Monday, October 25, 2010

Telangana MeetUP

Telangana MeetUp

7838 Malton Ln,Worthington,OH

Oct 30,6:00 pm,Year 2010

1.Get to know your telangana friends in columbus.
2.Disucss Happenings in Telanagana.
3.Draw an action plan to help on going Telangana movement.

This Meetup would really help you if you would like to build contacts and make friends who share the common belief "Telangana State".

Jai Telangana.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chiranjeevi meeting with SriKrishna committee

Here is how the conversation goes

why do you need united ap?
sabanu alankarinchina peddalaku namaskaram,gouvaraneeyualaina sri krishna gariki na padabivandanalu,nati ramba laga unna ravinder kaur gariki na pratyeka namaskaralu,na fans ki chala chala kruthagnathalau,jai bolo bharat mata ki jai

Srikrishna:you still havent answered me?
what?,i thought i did,anyway if you give telangana then ”box baddalaiddi,raffadistha and also me intlo unna mokkalanni pikestha”

Srikrishna::whatever,why did you support telangana in elections?
that was not me,my double action,i guess you havent seen my movies..

Srikrishna::tell us one good reason for united ap?
can i call my brother in law,
he calls aravind and get back to him saying since there is saying i told in movies “kalisi unte kaladu sukam,no matter what”,so unity is good,please dont ask me more about this,naaku shooting time ayyindhi.

Srikrishna::what do you think telangana people want?
there is no desire for telangana in telangana,i stay in banjara hills,which is heartland of telangana,there nobody talks about telangana.
(chiru thinks he gave tremendous answer to committe and drinks one thumsup now)

unable to see chiru's overaction,srkrishna asks him about "egg incident" in telangana.
that was just a feat like i did in movies,i was hungry,i wanted my fan to throw egg from down in public so that i can catch it with my mouth and eat it,but it just missed and hit my head,next time when i tour telangana i will try the same trick,but this time with chappals.
(now srikrishna applies navrathan tailam bought by chiru for headaches).

kcr is effective speaker,but chiru you are a great actor.
(chiru confirmed with members,srikrishna meant that he is a legend by good actor, and mohanbabu is just a celebrity,he is so happy and tought his meeting was so successful and also asks srikrishna not to open his report but put it in time capsule)

naaku ee avakasham ichina peddalandariki,na fanski vela vela dandalu,ee speech rasichina paruchuri ki namasumanjali,finally he forgets where he is and says malli ee cinema 100days functionki vastha.

Monday, April 19, 2010

దేని కోసం ?

నీటి కోసం నా రైతన్నల కన్నీటి కోసం
భాష కోసం నా తెలంగాణా యాస కోసం
నా అవ్వ కోసం బుక్కేడ్ అంత బువ్వ కోసం
పరువు కోసం నా బతుకు తెరువు కోసం
ఉద్యోగాలకోసం,నా ఆత్మ గౌరవ బావేద్వోగాల కోసం
ఎండిన పొలాల కోసం,అంది అందని కరెంటు కోసం
మాడిన కడుపు కోసం , మండిన గుండె కోసం
గుల్ఫ్ వలసల కోసం,ఫ్లోరిన్ బాధితుల కోసం
సిరిసిల్ల చేనేత చావుల కోసం,సిరిఘల్ల సింగరేణి గోస ల కోసం
బట్ట కోసం కబ్జావుతున్ననా భూమి పట్టా కోసం
ఆలనా కోసం,స్వయం పరిపాలన కోసం
కవుల కోసం,కళాకారుల కోసం,అమరవీరుల కోసం
కనుమరుగుఅవుతున్న నా జాతి సంస్కృతి కోసం
మరి దేని కోసం,ఇంకా ఎందుకోసం నీ సమైక్యాంధ్ర మోసం
చెయ్యకు తెలుగుతల్లి పేరుతో నా తెలంగాణాను పరిహాసం

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

why telangana by

India – Independence Fight
India has been under British rule for about 300 yearsIndia fought for 90 years to achieve IndependenceSelf-respect, self-rule, slavery, and exploitation by the British were reasons for the fight.India got independence in 1947.

Telangana – Statehood fight
Telangana is under the rule of Andhra Rulers for the last 54 years.Telangana is fighting for independence for the last 41 yearsTelangana people are fighting for the same reasons. Self respect, self-rule and against their exploitation by the Andhra RulersTelangana lost its freedom in 1956.. When will Telangana become Independent…????
Telangana Statehood… Why..?

