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Welcome: This blog is about Hyderabad culture, land and people, "with a whole spectrum of experiences of Khatta (sour), Meetha (sweet), Pheeka (unsalted), Teekha (off), Khara (spicy), Kadva (bitter) brim with caring and lots of loving." as phrased by Mike Ghouse, a hyderabadi damad.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Seminar on “Importance of Book reading among the younger generation” 26th December

Information source: Siasat News, December 24

(Siasat New) Centre for Trilingual and Islamic Studies will organize a Seminar on “Importance of Book reading among the younger generation” at Urdu Ghar, Moghalpura on Thursday 26th December at 10 am. Prof. S.A. Shukoor, Director of Urdu Academy, Dr. P.H. Mohammed, Asst. Professor of MANUU, Syed Shah Habeebuddin Quadri, Editor Andhra Pradesh Urdu monthly, Dr. Ghouse Ali Sayeed, Mr. Taher Romani, Journalist, Ms. Munawar Khatoon, Director of Ashraful Madaris High School, Mr. Mohammed Qamaruddin, Senior Librarian, Mr. Syed Faheem Akther, Librarian, Mr. Mohammed Ilyas Taher, Director Dream Bird school, Mr. Mohammed Shamsuddin Ahmed Khan, President Minorities Education and Welfare Society, Mr. Mohammed Habeebuddin, Mr. Mohsin Khan, Mr. Ayoub Khan and others will participate in the seminar. Mr. Mohammed Aqeel, Advocate will be the convener. Prizes and certificates will be distributed to the students on this occasion.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gulf jobs prove death for expats, hailing from south India, especially Kerala and Andhra Pradesh

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 India
 On the same shelf:
  • Andhra Pradesh website to help NRIs return home and find jobs Arab News
  • Competing with foreigners for jobs 'difficult'-- gulfnews.com-Dec 4, 2013
  • The kingdom, unlike other Gulf nations, has millions of low-income citizens willing to work the types of jobs that have long been held by Indian, Egyptian,
  • Saudis Look to Private Businesses for Youth Jobs  The New Indian Express -- A nationwide culling of Saudi Arabia's massive foreign workforce of around 9 million people has already sent hundreds of thousands of migrants home in the past two months. Saudi authorities say the jobs left behind can and should be given to Saudis.
  • New Saudi rules forced exit of 1,41301 Indian workers Indlaw.com
  • Nitaqat: Saudi returnees tell tales of their agony The New Indian Express 
  • Expat held with gold in Hyderabad Times of Oman
  • Saudi to hire 3500 expat doctors ArabianBusiness.com -- According to English language newspaper Arab News, the Ministry of Health is seeking to hire doctors and nurses from countries including India, Pakistan and  
  • An expatriate sounds off, Saudi Gazette : "My recent column on the plight of long-term residents of the Kingdom, many born here and grown accustomed to a Saudi way of life, prompted a reader to send me the following response which I have edited for space:"
  • “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

Sunday, December 15, 2013

28th Hyderabad book fair, 2013

NTR Stadium hosted the event organised by the
National Book Trust in coordination with Hyderabad Book Fair Society,
from December 7 to 15,2013.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Temple Desecration and Muslim States in Medieval India (The case of Golconda as an instance)

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?


1. Introduction
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
9. Conclusion

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  
Continue reading: Temple desecration in pre-modern India - Frontline
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Deccan Chronicle's News" Actor Paul Walker dies in crash

PS. News is not always News/Trusted. It may be an hoax, always confirm with some authentic source!!!

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker's death has been confirmed. -- On a related note, a website claiming his death is a hoax is actually a satire site.

