Monday, December 30, 2013

“Is Kiran Kumar Reddy another Abraham Lincoln of Andhra Pradesh?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” - Abraham Lincoln

The state of Andhra Pradesh is undergoing one of the biggest challenges ever since it has been formed as the first State in India on linguistic lines as currently Telugus are divided on regional lines due to the political games played by politicians.  The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Kiran Kumar Reddy appears to be another Abraham Lincoln who averted division of America by ending Civil War. Currently Kiran Kumar seems to have averted bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh standing by his convictions which might cost his political career apart from inviting severe criticism from the political leaders of Telangana. He stood by his convictions by fighting against mighty Congress party’s decision to bifurcate the State against the wishes the majority Telugus from Samaikhya Andhra. If he had resigned immediately after the announcement of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, he wouldn’t have achieved his objectives. By not resigning, and by staying within the Congress party, he kept the Congress people from Samaikhya Andhra stand united and fought until end against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.  

The history of Andhra Pradesh will remember Kiran Kumar Reddy’s sacrifices and sincere efforts if Andhra Pradesh stands united as a state. Even otherwise, he will be remembered in the history of Andhra Pradesh as an integrationist.  He maintained team of rivals within the party the way Abraham Lincoln maintained as President of America during the Civil War by managing the political parties from both Telangana and Samaikhya Andhra.   Abraham Lincoln once remarked, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Hence, Telugus cannot be destroyed from others but by themselves if they fail to stand united at this juncture on linguistic lines. 

It is easy to divide a family but tough to unite. It is easy to divide a State but tough to unite a State like Andhra Pradesh. It is easy to divide Andhra Pradesh into three parts but tough to unite. In democracy, people are Gods who will decide the fate of political parties. They must identify the forces and people who play with public sentiments to safeguard their political positions to promote their family members.  Let us understand the wisdom in staying together rather than dividing the State. If States are divided, we will have too many States in future thus encouraging regionalism. Remember, regionalism is a threat to Indian unity and integrity. It is time the people of Andhra Pradesh (Telugus) understood the wisdom in staying united to build strong States and a strong nation like India.  Jai Hind!

God bless Andhra Pradesh and God bless India!

“And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln

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