South Indian Actress Kalpana no more

Hyderabad: Renowned South-Indian actress Kalpana Ranjani, who was popularly referred to as Kalpana, passed away in the early hours of Monday at Hyderabad. She was 51. Doctors at the hospital said that the cause of death was a heart attack.
Kalpana had gone to Hyderabad to shoot for a bilingual film, which was to be made in both Tamil and Telugu. According to sources, she was found unconscious in her hotel room and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was declared ‘brought dead’.
Kalpana started her acting career in 1983, as a child artist with the movie titled ‘Vidarunna Mottukal.’  This was followed by a long list of movies, for which she gained a lot of critical appreciation. She also debuted in the Tamil film industry in 1985 and was a popularly seen face since then. She has done over 300 films in all four South Indian languages. She has made all her audiences laugh out loud with her comic roles.
She won a National award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the movie titled ‘Thanichalla Njan’ in 2012. Movies like“Ennum Eppuzhum”, “Karnavar”, “Dolfins”, “Bangalore Days”, “Spirit”  “Sathi Leelavathi” ,“Chinna Veedu”, etc. are a few of her super hit movies. These movies have brought to her a lot of appreciation.
Her body is expected to be taken to Kerala at the earliest. She is survived by a daughter. Her sisters Urvashi and Kalaranjini are also popular south Indian actresses.
The South Indian film industry is completely shattered by the untimely news of Kaplana’s death.  Some of the actors reacted to the same.
Popular Tamil actress Radikaa Sarathkumar said she was extremely shocked to Kalpana’s sudden demise in Hyderabad. She also sent her condolence to Kalpana’s family.

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Separation crisis

The struggle for many comes to an end, but does the struggle as a state end?
The struggle for many comes to an end, but does the struggle as a state end? | Image:

It has been more than a month since Telangana was proposed to be separated from the mainland of Andhra Pradesh. As a state, it is still struggling to find grip in the roots of the country and establish itself. Over the last month, there have been pockets in Andhra that have been in the state of complete turmoil. The likely chief minister of the proposed state, Mr. N Kiran Kumar Reddy, has warned his own party leaders over their decision to separate the state. This act of defiance is not new to the state or the Centre where government and party members are sent home for not taking correct decisions. To add to this situation the public protest in the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema continue to disrupt the process officiating the state of Telanagana.

In response to all the chaos the government has promised to address the issues arising out of the bifurcation of the state. In response to this the Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said that the panel headed by A K Antony will be hearing all the concerns of those affected and the government will also set up another committee to tackle all the issues. The fact of the matter remains that though Telangana’s demand is a people’s movement born out of their problems the original concern is deeply embedded with unemployed political leaders and their political interests. The next question that arises subjects the matter to prove its authenticity of these unemployed political leaders. Are these unemployed political leaders, farmers of the state who have been suffering from the lack of drinking water, water for irrigation, power cuts? Or they are workers who are facing lack of employment because of the lack of industries. It could also be the unemployed youth of the state whose job opportunities are hijacked by outsiders. Political parties have a habit of propagating sensitive issues to gain political mileage. Hence the answer to these questions lies with a politician in and out of power who will always join such a movement in the hope to gain some political popularity. Some even go to the length of deceiving in an attempt to side line the movement with their statements, but they can’t stop such movements. Movements continue till justice is served.

After separating from Andhra Pradesh more than thousand crores will be pumped in to the newly formed state of Telangana for its development. After separation the coastal regions and Rayalseema will require a large amount of financing for development. Instead of allocating funds for the whole state which will fall insufficient for everyone, the centre can now just allocate a large lump sum amount to the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh separately. On the other hand the Government’s decision to make Hyderabad as a joint capital of both the states for the next 10 years seems legitimate because it gives time for Andhra Pradesh to form a newly developed capital and lets underdeveloped Telangana to access a developed city like Hyderabad.

This separation has not only created a crisis for the locals but it is also a great setback for the national unity of the country. Out of the 35 states currently in India, 30% of them are larger than the newly formed state of Telangana. This means that there are 10 states that are bigger than the state of Telangana and also have the potential to be subjected to an in-state division. This affects the national unity of the country majorly and it subjects it to further divisions with the smaller states making similar claims and demands.

