Saturday, January 23, 2010

Telangana 40: Why blame all Andhras?

I consistently use the term Andhras as if it is a monolithic block knowing very well that such a generalization is fraught with many gaps, holes and weaknesses. When I blame Andhras for the plight of Telanganas, am I accusing each and every Andhra person individually for the crimes of discrimination, marginalization and domination? Is Andhra as homogenous as I portray it to be? Is it as monolithic as I portray it to be?
Not really. 
I know very well that not all Andhras have participated in the oppression of Telangana people. In fact, most of them, nearly 90% of them must be oblivious to the plight of Telangana. To most of them, it may come as a surprise that these Telanganas who have lived with them in their state are actually accusing them of such heinous crimes – of ruthless suppression and outright discrimination. 
They react to Telangana movement very innocently, under the melodramatic slogans of ‘united we stand, divided we fall’, ‘Telugu pride’, ‘kalasi unte kaladu sukham’, etc. Are these people, teachers, college girls, students, farmers, officers, government employees, living in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema guilty of the crimes I accuse them of? When did they discriminate any Telangana? When did they marginalize or dominate Telangana? Why do I think this innocent Andhra person is responsible for what happened to Telangana people?
Isn’t Sujai a bigot who is spreading the message of hate when he accuses each and every Andhra person? Isn’t he telling his Telangana brothers to hate Andhras?

Why such generalization?

In all fights, in all wars, in all people movements which pits one kind of people against another, such generalization is not uncommon. When Blacks fight for their rights, they fight for their rights against Whites, knowing very well that many Whites strongly support their movement, knowing very well that not all Whites have discriminated them. When Gandhi fought against British, many British were next to him supporting him in his cause. And yet, his fight was against entire British people, not just the King or the Queen, not just Winston Churchill, not just the British politicians, not just the police, not just the viceroy, not just their administration in India. Indians collectively fought against British collectively for India’s Independence.
In such fights, we talk of only two entities, like Britain and India, as if they constitute one single identity, one set of people, knowing very well that Britain has English, Welsh, Scots, and Irish in them, knowing very well that India has many religions, regions, languages, princely kingdoms in it. And all those constituents may not work together on many issues. 
Usually the perpetrators of the actual crime are tiny few. Not all British actually suppressed Indians directly, many of them have never met an Indian in their life. And yet, we seem to blame them collectively for our plight. When US invades Iraq and kills innocent people, Iraqis are angry with Americans, not just the soldiers who have raped, pillaged and murdered, not just the General of the Army, not just the White House or the US Administration, but entire American people. When 26/11 incident happened in Mumbai, Indians blamed Pakistan, the entire country, not just the village that produced these terrorists, not just the terrorist agency, not just the administration, but the entire country.  
Why do we blame the entire country, entire race, an entire identity in such fights? Why do we blame everyone of certain group identity knowing very well that 90% of them are innocent? Why don’t we selectively fight our fights against only those who have perpetrated the crimes? Why do we blame them collectively? Why do we get into such generalizations? 
Collective responsibility

That’s because when Britain ruled India, the people of Britain were party to it, innocently, ignorantly, or involuntarily. When America invaded Iraq, the people of US were party to it, willingly or unwillingly. When Europe colonized rest of the world, the people of Europe were party to it, knowingly or unknowingly. When we vent our anger, we do it against the entire group. The entire population of the group holds the collective responsibility for the actions of the few because those actions are done in the name of that group.
When US Army invades a foreign land, the size of the army could be less than 300,000, but the entire nation of 300 million takes the blame for it as collective responsibility for the actions of those few. By selecting their leaders, by paying taxes to those governments, by being a silent sympathizers or spectator or bystander, you are being party to the organization, the country, the state, the race, the religion that has committed those crimes. And therefore you get blamed for it, not as an individual but as a group.
You have to understand that when I blame Andhras, I do not blame them on an individual basis. I don’t look at Andhra person and think, ‘This guy discriminated us’. The blaming happens only at a group level. Though it is not targeted at an individual level, I expect that blame to be shared by everyone who calls himself Andhra. On your name, certain people are committing certain crimes against us, taking your support and you are being held responsible for that.

When you come out onto streets fighting for ‘united state’, you are being party to it; when you talk about ‘Telugu pride’, you are being party to it; because all these actions are being used by your leaders to suppress us further. They are using you as a clout to suppress us.

Can you be silent?