Saturday, November 30, 2013



A. G. Noorani


  • Overview
The fascinating story of the fall of the Indian princely state of Hyderabad has till now been dominated by the ‘court historians’ of Indian nationalism. In this book A. G. Noorani offers a revisionist account of the Indian Army’s ‘police action’ against the armed forces and government of Hyderabad, ruled by the fabulously wealthy Nizam. His forensic scrutiny of the diplomatic exchanges between the Govt of India and the Govt of Hyderabad during the Raj and after Partition and Independence in 1947 has unearthed the Sunderlal Committee report on the massacre of the Muslim population of the State during and after the ‘police action’ (knowledge of which has since been suppressed by the Indian state) and a wealth of memoirs and first-hand accounts of the clandestine workings of territorial nationalism in its bleakest and most shameful hour. He brings to light the largely ignored and fateful intervention of M. A. Jinnah in the destruction of Hyderabad and also accounts for the communal leanings of Patel and K. M. Munshi in shaping its fate. The book is dedicated to the ‘other’ Hyderabad: a culturally syncretic state that was erased in the stampede to create a united India committed to secularism and development
Hyderabad, Kashmir victims of Partition ‘transaction’:
‘Jinnah opposed Mountbatten’s plebiscite offer on princely JK’


Hyderabad, Nov 29: Drawing a parallel between Kashmir and Hyderabad, noted author and political commentator AG Noorani Friday said the two were part of the same ‘transaction’ of the partition of India in 1947.
“Both these states were the victims of ill decisions taken by the powers at that time,” he said, speaking at the launch of his book titled “The Destruction of Hyderabad.” It is part of a series of his books on the partition. His two-volume “Kashmir Dispute” was released earlier this year in Srinagar. continue reading GK NEWS NETWORK

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Between Tradition and Modernity: Nizams, Colonialism and Modernity...

SPECIAL ARTICLE 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.

Info courtesy: Mohammed Ayub Ali Khan

Friday, November 22, 2013

Deccan Chronicle partners with 11th edition of 10K run

DC30th Oct 2013

Hyderabad: Deccan Chronicle, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, is partnering with another Hyderabadi tradition — the 10K run. 

To be held on November 24, this time the 10K Run is back with a bigger, better and a greener running experience.

It started with 6,000 runners in 2003 and participation has gone up almost threefold in the last 10 years. Organised by the Hyderabad 10K Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, the run is aimed at promoting sports, fitness and health.

Extracted at Facebook from DC:
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! !! 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Knowing more languages delays dementia - NAI BOLE TO SUNTE NAI

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)

 "If there is one word that can be used to describe the culture in Hyderabad, it is ‘diverse’." (source) History of Hyderabad has always been bi-lingual (some would say it was mostly multi-lingual, based on what was obvious with the division of Hyderabad State, post 1947). Officially Persian was the official language up to 1893 and then Urdu up to 1948 (source). Telugu and Urdu are/were the principal languages spoken in Hyderabad (source).

"In Language there is a spice of spelling," said Geoffrey Grigson in The Private Art. [quoted in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 164)] This statement is probably very true about the effect of Hyderabadi spices in spelling, as seen above.

 The current news is about the bi-lingual sample of Hyderabad population:

In the News:

  • More Evidence Bilingualism Delays Dementia 

  • 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 ..

  • 'Knowing more languages delays dementia' Bushra Baseerat, TNN

  • Dementia is a progressive brain disease that causes memory loss, severe intellectual decline and behavioural disturbances in people aged over 60 years

  • Nai bole toh suntey nai.....Hyderabadi Shayri..... - YouTube

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Dear Hyderabadi mian, this is for you: Why a (Hyderabadi) man’s place is in the kitchen (chulley meinch hi)

    Why a man’s place is in the kitchen

    Cooking is a metaphor for the gender divide that gives the Indian male primacy at home, Livemint
    “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 classes are 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.

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    Sunday, November 10, 2013

    The Legend of Bhagmati — Fact or Fiction, by Mohammed Safiullah

    Bhagmati’s place in Hyderabad’s history debated, deccanchronicle.com

    Retired IAS officer Bawa interacts with heritage enthusiast Mohd. Safiullah who gave a presentation, Bhagmati — Fact or Fiction at the Salar Jung Museum on Saturday. — DC
    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

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    • Metro Rails’ mischief- Hyderabad named as Bhagya Nagar, Siasat 

      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
    • Hyderabad, Musi river and a love story, DC

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Rædleafpoetry India (RLP) Award @ Hyderabad, November 16, 2013

    "The city is preparing itself to unveil the first Raed Leaf Poetry-India Awards for 2013 scheduled for November 16." Indian Express

    In the news:

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    Day and Night in Hyderabad - News update

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    First Rolls Royce car in Hyderabad India

    "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/

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Must Watch if u r a hyderabadi : Unknown Facts About HYDERABAD!!!

