Author: Akbar Khan

‘Ban’ wagon continues

Lalrindiki Sailo With the ongoing ‘ban’ wagon, on August 3, the country woke up to find that 857 porn websites had been banned. This came as a shock to many, and triggered debates on how this was yet another infringement of “freedom to privacy” in accordance with current chain of events of banning anything and everything. People across India started questioning the very essence of democracy in India and as to whether the development plan pertains to only imposing bans. Keeping with their penchant for raising voice against any political and social issue that violates personal freedom and liberty, students of the University yet again were not found waiting in condemning this decision of the government. “This is an issue of moral-policing and what else can we expect from a government that could impose a ban on a certain people’s choice of food (beef).  Our rights are being targeted in one way or the other. It is pretty obvious that Government has forgotten that India is a democratic country,” says Harini Shibaraya, a II MA student from the Department of Communication. Also Read: Caught between stardom and survival Citizen Journalism: Add your touch to the media Cafe Racers, Ace Cafe and the Bullet Continental...

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Campus Film clubs

Akbarkhan The University of Hyderabad is the best place where the students get to watch a number of movies in many languages. The Glauber Rocha film club established in 2012 attracts film lovers by organizing screenings at least once a week in the campus. Jijin, who is associated with Glauber Rocha Film Club, said “Initially we arranged film screenings at Humanities auditorium and CIS (College for Integrated Studies) in South campus but lately we are screening movies at Department of Communication in the University”. Catching up with the new movies in the market has become a habit among the youth and this film club encourages students to watch non mainstream movies in different languages, including the regional ones. The film club members want to encourage film culture and awareness in the campus by conducting talks and debates on films and the audiences are encouraged to voice the critical view through objective criticism during debates. At present the club arranges movie screenings once in two weeks and requests the University authorities to come forward and allot them a permanent venue so that they have a fixed place and accordingly plan the movie schedules. The CIS film club in the south campus arranges movie screenings at the Center for Integrated Studies Building every weekend. Theme based films are screened to make the students familiar with the art aspect of the movie...

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In aid of Manipur

Lalrindiki Sailo A group of students from Manipur organized a fund-raising programme to support the flood and landslide affected victims in Manipur on July 14 at University of Hyderabad. The floods in Manipur had affected one lakh people and said to be the worst in the last three decades. Around 30 students from Manipur gathered at north Shop-com at 6 pm and dispersed to the nooks and corners of the campus to collect funds as an aid for the victims of the flood and landslide, collecting a total of approximately Rs. 33,000. Talking about the campaign, Rucilli of MA Communication said “This has been an ongoing issue for a long time and we believe that we stand with our families back home and contribute the little we have to support them.” This campaign has brought to light some of the ongoing issues in North-East India and has gained immense support that it deserves. “This is a central university and it is a place where unity in diversity is actually put into practice. More than anything it is our duty to extend our hands in support to our companions in need.” said Jebin Jessy Thomas from the Department of Political Science, on such initiatives. Also Read: Free Service contributes 22 easy-to-spot speed bumps Citizen Journalism: Add your touch to the media UGC seeks details of expenditure on VC’s...

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FB comments spur tension

Avipsha Sengupta The University of Hyderabad campus, though not new to political mudslinging between different students’ organizations, was witness to the worst political disturbance in the campus in a long time. The trigger was in a comment on Facebook, by Nandanan Susheel Kumar, President of ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) on August 3rd, that hurt the sentiments of another major student’s organization on the campus ASA (Ambedkar Student’s Association). The comment read ‘ASA goons talking about hoolganism…Feeling funny’. The comment allegedly was a reaction to the protest staged against ABVP by ASA members earlier that day on the issue of ABVP in Delhi University stalling the screening of a documentary ‘Muzzafarnagar Baaki Hai’ by Nakul Singh Sawhney, on Muzzafarnagar communal riots of 2013. Later in an interview with Dispatch, a senior ABVP functionary Garikipati Gurajada said, “The comment was not about the protest staged by ASA against us on the DU issue; it was a general comment about ongoing chain of events in the campus.” However, the comment did not go down well with ASA members and they confronted Susheel Kumar. What followed was a convoluted series of event with each organisation giving drastically conflicting accounts of almost everything. “There are mechanisms like ‘Proctor Board’ in the University to tackle with disputes like this; the involvement of the outsiders gave everything a communal shade.” – Dontha Prashanth, ASA President...

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Let’s welcome freshers, together

  T Takuangla Jamir Hundreds of freshers have secured seats for the academic year 2015 in University of Hyderabad, one of the top universities in India. For them the tedious admission procedure is finally over and the festivities have begun. The freshers celebrations started in August and will go on till September. While it is a tradition to welcome the fresh batch of students by organizing various events, there have been concerns about different communities preferring to have their own celebrations in a central university. When asked about this, a PG student said, “I don’t see the need for a community freshers’ celebration as it is time consuming and increases the expenditure for students and can bring differences”. On the other hand Arjuna from Bangalore, who is taking the initiative to form a group for Kannadigas and wishes to have a separate freshers’ celebration like other communities argued, “Such community groups are formed not to encourage groupism but rather to stand as moral support and share their culture with others”. Arunita Tiwari, a PG student who hails from Uttar Pradesh, said, “Dividing the campus on lines of communities deprives the students of the opportunity to interact with the rest of the students. It also forbids them from knowing more about other cultures and appreciating the heterogeneity that a university like ours provides”. Professor Pushpesh Kumar from the Department of...

