The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy (THCPPP) will bring together a spectrum of political leaders, intellectuals and experts to lay bare issues concerning the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in a dispassionate manner at a one-day National Consultation here on September 21.
The theme of the interaction, ‘Dealing with the costs of division: A dialogue towards reconciliation’, is aimed at facilitating a platform to initiate a dialogue, guided by a larger vision affirming common human/cultural bonds.
The consultation is being organised at a time when the move to bifurcate the State has triggered unabated protests in the Andhra and Rayalaseema districts, even as Telangana protagonists brooked no further delay in moving ahead with the process of carving out a separate State.
As a complex and many-layered issue that was politically hanging fire for over five decades, it urgently awaited a resolution with a healing touch. The participation of leaders of recognised political parties in Andhra Pradesh is bound to add value to the dialogue on bringing about much-needed reconciliation.
There will be two technical sessions and a final sum-up. The first technical session would see deliberation on the Constitutional, administrative and security issues involved in bifurcation, the status of Hyderabad and related contentious questions on a new Capital and its implications for employment and educational scenario. The other key panel will focus on sharing of resources, that includes a wide gamut from sharing of river waters, existing State revenues and taxes, electricity generation and distribution, other resources and identifying special needs of economically-backward regions of A.P., including Rayalaseema.
After opening remarks by THCPPP Director Malini Parthasarathy, the galaxy of speakers and public intellectuals who will enrich the day-long discussion will be led by Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. Asha Sarangi, Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and S. Narayan, former Union Finance Secretary and former Chief Economic Advisor to former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee, will chair the two technical panels, respectively.