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
– Edmund Burke. 
When you remain silent, you extend your support to those perpetrators, and hence you are party to it. The only way you can fight such a generalization is stop your own people from perpetrating those crimes. It is your duty not to let anyone commit those crimes on your behalf, on your identity, with your support. And when you relinquish that duty, you become a sympathizer, a supporter and hence party to the crime. You cannot be silent on issues when your own people have done harm to others on your name.
When some Nazi Germans rounded up Jews and herded them into ghettos and then into concentration camps to slaughter them by thousands per day, many Germans, even those who didn’t like what these Nazis were doing, kept quiet, were silent. After the war, we punished entire Germany holding them responsible collectively. 
Right now, most of Andhra is silent, or is silently supporting their leaders, or is silently playing neutral. Your silence is no longer innocent. Your silence is culpable, like the silent majority which allowed the Holocaust.
Blame the individual or the group?

I am accusing you as a group that has perpetrated these acts that suppressed Telanganas. I am not accusing any individual directly.
And I would not describe my feelings for Andhras as hate. If ever, I think I am angry for what you did in the past, and for what you are doing now, not to me, but to my people. 
We are angry with you for what you did in the past:
1. For continuously supporting the sustained discrimination, marginalization and domination of Telangana people in the united state called Andhra Pradesh, stealing our water, our funds, our resources, our jobs and our opportunities. 
2. For going back on every promise that you made, every agreement that you signed, and for breaking every safeguard that was designed to protect our interests. 
3. For humiliating and ridiculing us, making us second-class citizens in our own state and in our own region, treating us as incompetent, illiterate and uncivilized brothers. 

We are also angry with you for what you are doing now:
1. For being insensitive to our plight, our backwardness, our dry fields, our lost opportunities; and instead constantly harping on the loss of your vested interests and business opportunities in and around Hyderabad.
2. For not taking time to learn what our movement is all about; and instead trying to malign it, calling it naxal-led or extremist-led.
3. For opposing our movement by raising the slogans of ‘united state’ and doing everything in your capacity to thwart our movement. 
Apologizing is the first step

We can’t go back in time and change things. But we can apologize for what our people did to others and hope that we don’t repeat those mistakes. As Hindu, I take blame for things Hindus do against Muslims or Sikhs and I apologize for actions that someone else did with whom I have share common identity. As a man, I take blame for the discrimination that is meted out to women, and I apologize for the actions of men. As a privileged class, I apologize to underprivileged for the discrimination we mete out to them though I might not have done it personally. As Indian, I take blame for what happens in Kashmir. As human, I take blame for what we do to this planet. I hope Andhras will apologize to Telangana brothers for what happened in the last fifty three years. 
I want you to take collective responsibility for what you did in the past and for what you are doing now. I want the educated and rational Andhras to come forward and sympathize with us and support us in our movement.
Telangana will be formed. It is an eventuality. How we get there is up to you. Will you make it really hard for us or will you make it easy for us? We want to part with you on a good note, without animosity. I want you to let us go. I promise you that there won’t be any animosity towards any Andhra person once the separation happens. Look at our history of 53 years – how many times have we targeted you, though we were angry with you all this while? Why should we do it in future when there is no more a reason to be angry with you?
Right now, I accuse Andhras collectively, not individually, of protracted crimes against Telanganas. Only when Andhras oppose their own leaders, fight the actual perpetrators of these crimes against Telanganas, disassociate themselves from those who are opposing the formation of Telangana, shall we absolve you of the crimes. Till then you are party to it. And I will continue to refer to all of you collectively as Andhras. 


  1. I wish that every Andhra irrespective of his allegiance to his region and professional and political affinity would read Sujai’s blog.

    Sujai puts forward a cogent explanation of inescapable blame that trickles down from the top of the evil strata to the bottom layer of good citizens in Andhra. One may say that such a broad categorization of blame sharing smacks of bias. But what he said is all reflected in the following quote in his blog:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
    – Edmund Burke

    Therefore, for doing nothing the good men from Andhra will get blamed equally along with evil perpetrators for the destruction of a hapless people in Telangana. Our sages have said the same differently,

    “Mounam Ardhangikara suchanam.”

    If good Andhra men remain silent and do not speak up against the atrocities of their evil echelon, then every Andhra must share the blame. Can good Andhra men for once take out a procession to denounce the stand of their political representatives? Can one Andhra rationally justify their opposition to Telangana separation? If you can’t do this, then you are equally blamable.

  2. Dear Sujai,

    Excellent article. Please translate this into Telugu and post here again.

    For the sins committed by Lanka King Ravana, all his people, warriors, saints and Sena got the blamings and received the loss in the war with Lord Rama’s Vanara Sena in the process of restoring the dharma.