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Power packed evenings

Keerthana B. The morning of this year’s Independence Day saw a group of white uniform clad people moving in perfect unison in the Gurubaksh Singh Maidan. There was an energy and spirit in the air as the karate enthusiasts kicked and punched with passion. The demo performance was the result of a yearlong training where they carefully polished their karate skills. The coaching was initiated in the campus over a year ago with a small bunch of students and has grown big over the time. Initially two weeks of free coaching was imparted before it became full-fledged regimen.  “Karate itself is life” says Sreekanth, the trainer. The training caters to a diverse group irrespective of age. Students from the campus, the faculty’s children, and students from Kendriya Vidyalaya are all part of it. The classes are held thrice a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 6.00 to 7.00 in the evening. Coaching is specialized in self-defense, punches, kicks, weapon tackling, stamina building, kick boxing etc. Ramachander, a Ph.D. scholar in the Telugu department explains why he is enthusiastic about the practice sessions, “Regular practice has increased my concentration power, discipline, stamina and body fitness. I feel very healthy and confident.” For those who are part of the coaching, by now Karate has become a part of their lifestyle. “I used to be very depressed before I joined. But...

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The unsung hero of the campus

Siddharth Suresh As the Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar once said “Enjoy the game and chase dreams. Dreams do come true”. The same goes for G. Rajaram, M.A. Sociology visually challenged student of the University. The game, which he initially taken up as a means of leisure has now ended up with him playing for the Telangana State Visually Impaired Cricket team. With cricket being played in the family it was hard for him not to pursue the game. Born and brought up in Chennai, Rajaram got more attached to the game observing his brother, who is visually challenged like him play at school. From 2001 till now he has been playing cricket and still loves the game with all heart and vigour. All his hard work over the years has paid off with him having played the National level tournaments representing the state of Telangana. He played two tournaments, one in Lucknow and one in Mumbai, both which they lost in the group stages. But that does not stop him from seeking his dreams. He says that “Ignorance from the concerned authorities and non-availability of facilities is one of the main reasons for not winning matches”. When asked about the University’s attitude towards the upliftment of the game for the visually impaired people, he smiled and responded, “The attitude towards us from the nation as a whole is...

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Poachers have a free run

Ch. Sandeep Manohar The University of Hyderabad has become a deadly hunting ground not only with off campus poachers but also with the indulgence of non-teaching staff and students in poaching, posing a serious threat to wildlife. When asked regarding the hand of employees and students in poaching, T.V. Rao, Security Officer, said, “It’s completely cooked up story by media, it’s absolutely false”. Contradicting this, Jillepalli Ravi, Ph.D. scholar from Department of Animal Sciences, said, “On March 23, 2012, a male spotted deer was ensnared and killed by two youngsters, whose parents were employed with the university. This news was covered by ‘The Hindu’ and many other media organizations”. He added that they were taken in to custody by the Forest Department officials under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, but no clue what happened next. Jerripothula Ashok, an expert animal hunter, was caught more than five times in the university by Ravi. About this, Ravi said “More than 35 poachers were caught in the university but none were arrested. It’s of no use to catch this poacher Ashok, as he easily walks out from the Police station, everytime”. In this matter, Vice-Chancellor R.P Sharma said, “We have a compound wall; it is the outsiders who mutilate the walls. It is not our fault, when the police officials leave the poachers”. Regarding poaching he said that university authorities are taking...

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‘Students must refrain from being judgmental’

Shahamat Hussain Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies’ (AIEFS) 21st Biennial Conference was held at the School of Economics, University of Hyderabad on August 3. The two-day conference witnessed participation of various scholars and researchers from across the globe from Economics and Finance sectors. The focus of the conference was the Indian economy, exchange of useful research insights for academicians, professionals and policy makers. The conference included presentations on issues concerned with the economy and finance in general and in areas such as growth, socio-economic challenges, trade, banking, financial markets and Indian corporate sector. Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Dr. Y.V. Reddy, who inaugurated the conference, shared his views on various macroeconomic issues. He also questioned the creation of an independent body for public debt management. Dr. Reddy expressed his concerns over assets bubbles and said that there should be a sense of caution in following such a course. On the issue of separating public debt management from RBI, he said, “owners should not borrow from their banks on principle”. He also suggested that if the two bodies are to be separated, it is crucial that public debt to be managed, and not fixed by the government. In an exclusive interview, UoH Dispatch got a glimpse into the life of the former RBI Governor. During the informal interaction, he talked about his current favourite book,...

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Marginalized indigenous voices echo

Digavalli Pavan Who are the real patriots of this country? Are they the tribes who rigorously fight for the protection of environment and resources? Or, are they the people who are exploiting the resources and polluting the environment? questioned Gaddar, famous Telugu revolutionary balladeer at the International Indigenous Day celebrations at University of Hyderabad organized by Tribal Students’ Forum on August 13. The message the event successfully drove home, through  scholars and experts to the mainstream society, was about the indigenous people of the country are being neglected, marginalized, and exploited in the name of development. Gaddar mesmerized the crowd with his revolutionary songs. Devender Singh, IAS, Zilla Parishad, Maharashtra, explained about the government strategy for the upliftment of the indigenous population of the country. He said, “India has a total of 640 districts in which, 62 districts are having more than 50% of tribal population, 92 districts are having more than 25-50%.” He further added, “Tribal literates are 57% in our country. Dropout rate is 75% among boys, 71% among girls in ST category.” Others present also expressed concern at the discrimination against the tribals. Also Read: Kaaluthunna Poolathota, a garden of positivity and humanism Art exhibition at JNTU Hyderabad Tripura King calls for Northeast solidarity as student community remembers Nido...

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