Hyderabad is the soul of Telangana : Harish Rao డిసెంబర్ 17, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, Congress, Culture, Economy, G.O 610, GHMC, Harish, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, Kurnool, livelihoods, MIM, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, Sonia, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
Divided over bifurcation/ Deccan Chronicle December 17th, 2009
Selfish motives are seeking the divide
T. Harish Rao
Hyderabad is the soul of the Telangana region. If someone raises the bogey of Union Territory status for Hyderabad, he is either ignorant or trying to put an obstacle to the smooth bifurcation of Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh. It is like saying Jammu and Kashmir should be independent of India.
It is our avowed stand not to discriminate against people from other regions living in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana. People of every religion, race and region have always lived in peace in Hyderabad. We have people from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal, Punjab and other states. Vested interests are trying to sow the seeds of hatred and create a fear psychosis among the people of Andhra and Rayalaseema who have settled here. We have no ill will towards these peace-loving people.
Our grouse has been against the looters and exploiters. We have said openly that we will not tolerate those trying to suppress the people of the Telangana region. We have suffered a lot in every aspect, whether we speak of water, education, resource distribution, employment, or political power. Regarding the argument that people of Andhra and Rayalaseema have invested in and around Hyderabad city and developed it, I am sorry to say this exhibits the narrow, selfish outlook of the anti-Telangana people. People from other regions and states have also settled in Hyderabad. In fact, Hyderabad was developed during Nizam’s rule. We had an airport, railway network and other infrastructure, and also hospitals and educational institutions.
Telangana has to be carved out. There is no crisis. The present turmoil and agitation in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema is artificial. The current occurrences in these regions are prompted by vested interests. There is absolutely no threat to people of Andhra, Rayalaseema and other areas living in Hyderabad. The city in fact attracted people from all parts of the world. People of Andhra and Rayalaseema need not leave Hyderabad since Hyderabad has welcomed everyone. Our battle has been against those grabbing political power and exploiting the river waters, employment opportunities, and education facilities, leaving us in distress.
Hyderabad city was the fifth largest city in India in the past. This position remains unchanged. The demographic expansion of any city cannot be presumed to be a mark of growth. It has to be underlined that Telangana is the life line of Hyderabad and vice versa. One cannot be conceived without the other.
*T. Harish Rao, MLA and Telangana Rashtra Samithi Politburo member
Grant it UT status to protect natives
J.C. Diwakar Reddy
I am an integrationist to the core. Disturbing the current status of Andhra Pradesh is not desirable. But the way things are, Hyderabad should be a Union Territory. This is my principal demand. If it is inevitable that the state government and the Centre should bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad should have a separate entity. This has become a necessity.
There is a strong reason for the demand. People of Hyderabad city are now feeling insecure after the venomous campaign against the people of Andhra/ Rayalaseema region. Out of the city population of 60 to 70 lakh, 40 lakh are from these regions. Not only that, the contribution of people from these two areas is immense compared to that of the local people and those from other states. While the contribution toward the development of Hyderabad from the people of Andhra/Rayalaseema is about 60 per cent, it is only about half that in the case of the natives of the Telangana region.
Also, about 10 lakh people from other places live in Hyderabad. They were born and brought up in the city and have made it their home. Many are married locally and have set up businesses or found employment. I am sure many of them have no urban property or lands in the areas of their origin. This category too is under threat from Telangana agitationists.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) asserts it would not ask people from the Andhra or Rayalaseema region to leave Hyderabad or other parts of Telangana. But can any assurance be taken at face value? The atmosphere is volatile, and TRS leaders use foul language. The derogatory and threatening language that has been employed has greatly hurt the people who are originally not from Telangana, and has made them afraid. Telangana activists have attacked hotels, small restaurants, and educational institutions set up by Andhra/ Rayalaseema people in Karimnagar. People from these regions are scared to live in Telangana. They had settled in the Telangana area two to three decades earlier.
Even teachers who had come here in search of livelihood have not been spared. The incidents at Laxminagar and Papannapet are an eye-opener. Many who are in Hyderabad came to the city as far back as 1945. Where will they go if they are asked to leave now? Unlike other metropolitan centres, Hyderabad looks unsafe for those who settled here even 50 or 60 years ago. If the city is made a Union Territory, the move will reassure those who live and work in it, besides those who own property and business.