“No money in ATMs, no water supply, failed ICUs, no transport, no fuel & no mobiles working” (Oct. 8) … the common man’s misery in Seemandhra is evident. For whose sake are the agitators protesting, disrupting people’s lives? How long can we tolerate the agony of no work, no earnings and no basic facilities?
The people of Seemandhra supporting the agitation for a united Andhra Pradesh is understandable but the forced blackout is unacceptable. Electricity is the lifeline of the common man. As the agitators have succeeded in bringing their grievances to the attention of the Centre and the rest of the country, they should work towards restoring normality.
Thanks to the Centre’s decision to create a separate State of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh has descended into chaos. There is complete failure of the government machinery, and the power crisis has hit the people badly. Patients are the worst sufferers as hospitals reel under a complete blackout.
The Centre should impose President’s Rule to overcome the deteriorating situation.
Vijay D. Patil,
The UPA government has sought to create a separate State of Telangana not for administrative convenience but to concede the demand of the people belonging to a particular geographical area.
Since its decision has become the cause of violent agitation in another region, it should defer its implementation. There is no harm putting Telangana on hold for some time. It can be implemented after all stakeholders arrive at a consensus and the Andhra Pradesh Assembly recommends the creation of the new State.
The Congress itself is divided over the decision to create the 29th State. The party leaders outside the Telangana region are supporting the protests for a united Andhra Pradesh. The creation of Telangana will result in the division of assets of Andhra Pradesh, which cannot be settled easily.
Apportioning river waters, power, coal and natural resources will also pose serious challenges. Another major problem is the paucity of time before the Lok Sabha election. The Union Cabinet should withhold the bifurcation, at least for the time being.
C. Koshy John,
India claims that unity in diversity is its greatest strength. But the fact is thousands of Indians have lost their lives to conflicts caused by diversities. Violence and bandh in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra have resulted in huge economic losses. It is very clear that bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh will address the interests of one region and go against those of another. The Centre should tread cautiously.
New DelhiIt is quite illogical to divide a State on the basis of letters given by a few politicians who did not visit their constituencies or meet people to get their views on the issue. The turmoil in Andhra Pradesh clearly highlights the difference of opinion between the people of Seemandhra and their elected representatives.
Even now, it is not too late to take the people of the region into confidence and put the process of bifurcation on hold. There should be clarity on water-sharing, power-sharing and Hyderabad-sharing.
S. Praseeda Rani,
It is undeniable that the people of the Andhra region have helped in the development of Hyderabad as well as Telangana. It is not the people of Telangana but politicians who are unhappy with the people of coastal Andhra. More politicians from Telangana want to occupy powerful political posts. Today, the Seemandhraites need Telangana for their existence.
The agitation of the past two months has destroyed their economy. Political leaders of Telangana should relent and agree to keep Andhra Pradesh united against some major concessions, including the post of Chief Minister, if necessary.
Instead of being a joint capital for 10 years, Hyderabad should be a Union Territory. People of both Telangana and Seemandhra will then feel secure. All inter-State rivers should be nationalised.
This will dispel the fears over sharing Krishna and Godavari river waters.
A separate State of Telangana was always a reality as a majority of political parties supported it. The people of Seemandhra should have agitated for the protection of their rights, judicious share of resources, status of Hyderabad, etc., instead of a united Andhra Pradesh. Change brings resistance, which is natural. But it also brings an opportunity. We must accept the change and use the opportunity to develop both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
“All these matters have to be thought of not in terms of emotion but in terms of calm and collective thought. And not in terms of today or tomorrow or the day after but of what it will mean to them and the country 10 years hence, 20 years hence, a hundred years hence.”
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s impassioned observation in 1972 during the height of Jai Andhra Agitation makes more sense today than ever before.