This post was going to be a very objective analysis but degenerated into a rant.
I was going to post about Telangana-related law and order problems in Hyderabad and how the students ofOsmania University are being taken advantage of by nasty, selfish politicians, but I wanted to wait to see what happens. And what happened? Madam agreed to the creation of a separate Telangana. Who is she, I ask? Who is she to dictate whether a state will be divvied up into 2 separate states, with the current capital city being left in the limbo about its future?
I think this is a bad move. Many MLAs and MPs resigned yesterday after this news broke, a lot of then belonging to the Congress. The fact that only a handful of local politicians actually are for this move speaks volumes about it. KCR is a drama queen. He started his ‘fast unto death’ but was caught chugging a glass of juice a few days after he started. We need a Vallabh Bhai Patel to handle idiotic politicians like him who want separation. Right now no one knows how the separation will take place. Most pro-Telangana leaders want Hyderabad to be the capital of Telangana, and a lot of the others want Hyderabad to be made a union territory. What do we(common man) think?
I don’t want to be called a Telanganaite the next time I go to India. Suddenly associating myself with a new state is not something I am looking forward to. But who is listening to me?
Most of Telangana region, with the exception of Hyderabad, is dry and poorly developed(remember the farmer suicides?). This is one of the reasons the TRS wanted a separate Telangana, because they think a separate state will garner more development funds. While it may be true in an ideal world, there are no guarantees to what level politicians can stoop. For all you know Telangana could remain the poor region that it is.
Also, what if Hyderabad is not a part of Telangana? Right now leaders from the Andhra region are in favor of making Hyderabad a Union Territory, and that will take away one developed, cosmopolitan region out of Telangana.
What about hundreds of thousands of people who have migrated from the Telangana region to the Andhra region and vice versa for better jobs/family etc? Will they be forced to move back? If not, then will the locals take up the cause and drive them out a la MNS in Maharashtra? Separation is only going to create xenophobia in people. Say hi to riots.
Are we going back in time to hundreds of Princely states? While I get the idea that smaller states are easier to manage, the real reason for separation of regions into states is very linguistic/cultural, which is not good.
After a mere 53 years of existence, Andhra Pradesh will cease to be a unified entity and be separated into Telanganaand Andhra, like it was before 1956. Seems like either the Andhra Pradesh experiment failed or our leaders failed to live up to it. I am most disappointed in the Congress. There is no other party I would vote for, but this one has let me down big time. WTH is wrong with Manmohan Singh? Why is the madam ruling the country like a dictator? Are we not a democracy? So what if KCR was on hunger strike? Whatever happened to diplomacy, to negotiating? Is this another ploy to garner votes? What if Gorkhaland wants a separate state(they have already started the fast unto death there)? What if Buldelkhand wants to separate? What if Rayalseema, Vidarbha want separation? What if?
Finally I want to really plead to political leaders to kindly leave students alone. Every small problem in AP/Hyderabad is a reason for idiotic politicians to fire up students of Osmania University and take that place over. THAT IS NOT FAIR. I spent 4 beautiful years of my life in OU and there is no other place like it. But every time there was some politicaltamasha(Valentine’s day, Dec 6th etc come to mind) in Hyderabad, the students were rounded up and asked to disrupt normal life in the city. That was when the place transformed from this beautiful place of education and fun into this monster that needs to be killed. I hated that. We all hated that.
PS: The next time we go to Tirupati we would be traveling across state lines? Shit.