Every Telanganite wants to see Telangana as a separate state for the following reasons.


Telanganites have been deceived at every level
Every political party and political leader both in the Telangana and Non- Telangana regions supported the statehood for Telangana and took a complete U-turn just when it was about to happen.
2009 Election Manifestos of all major political parties(Congress-I, Telugu Desam, Bharatiya Janata Party, Praja Rajyam, and Telangana Rashtriya Samithi) demanded separate statehood for Telangana.
All Parties in 2004 and 2009 Elections – Confused the people of Telangana by the magic of their words. For instance, they intentionally said they were not against Telangana which was understood by many that they were Pro Telangana
After the December 9th statement, excepting BJP and TRS, no other party stood on their words.
Promise at the time of merger that a Telanganite would be either Chief Minister or a Deputy Chief minister was never kept.
Neither the breaucrats nor the politicians were ever interested in executing the 610 GO and the Six Point formula formed for the benefit of Telangana.
Most of the irrigation projects for Telangana were limited to the stone laying ceremonies and never executed.
Water share – a) Sagar Canals b) Pothi Reddy Paadu c) Categorizing Irrigation through tanks as Minor irrigation and neglecting Minor irrigation subsequently
Deceiving Telangana after 1969 agitation and subsequent Election mandates.
Pranab Committee which met only once in 7 Years and Roshaiah committee which did not start work at all.
False or Misleading statistics projected. For example, projecting Telangana districts as more developed than Coastal districts such as W.Godavari and E.Godavari. Another example is Showing the development of settled Seemandhra people as development of Telangana.
Statistics of development of Telangana and Seema Andhra are compared in the percentages rather than actual numbers. (for example Ranga Reddy District has one degree college, if they build one more degree college it is 100% growth)
Denial of fair-share in the high offices of legislature to the M.L.As and M.L.Cs from Telangana who make 119 out of 294 in the Assembly and 40 out of 90 in the Council.
Telanganites were always ignored in terms of key minister portfolios. Even if given, they were never allowed to take any decisions in favor of Telangana. The current Irrigation and Home ministers can be cited as an example.
Key posts allocation at the Secretariat. Statistical data says, 90% of the people working in Secretariat are from Non-Telangana regions.
Since the Key Posts in Secretariat are occupied by people from Non-Telangana Region, though plans were made in favor of Telangana, they neither got approved nor the funds were released.
SEZ Allocations have shown allocation of land to non-Telanganites notably non-Telangana politicians.
Unethical employment into key jobs across all Government Sectors by Seemandhrites.
Till date, there has not been a single Advocate General from the Telanaga region.
Singareni Colleries was setup by Nizam Government for the people of Telangana, now all the administrative jobs are held by Seemandhra People.
The pharma industries setup around Hyderabad by the Seemandhra people mostly employ non-Telanganites.
The biggest rivers, Godavari and Krishna flow for more than 75% in the region of telangana and water share for Telangana does not cross more than 20%.
There is no project on Godavari for 400 km between Sri Ram Sagar and Dhavaleshwaram.
The biggest irrigation project in Telangana region Sri Ram Sagar has not been completed even after 40 years of its inception.
Funds for the irrigation projects in Seemandhra get released but, the same would not happen for the Telangana Projects.
Telangana Projects are projected for Central Funds with unrealistic numbers and would never get approved and the Seemandhra projects are worked out with the state budget with the approval authority being local Politicians again dominated by non-Telangana region.
The policy makers are from the Seemandhra Region, they get policies worked out in the benefit of the Seemandhra region.
Most backward district in AP is Mahabubnagar. It was granted 4% white ration cards. Most developed district in AP is West Godavari. It was given 7% white ration cards.
AP dairy buys milk from farmers of the Andhra at Rs 24.30 per unit and from the farmers from Telangana region at Rs 22.30.
Government buys sugar cane from farmers of Andhra region at – Rs 1200(per quintal) and the same is bought from farmers of Telangana region at Rs 890(per quintal).
93% of the AP Housing board houses were allocated to non Telangana people in the capital city of Hyderabad.
Irrigation Projects :
SLBC(SriRam Sagar Left Bank Canal) (30 TMC) was not taken up
SLBC beyond Musi river (20 TMC) not taken up
RDS extension (10 TMC) not taken up
LIS to high level areas in Mahabubnagar not taken up
Bheema LIS 20 TMC under construction for many years
Pranahita project, there is no staff, no sufficient funding, don’t even have proper office
Telugu Ganga project (29 TMC) completed
SRBC (19 TMC) completed
KC canal extension completed (10 TMC)
Upland areas Brahmamgari matham reservoir (10 TMC) completed
SRBC beyond Gorakallu (20TMC) under construction
Puchintala evaporation losses (5 TMC) under construction
Veligonda not recommended project (40 TMC) almost completed
Handrineeva sujala sarvanthi not recommended (38 TMC) almost completed
Galerunagari sujala sravanthi not recommended (38 TMC) is under construction
PothireddyPadu initially was a drinking water project for chennai later converted to Irrigation Project taking water from Srisailam Reservoir.
PSU’s established by Nizams were closed down.
Nizam Sagar dam, built in 1931, used to cater to 2.75 L acres of land during the pre independence era. After building the Singur dam which was opposed by the telangana people the Nizam Sagar dam is now almost dry. World bank sanction of 30 crores for this project was never spent.
