GIS IN MAPPINGPOLITICAL SPACES OF TELANGANA Prof Kalpana Markandey Prof S Simhadri K S Prasad
INTRODUCTIONThe subterranean tensions in the politicallandscape of Telangana have surfacedduring 2001 panchayat elections and left amark of its own. The hitherto politicalarrangement received a jolt with theemergence of TRS as it was articulating thepeople’s problems from the point of view ofregional resources, cultures andbackwardisation.
• As the entire planning and development based onglobalization is thrust on the native societies by externalforces, the indigenous realities did not find place in the visiondocuments of the rulers. The tensions embedded in thepolitical landscape have aggravated further and given rise tovarious articulations.• The regional articulation of Telangana is one besidesenvironment, gender, class and caste mobilizations. Theemphasis on Information Technology as part ofGlobalization has given rise to the development ofGeographical Information System(GIS) in India since late1980s.
• GIS applications have far reachingimplications in the field of planning thepresent study seeks to focus on the politicallandscape of Telangana. The Panchayatelection results-ZPTC of 2001 have beenanalysed with the help of GIS and mapped atthe mandal level.
•Telangana encompasses an area of114812.5sq.km.Administratively the regionsis divided in to 10 districts and about 448mandals.•Telangana’s political space is covered byCongress, TDP, TRS, CPI, CPM, BJP,MIM ETC. The political mozaicing is onthe upswing after BJP pushing Congress into coalition politics.
OVERVIEW1. TELANGANA AS A WHOLE A. Physical Maps B. ZPTC Spatial Analysis2. Case-Study- Nalgonda District 1. Elected Party Positions 2. Defeated Party Positions 3. Coalition Expected 4. % of Votes Secured by Individual Parties 5. Strong,Weak and Very Weak Mandals w.r.t. Political Party