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Updated: July 26, 2012 16:29 IST

Review: Truths about Telangana

Ranee Kumar
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The Hindu

The intriguing map of the country on the cover draws you to flip the pages and more so the title ‘Telanganame Andhra Pradesh’, a hot and happening topic to all those living in this state. When journalists turn authors, there is an added advantage: it is highly readable. The chronicle of events and narrative is never meandering; it is crisp, objectively analytical with a dash of history, a sprinkling of current affairs, factual to the core and though the personal view does peep in here and there, it does not adhere to any single political entity. This in a nutshell, is the nature of the book penned by veteran journalist ABK Prasad.

Coming to the contents, the author has judiciously chosen to portray the fight for identity of the Telugu people as a mini war of independence to break free from the British or Nizam yoke which began nearly 63 years ago. This is to convey that the linguistic division has been done and the patriots were none other than the leaders who were born and brought up in the Telangana region like Sri Madapati Hanumantha Rao, Suravaram, etc.

The pointer is towards the present ‘politically-motivated’, separate Telangana movement which is actually ‘meaningless’ being spear-headed by a settler from ‘Bobbili’ geographically located in coastal Andhra.The chapters are interlaced with lovely poetry from the great revolutionary poet Sri Sri, who implored the people of Telugu land to stand united and eschew in-fighting lest one of the neighbours swallow us up. These little verses more than tell half the story and make for an interesting read. The rest are eye-openers to non-journalists who are blinded by the so-called ‘reforms’ and ‘renaissance’ of our state under previous heads of state.

For instance, the reference to World Bank recommendations, to open up the economy (a Central government decision) is what contributed to unemployment of the non-IT segment in the state and not another set of Telugu brothers from regions other than Telangana, as is being touted by the so-called leadership at the helm of the independent Telangana movement, says the author with clarity. The reference to soil and land placement in the Telangana region, with a few exceptions, mirrors the lack of sumptuous agriculture and dependence on lift irrigation, a costly alternative. Hence, half the region reels under the dry belt and is no comparison to the wet land or delta of the coastal areas.

The author deplores the divisive tactics of the politicians in igniting regional conflicts among Telugu people. As for the allegations on ‘Andhra’ leaders usurping or owning immovable properties in other states, the author carefully unveils the complainant’s own ‘deeds of profit’ and the theory of expansion.

Despite certain home truths, there is an open attempt to hit the nail on the head, by constantly reminding all those vociferous pro-Telangana warriors that Andhra Pradesh as it stands today is nothing but the land of Telugu people which in a single word is called Telangana.

Hence this book is an attempt to awaken the rationale in people to realize and avoid falling prey to hideous political plans which have so far cost both lives and resources.

RANEE KUMAR

Telanganame Andhra Pradesh

Author: ABK Prasad

Price: Rs. 80

For copies: Visalandra, Prajasakthi and Navodaya book houses

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When Jawaharlal Nehru announced the formation of a united Andhra Pradesh, he commented, “an innocent girl called Telangana is being married to a naughty boy called Andhra. It is their choice to continue or to get separated.”

Today the people of Telangana say that the innocent girl can no longer stay married to the naughty boy. Several proponents of the movement say that it is high time their ‘state’ is given back to them.

from:  sharath
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 16:41 IST

I Request the author to broadly study about cultural differences, people mentalities,developments in fields like movies,government posts,water resources being used since ages,caste feelings,and it goes on and on...just by saying telanganameandhrapradesh does'nt make people to believe... if you say people are of same language(telugu),boss all human beings are one have come from africa to different countries,it doesnt mean that all are africans.Right!!!
since the merger happened till now, andhrites have completely evolved in every fields rather than telangantes.and
i strongly belive that TELANGANA WILL BE THE TRUTH VERY SOON.

from:  manmohan
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 11:00 IST

@A ASHOK
"The author should bring about and say
one advantage the Telangana region ( Excluding HYD ) has had because of
its merger with Seemandhra"

- If I paraphrase the above question, "The author should bring about and say one advantage the Seemandhra region has had because of its merger with Telangana", you can see the truth.
All the people in the state invested in Hyderabad. But, Telangana is at advantage as Hyderabad is part of it. Where as, Seemandhra didn't get any benefit in reciprocation.

from:  Yuri Kondratyuk
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 15:18 IST

Looks to be a typical Leftist propoganda to belittle the T Movement .
The so called author tries to find answers for the selfish ness of the
Seemandhra rulers by apportioning blame to Institutions like WORLD
BANK. The truth is no one forces you to take world bank loans if you
dont like their policies . But we want to eat the world bank cake and
have it too by blaming the WB . The author should bring about and say
one advantage the Telangana region ( Excluding HYD ) has had because of
its merger with Seemandhra .

from:  A ASHOK
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 11:12 IST

Well said B.M.Rao. The Hindu standards are getting down and partial
columns are printing.15 century had 15 states....means demerge all
states.....is there any meaning....

from:  Pammu
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 04:24 IST

The Hindu is expected to provide a neutral and impartial view on an issue. The current issue is sensitive and the review takes a side. Earlier there was a survey on the same issue by csds published in The Hindu,which was controversial to an extent that it had to be reviewed by csds. I disagree with the "factual to the core" remark made by the reviewer and I suppose the author is biased.

from:  dayanand g
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 22:47 IST

Does the author suggest that Telangana should not have depended on lift irrigation? And left to the mercy of rain gods while 'the wet area or the delta of coastal areas' benefit from Telangana water? Fortunately, we don't have a lot to worry as only the Nagarjuna Sagar left canal lift irrigation schemes are no longer run by government but the right canal schemes still are.
And we are told that the people of Telangana should avoid falling prey to 'hideous political plans'. WOW!

from:  Yadgri
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 21:15 IST

Andhras made Telangana an occupied land and exploited it since 1956. First Vishalandra Communists made Telangana a battleground in late 40s and early 50s, after 1969 agitation they introduced Naxalism to destabilze Telangana. They divided Telangana on caste and class and used their majority in A.P. Assembly and looted Telangana land, water and jobs. No one should expect from ABK Prasad's mouth against Andhras and he want to continue the exploitation. If Hindi speaking people have 7 states, there is nothing wrong if Telugu, the second largest spoken language with 90 million people have two states. ABK Prasad sheding crocodile tears in the name of Telanganame.

from:  MadhuK
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 19:32 IST

History is never been perfect, It has been drafted based on assumptions, so how can the author of this book says that the leader of the movement migrated from Bobbili? Did he see the migration through his intelligent eyes, And the independent Telangana is not at all politically motivated. It is people's aspiration.
So finally this book is worthless. Unnecessarily wasting paper and causing deforestation.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 17:57 IST

Both the author and reviewer are from one region which gained
immensely in post-independence India is obvious from the write up. If
the author was an impartial outsider or at the least the reviewer is
an outsider, it would have been worthwhile for Hindu to publish the
same. No fact is narrated nor any truth established to say what has
been said. "Settler from Bobbili" is a statement not backed up with
any evidence.

from:  bm rao
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 16:44 IST
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