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.

Governing Council

Purendra Prasad
Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad

V. Rajagopal
Department of History, University of Hyderabad

M. Mohan Rao
AP Handloom Weavers Society

C. Ramachandraiah
Geography, Centre of Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad

Paruchuri Srinivas
Telugu Literary Expert, Germany

Sripad Motiram
Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Vamsi Vakulabharanam
Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Advisory Board

EAS Sarma
Retired from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

V. Ramakrishna
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)