Telangana issue

Of the six options that the Srikrishna Committee — which examined the demand for a separate state of Telangana — explored, the proposal that Andhra Pradesh should remain united and constitutional measures should be provided to address the socio-economic issues of the region is indeed the best. There are backward regions in almost every State and if every region is to be declared a separate state, our country will be broken into at least a hundred parts. Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have proved that the formation of separate states does not guarantee development. Most movements for separate states are driven more by the political ambitions of some leaders rather than genuine public concerns.

N. Venkata Sai Praveen,

Kozhikode

The editorial “A sagacious prescription” (Jan. 7) has rightly supported the best of the six options suggested by the Srikrishna Committee. The Telugu people were among the first to insist on the linguistic division of States, after which Andhra Pradesh was formed. If Telangana is given statehood, the demand for a separate Vidharbha and similar demands in other regions will gather momentum. It is heartening to note that The Hindu has supported a united Andhra Pradesh. Of course, suitable guarantees for the development of backward regions should be provided to fulfil the aspirations of those who feel they have been wronged.

R.R. Ayyar,

Chennai

The cartoon (Jan. 8) has aptly portrayed the Telangana scene. The Srikrishna Committee's prescription is, no doubt, excellent. But the question is whether the patient will be ready to swallow the medicine. The solution to the issue remains as distant and elusive as ever.

Manohar Alembath,

Kannur

It is not the question of which one of Srikrishna Committee's options is the best. Will the State government and the Centre implement the recommendations? Successive governments in Andhra Pradesh have failed to provide economic and social benefits to the people of the Telangana region.

T.R. Sharath,

Mandya

The need of the hour is a meaningful debate by all political parties. In the interest of the people, Andhra Pradesh and the nation, they should exercise restraint and desist from making the issue emotional.

Undoubtedly, the option of keeping Andhra Pradesh united with the formation of a Telangana Regional Council is the best. The onus is on the Telangana Rashtra Samithi which is vehemently opposed to all options other than the one that recommends bifurcation, with Hyderabad as the capital of Telangana.

S. Raghavendra Rao,

Nellore

The Committee report is commendable not because it has listed various options but because it has done a comprehensive study of the factors contributing to underdevelopment. Lack of employable education and political will to bring about equitable development is the most important reason for the situation obtaining today.

Gautam Allada,

Srikakulam

In spite of being rich in resources, Telangana is suffering from poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. Most of the rivers in Andhra Pradesh flow through Telangana but the water is hardly used for the region.

A Water Management Board and an Irrigation Project Development Corporation should be constituted in a separate state of Telangana. Only then will justice be done to the people of the region who have seen much political turmoil.

Raghuprasad Halakere,

Koppal

Academic exercises can, at best, offer perspectives on complex issues. If the suggested institutional arrangements to address the imbalances in Andhra Pradesh are a solution to the demand for statehood, the issue would have been peacefully resolved decades ago. Developments over the next couple of years will prove decisive in addressing the statehood issue, regardless of what the Srikrishna Committee has recommended.

Snehith Sankineni,

Hyderabad

Sibal's remark

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's assertion that the estimated loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore arrived at by the Comptroller and Auditor-General, on account of the allocation of 2G spectrum to telecom operators is erroneous is shocking. The Supreme Court is seized of the issue and is monitoring the progress of the CBI investigation. Such a declaration by the Minister at this juncture will jeopardise the investigation into the scam by different agencies.

Rettavayal S. Krishnaswamy,

Chennai

Mr. Sibal's statement is strange. It appears that by making Mr. Sibal the cat's paw, the UPA government wants to gauge the people's mood.

M.K.B. Nambiar,

Mahe

Dodging any scrutiny of the 2G spectrum issue by a Joint Parliament Committee, the UPA government suggested various escape routes. Pushed to the wall, it is denying that there was any scam at all. If everything about the issue was right, why was the former Telecom Minister asked to resign? And what is the need for a CBI enquiry? Let not Mr. Sibal assume that the battle is between the BJP and the UPA. People demand to know the truth.

S. Ramaswamy,

Chennai

Mr. Sibal's statement, playing down the magnitude of the 2G scam and coming down heavily on the CAG, seems to be the last arrow in the government's quiver. Questions on the allocation of licences to companies that fell way short of eligibilities and the haste to run through the procedures remain unanswered.

Abhijith Unnikrishnan,

Thiruvananthapuram

If the CAG was wrong, who is right? I request Mr. Sibal to please rectify the “error” and give us the correct facts and figures in the interest of India and the aam aadmi.

J.V.L.N. Murthy,

Vijayawada

Shocking

The assassination of Pakistan's Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer by his own security guard for supporting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, has shocked the civilised world. Conviction under Section 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code is virtually final as the extreme right-wing radicals will not tolerate any acquittal. It is not just the Pakistan security forces, the law-enforcing agencies and other key government institutions that are infiltrated by extreme right elements. Pakistan itself, which has allowed the draconian law to exist, is to blame.

Col. C.V. Venugopalan (retd.),

Palakkad

Every assassination aimed at wiping out progressive elements points to the ineffectiveness of the Pakistani state. When a state is ruled by the orthodoxy, liberal statutes are the first to be abandoned. Those who support the assassin must note that the Koran teaches non-violence/ forgiveness.

Aijaz Hussain Malik,

New Delhi

That Taseer's own security guard committed the murder is an eye-opener to the complexity of socio-political conditions that exist in Pakistan. More shocking is the fact that the fanatics have hailed his act. But it is heartening to see that there are still people in Pakistan who decry the blasphemy law.

S.V. Venugopalan,

Chennai