Monday, October 17, 2011
“Is Telangana Movement Due to Underdevelopment or Overdevelopment?” - Professor M.S.Rao
"I may not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to my death your right to say it." - Voltaire
The present Telangana movement provides several lessons for not only to the State of Andhra Pradesh but also other States in India. There has to be development in all areas to avoid such movements in India. Previous governments in Andhra Pradesh have paid too much attention on Hyderabad brand building as it is the capital. Although it was good for all Telugus but it caught the attention of Telanganites who demand Telangana as Hyderabad is highly developed now. Had the past rulers developed equal cities in other regions of Andhra Pradesh such as in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema the Telangana problem would not have become aggressive now. Even if such problem came up other regions would have agreed for sweet separation as they had already developed alternative cities in their regions. All intellectuals must note and analyze this issue broadly. This is not the problem of Andhra Pradesh alone and it may become problem for other States in India in future. Hence, to avoid such movements in other parts of India, all regions of each State should have alternate developed cities other than capital cities in their states. It is like diversifying the risk and avoiding putting all eggs in one basket. It does not fuel demand for more states and even if such demands surface people from other regions would easily agree for sweet separation as they have equally developed alternative cities in their regions. Hereafter, it is essential to develop alternative cities in both the regions of Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra instead of focusing on Hyderabad city alone. Such moves prevent emergence of regional leaders and exploiting regional sentiments to fill their private coffers in the name of regional pride.
Hence, intellectuals, analysts and policy makers must learn lessons from this Telangana movement and plan accordingly for the betterment of all regions equally.
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