articles by GS Radhakrishna


Andhra Pradesh, Telangana fight over Godavari, Krishna waters, but who will save the rivers?

In modern India, political regimes of Telangana and Andhra have fought tooth and nail for the monopoly of the water source of both rivers.


Osmania University students, Telangana govt on collision course as K Chandrasekhar Rao fails to deliver on jobs

The student–government rift intensified during the Diamond Jubilee and centenary celebrations of the university in 2015.


Battle against Naxalism: Andhra Pradesh security forces engage in psy-ops to gain strategic edge over Maoists

Andhra police have launched a counter-campaign against Maoists in the state to paralyse the front organisations of their sympathisers and activists.


With loss of spiritual charm and economic focus after Sathya Sai Baba's demise, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle

Even six years since the death of Sathya Sai Baba, hailed by his devotees as a living god or bhagwan, the once small arid hamlet of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district is still mourning.


Hyderabad metro shows why development infrastructure should not be mixed up with politics

As the future of Metro Rail in Hyderabad hangs in confusion, the project shows why politics of development, votes and heritage should not be mixed up.


Head priest of Tirumala's Venkateshwara Temple is taking on the management and all knives are out

What began as a clash between religious rites and the IAS management of the country’s richest temple, has now descended into mudslinging between the head priest and the officers in charge of administration


Venkaiah Naidu's VP nomination shoulders BJP's southern ambitions, but here's why party's pick is disliked in Telugu circles

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, who turned 68 on 1 July, could be the last of the breed of troubleshooters who followed the Kamaraj model in South India politics. Many describe his nomination as NDA candidate for vice-president as a birthday gift for a person who has been in the rungs of power for over three decades and participated in successful NDA governments of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Hyderabad drug racket: How the city of pearls has turned into a flourishing narcotics hub

"Drug-deliveries take place like pizza and biryani in workspaces, shopping malls, film theatres, schools and colleges,"


Miyapur land scam: Telangana no stranger to mafias; KCR orders ACB to monitor 142 sub-registrar offices

On the eve of the third anniversary of Telangana, the state police was caught up in a massive land scam where the sub-registrar of Kuttapally in Hyderabad.


Fee hike in AP, Telangana medical courses: Lobbying politicians force students to pay through their noses

Andhra Pradesh & Telangana governments join hands with private medical & dental colleges to impose up to 600 percent hike in fees for postgraduate seats.


Drought in the Eastern Ghats: Man-animal conflicts rise in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana over receding groundwater

With more than 50 percent of the green cover in forest areas being cleared by the two states, wildlife is increasingly entering human habitations in times of drought


South India’s Drought Part 9: Rayachoty one of the worst-hit in Rayalaseema; govts play down water scarcity

Rayachoty is one of the 23 acutely drought-hit locations in the arid Rayalaseema district where groundwater levels are very deep – about 2,000 feet. As the mercury soared to unprecedented heights in the summer of 2017, the majority of Rayalaseema’s towns and villages have borne the brunt.


South India’s Drought Part 8: Telangana, Andhra Pradesh reel under heatwave, but petty politics takes centrestage

In this piece, the author writes about the heatwave in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and the political power play over it. As both the Telugu states called April a ‘cruel month,’ experts warn that May is likely to be even worse.


Telangana Assembly: As BJP gets aggressive, TRS counters with its own political games

KCR as the chief minister and leader of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is countering the BJP on its own lines.


No hunting game: Politicans, poachers prey upon endangered species in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, with large tracts of forests, are a veritable source for wild meat. Come weekends and loudspeakers blare in scores of villages seeking buyers for wildlife meat.


TRS silencing legislators in Telangana: Is it blasphemous for MLAs to criticise the Guv's address?

TRS legislators and their chief K Chandrasekhar Rao have suddenly found such merits in the office of the Governor that any criticism is termed as blasphemy.


International Women's Day 2017: When RK Roja speaks, her political rivals shiver

RK Roja has been called many unflattering things by her political rivals. But that hasn't stopped her from taking on her adversaries, including TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu.


International Women's Day 2017: Meet Kurnool's 'self help woman', B Vijayabharathi

Since the 1990s, Vijayabharathi has worked in rural Andhra Pradesh through thrift and credit societies aimed at economic empowerment of rural women to bring about a movement of social change


Rohith Vemula's death anniversary: 'Sophisticated untouchability’ has become the norm in AP, Telangana

The Dalit movement is in a critical phase in the country, and particularly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which account for the country’s 22 percent of Dalit population. Political parties are deliberately enforcing "Dalitism" with an eye on the vote bank and also on their retention as farm labourers and manual workers.


Rohith Vemula's death anniversary: Dalit politics in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana has been sidelined

Had he been alive, Rohith Vemula would have passed out as a PhD degree holder in Social Sciences with distinction in October 2016.