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Seemaandhra intellectuals appeal to their MPs & legislators to support separate Telangana మార్చి 8, 2011

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Open Letter
Dt: 3/3/2011

From:
1.Sri Pothuri Venkateswara Rao, Senior Journalist
2.Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary, Chairman, Pragna Bharati and former IT Advisor, Government of Andhra Pradesh
3.Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao, former Director NIMS and a noted radiologist
4.Dr N.Bhaskar Rao, Social Scientist, New Delhi
5.Dr. Katti Padma Rao, Social Activist, Bapatla

Joint Appeal to MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs hailing from Seemandhra

Dear & Respected MP/ MLA/ MLC garu,

Sub: Creation of Telengana state – Obstructions imperiling Seemandhra people in and around Hyderabad.

1. The inclusion of Telangana to create the Andhra Pradesh state in 1956 had been from the beginning against the wishes of a majority of leaders from the region. The over 150 years of separation between the Telangana and the Seema-Andhra areas since 1800 AD has created unbridgeable gulf between social, educational economic mileus and political and cultural consciousnesses of the two regions. Vicissitudes of history have inflicted under-development and backwardness in the Telangana region under the Nizam’s rule.

2. The Seema-Andhra regions under the British rule had made considerable progress towards modernity and overall economic development, particularly in the fields of education, commerce and industry. The British regime had made its cultural impact too. The five and half decades of togetherness between the peoples of Telangana and Seema-Andhra regions in the integrated state had failed to bring equitable development in the different regions of the state and harmonize the relations between the peoples. It is an undeniable fact that the people of Telangana have always been nurturing a feeling that they are being ruled over and are denied self-rule. The separatist sentiment that had its roots in the Telangana region of the erstwhile Hyderabad state have been periodically surfacing ever since the formation of Andhra Pradesh. The sentiment as expressed in the 1969 Separate Telangana agitation was suppressed by strong-arm tactics and by luring some separatist leaders with power. The same had happened in 1972 Separate Andhra agitation too.

3. The separatist agitation in Telangana, largely peaceful till now, has been going on for almost a decade with increasing support from the people. While the 1969 agitation was mainly an urban phenomenon, today it has reached every nook and corner of Telangana and stirred the emotional feelings of the common people. The movement for separate Telngana is irresistible and cannot be simply wished away or suppressed by strong-arm tactics.

4. It is true that there are some apprehensions in the Coastal and Rayalaseema regions but that does not mean they are opposed to the formation of separate Telangana state. The presence of twenty or thirty lakhs of people from Coastal and Rayalaseema distiricts who came to their capital city Hyderabad during the last half a century or so, just as the people from other Telangana districts, should not be a factor in deciding the future of the state. They continue to remain an integral part of the Hyderabad population. Marathis, Kannadigas and even Gujaratis and Pujabis, in large numbers, have been living in the city for decades. Claiming special rights by these or any other group is irrational and unjustified. The apprehensions of these people and the people of the other two regions have to be removed by discussions and by trying to address the genuine grievances.

5. It is incomprehensible as to why the Seema-Andhra MPs and MLAs are either opposing the formation of separate Telangana state or talking of special status to the city of Hyderabad. If they are envisaging problems by the division of the state they should spell them out and seek solution from the Telangana leaders and the Union of India. There is no evidence of their doing any such thing. Instead, they are giving an impression that they are obstructing the formation of separate state of Telangana. They do not seem to realize the consequences of such an opposition on the common people from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema who have come to Hyderabad to permanently live here thinking that it is their capital city and in the same way as the people from other parts of our country who have come and settled down with their investments and vocations.

6. The leaders of the Visalandhra movement of the 1940s and early 1950s wanted the essential emotional unity of the Telugu-speaking people. An integrated state at the cost of disunity of the people certainly would not have been their motive. The need of the hour, therefore, is the emotional oneness which is now severely lacking rather than an enforced administrative and political togetherness of the regions as a single integrated state.

7. We believe that it is in the interests of all the three regions if the present set up is divided into two or even three states, depending upon the aspirations of the people of Rayalaseema also, with their own state capital cities.

8. We, therefore, appeal to the MPs and MLAs of the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions not to oppose or even seem to oppose, the immediate formation of separate Telangana state. They should help in the peaceful reorganization of the state.

9. We urge upon them to realize that the resolute people of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema can build as great if not greater cities than Hyderabad by their enterprise and with assistance and goodwill of the Union Government. What has taken fifty years in and around Hyderabad could happen within ten years in any city or cities that the people of Coastal region and Rayalaseema choose as their capital or capitals

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1. Subrahmanyam Desiraju - మార్చి 9, 2011

I have great respect to the authors of this open letter. However, the statement that majority of leaders from the Hyderabad state are opposed to the formation of Andhra Pradesh was misleading . I wonder how Hyderabad assembly passed the resolution for integration with Andhra State? It is true that some people opposed the unification for their own political reasons. When the passions are aroused to such an extent that even elected representatives are abusing people of Andhra region openly. Why no sane proposals for river water sharing and other contentious issues are not being made by the Telangana leaders who are running the separatist movement?. The concerns of Andhra and Seema people should be addressed by leaders of Telangana, but what they are doing is just opposite, abusing andhra people for everything. Your advise is more appropriate for Telangana leaders to talk reasonably and assure Peo;ple of Andhra and Seema that their interests will be protected in the event of bi or trifurcation of the state.


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