AP government trying for ‘safe mode’ on Telangana : GS Vasu జనవరి 14, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, BJP, Congress, CPI, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, Jai Andhra, KCR, MIM, Parliament, peace, politics, population, PRP, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, students, TDP, Telangana, universities.
Telangana: AP government trying for ‘safe mode’
G S Vasu, New Indian Express: 14 Jan 2010 09:01:22 AM IST
HYDERABAD: Priority No 1: Restoration of peace and law and order. Priority No 2: Restoration of confidence of the industry. Priority No 3: Allaying perception that governance has come to a halt.
The January 5 Delhi declaration by political parties in Andhra Pradesh — “We will work to ensure that peace, harmony and law and order is maintained” — appears to be the bottom line for any progress to happen insofar as deliberations on the Telangana statehood issue are concerned.
Whether or not political parties have taken seriously the joint commitment they made, both the Centre and state have.
The inference from the discussions that this correspondent had with those at the highest level in government is that the police have been told to be professional and objective in dealing with any threat to law and order from any group or party in any region.
The essence of the government’s thinking is that agitations for and against the division of the state have already done some damage on the economic front and it should not allow any further deterioration as the slide could be faster but the recovery would take much longer.
It may not be music to the ears of Telangana protagonists but the fact appears to be that the political establishment would not like to take any step forward until absolute peace is prevailed. “We have to engage ourselves in what we see as a painful process in the coming months. But, what we are keen on is to ensure that this is done with minimum pain,” a top functionary told Express.
Again, though the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) seems averse to any panel to hold consultations as that could be seen as a delay tactic, Delhi is of the view that it is the only way out as some mechanism is required to engage different stakeholders in a dialogue. As for the unending speculation that President’s rule could be imposed any time, the Centre again is looking at it as the last option in the event of compelling circumstances.
This is because it feels that a solution to the kind of complex issue that the state is currently confronted with should be found with a popularly elected government in place and by way of a dialogue, however, long-winding the exercise might turn out to be.
During the January 5 meeting chaired by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and even later, the Centre reportedly conveyed to all parties that this is not the time for exchange of words as it could only widen the gap between people of different regions. Instead, what it is looking at is exchange of views in an atmosphere where due respect is given to each other’s point of view.
Though in a different way, the new Governor, ESL Narasimhan, has been doing precisely this, being the Constitutional link between Hyderabad and Delhi. Ever since he took over a couple of weeks ago, Narasimhan has already met a few hundred people from different sections of the society, carefully conveying his views and at the same time, eliciting that of others. Just as he did with industry representatives the other day when he reassured government support and at the same time chided them for ‘over-reacting’ to events.