‘Unquiet Flows the Krishna: The genesis of the Telangana issue and the possible solutions’.
This was a meeting in June 2011.
Telangana remains the most critical issue facing the state today. Kingshuk Nag has authored an important book ‘Battleground Telangana’ dealing with various aspects of the Telangana problem.
His insights into the genesis of the problems, and the possible solutions.
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Kingshuk Nag is a 24 X 7 journalist and has been that way for many years. This means (in his own words) that he lives – what can be called – the life of a dog with no Holi, Diwali and holidays. His cell phone could ring at midnight with a colleague informing him about some late news break. The cell phone can also buzz at dawn with some bigwig angrily reacting to a story that has appeared in the newspaper and which shows him in a not so flattering light.
For the record Nag is the Resident Editor of The Times of India at Hyderabad and has been in this position since July 2005. Earlier on he was the Resident Editor of TOI at Ahmedabad for five years May 2000- June 2005. Between January 1998 – April 2000, Nag spent his time functioning as the Business Editor (South) of TOI based out of Bangalore. He had moved to the (then) garden city from the rough and tumble of New Delhi where he has the Chief of Business Bureau of TOI between June 1993 and December 1997. For all those who came in late TOI is the largest selling English broadsheet in the world.
However Nag has not been a journalist all through his professional life. After passing out of the Delhi School Of Economics in 1980 where he read Economics for a post graduate degree, he started his working life (after a few odd jobs here and there) in Mumbai with The Tata Economic Consultancy Services. A couple of years later, after learning the ropes of market economics, he was back in Delhi, the city that he had grown up in. Nag worked for the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) for a few years and then became a full time journalist with the Business India magazine.
Though his tenure in Delhi coincided with the period of liberalization and that in Bangalore with the rise of the city to the status of Silicon Valley of India. The most happening period in Nag’s career was in Gujarat which witnessed a devastating earthquake in 2001 and unprecedented riots in 2002. The riots brought him in direct confrontation with the powers that be and he had to brave threats of various types (including threat of social boycott). It will not be an exaggeration to say that TOI‘s whistle blowing went a long way in ultimately stopping the riots. For his labours, Nag was also given the Prem Bhatia award for excellence in political reporting and analyses of the events of 2002 in Gujarat. The citation commended him for showing tenacity, courage and determination in bringing out the unvarnished truth in Gujarat and also setting a benchmark that made it easy for others to withstand official and non-official pressures.
Nag has recently written a book on Battleground Telangana that will be officially launched by the middle of June 2011, although it is available for purchase on online sites like Flipkart. This is his second book. The first book was also written during Nag’s present tenure in Hyderabad. The Double Life of Ramalinga Raju: The story of India’s largest corporate scam won critical acclaim and was a best seller. It explored why Raju did what he did and what motivated the IT czar to become a scamster.
Nag has varied interests including subjects as esoteric as astrology and ‘is man a robot which went out of control of the makers?’. He is presently thinking deep on the subject: “Has Economic Reforms without Political Reforms been a disaster for India?” In 2010, he was given the Rajiv Gandhi state level Sadhbhavana award by the Rajiv Gandhi Forum of Orissa.
His personal motto “ Courage is Destiny” has influenced him a lot and incidentally this was the motto of the school – Frank Anthony Public School – that he went to in Delhi. His wife Swati Sucharita is also a journalist. That makes the Nags, a household of hacks!