Friday, November 27, 2015

Kakatiya Rulers of Bastar - Princely state

PRESENT RULER: Maharaja KAMAL CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 22nd Raja of Bastar (1996/-) born about 1984, educated at Coventry University, U.K. (Master of Science Degree in International Business) and at L.S.E., U.K. (Master of Political Science Degree)
Bastar king Kamal Chandra Bhanj Deo

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in the 15th century, and was the 11th largest Princely State by area. Rulers were...
Bastar Palace 
Raja ANNAM DEV, 1st Raja of Bastar: The princely state of Bastar was established around 1324/1369 AD, when Annama Deva, brother of the last Kakatiya King, Pratapa Rudra Deva (1290-1325), left Warangal and established his kingdom at Bastar, defeating the Nagvanshi Raja, and established his capital at Mudhota under the protection of the goddess, Danteshwari, who still is the tutelary deity of Bastar region, her famous Dantheshwari Temple stands today at Danthewada, also named after her. Annama Deva ruled till 1369 
Raja HAMIR DEV, 2nd Raja of Bastar 1369/1410
Raja BHAITAI DEV, 3rd Raja of Bastar 1410/1468
Raja PURUSHOTTAM DEV, 4th Raja of Bastar 1468/1534, he shifted his capital to Old Bastar.  
Raja PRATAP RAJ DEV, Raja of Bastar 1602/1625, married and had issue, extinct in the 3rd generation, 
Raja DIGPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1680/1709
Raja RAJPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1709/1721, descended from the younger brother of Raja Pratap Raj Dev, married 1stly, a Baghela Princess, married 2ndly, a Chandel Princess, and had issue.
Rajkumar Dakhin Singh (by 1st wife)
Raja Dalpat Deo (by 2nd wife) 
Rajkumar Pratap Singh (by 2nd wife)
Raja MAMA, Raja of Bastar 1721/1731
Raja DALPAT DEO, Raja of Bastar 1731/1774, moved his capital to Jagdalpur; he married (amongst 7 wives), 1stly, a daughter of Raja Goor Sai Deo of Kanker, and had issue.
Rajkumar Ajmer Singh (by 1st wife), usurped the gaddi for a short time.
Raja Daryao Deo (by 2nd wife) 
Raja DARYAO DEO, Raja of Bastar 1774 and 1777/bef 1819, married and had issue.
Raja Mahipal Deo 
Raja MAHIPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar fl. 1819, married and had issue.
Raja Bhopal Deo 
Lal Dalganjan Singh, Dewan of Bastar 1846/1863, married and had issue. He died 1863.
Lal Kalendra Singh, Dewan of Bastar 1882/-; deported to Illichpur for his part in the Bastar rebellion of 1910, where he died. He died 1916 at Illichpur.
Kunwar Chakar Singh
Raja BHOPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1830/1853, married and had issue, as well as further issue.
Kunwar Durjan Singh (by a secondary union), Dewan of Bastar -/1881, died February 1881
Raja BHAIRAM DEO, Raja of Bastar 1853/1891, born 21st May 1839, succeeded 27th August 1853, recognized as a Feudatory Chief by the British Government in 1865; he married (amongst others), Senior Rani Subra Kanwar, died October 1910 at Raipur, (a) Nawabai (concubine), and had issue, as well as illegitimate issue. He died 28th July 1891.
Raja Rudra Pratap Deo 
Maharanidhirani Padmalaya Devi, married Maharajadhiraj Nahar Deo of Kanker, and had issue.
Kunwar Bahadur Singh (by a secondary union)
Kunwar Arjun Singh (by a secondary union)

Raja RUDRA PRATAP DEO, Raja of Bastar 1891/1921, born 5th March 1885, succeeded 20th July 1891, installed in January 1908, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; married 1stly, Rani Kusumlata Devi, daughter of Raja Sir Basudeb Sudhal Deb of Bamra, she died 18th August 1911, married 2ndly, Rani Chandra Kumari, she died sp, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1921.
Yuvaraj (name unknown) (by Rani Kusumlata Devi), died at the age of ten months.
Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi (by Rani Kusumlata Devi) 
  Prince Rudrapratap Deo 

Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi, Rani of Bastar 1921/1936, born 10th February 1910, married 1927, Lal Sahib Prafulla Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj, born 23rd May 1909, Member of the Lok Sabha, died 5th March 1959, and had issue. She died 28th February 1936 in London.
Rajkumari Kamla Devi (by Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi), born 2nd February 1928, married in Bijwa U.P. She died 1st January 1954.

Pravir, King of Bastar (Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo 25 June 1929 - 25 March 1966) was the first Oriya ruler and 20th Maharaja of Bastar state who was killed in 1966 by then Congress government of Madhya Pradesh for championing the cause of his subjects. He fought for rights of the tribal people. He represented Jagdalpur Vidhan Sabha constituency of undivided Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly by winning General election of 1957.

He was the last Kakatiya ruler of Bastar. He was born in 25 June 1929 and was educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur. He succeeded to throne on 28 October 1936.

