Monday, November 5, 2012

“Is Telangana Movement a Short-Term Temptation for Telanganites?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Love your mother but don’t hate another person’s mother. Love your region but don’t hate another person’s region.” – Professor M.S.Rao

People of Telangana have been demanding for a separate state since many years for their region. Telangana leaders raise the issue frequently and there was a time the statehood was declared by the Congress government but stalled subsequently as there was a stiff opposition from the people of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and Andhra Pradesh. It is a typical situation where the political leaders are unable to make a decision as there are a number of intricacies involved in it.  Here are some of the issues for the central government to address:

Will separate state bring development to this region?      
What would be the status of Hyderabad, if Telangana is formed?
Would it encourage other regions from other states in India to come up with such similar demands?
Would smaller state ensure rapid economic development?

Politicians in India often play religious, regional, linguistic, and caste cards for their survival, little do they realize that their acts bring divisions among the people temporarily. So is the case of Telangana movement.

Certain things tempt for certain people for some time. Although there are temporary divisions among Telugus created by politicians based on regionalism, it won’t last long as the love for language connects them forever. People can change regions, not languages as they are born into it.  Therefore, love to one’s language is superior to love to one’s region. Hence, the Telangana movement is a short-lived one. Let us not get carried away by short-term temptations. Let us look at the long-term complications and implications involved in dividing the state on regional lines. Would it not encourage demand for smaller states in India?


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