The Congress-led UPA government’s decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh is nothing but a poll gimmick.

If a separate state of Telangana becomes a reality, demands for independent Gorkhaland, Bundelkhand, Coorg, Vidarbha, etc., will become louder. And the day will not be far when India will once again be divided into hundreds of independent states as was the case before independence.

Aditya Singh Dinkar,

Ernakulam

The Telangana and Andhra regions were merged in 1956 to form a new State of Andhra Pradesh with its capital in Hyderabad. The Rayalaseema region was affected the most because of the merger, as the capital was shifted from Kurnool. Telangana appears to be a reality now. The Rayalaseema region which has faced injustice on all fronts since 1953 — despite the Sribagh pact of December 1937 (signed between the leaders of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions) — will again be affected the most if the bifurcation takes place. The region will be at the mercy of coastal Andhra.

D. Basheerulla Khan,

Kurnool

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