Telangana way of life is different from Andhra: Burgula Ramakrishna Rao డిసెంబర్ 19, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Congress, Culture, Economy, Fazal Ali Commission, heritage, Hindu, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Muslim, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana, Telugu, Urdu.
Andhras taking my father’s name for selfish reasons: Burgula’s son
Narsing Rao releases Ramakrishna Rao’s letter to AICC Chief in 1965
Express News Service: 19 Dec 2009 08:04:38 AM IST
HYDERABAD: Concerned Citizens for Telangana has taken strong exception to some of the Andhra politicians supporting unified State for taking the name of former Hyderabad state chief minister the late Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, for their “narrow selfish ends of political, economic and social dominance over the Telangana region.”
Releasing a copy of the letter written by Ramakrishna Rao to the then AICC president UN Dhebar in 1955 at a press conference here today, noted political scientist and son of Ramakrishna Rao, Burgula Narsing Rao said the letter had categorically made it clear that “the people of Telangana, by a majority desire, wanted to remain in a separate State as recommended by the States Reorganisation Commission, and if Telangana was forcefully merged with Andhra there will be considerable bitterness in Telangana.”
Narsing Rao said that it was not correct to say that Ramakrishna Rao was responsible for creation of a united Andhra Pradesh as he had openly expressed many reservations on the merger.
Narsing Rao quoted his father having pointed out: “Telanganites feel that apart from being Telugus they had built up their own way of life over the past 175 years. This way of life is different in several respects from the way of life of the Telugus in Andhra. There is more cosmopolitanism in Telangana than in Andhra. The merger, they (the Telanganites) fear, will destroy this way of life. That is why they are worried.”
Ramakrishna Rao further said, “Although the language is common, yet instances are not lacking that there is no love lost between the Telugus in both the States. The classical example of this mutual dislike can be found in the attitude of Andhra officers during the Razakar agitation and immediately after the accession of Hyderabad. While they say the Marathas and Kannadigas and other officers were comparatively kind to the people of Hyderabad, Andhra officers were particularly harsh and unrelenting. There are bad memories left. These memories are so fresh in the minds of Telanganites that they do not want to be at the mercy of their brethren in Andhra,” Ramakrishna Rao observed in his letter to the then AICC president.
Narsing Rao regretted that since the formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956, the new leadership in the State sought to remove any vestiges of the old Hyderabad/ Telangana political order. Veteran journalist Darmavaram Sitaram was present at the press conference.