Nizam sugar Factory was one of the biggest sugar factory in Asia under the Nizam rule. This was declared as a sick unit and sold off to Seemandhra investor at a throw away price. The sale motive was to acquire the enormus assets of Nizam Sugar Factory.
Azam Jahi Mills used to give employment to 15000 people. The government did not show any interest in running this industry and once again declared it as a sick unit and sold off to the investors who later turned it into a real estate asset.
Similar stories repeated with DBR Mills, Allwyn, Anthargami Spinning Mills, Sirpur Silk factory
Pharamceutical companies setup around the city of Hyderabad by the Seemandhra people have destroyed the environment of Hyderabad.
Metro Rail project is being designed dilapidating 5000 shops, 2500 houses, 147 schools, 120 hospitals, 60 Temples/Masjid/Churches. Historical monuments will disappear. All shops and complexes throughout Metro rail route are with Seemandhra thugs.
RDS (Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme) was built in Mahaboobnagar to provide water to 85000 hectares of land in the district. The leaders of Rayalaseema blasted the gates of RDS to divert the water to KC (Kurnool-Kadapa) canal and now, the remaining water if any, is supplied to the lands in Mahaboobnagar.
Political Domination
In the legislative house of 294 MLA’s 175 are represented by Non-Telangana and 119 from Telangana, It was 107 for telangana and 187 for non-Telangana before the elections of 2009.
Since the formation of Andhra Pradesh only 6.5 years period had a chief minister from Telangana Region which is shared in 4 terms none of them lasted for more than 2.5 years
The major regional parties TDP and PRP have their leadership from the Non-Telangana Region.
The National parties BJP and Cong also have major leadership from the Non-Telangana Region.
None of the political parties/leaders of both Telangana and Non-Telangana have opposed the formation of Telangana before Dec 9th 2009.
Most of the Print Media and Television Media is owned by the Non-Telangana regions
The content printed and telecasted is all biased.
The current strength of Telangana staff in secretariat is around 7%, most of the bureaucratic decisions are influenced by 93% of the Non-Telangana Region.
Most of the department heads are from the Non-Telangana region, projects towards the Telangana Region would not get approved or Finance is not released.
Implementation of GO 610 and Six Point Rule formula is delayed by the bureaucrats.
Promotions in a department are supposed to based on Rule of reservation and Six Point Formula. Most of the departments do not follow this.
Most of the Private Education institutions have been from the Non-Telangana Region, this has made it perfect for them to change the rules as per their wishes. For example.. EAMCET exam includes Board Exam marks which was not a process earlier.
Higher representation of Govt Schools/Colleges and Degree Colleges in the Non Telangana region. Higher investments in the Non-Telanaga Regions.
65% of the industries owned in Telanagana are owned by Non-Telanganites, 12% are owned by Telangnites Rest of them are owned by others.
Getting Permissions to invest in an industry are influenced by the Political and Bureaucratic domination.
Telanganites were refused for jobs in the industries setup by Non-Telanganites in the region of Telangana. Non-Telangana Regions they were not even entertained to apply for the jobs.
Film, Real Estate, Production, Manufacturing and Pharmacy industries are dominated by the Non-Telanganites and all the ancillary industries business are refused for the Telanganites.
There has been huge influence in these industries.
Culture of Telangana has been defamed by the Non-Telangana people.
Language of Telangana has been degraded in the movies produced by the Non-Telangana People
Telanganites were looked as Second graded citizens by the Non-Telangana people in the region of Telangana
Gentleman Agreement
Mulki Rules suggest the telangana jobs to be given to the people who have resided for 12 years in Telangana, This rule has been deviated and Non-telanganites secured 28,000 jobs in Telangana by getting bogus Mulki Certificates.
Between 1975 to 1985 again 58,000 by violating presidential order. 610 GO was released to rectify this but was not implemented till date after 25 years since the secretarial heads are all from the Non-Telangana Region
Mulki Rules was changed by the Legislative house dominated by Non-Telanagana and set it to mere 4 years of stay in Telangana Region.
The First point of Gentleman rule was to have a Deputy Chief Minister from Telangana Region in the last 54 years of Andhra Pradesh it never happened.
GO 610
Between 1975 to 1985 again 58,000 by violating presidential order.
610 GO was released to rectify this but was not executed till date after 25 years since the secretarial heads are all from the Non-Telangana Region
Six Point Formula
As per Six point formula the promotions should also be given within the Zone. This was not followed and promotions were given by seniority restricting the telangana job holders not to grow in the position.
As per Labour Laws Non-Technical jobs would need to be given to the local people, These rule has been deviated by all of the Pharmaceutical companies.
SEZ Lands
SEZ Lands have been allocated to the Non-Telanagana politicians.
Rules were deviated such they could get to use part of the land for their business use or development of Real Estate.
The investors promised to provide employment based on the original allotment, used the Real Estate land and never provided the employment.
Deprived of Self Rule
Deprived of Water
Deprived of Power
Deprived of say in policy making
Deprived of rightful life
Deprived of nutritious food
Deprived of colorful childhood
Deprived of joyful youth