He was immensely popular among his people, as he took up the cause of the local tribal, and provided political leadership against exploitation of natural resources of the region, and corruption in land reforms, thus he was perceived a threat by the then ruling congress people. On 25 March 1966 he was killed in police firing at the steps of his own palace at Jagdalpur along with many of the royal court. Officially the death toll was twelve including the king and wounded were twenty; the police had fired sixty one rounds.

Maharaja VIJAY CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of Bastar 1966/1970, born 4th March 1934, married HH Maharani Hitendra Kumari, daughter of Thakore Saheb Surendrasinhji Karansinhji of Sayla, and had issue. He died 12th April 1970.
Maharaja Bharat Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
Maharajkumar Shri Devesh Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
Kumar Mohit Chandra Bhanj Deo
Kumari Juhika Devi Bhanj Deo
Maharajkumar Shri Harihar Chandra Bhanj Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1974); a practising lawyer in the capital Jagdalpur, married and had issue.
Kumar Suryaveer Chandra Bhanj Deo
Rani Saheba Puspa Devi, married Raja Rajendra Chandra Deb Birabara Harichandan Mahapatra, 25th Raja Saheb of Talcher, and has issue, two sons.

Maharaja BHARAT CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of Bastar 1970/1996, born 1954, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1972); married HH Maharani Krishna Kumari Devi (now Maharajmata Krishna Kumari Devi of Bastar), daughter of Kumar Shri Madhavsinhji Bhimsinhji of Tharad, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1996.
Maharaja Kamal Chandra Bhanj Deo
Rajkumari Gayatri Devi Bhanj Deo

Pinnamaneni Uday Bhaskar new APPSC Chairman

The Andhra Pradesh government has appointed Pinnamaneni Uday Bhaskar as Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The post has been lying vacant for quite some time now. Dr. Uday Bhaskar, professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Foreign Universities and Alumni Relations of the JNTU Kakinada, is also director of evaluation at the JNTU-K. 

A B.Tech graduate from the JNTU College of Engineering, Dr. Uday Bhaskar did his masters and doctoral degrees in environmental engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

He worked at the JNTU-K in various capacities including head of civil engineering, chief coordinator of several consultancy, modernisation and research projects. He published more than 20 research papers in the national and international journals and conferences.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pulipati Vaiyapuri Gopalaswamy (alias) VAIKO

Pulipati V. Gopalsamy also known as Vaiko, is a prominent politician in Tamil Nadu, in south India. V Gopalsamy was born into a Telugu speaking Kamma Naidu family in Kalingapatty near Sankarankovil, Madras Presidency (now Tamil Nadu) on 22 May 1944 to Pulipati Vaiyapuri and Ravilla Mariammal 

He is the founder and General Secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), a political party active mainly in the state of Tamil Nadu. He is known for his vocal support of Tamil people in Sri Lanka and LTTE.

He graduated with a Bachelor of arts degree in economics from St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai and masters from Presidency College, Chennai. He obtained his bachelor's degree in law from Madras Law College. He received Gold Medal in Economics and Best Speaker Award in St. Xavier’s College in 1964

Vaiko was a part of[Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (D.M.K)] and was formerly seen as the ideological protege of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi.Vaiko was detained for more than an year in 1976-77 during emergency and for 40 days on charges of organizing black flag demonstration against former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s visit to Tamil Nadu in Oct 1977.He has been arrested multiple times for peaceful demonstrations especially during the 1986-87 anti Hindi agitations.

He entered the Rajya Sabha in 1978 and has been member of the Upper House for three terms. He has also been elected to the Lok Sabha twice. In 1993, Vaiko started MDMK due to differences with Karunanidhi amid rumblings that Karunanidhi promoted his son M. K. Stalin to succeed him.

Vaiko was known as "Tiger Of Parliament" due to his vociferous speeches in Parliament.Vaiko protested against Kerala's demand for a new dam at Mullaperiyar and proposed building of dams in Pambar and Siruvani. Vaiko also supported national interlinking of rivers and Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project. Vaiko filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Madras High Court requesting closure of the copper smelting plant of Sterlite Industries in Tuticorin which did not follow the waste management procedures correctly and leading to the closure of the plant. Vaiko often goes on foot marches along with his party cadres to attract attention to issues.

Vaiko unequivocally supported LTTE and other organizations fighting for a separate Tamil country in Sri Lanka. He made a trip to Eelam at the height of the LTTE’s war with Sri Lankan Army. Vaiko was the first member of Parliament and chief of a registered political party in the country to be detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002. He was released after spending 18 months in prison.

In 2008, Criminal Investigation Department of Tamil Nadu police arrested Vaiko on charges of sedition. The charges stemmed from speeches Vaiko made at a party meeting on the Sri Lankan issue and the government's raids into LTTE-held areas on 21 October 2008. After 14 days in judicial custody, Vaiko was released.

He stated that India should retract its ban on the LTTE, claiming the ban was a shield to suppress freedom of expression and stifle the voice of the Opposition.

