Monday, September 2, 2013

“Make or Break for Telugu People in Andhra Pradesh – Is It Jai Samaikhyandhra or Jai Telangana?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e., the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear, and even more, separation from friends, from family, from the state to which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear as life itself. For this obedience is the law of our being.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Currently the State of Andhra Pradesh is going through a difficult phase. It is a make or break scenario where some Telugus want to separate to form a State of Telangana based on regionalism while some Telugus want to stay united to maintain Telugu identity based on linguism.

Political leaders are unable to decide what to do with lots of doublespeak and double games to win the Telugus of all the regions to ensure their political survival. Most political leaders in Andhra Pradesh have let down their own people for their political gains without understanding the ground realities. Those who are in power are busy retaining their positions and those who are in opposition are busy pulling the legs of the people in power from their positions. In fact, nobody is concerned about the wishes of the people.  

The current scenario shows the division among Telugus based on regionalism and linguism. It is essential to put across the fact here is that the mother tongue of people remains the same irrespective of the region they belong.  Remember, people can change their regions, not their mother tongue. Therefore, language is the connecting factor for all Telugus. If some section wants to separate it is advisable to let them go separate as you cannot force unwilling people to stay united. But issues to be considered here are water, power, status of capital and other aspects that crop up as a result of bifurcation.  Another thing to note here is that when assets are enjoyed by the people, the liabilities must also be shared equally. There must be total justice to all regions without any bias and political affiliations as people are Gods in democracy.  

It is advisable to call all major leaders of all regions to bring across the table to resolve the issue amicably rather than taking unilateral decisions. These leaders must learn that looking for political mileage will prove costly for them. People are very intelligent and they judge the leaders who are genuine and who are with them when they fight for their causes. There must be collaboration rather than competition to resolve this issue. This is the time for Telugus to make or break. This is the time to take a tough call to stand separated or stay united as one linguistic entity. Hence, I implore all Telugus to make a bold decision either to stay united or stand separated. If you intend to part away, do it amicably as we are all Telugus and there is one ‘Talli’ that is connecting all of us – ‘Telugu Talli’. Jai Telugu Talli! Jai Bharata Mata!

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