Friday, April 9, 2010

Would there be an AndhraState in 1953 had Madrasis forced in the name of SamaikyaMadras(Madras state) ?.


Madras state existed prior to 1953,current seemandhra region of AP,tamilnadu and some regions of karnataka and kerala were part of it.

Andhra separated from Madras state seeking a state for telugu speaking people providing reasons like self respect,discrimination and selfrule to all telugus(andhrites) during that separate state campaign,potti sriramulu fought for andhra state by fasting for more than 50 days,like kcr did for telangana(11 days).

What if had there been a movement demanding for united dravidian state, forcing andhrites to stay united in madras state prior to 1953?

what if had they demanded a single state for all the dravidians that is all south indians,arguing govt can save money on multiple chief ministers and several other portfolios,there by govt spending could be saved on these politicians in a big way.

What if had they argued some selfish,unemployed politicians,even people like potti sriramulu started separatist movements to make sure that their family enjoys the power in new states.

what if had they came up with estimated statistics of like irrigation,education and

percaptia income in the combined state of samaikyamadras like loksatta JPN bought some misleading statistics of telangana(attributing natural growth interms of % increase),and also advising people instead of having states lets have district governments giving power to districts(JP's idea of saying no to telangana).

What if had they argued that dividing states by language would lead to more than 200 new states(since we have more than 200 languages spoken by 1 million or more people) in india,which would be a threat to national integration,and chances of increase in number of terrorits or naxalites would be very high.

like currently few ignorant seemandhrites arguing dividing states by whatever reason telanganites attribute(selfrespect,selfrule,culture and development) will lead to 100 new states,which would be a threat to national integration,and chances of increase in number of terrorits or naxalites would be very high.

Would there be a teluguthalli,had madrasis forced seemadhrites in the name of dravidathalli to stay united?

Many telanganites are believing madrasis should have done something like what few seemandhrites are doing now in the name of samaikyandhra.Atleast then seemandhra samaikyavadis would understand the pain and agony of T's when few seemandhrites argue illogically about the telangana in the name of samaikyandhra(a violent way of forcing people to stay united,like hitler forcing other european countries during ww2).


When i say few seemandhrites,i mean only and only those who are opposing telangana with baseless arguments,many seemandhrites are not opposing since they know having a state for them would be an advantage for them interms of infrastructure devlopment and ease of governence,i just wanted to convey a simple message to readers,we can have any number of states as long as those states are economically sustainable and people of that state desire,telangana is very much economically sustainable and people of telangana strongly wish for it,in such case one should not put invalid sentiments,like one language one state,one religion one state,one caste on state, etc..smaller states often provide better governence.

