The first battle for separation of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh erupted in 1969 under theleadership of Marri Chenna Reddy. However, he betrayed the people who trusted him andactively participated in the movement under his leadership. The Congress party suppressed the
movement by terrorising people on the one hand and manipulating the leaders of the Telanganamovement on the other. The movement disturbed the lives of hundreds of thousands of peopleone way or the other. It was a big blow to the generation of the times, which forgot all about themovement following its failure. People realised that politicians would take them for a ride and benefit from their movement for a separate state.Despite the country becoming independent in 1947, Telangana continues to be under the rule of outsiders in some form or other. The Nizams were ruling the region at the time of independence.The newly formed Indian government toppled the Nizam’s government by force and handed itover to Andhra Pradesh (AP), another new state carved out of the then Madras state. Thus,Telangana became a part of AP. A few conditions were laid down to ensure that AP treatedTelangana well, which were observed more in the breach by the Andhra leaders.The merger of Telangana with AP was a historical blunder committed by the then national-levelleaders. They might have misguided the national leadership by arguing that the people of boththe regions are one and the same since they speak Telugu.
(TRS) could garner support from various quarters, including the youth and the hi-tech,global generation of the day. Sensing the seriousness of the issue, the Congress party struck analliance with TRS in the 2004 elections and captured power both at the state and the centre.Once again, the Congress betrayed the people of Telangana. It is the Congress Party that has been betraying the people of Telangana right from the day Telangana merged with AP in the1950s and this time the betrayal has been more blatant. The Congress President Sonia Gandhiand even the then Chief Ministerial candidate YS Rajashekhar Reddy wore the pink flag duringthe 2004 election campaign, conveying they were all for Telangana’s statehood and would