Institute for Research on Andhra Pradesh (IRAP)

The year 2014 marked the end of a contentious 60-year period when Telangana region of Hyderabad state and the Andhra state were united on a linguistic basis into one state, Andhra Pradesh. This unity produced some blending (e.g. films, language, the modified geography of Hyderabad) and a lot of contention (e.g. irrigation, state finances, employment, control of Hyderabad city). By the time the state was partitioned into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2014, there was a significant migration of capital, skilled labor, intellectual and political activity from the towns (small and large) of erstwhile Andhra state to the sprawling city of Hyderabad. In the immediate aftermath of this seemingly painless partition, the main imperative that has burst forth in “new” Andhra Pradesh is the construction of a new capital city, Amaravati, which is supposed to fill the gaping hole left by the loss of Hyderabad city. While this has attracted some media and scholarly attention, there are a lot of intellectual tasks that need to be defined and taken forward. How do we make sense of the history of this new emergence? How do we make sense of the new political economy of this state that is going to be the result of this partition with heavy influences from Hyderabad, the larger Indian context, and a global capitalism that is at crossroads after the global crisis of 2008, and a slowly emerging decline of the neoliberal doctrine? What are the defining cultural and socio-economic features of this new formation? The group associated with this institute intends to take on these tasks in order to explore possible pathways forward for this new formation. It will also explore the possibilities to imagine a more inclusive Andhra Pradesh.

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17
Sep

Exploitative forms of transit labor in three regions of Andhra Pradesh

The state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana was bifurcated in the year 2014. With the loss of capital city Hyderabad to Telangana state, the state of Andhra Pradesh is in the process of building a new c...
17
Sep

Closed City ‘Spaces’: Differential Access to Education in Vijayawada, South India

Vijayawada is a city located on the banks of the Krishna river in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which is one of the five South Indian states. This city was one of the few important provincial ci...