The institute will focus on the history and political economy of the
Andhra Pradesh state by locating itself in the larger context of the
Indian and global configurations. It aims to bring together research
topics and themes in the broad areas of urbanisation, rural
transformation, migration, class relations, caste and gender dynamics,
sub-regional dynamics, education and ecology.
The aim of the institute is to promote interdisciplinary interactions among scholars with a special emphasis on historical and political economy based social science inquiry. We want to promote knowledge produced through multiple methodologies: evidence from secondary sources, primary research based on the field or the archive, and theory building.
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.
Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad
Department of History, University of Hyderabad
M. Mohan Rao
AP Handloom Weavers Society
Geography, Centre of Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad
Telugu Literary Expert, Germany
Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Retired from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
Professor (retired) of History, University of Hyderabad
C. Rammanohar Reddy
Former Chief Editor, Economic and Political Weekly
Velcheru Narayana Rao
Professor (retired) University of Wisconsin Madison and Visiting Professor, Emory University, (USA)