Debate : Point & Counterpoint
With Seemandhra people up in arms against the Congress decision to bifurcate the State, various issues that have never been discussed openly are...
With Seemandhra people up in arms against the Congress decision to bifurcate the State, various issues that have never been discussed openly are coming into sharp focus from the three regions. We have run a five-part series highlighting the Srikrishna Committee Report’s observations on key issues and asked our readers to respond.
The idea is to create a platform where anybody can express his/her view freely and encourage more discussion on the State bifurcation issue. The views and counterviews will be published in these columns. They can be either directly related to the subjects mentioned in the Report or on carving out a separate state. They articles should be written in English, not exceeding 800 words, and to the point. Please mention the complete address with phone number. Also attach a passport size photograph and mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
An unbreakable bond with Hyderabad
After the CWC decision the Seemandhra leaders have failed to deal with the people’s agony and failed to guide the people who have no faith in their political leaders
Andhra and the newly formed Telangana will share Hyderabad as their common capital for 10 years. The committee also assured that the concerns of the people from the two remaining regions regarding sharing of water and power resources will be addressed. This decision has ignited emotions in the Seemandhra region and people have started agitating against the CWC decision. While the political leaders and people of Telangana may be rejoicing over their achievement, the Seemandhra people are losing what they have.
The Seemandhra people have strong political affiliation and industrial and economic bonds with Hyderabad. Till today the entire Andhra people firmly believe that their state capital is Hyderabad and Hyderabad is their own capital. As soon as the Congress Working Committee announced the State bifurcation decision, the Seemandhra people were pained. The ongoing agitations in different parts of the region reflect their angst and the unrest is spreading like wildfire to all levels of people who are responding voluntarily and leading the movement apolitically.
Most of the Seemandhra people have links with Hyderabad through their sons and daughters who may be working or studying there; or, may have migrated, or set up small businesses. These are all common people who don’t have any vested interests in protecting their properties or commercial interests. After the bifurcation decision, the kind of statements TRS leaders are giving on the future of Telangana or Hyderabad are scary, particularly for those who have settled down in Hyderabad.
Today, Hyderabad has its own place in Information Technology and IT Enabled Services in the world. The city has also expanded vertically and horizontally. Many top notch companies have their presence in Hyderabad which has provided jobs to thousands of youths in Andhra Pradesh. In the last five decades, Hyderabad has grown into a more cosmopolitan city, attracting people from all parts of the country. This would not have been possible without contribution from Andhras who strongly feel they too have a share in the growth and prosperity of Hyderabad.
If the State is bifurcated, the Seemandhra people should develop their own capital. Is it possible for them to develop a capital like Hyderabad? How long will it take to develop such capital? They also feel that it is injustice on the part of policy makers to ask Seemandhra people to set up their own capital.
The decision regarding the formation of Telangana is not wrong but the way it is being done is faulty. The parties and leaders of political parties have failed to gauge the pulse of the Seemandhra people. After the CWC decision the
Seemandhra leaders have failed to deal with the people’s agony and failed to guide the people who have no faith in their political leaders. The people themselves are independently leading their agitations. Though they are asking for united Andhra, their concerns are over Hyderabad, sharing of waters, resources, employment opportunities, etc. Water crisis will have a strong impact on agriculture of both the states.
Division, obviously, disturbs the economic, political, social, employment and academic opportunities in the State and future of the State will be at stake. No doubt, the UPA government has come under fire from many quarters for the hasty decision it took on Telangana, allegedly with an eye on 2014 polls.
Anyway, bygones are bygones; the government has taken a decision and appointed another Congress party committee, headed by AK Antony. But it is not useful to reduce the tensions and doubts prevailing in Seemandhra. It is time to reduce the tensions and calm the emotions of agitating people through a more practical and viable solution.
To resolve the present crisis, the government should either appoint a new statutory committee or implement the alternatives proposed by the Srikrishna Committee.
(The writer is Professor in Public Administration,
Dr CSR PG Centre,
Sri YN College, Narsapur, West Godavari District)