    *** Must Watch if u r a hyderbadi ***

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Deloitte cancelled the participation of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan

    No Guv at Deloitte fete

    Hyderabad: Multinational company Deloitte cancelled the participation of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in a programme scheduled for Tuesday as the protocol required playing the National Anthem twice while the company wanted it only once.Tuesday’s programme was to be the inauguration of the Deloitte Centre for Leadership Inclusion, aimed at giving due share to women, the Armed Forces and the differentlyabled.
    Official sources said that Deloitte senior officials Hari Karra and Nagarajan had approached Raj Bhavan with a request to invite Narasimhan for the programme at their office premises in Mindspace.The Governor had accepted and Raj Bhavan protocol officials had handed over to the company representatives the protocol sheet, which includes the details of dos and don’ts for programmes attended by the Governor, a Constitutional head of the state. “It is a standard procedure and organisers have to follow it,” top official sources said. continue reading:  No Guv at Deloitte fete
    Local office: 

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Google to launch Street View for Indian monuments tomorrow, BGR India

    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:

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    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Hyderabad State's 1948 Police Action In Literary Narratives

    • From Nizam To Nation: The Representation of Partition in Literary Narratives About Hyderabad, Deccan, by Nazia Akhtar (Graduate Program in Comparative Literature A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy), The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. 2013. 

