G S Vasu

G S Vasu

Candidate Selection, The X Factor in This Election

If there is one definite lesson that voters are expected to teach political parties in the upcoming election, it is this: Don’t mess around in the selection of candidates.

25 Apr 2014

'Saffron Flavoured Pink T' in Demand among Telangana Youth

In the centre of Jadcherla town in Mahbubnagar district, 32-year-old Bhaskar, a fruit vendor, has still not made up his mind on whom to vote. But, he and his family are most likely to go by the advice of his younger brother, an under-graduate at a local college.

24 Apr 2014

Telangana Faces a Test of Gratitude After Showing Fortitude

It is an acid test for voters in Telangana which goes to polls 10 days from now. They are well and truly confronted with a hamletian dilemma of having to choose between a party that fought for statehood (TRS) for 13 long years and a party that finally kept its promise, however belated (Congress).

19 Apr 2014

Voters Hope for Jobs and a Graft-free Life in New Telangana

As  I prepare to get into my car after an engaging conversation with a group of people in the heart of Medak, 55-year-old Fukur Basha waves his hand requesting me to stop for a while. He quickly picks up a piece of paper and a pen and scribbles down the names of his two sons and their mobile numbers.

18 Apr 2014

Politicos Slugging It Out in a ‘State of Confusion’

Jai Telangana fervour, all pervasive at the height of the T stir, is waning. People are surely happy that a T State is here but are unsure of the future

17 Apr 2014

Cong Seeks New Identity with T to Make the Best of Both Worlds

The underlying message the Congress is seeking to convey behind division of Andhra Pradesh is now becoming clearer — social reengineering or at least, an attempt at it.

10 Mar 2014

Special Status to Seemandhra in Doubt as Plan Panel Objects

Does the “special category status” accorded to the residuary state of AP by the Union Government have enough legal cover or has it been done for mere public consumption ahead of elections?

06 Mar 2014

PM Pleads with BJP after His MPs, Mantris 'Bleed his Heart'

Its fate hanging in balance, T Bill to be tabled in LS today; saffron party gives hope to UPA govt after lunch with Singh; T & Seemandhra MPs, Ministers nearly come to blows in Parliament

13 Feb 2014

Despite Ifs and Buts, Telangana-Bill Rolls on Amidst High Drama

Prez raises a query, Home Ministry clarifies quickly; KCR meets Sonia, but TRS mum on merger

11 Feb 2014

Cong, BJP Making Amends Over a Cup of T

Venkaiah, Jairam in back-channel talks; BJP for inclusion of aid to Seemandhra in financial memo; clarity to emerge next week

09 Feb 2014

Cuppa Chai and Coffee

10 Jan 2014

CM's Focus More on Debate, Less on Party

Kiran keen on ensuring a discussion on Telangana Bill in the Assembly; seeks TDP chief’s cooperation and reaches out to Jagan.

06 Jan 2014

Monday Sickness Brings Kiran a Splitting Headache

CM camp in damage control mode following feedback that his image has taken a beating due to his absence in House when the T bill was tabled

19 Dec 2013

Seemandhra MLAs Scripting New Move

Is a new angle emerging in the State division episode? Even as T protagonists are celebrating tabling of the bill, Seemandhra legislators are planning yet another move to block State division — given that a structured debate appears unlikely or even otherwise, they seem unwilling to allow it.

17 Dec 2013

Common High Court Set to Generate Heat in Assembly Session

Amidst doubts over the creation of Telangana State before the elections, the proposal to have a common High Court for both the proposed States has already triggered a debate within the legal fraternity both in Telangana and the rest of Andhra Pradesh.

12 Dec 2013

Telangana Endgame: Confusion, Speculation and 'Some Confirmation'

With the Union Cabinet expected to give its final nod to the Telangana bill in a couple of days, speculation was rife Monday that two districts of Rayalaseema - Kurnool and Anantapur - will also be merged with the proposed State.

03 Dec 2013

Samaikyandhra party, a castle in the air

A few kms before Nagaripalli village in Chittoor district on NH-71, the ancestral home of Chief Minister Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, a group of men squatting on a cement platform near a temple, indulge in the typical time-killing exercise you find in most villages across Rayalaseema where non-farm employment is scarce and farming is a dread in the absence of assured water.

01 Nov 2013

Kiran seeks to know if he is indeed Samaikya Simham

CM & aides busy conducting surveys to find out if there’s space for a new party headed by him

29 Oct 2013

Under fire, Kiran mulls if discretion is better part of valour

After having attempted to become a hero in Seemandhra by taking on the Congress high command on the issue of bifurcation, is Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy now on the back foot? Yes, seems to be the answer, going by the way he is said to be reacting privately to the unexpected attack on him by ministers belonging to Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

03 Oct 2013

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