My Poetic Emotions & Telangana Freedom Struggle.

I have written the following in pain and agony over the hypocrism prevailing in AndhraPradesh.
I have the same respect to all the telugus in telangana and seemandhra,what i would like to see the justice for all of them and a great administration by government.

1.Name of the Poem::Dravida thalli gosha!
Dravida thalli(mother of telugu,tamil,malayalam,kannada) gosha to samaikyandhra hypocrites!
(Inspired over the hypocrism of samaikyavadis prevailing in AndhraPradesh)

"Thallini nenu thallini,ne thalli teluguthalli thallini dravidathallini..
dravida thalli ni mukkalu chesinappudu leni badha,telugu thalli yadala vachenela..
potti sriramulu devudaye,chandrashekarudu dayyamaye kalame kalikalamaye
telugu ani velugu ani chilakapalukulu paliki vidipoyavu,dooramayyavu,danavanthudivayyavu
neeku malle inkokadu chesthe chi karam koduthunnavu,verpatuvadham antunnavu.
telangana rastram vadduantunnavu,aithe vanda rastralu avuthayi ani cheputhunnavu
pratheyka andhra rastram erpaddapudu enni vandala rastralu erpaddayi,o matalamayavi
samaikyavadam antunnavu,telangana variche balvanthapu kapuram cheyistha antunnavu
edhe balavantham aanadu ninnu chesunte,neevekkada ne rastram ekkada ne pokada ekkada,alochinchu ra o amayakuda!"

2.Manchi valasavadi

(Inspired by many people,including me who go to several places for their
livelihood and live like brothers with the localites,like

"brathaka vachi,sthanikulatho snehabavam tho medhelevada neeku joharlu.
oru vadili,illu vadili valasaochina ooruni ne sontha ooru anukune neeku vandanalu.
sthanikula manobavalani arthamchesukoni,sahajeevanam chesevada neeku abinandhanalu.
deshaniki kavali ne lanti pourudu,ne prantheya samarasyaniki jhejelu."

3.Chedu valasavadi

(Inspired by selfish unfaithful settlers like lagadapati,chiranjeevi who came to telangana for livelihood,earned crores and crores money from telangana,but acting against telanganite wishes)

"brathavachi,sthanikanga bathukuthunna varini banisalu ga chese o valasavadi..
brathuke dina dina gandanga bathukunna vadi potta kotte unmadhi.
amayakulainavari bhoomedha kalu pettaku,kabja cheyyaku,dani pai medalu kattaku.
vari manobavalani kincheparichevidanga pravarthinchaku
durmargapu panullo palupanchaku,thinniti vasalu lekkapettinchaku.
valasa vellina prantha prajalaku vethirekanga pothe,valasa vellivelli alisi pothavu"

4.Na telangana naaku kavaali

(Inspired by the way movies and media treat telangana culture and the way some of my freinds
treated my culture in college days due to ignorance)

"na bhashanu avamanichi,yasanu vekkirinchi,sanskruthini kinchaparichi
samaikyamanutela,samaikya peru tho balavantham cheyyatamela.
a roju gouvravinchavu na kavulani,kalakarulani,ee roju kalisiundamantunnavu.
ne apahelanaku kshakshanam thala vanchi thalldillanu,thanladaanu.
nuvvu maruthavemoani thapthreyapaddanu,korukunnanu kalayapana chesanu.
eka barincha lenu nenu ne guptaadipatyam,champukolenu na athmabimaanam.
naaku kavaali na telangana rastram,dakkali naaku na sanskrutiki athmagouravam."

5.Vidyarthula balidanam
(Inspired and moved by suicides by innocent telanganastudents because of political impotence and incompetence of telangana leaders to resign for telangana)

"bathikiundali nuvvu ne telanganani kallarachoodadaniki
jeevinchaali nuvvu ne telangana rastram vachindhi ani garvanga cheppukovadaniki
ne balidanam ne satruvu yokka vijaya sopanam
ne kadupumadithene ne thalli thalladilluthundhi
alanti thalliki dooramaithe,ah thalli em avvali.
nuvvu puttagane na koduku ani garvanga cheppukunna ne thandri em avvali.
annani chusthene sambaram tho egire ne chelli
repu anna ledu ani telisthe a chitti chelli em avvali.
komurambheemanna,gandhilu athmahatyalu chesukonte manaku swathanthram vachedha.
poradu thudhiswasha varaku poradu,poradithe poyedhemunnadhi banisa sankellu thappa.
athmahatya pirikithananiki pratheeka,ne thallithandrulaku thandlata"