      From the above source:
    • Basu, Tapan, et al. Khaki Shorts and Saffron Flags: A Critique of the Hindu Right. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1993.
    • Bhalla, Alok, Ed. Stories About the Partition of India. 3 vols. New Delhi: Indus, 1994.
    • Bristol Evening Post. “‘Disband Fanatics’ Call – India Sends Last Demand.” 7 Sep. 1948.
      Indo-Hyderabad Relations 108.
    • British Information Services. “Extract from Daily Press Summary, British Information
      Services dated 13th May, 1948.” Indo-Hyderabad Relations n.p.
      . “Extract from Opdom No.43 for period May 27th to June 2nd, 1948.” Indo-Hyderabad Relations 236. “Daily Press Summary – June 3-14, 1948. (Weekly).” Indo-Hyderabad Relations 310.
      . “Daily Press Summary, June 10, 1948.” Indo-Hyderabad Relations 309.
      . “Daily Press Summary – [date illegible] June 1948.” Indo-Hyderabad Relations 308.
    • Brockway, Fenner. “Hyderabad – How Can Britain Help.” 18 Sep. 1948. Indo-
      Hyderabad Relations 1-2.
    • Chaudhary, Chandragupta. “Marathwada in Anti-Nizam Struggle.” Glorious TelenganaArmed Struggle. By Raj Bahadur Gour et al. New Delhi: Communist Party of
      India, 1973. 126-35. 
    • Copland, Ian. “‘Communalism’ in Princely India: The Case of Hyderabad, 1939-40.”
      India’s Partition: Process, Strategy and Mobilization. Ed. Mushirul Hasan. New
      Delhi: Oxford UP, 1994. 361-95
    • Daily Express. “Abandoned.” Undated. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 7
    • Daily Telegraph. “A Grave Step.” 14 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 133.
      . Title not visible. 18 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 3.
    • Daily Worker. “The Threat in Hyderabad.” 20 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 21.
      . “Indian Communists Call on Hyderabad: ‘Arm Peasants Against Nizam.’” 18
      Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 16.
    • Dalrymple, William. “In Conversation.” The Untold Charminar: Writings of Hyderabad.
      Ed. Syeda Imam. New Delhi: Penguin, 2008. 47-64.
      . City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi. New York: Penguin, 2003.
    • Eagleton, Clyde. “The Case of Hyderabad Before the Security Council.” Hyderabad:After the Fall. Ed. Omar Khalidi. Wichita, Kansas: Hyderabad Historical Society,
      1988. 64-89.
    • Economist. “Exhausted Patience, 1948.” 18 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 13.
    • Edinburgh Evening News. “Indian Army Make Four-Pronged Attack on Hyderabad:
      Advances Claimed After Dawn Invasion.” 13 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 47?
    • Evening Argus. “Indians Halfway to Secunderabad.” 14 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 53.
    • Evening Standard. “War with Us.” 13 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 150.
    • Evening Times. “New Train Attack in Hyderabad.” 20 May 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 322.
    • Express and Star. “Hyderabad.” 13 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 65.
    • Gour, Raj Bahadur. “Hyderabad People’s Revolt Against Nizam’s Autocracy: A Diary of
      the Struggle.” Glorious Telengana Armed Struggle. By Raj Bahadur Gour et al.
      New Delhi: Communist Party of India, 1973. 1-125.
      . “Makhdoom: A Multi-Dimensional Personality.” Random Writings.
      Hyderabad: Makhdoom Society and Prachee Publications, 2002. 1-11.
      . “Makhdoom: His Struggle for Victory of Love and Labour.” Random Writings.
      Hyderabad: Makhdoom Society and Prachee Publications, 2002. 167-95.
    • Government of India. White Paper on Hyderabad. 1948.
      . “State wise 300 Districts of India with Top Muslim Population in Urban Areas.”
      Census of India Report 2001. Web. 4 Oct. 2012.
    • Hyder, Gulam. “Anti-Nizam Struggle: Participation of Muslims.” Glorious TelenganaArmed Struggle. By Raj Bahadur Gour et al. New Delhi: Communist Party of
      India, 1973. 136-153.
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      Lawyers Admonish the Nizam. Madras: Renaissance Printers Ltd, undated.
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      (IOR L/P&S/13/1241). National Archives of India, New Delhi. Microfilm.
    • Kannabiran, Vasantha and K. Lalitha. “That Magic Time: Women in the Telangana
      People’s Struggle.” Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History. Eds. Kumkum
      Sangari and Sudesh Vaid. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1989. 180-203.
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      Essay.” Hyderabad: After the Fall. Ed. Omar Khalidi. Wichita, Kansas:
      Hyderabad Historical Society, 1988. 199-219.
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      Bulletin of the Henry Martyn Institute of Islamic Studies 16.1-2 (Jan-June 1997):
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      Stanford UP, 2007.
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      Expanding Landscape: South Asians and the Diaspora. Ed. Carla Petievich. New
      Delhi: Manohar, 1999. 41-69.
    • Liverpool Daily Post. Title not visible. 14 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 47?
    • Manchester Guardian. “Hyderabad.” 14 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations n.p.
      . “A Laughing Stock.” 18 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 20.
      . “Hyderabad Surrenders.” 18 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 19.
      . “British Attitude to Hyderabad – Indian Resentment.” 18 Sep. 1948. Indo-
      Hyderabad Relations 15.
    • Morning Advertiser. “Aggression.” 15 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 61.
    • Munshi, K.M. The End of an Era: Hyderabad Memories. Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1957.
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    • Nizam’s Government. Hyderabad’s Relations with the Dominion of India. Hyderabad:
      Government Press, 1948.
    • Paranjpe, Makarand, Ed. Sarojini Naidu: Selected Letters, 1890s to 1940s. New Delhi:
      Kali for Women, 1996.
    • Rao, Devulapalli Venkateswara. Telangana Struggle and the Path of Indian Revolution.
      Hyderabad: The Proletarian Line Publications, 1974.
      . Refutation of Wrong Trends Advocating Withdrawal of Telangana Armed Struggle. Hyderabad: The Proletarian Line Publications, 1982.
    • Reddy, Ravi Narayan. Heroic Telengana: Reminiscences and Experiences. New Delhi:
      Communist Party of India, 1973.
      Reid, Alec. “Hyderabad Today.” 1949. Inventing Boundaries: Gender, Politics and thePartition of India. Ed. Mushirul Hasan. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2002. 259-66.
    • Reuters. “Indian Troops Will March to Hyderabad – Pandit Nehru” 10 Sep. 1948. Indo-
      Hyderabad Relations 97.
      . “Indian Troops Will March to Hyderabad – Pandit Nehru” 11 Sep. 1948. Indo-
      Hyderabad Relations 100.
      . “ADD – India Invades Hyderabad.” 13 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations
      . “India Invades Hyderabad.” 13 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 120.
      . “Reaction to Hyderabad Invasion.” 14 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 79-
      . “Karachi Press Comment on Hyderabad.” 19 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 39.
      . “‘Nation Indicted’ –Bevin Guilty.” 16 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 86.
      . “Britain Would Have Done the Same.” 17 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 33.
      . “Nehru Broadcasts on End of Hostilities.” 19 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 45?
      . “National Thanksgiving Day for India.” 20 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 24.
      . “Indian Governor-General Sends Congratulations.” Undated. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 29.
      . “All Hyderabad State Troops Now Surrendered.” 19 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad
      Relations 26-8
    • Reuters (Indian and Pakistani Service). “Indians Demonstrate Against B.B.C Broadcast.”
      Sheet 5. 19 Sep. 1948. Indo-Hyderabad Relations 38.
    • Rota, Sandra Lila Maya. “The Limits of Postcolonial Autobiography and the
      Empowering Capacity of Life-writing for the Postcolonial Subject.” Lingua e 1
      (2009): 47-63. Web. 12 May 2011.
    • Sajida, Zeenath. Interview by Yugantar. Archiving Hyderabad: Documenting the living
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    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    The secular nationalism of Urdu --Hyderabad and Osmania University's role