In 2005, Vaiko started the Marumalarchi Blood Donors' Club. Vaiko has launched many engagement programmes in rural areas with the participation of villagers. Vaiko has undergone a month-long padayatra in Tamil Nadu for the interlinking of inter state rivers in India. He arranged for giving vaccine for the 65Free Reprint Articles,000 kids of Sivakasi with three doses of shots to shield these people from Hepatitis and he used his private cash for the cause. He takes initiatives for the rehabilitation of the disabled children.

He married Renuka Devi on 14 June 1971. They have a son Durai Vaiyapuri and two daughters Rajalakshmi and Kannagi. Vaiko enjoys writing in his free time and has authored over 50 books apart from regular essays and columns in newspapers.

Vaiko's political career:
President-Kalingappatti Panchayat 1970
President- Land Development Bank, Kuruvikulam, 1971-75
Chairman- Kuruvikulam Panchayat Union.1970-76
President- District Central Co-Operative Bank. Tirunelveli 1972-73 
Propaganda Secretary- DMK Party for Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts,
Election Campaign Secretary of DMK from 1984 to 1993.
1978-96 Member of Parliament –Rajya Sabha
Founder of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra kalagam on 6th of May 1994.
1998-99-Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha-Sivakasi
1999-2004 Member of Parliament-Lok Sabha-Sivakasi.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

List of Indian National Badminton Champions - Kammas

   3 National champions in a family (Gopichand, PVV Lakshmi and Gayathri)
Men's singles: 
Pullela Gopichand (1996 to 2000)

Women's singles: 
P. V. V. Lakshmi (1994 and 1995)
Gadde Ruthvika Shivani (2014)

Women's Doubles:
P. V. V. Lakshmi (1995)
P. V. Sharada    

P. V. V. Lakshmi (1999)
along with Madhumita Bist 

Jwala Gutta (2000)
along with  Shruti Kurian   

Neelima Chowdary (2001)
along with  D. Swetha        

Jwala Gutta (2002 to 2008)
along with Shruti Kurian     

Jwala Gutta (2009 and 2013)
along with  Ashwini Ponnappa  

Mixed Doubles
Pullela Gopichand  (2003)
Jwala Gutta  
Jwala Gutta  (2005)
along with Valiyaveetil Diju  

Jwala Gutta  (2009)
along with Valiyaveetil Diju  

Xavier Naidoo to represent Germany in Stockholm

Song chosen in a live show by televoting on February 18th

Hamburg, Germany One of Germany's most successful artists has been internally chosen represent his country in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest: Xavier Naidoo. Some of the most renowned songwriters and producers have been asked to prepare songs for him, the six best out of which will be presented in a national final on February 18th. The entry which Xavier Naidoo will sing on stage in Stockholm will be picked by the German TV viewers.

With 20 years of stage experience, all of his albums going gold or platinum, and several TV awards, Xavier Naidoo is undoubtedly on of the biggest stars of the German music scene. In 2016, he will add another items to his long list of achievements: He will represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest.

"Unser Song für Xavier" on February 18th
The song Xavier Naidoo will sing on stage in Stockholm has not been chosen yet - this important task remains for the German TV viewers. On February 18th, he will present six songs in a live show on the public TV channel Das Erste.

Three music experts, including Germany's latest Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena, will give their opinions on the songs during the show, but in the end, televoting will solely decide on the winning entry.

The best German composers and producers have been asked to submit their songs, with no restrictions on the language of the lyrics - they can be in German but also in English, for example. The six songs for the national final will be picked by a jury consisting of music experts on December 15th, with the involvement of Xavier Naidoo. 

After December 16th, the songs will be presented to students of film and art academies in order to prepare staging concepts for the performances. These ideas, too, will be used in the live show.

About Xavier Naidoo
Xavier Naidoo has shaped German pop music for two decades. His albums sold millions in Germany, they topped the charts for weeks, and they all reached gold or platinum status. Their success extends to Austria and Switzerland. His song Dieser Weg was the official sound track for the German national team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and thus was one of the most played songs of that year.

But Xavier Naidoo is not only a very successful musician - he also won several TV prizes. Currently he is touring Germany with his band Die Söhne Mannheims, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the group. 

"Xavier Naidoo is an exceptional artist, who has been well-known in the German music business for more than 20 years. This is why we decided to directly select him. The fact that Xavier has agreed to represent Germany in Stockholm is, at the same time, an obligation for us to create the best possible conditions for his performance. For that reason we have changed the selection procedure this year: We ask Germany's best producers and composers to write for Xavier. And by cooperating with students of film and art academia, we want to encourage young and creative people to develop staging and performance concepts for the Eurovision Song Contest. The success of Lena, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw have shown that not only the personality of the singers and the power of the songs play a key role in the voting but also the staging of the acts. I am happy about Xavier's commitment and courage to take part in this and about his trust in us. I am looking forward to exciting months ahead of us", explains Thomas Schreiber, entertainment coordinator of the German public broadcaster ARD.