They say that nothing defines a nation better than a crisis. That’s when the nation unites itself under one banner. Today, Telangana faces a crisis – they are being bulldozed into submission. The Andhra politicians, who form a majority, have united to ensure Telangana doesn’t happen. Even if it happens, they want to have the last laugh – they want to deprive Telangana of Hyderabad.
During 2009 elections, TDP Supremo Chandra Babu Naidu went around Telangana, on media, endorsing Telangana state and won most of his numbers from Telangana. TDP leaders of Telangana used his endorsement to tell everyone in Telangana that they are going to get Telangana, not the TRS or Congress who had already betrayed them.
Prajarajyam chief, Chiranjeevi launched his party few months before 2009 elections. It was watched by millions in Andhra Pradesh, including Telangana. In that inaugural speech, Chiranjeevi clearly endorsed a separate Telangana.
Now, both of them have backtracked on their words to cater to their local constituents.
Telangana people are watching this act of betrayal as it unfolds on live media. Unlike in 1969, when the closed room conspiracies hijacked Telangana cause, the events are unfolding live in the eyes of millions of Telangana. They have not forgotten what Chandra Babu promised. They have not forgotten what Chiranjeevi said. It was just few months ago – the memories are still fresh. Now they see them doing volte face.
If ever there is one thing that is common for all people of Telangana and a common theme in its post-Independence history, it is betrayal. Today, Telangana is united with one feeling ‘a sense of betrayal’.
The word ‘betrayal’ has united Telangana like never before. Within Telangana, there were always a small minority who were skeptical of a new Telangana. They had not joined the bandwagon of Telangana state. Then there were those who were on the fence. They didn’t know if it made sense to be part of a grand Andhra Pradesh or a smaller Telangana. Now, those people have also joined their voices for a separate Telangana. Now they realize how Andhra politicians colluded to marginalize Telangana time and again. Each and every word an Andhra politician utters to resonate with his own constituents is also watched by Telangana people. They just don’t like what they hear. Nobody seems to care of Telangana – they are only interested in keeping us united by force, they realize.
Andhra people are using the age-old, clichéd oft repeated slogan:
UNITED WE STAND
DIVIDED WE FALL
They don’t realize this but Telangana is now UNITED against the onslaught of majority Andhra politicians who have taken them for a ride all these years. We were divided along party lines and casteist lines and hence you took advantage of us. Now, we want to stand united against the coercion of Andhra politicians. Thank you for the advice. We have taken it.
If Andhras mean we should not split and therefore should stay united as Andhra Pradesh. Then, why did Andhra split from Madras State. Why this slogan: United we stand, divided we fall, not apply back then?
We request Andhras to demonstrate this for us because we are not getting it. Why don’t they put their preaching into practice for us? Let the Andhra regions go back and join Tamil Nadu for a period of twenty years. Let them face the onslaught of majority Tamils in UNITED Madras state. And after those twenty years, if they still have extremely good experiences, Telangana will join back with Andhras to form a Samaikya Andhra.
Till then please don’t preach what you didn’t practice.
[The related posts are at: Case for Telangana, Telangana - A New State, Telangana II, Telangana III, Telangana IV, Telangana V: Political angle, Telangana VI: Hyderabad State?, Telangana VII: Political Drama, Telangana VIII: You need to make a case, History of Telangana I, Telangana IX: Riots turn ugly, Telangana X: Congratulations!, Vision for Telangana I, History of Telangana II, Telangana XI: Why so much opposition?, Telangana XII: Ignorance, Bad Faith and Low Opinion. Telangana XIII: Let’s stay United!, Telangana XIV: Letter to Andhra Brothers, Telangana XV: Concerns, Telangana XVI: Samaikya Andhra, Telangana XVII: More Concerns]