    The secular nationalism of Urdu Kavita Saraswathi Datla’s The Language of Secular Islam reviewed by A. Faizur Rahman, The Hindu 30 Sept 2013

    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

    About the book:
    During the turbulent period prior to colonial India’s partition and independence, Muslim intellectuals in Hyderabad sought to secularize and reformulate their linguistic, historical, religious, and literary traditions for the sake of a newly conceived national public. Responding to the model of secular education introduced to South Asia by the British, Indian academics launched a spirited debate about the reform of Islamic education, the importance of education in the spoken languages of the country, the shape of Urdu and its past, and the significance of the histories of Islam and India for their present.

    The Language of Secular Islam pursues an alternative account of the political disagreements between Hindus and Muslims in South Asia, conflicts too often described as the product of primordial and unchanging attachments to religion. The author suggests that the political struggles of India in the 1930s, the very decade in which the demand for Pakistan began to be articulated, should not be understood as the product of an inadequate or incomplete secularism, but as the clashing of competing secular agendas. Her work explores negotiations over language, education, and religion at Osmania University, the first university in India to use a modern Indian language (Urdu) as its medium of instruction, and sheds light on questions of colonial displacement and national belonging.

    Grounded in close attention to historical evidence, The Language of Secular Islam has broad ramifications for some of the most difficult issues currently debated in the humanities and social sciences: the significance and legacies of European colonialism, the inclusions and exclusions enacted by nationalist projects, the place of minorities in the forging of nationalism, and the relationship between religion and modern politics. It will be of interest to historians of colonial India, scholars of Islam, and anyone who follows the politics of Urdu. Source: University Of Hawai'i Press.

    Saturday, September 28, 2013

    Armenian cemetery of Hyderabad, Photos by Dr. Omar Khalidi


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    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Meet Hyderabad-born Prem Watsa, the man who is buying BlackBerry @ IBN Live


    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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    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Debt-ridden Deccan Chronicle goes to BIFR


    Deccan Chronicle Holdings (DCHL) has approached the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) seeking a bailout under the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Act of 1985, reports fe Bureau in Hyderabad ... 

    Continue reading Financial Express · 2013-09-18

    Saturday, September 14, 2013

    The real story of 'Police Action' against Nizam in 1948 -- Revisiting Hyderabad Liberation Day on 17 September

    This post is continuously updated, last updated 29 Sept, 2013

    T S Sudhir | India Today | Hyderabad, September 10, 2013
    It is one of the best-kept secrets in the annals of Indian history.

    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
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