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The common people of Seemandhra move on with their daily chore of protests notwithstanding the 'manipulative politics' played by their representatives from Union Ministers, MPs, State Ministers and down to MLAs and local leaders

Curfew was imposed in the tension-ridden Vizianagaram town, with Rapid Action Force personnel maintaining vigil in the entire area, following violent incidents in the wake of the Samaikyandhra agitation.- Photo: K.R. Deepak
Curfew was imposed in the tension-ridden Vizianagaram town, with Rapid Action Force personnel maintaining vigil in the entire area, following violent incidents in the wake of the Samaikyandhra agitation.- Photo: K.R. Deepak

Unfazed by AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh’s daily rant of “no going back on Telangana”, all sections of people of the 13 districts of Seemandhra have hit the streets for over two months now to drive home their point that they are equally determined to keep the State united.

State government employees, traders, farmers and students have been participating in these street protests that took myriad forms from mass slogan-shouting congregations to young men doing push-ups and women cooking food on roads, all reminiscent of the “sakkula jana samme” in the Telangana region.

Barring the blackout triggered by the electricity employees’ strike that paralysed the region, Telugus aped one another and showed similarity at least in protests though for strikingly contrasting demands.

Cultural identity

While one section wants separation on grounds ranging from cultural identity to long-standing discrimination, the other shows steely resolve in keeping the flag of unity flying high, not willing to break the umbilical chord and the common link, however tenuous and challenging it may prove to be.

The common folk

The common people of Seemandhra moved on with their daily chore of protests notwithstanding the “manipulative politics” played by their representatives from Union Ministers, MPs, State Ministers and down to MLAs and local leaders.

From their slippery stand on resignations that remained the main demand of the protesters to their failure in finding ways of making the Centre see reason and at least put on hold the process of separation, these representatives let the people down badly.

Quite naturally, APNGOs and people’s anger turned against them, and soon they targeted the houses of Union Ministers and MPs, laying siege to them.

This type of protests peaked when mobs breached and attacked the once impregnable fortress built by attack on PCC President Botcha Satynarayana in the fort town of Vizianagaram.

The widely held perception was that while Mr. Satyanarayana “abetted” separation, the Union Ministers and MPs remained silent spectators even as the Centre went about its job with surgical precision in dividing the State, first through a resolution in the Congress Working Committee and then a decision in the Union Cabinet oblivious to the concerns they had been expressing over government jobs, sharing of river water, power and status of Hyderabad.

Ironically, again the concerns of people of Seemandhra now look like a mirror image of those of Telangana made for decades barring of course the bone of contention over Hyderabad.

Separation

After all, the seeds of separation were sown over dilution of Mulki Rules and consequent loss of government jobs and water sharing way back in 1950s and 1960s.

Similarity

The similarity of concerns has apparently left people from other States wondering why these wounds were allowed to fester and enable leaders like TRS chief, K. Chandrasekhara Rao and others of his ilk, to whip up emotions and nurture a separatist movement. Well can history be re-written?

K. Venkateshwarlu

The common people of Seemandhra moved on with their daily chore of protests notwithstanding the “manipulative politics” played by their representatives from Union Ministers, MPs, State Ministers and down to MLAs and local leaders.

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