Special Correspondent

‘Eight districts of erstwhile Hyderabad State were merged with Andhra'

HYDERABAD: A gathering comprising doctors, journalists, intellectuals and professors on Friday enacted a mock court and drama that ended in the Telangana region divorcing Andhra on the banner of Telangana Coordination Committee in pursuance of the demand of a separate State.

The three-hour drama took onlookers through history since the Fifties, when the two regions were ‘married off'. Named ‘Talaaq, Talaaq, Talaaq' (divorce in English), the protest opposite the Indira Park here coincided with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's historic statement issued on March 5, 1956. It was then that eight districts of the erstwhile Hyderabad State were merged with Andhra, five brought under Maharashtra and three more with Karnataka, marking the marriage of Andhra with Telangana.

Among those present were former Chairman of the Press Academy of Andhra Pradesh Potturi Venkateswara Rao, former General Secretary of the Praja Rajyam, P. Vinay Kumar, eminent nephrologist A. Gopalkishan, former Director, Medical Education, Suguna Rammohan.

Speakers recalled how the region was robbed of its precious mineral resources, water and power and how successive governments over the decades gave development the go by, resulting in Telangana districts being pushed into backwardness.

People from Andhra on the other hand continued to be wealthy, they rued.

They said that despite the Fazal Ali Commission ruling out a merger of Telangana with Andhra, influential people from the Andhra had convinced Pandit Nehru, following which Hyderabad became the State capital.