Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“Is Telangana Movement Justified?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Love your mother but don’t hate others’ mother.  Love your caste, region, religion, language and community but don’t hate others’ caste, region, religion, language and community.  As your mother is precious to you, others’ mother is equally precious to them.” – Professor M.S.Rao, Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India

The present Telangana bandh has disturbed the routine life of people in the region.  People who live on daily bread find it tough to earn their bread. The employees find it difficult to commute to their workplaces and students don’t attend educational institutions.  And few students who planned to pursue their studies in Hyderabad shifted to the neighbouring states finding Hyderabad as more problematic due to regional colours and flames created by political parties. Educational institutions don’t get students and industries are suffering due to frequent bandhs thus slowing down the pace of progress in the region. Such bandhs do more harm than good for the people of Telangana than the people of other regions in Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India.  The Telangana leaders must ensure that the common man is not affected due to their activities as it is Telanganites who suffer more from such bandhs than the non-Telanganites.   

When we see the history of Telangana, it was never part of the present Andhra Pradesh as it was ruled by Nizam for many years.  When States were formed on linguistic basis all Telugus united as one resulting into formation of Andhra Pradesh state.  However, currently the Telangana movement started on regional lines to separate from Andhra Pradesh.

About the Telangana movement, as long as the movement stands by non-violence and peace it is justified.  The moment the movement becomes violent it becomes totally unjustified.  Hence, the Telangana leaders have to keep these things in their mind during the movement as they have all the right to voice their views through democratic and peaceful means to achieve their desired objective of separate Telangana State. At the same time no movement will be successful when other regions of Telugus are unhappy.  Therefore, all regions must sit across the negotiating table and search for win-win solution where all Telugus can live with dignity and respect.  And John F. Kennedy rightly remarked, “Never fear to negotiate and never negotiate out of fear.” It is time the Central government should take initiative to resolve the issue amicably so that the common man is not subjected to hardships and all Telugus live together with peace and harmony.

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder, MSR Leadership Consultants, India
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