The purpose of democracy is to create consensus among the people and make them psychologically ready for change, if any. There has been no attempt to give a rational reason for the bifurcation of the State of Andhra Pradesh. All that is being chanted is “years of struggle.” How it will turn out to be and who will benefit from its formation are the questions. The real test for Telangana (considering its socio-economic history) is yet to begin. At least now, all States should take appropriate measures to promote rational thinking on matters of federal interest.
No political party can claim credit for the creation of Telangana. It is evident that the chief protagonists, the Congress and the BJP, in their anxiety to reap the maximum electoral benefits, rushed through this bifurcation. While Telangana might be a new State from an academic point of view, it is for all practical purposes the residual state of Andhra Pradesh. The Centre should now extend unbiased support to the people of the region and address their concerns.
The Central government should now be proactive in forming a Second States Re-organisation Commission before other regions demanding statehood start flexing their muscles.
The manner in which Andhra Pradesh is set to be divided amid chaos, and without properly addressing the concerns of the Seemandhra region, is disappointing. The Congress is largely to blame for fostering the feeling of regionalism. What is more worrying is the introduction of manipulative politics where parties seem to be working against the progress and unity of the country.
Separation is not new. It is a reality and inevitable. However, matters of separation have to be dealt with and resolved through compromise. In the formation of Telangana, the rest of Andhra Pradesh has been denied its rightful share of resources and infrastructure. Rather than being a fair arbiter, the Centre took sides and antagonised many.
United we stand, divided we fall is the adage. Instead of creating amicable relationships among different peoples, politicians are creating implacable hatred for their narrow electoral gains. Is carving out a new state the solution for all the poverty, backwardness and illiteracy? Political, social and economic development in all spheres of life, and a rise in the standard of living with better infrastructure and employment generation, are the prerequisites for development. Regionalism and separatism have to be dealt with firmly without affecting our “unity in diversity.” Much of this is the result of weak political leaders who are unable to have a broad national vision.
G.V.N. Rama Ravi Teja,
Penugonda, West Godavari