If the desire of people of a region to have their own state is a divisive act, then all state formation is a divisive act. The problem has no solution on the contrary it has escalated to another level since the separation. Below we will hear the voices of a few locals from both the states.

Fish Prasadam: Miracle or myth?


Hyderabad: In a world where science and technology is paving way for advancement in the field of medicine, there still lies a plethora of ‘believers,’ who undoubtedly depend upon ancient techniques for treating incurable diseases like Asthma and Cancer.

Since 1998, an ancient practice takes place in different parts of Andhra Pradesh called the Fish Prasadam. The ancient remedy is said to be passed on to the Bathini Brothers, a Brahmin family that administers the proceedings where a little over 100,000 people gather to get treated for Asthma by the ‘miracle cure’ for free.

Fish Prasadam being given to a lady in Hyderabad, June 2013
Fish Prasadam being given to a lady in Hyderabad, June 2013

Bathini Mrugasira Fish or the Fish medicine is made into a small ball and packed inside the mouth of live murrel fish of nearly 6cm in size. The fish is then slipped into the mouth of the asthmatic patient by a technique initiated by the Bathini family.

“The fish is slippery, so there is no problem in swallowing it. The live fish moves, wagging it tail and fins, through the throat and negotiates the phlegm congestion, providing cure to asthma,” claimed Bathini Harinath Goud from the Bathini family.

Dr R.Vijay Kumar of Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad said, “Psychologists and researchers have noticed a rise in the concept of the mass placebo effect. It parallels the very idea of a positive therapeutic effect claimed by a patient after receiving a placebo believed by him to be an active technique for treatment.”

Kumar also added that Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition for which several medicines are available. However, the latter can control and prevent attacks to a certain extent but can never cure the problem. “Doctors have never said asthma can be cured. That is why a lot of people opted for non-Allopathic treatments.”

Thousands had thronged to the fish prasadam mela at Exhibition Grounds in Hyderabad earlier in June this year. Asthma patients from across the country and abroad started queuing up for the tokens right from early hours where 23,000 murrel fingerlings were sold. The same medicine is treated to vegetarians but mixed in jaggery.

S G Koti, a driver with the road transport corporation hailing from Karnataka got 15 people including eight women battling asthma in the hope of getting a cure. “I took the prasadam for three years and I don’t need to depend on inhalers and medication anymore,” he said. Adding that before taking the fish prasadam, his monthly expenditure for the illness was around Rs 500 and but now he does not spend anything.

The medicine was declared harmless by the State Government after NGOs like Jana Vignana Vedika and Allopathic doctors protested against the distribution of the medicine couple years ago. “Treatments like ‘fish prasadam’ provide nothing but a placebo effect,” said Dr Sailaja of Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. He adds that the procedure could lead to diseases like hepatitis if hygiene is not considered by takers.

Bathini Fish Medicine is served and administered on a specific day called “Mrigishira Karthi”, which normally coincides with the arrival of monsoon rains, during the first or second week of June.

Bathini Harinath Goud throws light on the specifics of the traditional remedy, “The secret formula of this wonder cure was passed to Shiva Ram Goud who later passed it on to Shanker Goud. People from Middle East, UK and US also came this year. After taking the medicine the patient has to be under strict diet control for 45 days,” he said.

CWC to meet tomorrow over Telangana’s fate

Hyderabad- Telangana’s fate is to be finally decided tomorrow as the Congress has called for the meeting of its highest policy making body, the Congress working committee (CWC) on Tuesday evening. For the same deliberations the UPA  coordination committe meeting has also been shifted from Wednesday to Tuesday. The meeting is expected to commence at 5:30pm in Delhi. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana have been summoned for the meeting which will be crucial in deciding the future of Andhra Pradesh.
It is speculated that to be created Rayala-Telangana  would comprise the 10 districts of Telangana and the two Rayalaseema districts of Kurnool and Anantapur. Although, the possibility of only Telangana, comprising of its 10 districts is also not being ruled out. However, the million dollar question then arises as to what will happen to Hyderabad, whether it will tuned a Union Territory or will belong to one of the split state.
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State unbalanced | Image Source: The Hindu
State unbalanced | Image Source: The Hindu