The bifurcation of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh has been a boon to the newly formed AP and a bane to Telangana and Amravati has the potential to become a world-class capital, said Director of Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad, Prof. Kancha Ilaiah.
In a chat with The Hindu , the professor has pointed out that Telangana, unlike AP, is a landlocked state with a history of drought. “We are already in the second year of successive drought and it will become worse in the coming future. There will be more farmer suicides and the economy will dwindle in the coming years. On the other hand AP has long coastline and a huge agrarian base,” he said.
According to him, though Telangana region is drought-prone, the agrarian regions of AP such as East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Nellore used to supply food to the Telangana region in the past. “Now we not only have to import food from other states, which includes AP, but also buy basic things such as salt,” he said.
Highly critical of the bifurcation, Prof. Kancha pointed out that the bifurcation was due to the vested interest of three communities. The bifurcation was basically an ego clash among these communities,” he said.
It was the Maoists who were the game changer in the bifurcation of the State. Earlier, the Maoists blamed the feudal system of Telangana for its under-development, and later in 1997 in the Warangal Declaration they changed the stand, by saying that the Andhra upper caste industrialists were more dangerous than the feudal landlords of Telangana. This stoked the already dead Telangana movement once again, he said.
According to Prof. Ilaiah, Hyderabad was developed in about three phases from 1970 onwards by the businessmen from the coastal parts of AP.