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Telangana Questions and Answers

Telangana Questions and Answers

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Telangana Questions andAnswers
From: Telangana Rashtram - Dr. Jayashanker
1. Why are we hearing separate Telangana slogan again?
 The demand for a separate state of Telangana isn't new. Telanganites have veryclearly expressed their opposition a decade before Andhra Pradesh was formed. Theyreasoned that in a united Andhra Pradesh they will not get justice. Even after fivedecades, this demand is continuing. The reason for this is the experience of past 48years that justice will not be done to Telangana and belief that it will continue to bedenied to Telanganites in united AP.
2. Isn't Telangana slogan the creation of unemployed politicians?
Telangana demand is a peoples' movement born out of their problems. Are all thepeople robbed unabatedly, continuously for the 48-years and raising their voiceagain , unemployed political leaders? Who are the unemployed political Leaders? Arethey the farmers that have been suffering for lack of drinking water, irrigationswater, and cuts in electric supply? Are they the workers who lost their livelihood dueto lack of new industries, and closure of existing industries? Are they theunemployed youth whose job opportunities are hijacked by outsiders? Are they theinnumerable people who have been labelled and suppressed as terrorists becausethey raised their voice for Telangana? When people are subject to robbery andinjustice and take to the streets, it is natural for leaders to enter the fray. Justbecause out of power politicians support Telangana statehood, does it stop beingpeoples' movement? In any movement, politicians in and out of power join in. Someeven deceive and attempt to side line the movement, but they can't stop themovement. Movements continue until justice is served to the people. The educatedthat are the pillars of this movement aren't unemployed. They aren't even afteremployment for themselves.
3. Why didn't the Chief Ministers that came from Telangana area work todevelop Telangana?
It is true that PV Narasimha Rao, Marri Chenna Reddy (twice), T. Anjiah fromTelangana were Chief Ministers of AP. Altogether they were in power for 6-years infour terms. It is also true they haven't made any noticeable development of Telangana. Jalagam Vengal Rao was a settler. He never assimilated himself inTelangana. He is credited with the disservice to Telangana by extending NagarjunSagar left canal. Then what about, Rayala Seema? There were stalwarts from Rayalaseems that were in power for twenty years. (N. Sanjeeva Reddy-2terms,Damodaram Sanjeeviah, K. Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy-2 terms, CB Naidu-2 terms).Why is Rayalaseema backward? Fact is they slaved for the Coastal Andhra wealthand the privileged few of these wealthy that control the politics of the state. Fazal Alicommission recognized the consequences of mixing a developed area with abackward area and recommended that Telangana be kept as a separate state. If thiscountry's politicians had the wherewithal to listen to the wise men, we wouldn't be inthis situation!
4. Isn't it detrimental to Indian national unity if small states arecontinuously created?
Out of the 35 states currently in India (28 states and 7 central possessions), 70%are smaller than Telangana. Telangana's population is 30 million plus. There are 25states that are smaller than Telangana. If these twenty-five don't cause nationalunity issues, why would creation of a larger state be any dangerous?
5. What would you do if the backward districts in Telangana want aseparate state of their own after formation of Telangana state?
Backwardness of Telangana is a major reason for the Telangana state demand butnot the sole reason. All ten Telangana districts have same historical background,geographic closeness, cultural commonality, language unity, and mutualunderstanding among the people. These factors are all foundation for unity of thought. Never did the people of Telangana districts express a desire or sentiment tobe separate from the rest of the districts directly or indirectly. There isn't anopportunity for such either. In our country there are some other backward districts invarious states. Are they all demanding a separate statehood? It is meaningless andbaseless argument.
6. Why do people with one language need two states?
If one language, one state is the norm, why do we have 9-Hindhi speaking states?Next to Hindi, Telugu is the most spoken language in India. What is wrong withhaving two states that speak Telugu? Some people claim that Telangana Telugu isn'tthe proper Telugu. Some others say it isn't even Telugu. Why should these peoplethat make fun of Telangana language and ridicule its culture should be objecting if Telangana is separate state?
7. Isn't a separate state, a nation dividing, people separating and demand?
