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WHAT AILS THE REVENUE SYSTEM IN TELANGANA?

WHAT AILS THE REVENUE SYSTEM IN TELANGANA?

WHAT AILS THE REVENUE SYSTEM IN TELANGANA?
November 07
14:46 2019
We are all justifiable in our reactions to the tragic incident, in which Vijaya Reddy, Mandal Revenue Officer of Abdullapurmet in Telangana, was burnt to death in her office. We are justifiably angry with the alleged corruptive Revenue system that is perceived to be reason for the gruesome incident, with the desire to see the government to do something in the face of the tragedy and make sure that evil of the corruption isn’t limited to the revenue system alone. When such a gruesome violence occur the first reaction of all of us is what the government is going to do about it. The horror of the incident to burn alive an official is unmistakable and the temptation to blame everyone is understandable.
But is there an easy fix to change the system?
None of these is to suggest that government’s interventions were never justified and no Laws could ever ensure the cleansing of the system.
But the point is to deliberate on “What Ails the Revenue System in Telangana?”
Though, the statehood for Telangana could be hailed as a victory of/for/by the democracy, one fears, this same democracy is turning pathological, for the one who has the deep sense of understanding of the “emerging discourse of politics” in the state of Telangana.
The government of the state appears to be blind to the “Rule of the Law”, while the gruesome incident is a manifestation that the  fiercely argumentative Telangana which had known for democratic movements turned into an intolerant society.
There are no signs of principles of democratic governance, rather one gets the impression that the party rule that was hall mark of integrated state has now metamorphosed into a “Feudal Estate”.
All the voices that resonated and heard in high decibels in Telangana movement have now suddenly gone mute, oscillating in confusion whether to oppose the “Feudal Estate”.
To say in one sentence, the Institution of Telangana has acquired a form of “Rule of Feudalism” from “Capitalist-Democratic” form.
The symptoms of the disorder that ails the revenue system are infected from this “Rule of Feudalism”.
Yet, viewed as backstage, as a narrative, as an emerging discourse, the government led by KCR, the self-styled vanguard of Telangana aspirations, appears to unleash a “backlog of fears and repressions” which, when combined with the present style of governance, creates a sort of apprehension among the people who had fought for Telangana with great expectations.
In blaming the corrupt revenue system for the gruesome incident, what we failed to comprehend that the state of Telangana is a result of a script of ‘Feudal Class” led by KCR to revive their past glory and domination over Telangana society in the guise of Telangana demand.
When KCR undertook the ‘Land Rectification” project, everyone failed to sense that it was an exercise to restore the land rights of the land lords that were once forced to leave their lands in the face of class struggle unleashed by the then People’s War Group revolutionaries.
Even the Maoists who had supported the separate state demand failed to see the re-emergence of Feudal Class in the guise of Telangana demand.
The feudals donning the garb of agitators responsible for achieving Telangana are now monopolize political and economic power while retaining their rights on Lands that they forced leave behind in the past.
It is just a replacement of Seemandhra colonial era in the state.
In fact the Telangana movement is a result of an ego clash between one Capitalist ( CBN) and a Feudalist(KCR) which surfaced when the Capitalist refused to accommodate the feudalist in his cabinet.
With the Feudal bosses regaining the control the “Institutionalized corruption” only became stronger, rent seeking a given.
The recent Land rectification programme has further rotten the revenue system that no citizen has yet recorded her or his name in history for having got land registered, bought or sold it, or had grievances settled, without having to pay a bribe. One may not be surprised to know that the Revenue department records maximum complaints of corruption on anti-corruption helpline set up by the state government.
In fact, according to the reports prepared by the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) and Vigilance and Enforcement Department, corruption is rampant in the State Revenue Department. The protests by Revenue officials/employees is not in sympathy of their  deceased colleague, but is a disguised resort to putting pressure on the government to not bring in the new Land Revenue Act.
And this was not the Telangana the people aspired to have fought for.
May be the Telangana revolution was waged to establish Feudal dictatorship that reigns over a corrupt sysytem.

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