Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Creation of Telangana State – A suicidal decision?

Government of India has decided to initiate the process of formation of separate Telangana state bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh. This decision was taken by the Indian Government after the meeting between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.


Isn’t this a suicidal decision taken by the Central Government? Doesn’t it encourage the other regional parties/forces to take up agitation to creation of separate states? Is it good in a diverse country like India to have regionalism take over nationalism? We have seen lot of examples in the history what will happen to countries when regionalism takes over nationalism. The disintegration of elsewhere Yugoslavia is a best example. Hopefully India doesn’t follow that path.

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20 Comments:

Blogger scorpiogenius said...

I never in my dreams imagined that Congress would yield to the partisan crooky politicians. I'm sad to see the kind of path our country and democracy is heading. Soon MNS and SS will demand for a separate Mumbai State, Mulayam will demand a separate state for him. Why leave Kerala? Lets demand for Malabar, Cochin and Travancore ststes...Are we moving the pre-British era?

December 09, 2009 7:27 PM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

Interesting to see all the knee-jerk reactions.

Not sure what is the reasoning behind this morbid fear of balkanization of India due to this Telangana decision. A number of new states were carved out earlier as well. Restructuring of states is perfectly fine if it would serve the people in a particular region better than they have been in the current set up (from what i have read and heard, it looks like the people of Telangana have a genuine grievance that their region has been totally neglected all these years).

Maybe you wrote this as soon as you heard the news, but if you can give your reasoning for why it is suicidal or India might become a Yugoslavia because of that, we it will make things easier.

December 09, 2009 7:32 PM  
Blogger Govind Acharya said...

i see no reason for panic-- it is merely revising the state boundaries that were decided on linguistic boundaries. just because that was the way it was in 1956 doesn't mean that should be the way it is now. i actually think that this shows that violence need not be the solution and that negotiations are best.

December 09, 2009 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, dividing Madras Presidency, carving out states as per regional differences after Independence was fine.

But doing so after seeing the fruitlessness of bringing together Telengana and Andhra is wrong?

What's the difference between oppressing and discriminating the Telengana people by the Indian administration versus the British administration doing the same to Indians? If so called foreigners deplete resources, it's a crime. If one does it to his own brother, it's the economics of unity???

-kajan

December 09, 2009 11:24 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Karthik,

Suicidal – now more and more regions in India will revolt with the hope to create smaller states based on regional interests. I always believe that when regional interest takes precedence over national interests it is not good for the country as a whole and can even lead to the disintegration of the country.

Now a region is asking for a separate state giving neglect as a reason… now who knows some one else will ask for independence from India giving neglect as a reason? We have seen that in Punjab in 80’s when some antinational elements injected the regional/religious passion on the community and try to create an independent country out of Punjab…

December 09, 2009 11:35 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Hopefully the previous Kingdoms or small "naatturajyangal" will not ask for independence from the ruling of Indian government and throne a king as we had a couple of centuries back..

December 09, 2009 11:41 PM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

Brijesh,
What is regional interest and what is national interest? What are the regions that are expected to lag behind in the name of national interest and why? Why is forming Telangana within the framework of the Indian constitution (they are not even asking for autonomy, let alone independence) so dangerous to the Nation State of India?

All i am seeing is assertions being made about some hypothetical situation where in some other group might use this precedence for a more nefarious demand. I don't see how it is going to happen. Even if it is so, i don't think that invalidates the demand being made in this case.

And for all the people talking about breaking up of India because of this, take a chill-pill. The first division of states was not perfect or the coming ones won't be either. All they are asking for themselves is their own state bureaucracy so that they can concentrate on developing their region. I think its legitimate if a whole region feels neglected after 60 years of Independence.

December 10, 2009 1:39 AM  
Blogger Neeraj said...

More states = more politicians = more opportunities to siphon off public money = more corruption.

The equation is quite simple actually.

December 10, 2009 2:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks,

I personally feel even after telangana the backward regions might still be neglected and the politisians and majlis will focus on hyderabad.we had enough of telanga.

Lets talk about andhra.Where will the new capital be?Where ever it is ,it will be a good oppurtunity for people from all walks of life in ANDHRA region to build the new captial.develop ports across sea cost, invest in windpower and alternative solar energy.stimulates the whole economy will become a rallying point to make all people work.

December 10, 2009 5:46 AM  
Blogger Rockus said...

I see a lot of knee jerk reactions against the creation of Telangana. I do agree upon the fact that it is a bad precedent to bow down to a farcical hunger strike. The First State Reorganisation Committee had recommended separate Telangana and Andhra states. The government at that time rejected it for purely political reasons. Telangana has been sidelined historically and the people also feel the same. National Interest will be served only if the aspirations of all the people are taken into consideration. In this case, its the creation of a new state under the duress of the constitution.
This may lead to even more states being created and it could be driven by political ambitions. But the fact of the matter is, there is too much neglect of certain areas in bigger states. Example would be Tulu speaking areas of Karnataka and Gorkhaland in West Bengal.

December 10, 2009 9:37 AM  
Blogger The Chef said...

All those favoring new states, please tell me who will bear the cost of
-One more assembly
-Expenditure on perks and cars
-More addition to babudom
-More paper work
-More divison and hatred among people
-It is not just Telangana, it will be followed by Gorkhaland, Gujarland, Kathiawad, Rayalseema.. In our country there won't be an end

December 10, 2009 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Sravan said...