If the desire of a people of a region to have their own state is a divisive act, then allstates formation is a divisive act. In fact language based state formation itself is adivisive act. Same reasons that Potti Sriramulu the architect for separation of Andhrafrom Madras state, presented are the reasons Telanganites want their own state. Thesame argument used by the Andhras in the past is used by Telanganites now. If itwas not an objectionable demand then how could it be objectionable now?
8. How long should states division continue?
States re-organization is a continuing activity in India. Even before Fazal Alicommission this process has started, Example: Formation of Andhra, split fromMadras. It has been continuing ever since, Ex: Eastern states division, Maharastra,Gujrath, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jarkhand, Uttaranchal, Chattisghad.Why should there be any objections for Telangana formation when there were nosuch objections for these states formation?
9. There are other backward areas in the state. Why should only Telanganapeople have a separate state of their own?
Just as Telangana, Rayalaseema and north Andhra have been discriminated. True.But, additionally Telangana has been systemically robbed. Diversion of this regionsnatural resources, water, underground resources and their income to other areas,the robbing of jobs from the region's people, Colonization aren't directed at otherareas. Additionally the Telanganites have been subject to ridicule with respect to thelanguage and the politicians have been looked down upon to the extent they lost
their own self image. To preserve their self respect and to protect their region'snatural resources, people of Telangana want their own state.
10. Aren't Naxalites the cause of Telangana's backwardness?
Only people that don't understand or like to conveniently ignore historical facts wouldask such questions. Naxals aren't the cause of Telangana backwardness. They are aneffect of Telangana backwardness. Naxals came up in Telangana due to this regionhas been subject to continues neglect and systematic theft of its resources.
11. Instead of asking for a separate state, why can't you fight fordevelopment within the frame work of united AP?
The promises of Telangana development have been made for the past 48 years inunited AP. Before and after the formation of AP, Which promises were kept? Whichagreements were respected? Which projects were implemented? Which principleswere they bound to? From the first day of AP formation, till to-day, agreements arebeing broken. What were the united AP wishers do? Did they even express anyconcerns? How long should the Telangana people bear this and put up with thisinjustice?
12. Isn't separate Telangana state an anti-Andhra people's movement?
Emphatically, no. Telangana people don't bear any animosity against the coastalAndhra or Rayalaseema people or the ordinary migrants from those areas toTelangana. Telangana people's anger is with: The rulers that are raping Telanganaresources. With their supporters in Andhra and also from Telangana. Those thatcame to Telangana and think they are the rulers of Telangana. Those that control thestate Government with their financial strength and rob Telangana. Those thatridicule, Telangana language, culture and their mannerisms. All those that become apart of Telangana and share in the happiness and sorrow of Telangana with thelocals are welcomed and, respected and loved.
13. What is there to be gained by the SC, ST and weaker sections inseparate Telangana?
What did these groups gain in united AP in 48 years? Apart from Sanjeeviah beingCM for few months, when did any of these classes have any power? What is thestatus of these peoples leadership? What is the attitude of current Congress, BJP,both the communist parties, TDP? Not only the weaker sections, even the forwardclasses of Telangana, do they have any opportunity to exert any real power? Forthese classes to gain power they have to become active. For the past few yearsthese people are rising, becoming active. No matter how active they become, in theunited AP, not only these but other classes of people will also not progress. At leastthe forward class in Telangana have come to realization that it is unavoidable in thesociety for all people to a rightful share in the political power. Because of this there isopportunity in Separate Telangana for true democracy represented by all people, toprevail.
14. Andhras have built Hyderabad. Is it fair to ask them to leave it now?
Hyderabad was a beautiful city built by Nizam on the sweat of Telangana villagers.One of the reasons Andhras eyed Telangana was Hyderabad- a readymade beautifulCapitol city. It was fifth largest city before AP was formed and it still is fifth largestcity. If Andhras contributed to Hyderabad, it was not out of love for Telangana butwas for the convenience of the rich Andhras that have made Hyderabad their home.Hyderabad is still growing but not from Andhras coming to settle but from the middle

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