6.Telangana prajapradhinidhulara(congress & tdp leaders)
(Irritated by the political impotence of these leaders to resign and fight for telangana)

yennikallapuddu memistham telanagana,memthestam telangana
gurthundha edhi me gaanabhajaana
seatloche,votloche,padavuloche me tarataralaku saripoye paisaloche
kani me nota telangana mata a putaina rakapaye
meeru telangana thekapaye
metelangana theche pokada chusi
janam visigi pattindru udyamabata,padindru telangana pata
udyamathakidiki rajinama chesthantiri
vachedaka oore ranantiri,racharacha jestiri
adistanam vaddani,sankshobam chedhu ani,sallabadithiri
adigina me thammulla meeru jailla pedithiri
meeruendhuku,me padavulendhuku adukka thinethandhuku
me thalli siggupadendhuku
telangana rastram kavalani,ravalani
athmgouvravam dakkalani,dosedu nellu thagalani
pranalu vadili amaraveerulaina yuvakulu
vari arupulu,kekalu,ashalu,chavulu
meeku avvi rajakeeya rangulu,hangulu
adistanam atalu,patalu,sayyataluthu
sigguledhu meeku,me bathukulaku
pettinru mana athmagouvravanni valasavadula kalla kinda
tavvuthunnaru meere me sanskruthiki bondha
cheppakene cheputunnaru meeru kevelam valla kukkalani
padivi veedi,baliavuthunna pranalu choodu
alisipoyindru prajalu mimmula matalani
meru neechathi neechamaina krura mrugalani
baliavuthunna prathi telangana bidda sakshiga
meeru telangana thekapothe,memu oorukomu uttiga.

7.Deni kosam,ne samaikyavada parihasam?

neeti kosam na raithannla kanneeti kosam

bhasha kosam na telangana yaasa kosam

batta kosam kabjavthuna na bhoomi patta kosam

na avva kosam bukkedentha buvva kosam

paruvu kosam bathuku theruvu kosam

udyogalakosam,na athmagouvrava bavedwagala kosam

malonchi vache ma raju kosam rajyaadikaram kosam

mari deni kosam me samaikyandhra vesham

teluguthalli perutho ne parihasam oka mosam.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Telangana stalemate from