Mr. Scorpiogenius and Mr. mishra, I don' t see any valid rationality behind your opinion. If you think this would fuel seperate state agitations else this is not the fault of the telangana people who whole heartedly wanted their own state because of the discrimination they faced for 50 years. Still, i would like to remind you that whatever you are hoping should have happened 8 yrs ago when 3 states were formed (eventhough their demand for seperate state was more recent than telangana's demand) This did not happen right!
Mr. Neeraj remember may be you can see some politicians taking up the cause of telangana as manipulative and corrupt but you should know that the demand for seperate statehood is older than these people and Can you swear that the andhra politicians who want a combined state are not corrupt and selfless? Please do not dilute the sentiments of telangana people.

Do you know Mr. Chef that telangana would be larger than 2/3 of all the states in india both in pop. and area? So what wrong if the govt. spend money on reorganizing the infrastructure of a new state which is not at all smaller by any standards. What was your opinion when delhi and other three states smaller than telangana formed in the past few years?

December 11, 2009 12:21 AM  
Anonymous sravan said...

Well i want to correct Mr.Chef that govt has to spend money for the newly formed andhra state and not telangana because it has already got the all infrastructure being the home to past capital hyd. And I dont see any problem for Andhra state to form a new capital given their strong leverage in central politics and their already flourishing economic affairs. So your worries of spending money is ostensible.

December 11, 2009 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slow down guys, it is not a question of development or neglect. When you have 117 MLA in the state legislature from the telangana region out of the 240 or so, why aren't the peoples representatives performing ?.

The reason is simple, in India 90% of politicians want to line their pockets and not do anything for the people. So is the case with TRS. They want power.

Look at what happened in Chattisgargh, Jharkhand etc have they done better ?...this is BS. First of all large parts of the Nizam's hyderabad state (one of the largest in India) were split into parts and pushed into MP, Maharashtra and AP.

So India needs to decide what it is ?, a country lossely based on a federation of languages, ethnicities, castes, towns....the unity (whether by force or patriotism) required for development is not present....it is just lacking in India. And stupidity like this scares away investors, companies and any chances of development.

December 12, 2009 10:37 AM  
Blogger murty said...

If the master of the house is honest. impartial and see the wellbeing the whole family, the small families will flourish. The same rule applies to Telangana state also.

Let us not think that small states would not flourish and optimally utilise the existing resources like Isreal. We will achieve good progress.

If two brothers are not agreeing with each other, why keep them together. Let them be independent and lead successful lives.

P Narayana Murty, plot no.60, H.No.24-143/6/3, Vishnupuri, Mlkajigiri, Hyderabad-47

December 20, 2009 4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forming states based on language or backwardness itself is not correct.

Only the convenience for the good and better governance should be the criteria.

Now coming to telangana's case, telangana is still backward since the rules/politicians ( Including the people from Telangana itself )didn't do any justice to their jobs . With such attitude of the people in power , even after Telagana as a seperate state , the plights of the people will not change. It is only creating the hatred among the regions.

December 25, 2009 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forming states based on language or backwardness itself is not correct.

Only the convenience for the good and better governance should be the criteria.

Now coming to telangana's case, telangana is still backward since the rules/politicians ( Including the people from Telangana itself )didn't do any justice to their jobs . With such attitude of the people in power , even after Telagana as a seperate state , the plights of the people will not change. It is only creating the hatred among the regions.

December 25, 2009 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very unfortunate of seeing varied level of comments on this subject. Most of them are perception based and true to certain extent.

As someone said, it is like a home where one brother didn't want another. But the point is one brother is forcing other brother from a place which witnessed steep growth. Some people may not agree with my argument and they may say Hyderabad was a developed place and used to be the 5th largest city before the independence.

I will not even go back to 1970's. Hyderabad was transformed into the world class city only after 1983. One has to compare what was there in 1983 and now.

Many of the central government installations were established in the Hyderabad because it is a state capital. Every one knew the steep growth especially from late 90's. I would like everyone to look at the key two sectors (Pharma and IT) in Hyderabad contributing around 50000 crores revenue and now the 40% of Government revenues are coming from only Hyderabad and providing direct employment in lakhs. Now if one says we want to separate from you, then think about the other brother who contributed 90% of the private sector establishments in the city. It is pity on andhra's. What kind of support was provided to the IT sector and Biotecht&bulk drug sector in the initial days, a big No??? It was the entrepreneurs who established the sector and the government started supporting only after it started flourishing. Now Why these people established industries in Hyderabad, because it is their capital. It was really unfortunate that politicians and some of the intellectuals are misleading the general public with falsified information. Now with the globalization, knowledge based industries are providing excellent employment and for sure these will be moved out once the state of insecurity builts into it.

December 31, 2009 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fools just fools. All of u from different places who doesnt know what is the situation and history of telangana. I am a resident of telangana and i know how it was cheated over the years.

Never talk with half knowledge. bloody fools. shame on ur part. U all may have enough money and water sources, job opportunities. come to the villages of telangana. u will come to know how we have deceived by andhra rulers.

July 14, 2010 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jai Telangana Jai Jai Telangana, we want separate State , enough

of this corrusption, Now Telangana will not tolorate anymore

corruption. Jai Telangana Jai Jai Telangana.

We Respect the guests but if they try to deceive, it is time let

these parasites go in peace, If they dont gooooo it is time to kick

them out of the house .

Jai Telangana Jai Jai Telangana

February 01, 2011 1:11 PM  

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