Archive for May, 2010
K Balagopal, B Ramulu and Gaddar in a public rally demanding water from Pranahita river and irrigation resources for the neighboring villages to Sirpur and Kagaznagar in Adilabad.
Dr. K Balagopal educational lecture on river water disputes in Andhra Pradesh. In this two hour long lecture, delivered in July 2009 at Human Rights Forum (HRF) chapter meeting in Vishakapatnam, Balagopal discusses the background of the river water disputes in the state of Andhra Pradesh and provides the historical, political and economical context in which the policies and the existent water sharing practices and irrigation projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers came about. And stresses the need for a proper water sharing framework – from a fairness, justice viewpoint and people rights to resources and development – of all the three regions of the state of Andhra Pradesh. And provides the right context to understand the grievances of the people of Telangana and Rayalaseema regions. And argues for a intra-state water redistribution and independent authority , along the lines of Bachawat Tribunal, for fair allocation of water resources.
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Balagopal TV interview in September 2009 (in Telugu) about Maoists, Green Hunt and Chattisgarh, where he talks about the ongoing violence both that of Maoists and the government in the states of Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere. And states that the in the long run inherent structural violence and increasing inequality in the society are much more of a bigger threat to the Indian democracy than the Maoists, as claimed by the Indian government.
And talks about the need to oppose Green hunt and support a peace talks initiative.
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Kadapa-Palegalla Rajyam ( K. Balagopal, APCLC, Kadapa District Publication, 1996).
It has been difficult for us in the CL&DR movement to reconcile the loss of Balagopal from our midst. Balagopal has been the face of this movement in Andhra Pradesh for over three decades and its integral component beyond it. The debate that ensued over some fundamental questions he raised about the conception of human rights in APCLC that led to his eventual break up with it had created tremors beyond the boundaries of Andhra Pradesh. For many of us, I included, it had come as a shock that Balagopal, who more than any of us saw and suffered the vicious face of the state, could raise those questions. Some resisted to react adversely and chose to watch but some, prompted by ideological exigency, openly voiced their criticism and antagonistically declared that Balagopal abdicated Marxism. In Andhra Pradesh, expectedly it had raised a storm. If it had not been for Balagopal, whose integrity and commitment to the cause of poor and oppressed humanity could never be questioned by even his worst detractor, it would have been simply devastating. But Balagopal not only withstood it all with his rocklike conviction but went ahead actualizing it by forming Human Rights Forum (HRF) in 1998 and demonstrated that his commitments to CL&DR were unshakable. Read the rest of this entry »
Prachina Bharata Charitra (K. Balagopal, September 1986) – Kosambi Parichayam
( Introduction to D. Kosambi books on Indian Ancient History)
Chikati Konalu , K BalagopalCritical essay on 30 years of Naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh.
( మూడు దశాబ్దల నక్సల్బరి చరిత్ర, గమ్యం గమనం, 1967 – 1997)
MuDDu Dashabdla Naxalbari, Gamyam Gamanam (1967 – 1997) ,
Editors: S. Sudhakar and M. Kodandram Reddy, Perspective Publishers, August 1998).