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Samaikyandhra or Telangana as India’s 29th State: K Naresh Kumar ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

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Power Politics, February 2011

United Andhra Pradesh Or Telangana As India’s 29th State?

From the first wave of intense political agitations of 1969-71, when the Telangana Praja Samithi unleashed the ‘Jai Telangana’ movement, the fight for carving out a separate state has never been so intense as in the last 15 months. Unlike the abject political compromise of the strugglers over four decades ago, this time around, the battle is still being fought on various platforms. The support base is strong, seemingly unyielding and the polarization between the pro and anti groups clearly unbridgeable. Importantly, once again it is the Congress party at the Centre and the state level which is facing a challenging, insurmountable situation, argues K Naresh Kumar, from Hyderabad. New Delhi, however, has some answers to the complex situation.

“Not all States need to be bifurcated or trifurcated, but if there is a demand based on size, population and geographical characteristics, it seems that division would be a wise solution. The jury is still out on Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal, but the early indications are that development will get a boost in these new States unless, of course, misgovernance takes over. In my view, there is a strong case for the creation of Vidarbha (out of Maharashtra, population 9.67 crore) and Telangana (out of Andhra Pradesh, population 7.57 crore). Uttar Pradesh and Bihar should also be further divided.”

-Excerpt from an article Wake up to the state of States by P. Chidambaram, Indian Express, May 18, 2003.

Prophetic words, these? Over seven years ago, P Chidambaram (PC) spoke convincingly about creating the state of Telangana as he felt it had a ‘strong case’ in its favour.

Of course, his party was not in power then and thus he had no political power to bring about neither the desired change, nor the accountability to face its political implications. But miracles happen in Indian politics as it did just a year later.

Cut to 2004 when the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) stormed to power on the ‘aam aadmi’ poll plank replacing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). It also toppled the CEO Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. It attained the top slot by capitalizing on the goodwill generated by the then Congress bigwig Y S Rajasekhara Reddy with his pro-poor agenda and importantly, promising to create Telangana if elected to power. (మరింత…)