The newly created smaller States, namely, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, have achieved much higher growth rates in their GSDP than the targets set for the Tenth Five Year Plan, whereas the growth rates achieved by their parent states, namely, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh fell significantly short of the targets. (Planning Commission, 2008; Rao, 2009) Further, the growth rates achieved in the first two years of the Eleventh Plan, that is, 2007-08 and 2008-09, by Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand were significantly higher than those achieved by their parent States. Apart from releasing the creative energies of the people, viability of smaller States may have contributed to better governance, attracting greater private investment from outside as well as planning and utilising resources more efficiently. (World Bank, 2007)
An extremely encouraging development is in respect of Bihar, where the average growth rate achieved at 9.7 per cent per annum during these two years was significantly higher than for Jharkhand at 5.8 per cent per annum. (Aiyar, 2010; Rao, 2010) This may be explained by improved governance, of late, in this State, facilitated not the least by the fact that with the creation of Jharkhand, Bihar has become less heterogeneous and much smaller in area, with the size of its population getting reduced by about 25 per cent.
Experience has demonstrated the failure of regional planning to ensure adequate development of backward regions within the larger States. This is explained by the politics of planning in democracy inherent in such States characterised by regional unevenness in development. The experience of Maharashtra and Gujarat amply illustrates the failure to develop backward regions, despite the existence of constitutional provisions for setting up Regional Planning Boards and the powers entrusted to the Governor to review the progress of development under such regional plans. This experience underlines the need for conceding separate Statehood for certain backward regions like Telangana and Vidarbha.
The observations of B.R. Ambedkar, the principal architect of our Constitution, on the desirability of smaller States are prophetic. He welcomed the recommendation of the States Reorganisation Commission in 1955 for the creation of Hyderabad State consisting of Telangana region and creation of Vidarbha as a separate State. Further, he envisaged the division of Uttar Pradesh into three States (Western, Central and Eastern); Bihar into two (North and South or present Jharkhand); Madhya Pradesh into two (Northern and Southern); and Maharashtra into three (Western,Central and Eastern). He was for linguistic homogeneity of a State in the sense of ‘one State-one language’ and not ‘one language-one State’. He thus envisaged two Telugu speaking States, three Marathi speaking States and a large number of Hindi speaking States. (Ambedkar, 1979)
While arguing for smaller States, Ambedkar was guided basically by two considerations. One, no single State should be large enough to exercise undue influence in the federation. Drawing from the American experience, he thought that smaller States were in the best interests of healthy federalism. On this issue, his views were similar to those of K.M. Panikkar, set out in his note of dissent to the Report of the States Reorganisation Commission. Second, he thought that socially disadvantaged sections are likely to be subjected to greater discrimination in bigger States because of the consolidation of socially privileged or dominant groups. (Ambedkar, 1979)
Over the last half-a-century, two new dimensions have been added. Population growth and the multiplicity of developmental functions have rendered governance in large-size States inefficient. Secondly, in the context of development planning under democracy, significant regional diversities with respect to the historically inherited levels of infrastructure and institutions within certain large States have given rise to severe tensions concerning the distribution of benefits from development. These tensions have reached a point where harmonious development seems no longer possible without their break-up into smaller States which are relatively homogeneous. (Rao, 2010)
The agitations for separate Statehood for Telangana in the Telangana region as well as for Samaikhya (United) Andhra Pradesh in the Andhra region are in full swing now. The agitation in Telangana is unprecedented in its sweep, being universal or, at any rate, far more widespread than in 1969, involving, among others, students, farmers, women and even children. The movement is virtually taken over and led by the students, all of whom were obviously born at least a decade after the agitation of 1969. It appears as if history is repeating itself or time is standing still for over four decades so far as this issue is concerned!
Curiously, in the case of the Andhra region, history appears to have been overturned. The ‘Jai Andhra’ or separate Andhra agitation of 1972-73 was triggered-off by the land reform legislation and the validation of Mulki Rules (preference for natives of Telangana in employment) by the Supreme Court, because of which the big landed sections as well as educated youth could lose in the integrated State. Over the last four decades, however, certain leading business sections, including those involved in real estate business from the Andhra region, developed a big stake in Telangana, particularly in and around Hyderabad city. Thanks to the lop-sided urbanisation and concentration of financial sector services and IT industry in Hyderabad in the post-reform period, the educated youth—most of whom were born after the ‘Jai Andhra’ agitation like their Telangana counterparts—could understandably have developed an emotional identification with the capital city and so a stake in Samaikhya (United) Andhra Pradesh.
Guided by the consensus among the major political parties in favour of the formation of separate Telangana State, as espoused in their election manifestos and reiterated by them as recently as on December 7, 2009, the Central Government on December 9 announced its decision to initiate the process for the formation of the Telangana State. Within hours, this decision triggered off a counter-agitation in the Andhra region for a united Andhra Pradesh, leaders of the major political parties taking sides by getting divided horizontally on regional lines. It is not clear whether these leaders did not mean what they promised earlier on Telangana in the expectation that no worthwhile initiative would come from the Centre or could not anticipate the adverse public reaction in the Andhra region in the event of any favourable move on the issue. In any case, this has placed the Centre in a difficult situation leading to the stalemate in the resolution of the crisis.
As it is, the Constitution fully empowers the Centre to carve out new States, the role of the State legislatures being limited to merely expressing their views on the proposed Bill by the Centre. While politics cannot be wished away in a democracy and the Centre cannot normally be expected to proceed against the wishes of the majority of legislators of a State, ultimately, politics in a democracy have to come to terms with the provisions of the Constitution and respect the universal demand of the people of a region for separate Statehood. Also, in the long-run, the youth of any region in the modern age, imbued as it would be with the democratic spirit, would come to respect the people’s wishes from the other region for separate Statehood. Besides, a pride in the capacity to develop oppor-tunities in one’s own State is bound to come into play. Addressing the legitimate concerns of the stakeholders is essential to facilitate this process.
There is no alternative to the Centre as well as the leaders of both the regions taking initiatives for a constructive dialogue for resolving the outstanding issues by addressing the legitimate concerns of the stakeholders, to pave the way for separate Statehood for Telangana and thus end the perpetual uncer-tainty undermining the harmonious develop-ment of both the regions. While agitations are necessary for the assertion of legitimate rights, in a democracy, constructive dialogue is indis-pensable for bringing such aspirations to fruition.