    For the sins committed by few Kaurava’s, all the intellectuals and common people of the Kingdom got the blamings and received the loss in the war with Pandava Sena, with the direction of Lord Krishna in the process of restoring the dharma.

    Hence, we need to always take the side of Dharma, even if it is against our own people.

    In this Kaliyug, very, very, very few people will follow and practice it.

  3. "In all fights, in all wars, in all people movements which pits one kind of people against another, such generalization is not uncommon."

    Good now you must understand why we call Telangana people as Naxals, thugs and goons.

    I guess Andhras have to right to COLLECTIVELY blame Telangana people for grabing their OWN state Capital city.

    I guess Andhras have the right to COLLECTIVELY blame Telangana people as naxals even though there is a very tiny percent of them as naxals.

    I guess Andhras have the right to COLLECTIVELY blame Telangana people as goons and thugs for disrupting their business and destroying their hard earned properties in their OWN state capital even though its a tiny percent.

    Lets start the blame game. Where nobody wins.

  4. @Blueshift

    Please refer to the true history. Andhra leaders played the same game when they seperated from TN. They demanded for Madras as their capital which was just in between the borders of the two parties.

    At that time Hyderabad (Telangana) state was full fledged with ready made capital city, including the Assenbly hall and administration buildings at Hyderabad.

    Then Andhra region joined with already existing Hyderabad (Telangana) state to form as AP with Hyderabad as capital.

    Then the Andhra and Telangana states were merged inspite of opposition from us and the first SRC, with some conditions and assurances.

    From last 54 years we are demanding to restore our own previous status as Hyderabad (Telangana) state. When all those assurances and promices made before and after merging with Andhra region are not fulfilled, we have right to get seperated, the choice which was assured when we both got merged.

    Don't we have right to cancel our joint aggreement / relation when the terms and conditions agreed upon by both parties were not fulfilled by the other partner.

  5. SRI4TG

    I know only history.

    what is this "true history" ?????

    you mean twisted history.

    The truth is both sides benifitted from the merger which T people want to deny lets see what the Krishna committe will say.

  6. Well said Sujai. I hope a lot of telanganites now have a better explanation for Andhrites.

    Sujai, may be you have to write in Andhra language to explain andharites in a more decent way to make then understand why and what this movement is all for.

    I wonder how telanganites are still tolerating this kind of attitude. Hats of to telanganites for their patience. I wish I could suggest andhrites not to test telanganites and their patience. Being a telanganite I know how pissed off they could be when their feelings are at stake. But, what a surprise, they stayed clam and taking the movement step by step ahead towards the goal.

    I wonder sometimes about how andharites will live together or stay united with such attitude after separation.May god bless them after separation.

    Jana Gana Mana Telangana
    Jaya ho .. Chal Jaya Ho..
    Hulchul Ho.

  7. Sri4tg,
    Take this Blueshift easy. He is just another Andhra Goon who has been littering this blog with illogical arguments for a while now.
    When we present some facts that clearly show how Andhra has managed to rob and exploit Telangana, this guy overlooks the evidence. But he understands the conclusion and deems that the conclusion is not based on evidence. He is blind to the facts.
    His ego hurts him to believe in the facts and thereby the conclusion. He takes it as a blame, whereas we present it as facts and the facts about injustice done to telangana.
    It is evident that his perspective is completely in opposite coordinates. We are not ready for the blame game. What we are expecting is Justice.
    So unless he drops in right shoes, please ignore him.

  8. input for Sujai to "put forward a cogent explanation of inescapable suffering that trickles down from the top of the dumb and selfish strata to the bottom layer of helpless citizens of a region".

    "None will say that such a broad categorization of suffering smacks of bias".

    Dumb strata
    -- cannot understand evil strata, nor capable of understanding warnings from outside
    -- cannot understand needs of lower strata
    -- gullible enough to fall for designs of evil strata time and again

    Selfish strata
    -- sells death of 400 people for CM post
    -- supports dynasty politics of evil strata
    -- falls at feet of "foreign" strata for everything
    -- keeps mum in exchange for political posts

    Learned strata
    -- creates evil strata as the perceived cause is not sufficent
    -- cannot command the Dumb strata but demands sacrifice of student careers
    -- projects the dumb strata incabilities as exploitation by evil strata

    Any guess for blog title?

  9. Gopal Alankar where are you?
    Sujai seems busy, why don't you take up the new cogent explanation?

  10. Anonymous,
    the apt title would be
    "Gibberish from Andhra Pseudo Elite"


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