an activist investor, but Watsa has not shied away from a fight, launching a $6 billion lawsuit against a group of hedge funds in 2006, accusing them of conspiring to the drive the company's shares down so they could be shorted.
A short position enables an investor to profit when a stock drops.
To be sure, not all Watsa's moves have been golden. Fairfax had to write off most of its investment in Winnipeg-based media company Canwest in 2009 as the company filed for bankruptcy protection. It also wrote down a significant investment in publisher Torstar in 2008-09. Speaking last year, Watsa suggested investors looking for a short-term rebound in BlackBerry might be disappointed.
"Is it going to turn around in three months, six months, nine months? No," he told reporters. "But if you're looking four, five years ... We make investments over four or five years." Read more at: IBN Live
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Posted by Hyderabadiz at 07:48
This post is continuously updated, last updated 29 Sept, 2013
It is one of the best-kept secrets in the annals of Indian history.On the same shelf:
What exactly happened in Hyderabad on and after 17 September 1948 when the might of the Indian Army forced the Nizam of Hyderabad to surrender and merge his kingdom with the Indian Union, 13 months after India had become an independent country?
The day is celebrated every year by the votaries of Telangana -- that is pretty much the old Hyderabad state geographically, barring districts that became part of present-day Maharashtra and Karnataka -- as Hyderabad Liberation Day.
Except that if they knew the bloodshed that took place then, they would realise there isn't much to celebrate about.
After reports that the Nizam's Army was committing atrocities on innocent civilians, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel decided enough was enough and ordered the Army into Hyderabad.
Though its technical names were "Operation Polo" and "Operation Caterpillar", it was more commonly referred to as "Police Action".
Read more at: India Today