New Year’s Eve
This year, hopefully, we will get our Telangana. On the New Year’s Eve, students and many supporters of Telangana held all night vigil (called ‘Jagarana’) in Osmania University, Kakatiya University, and other places. They held lighted candles and listened to Telangana ballads and speeches the whole night. Those who oppose Telangana Movement hoped that Telangana protestors would disturb the New Year celebrations. They wanted the world to know how unruly, uncouth and barbaric the Telangana protestors were. Much to their disappointment, New Year celebrations went down peacefully.
The ‘mighty roar’ of Telangana students went off peacefully on 3rd January 2010. Anywhere between 80,000 to 200,000 students turned up at Arts College of Osmania University. These students came in from different parts of Telangana. Many students were stopped by police from entering the city and yet the turnout was huge. This few hours event went peacefully much to the dismay of those who wanted to see violence so that they can discredit the movement.
The students called for a separate Telangana. Some of them asked the student body not to trust even the Telangana politicians, and asked the students to keep the struggle on till we attain Telangana.
We are seeing a spate of Telangana ballads and songs on TV these days, thanks to Telangana Movement. We see Gaddar-like singers singing the political, economic and social messages, inspiring millions around Telangana. We are not happy just with clichés like ‘kalasi unte kaladu sukam’ (we will be happy if we are together). Instead we sing ‘amaraveerulaku johaar’, dedicated to our forefathers who have laid lives for the cause of our people. Little girls sing the songs of deprivation, wretchedness, the sorry plight of Telangana people. The songs move anyone who understands them, bring tears into your eyes, and make you sing and dance to them. Some Andhras continue to describe them cheap and silly.
However, Telanganas are no longer ashamed of singing their songs and speaking their dialect. Now they do so with pride. They do so even on the podiums in public rallies.
Animosity towards Andhras
For nearly sixty years now Telangana has endured discrimination, marginalization and domination from Andhras within the united state of Andhra Pradesh, and yet, if you recount the entire number of reprisals or violent attacks, you can hardly count them on your fingers. People of Telangana, though averse to living in the same state with Andhras, do not carry so much spite that they would actually resort to direct violence.
And yet, in the last thirty days, the animosity towards Andhras is only growing, thanks to delay tactics employed by proponents of Samaikya Andhra to stop Telangana from happening. The reason for this growing hatred and animosity lies squarely with the politicians of Andhra and people of Andhra who are opposing the formation of Telangana.
More the delay more the animosity. There is no need for that.
Message to everyone
Give up Telangana to Telanganas immediately. Give up Hyderabad to Telanganas immediately. No Telangana person is eyeing any of your cities or your assets. They just want to start a journey on their own – making their own state. They have waited for that to happen for fifty three years now. Think big. Respect it. And allow it to happen. You will not lose anything though you think that way. The more you delay it or the more you stop it, the more there will be animosity in this region. That is not good in the near term or in the long run. Why stop the inevitable?
To Andhra Settlers
As any immigrant you have not bothered to understand the region called Telangana. You were only interested in your well-being and well-being of your city called Hyderabad. But now Telangana is going through a crisis. Where do you stand? Do you sympathize with your Andhra brothers of Andhra region who don’t want to give up Telangana? Or do you sympathize with your new found home which is linked to the fate of people of Telangana?
Yes, I understand you never got a chance to understand what this guy from Warangal wants. You find him alien. But please understand that he finds you alien too. So, instead of debating who is alien, whether an Andhra person settled in Hyderabad for 10 years or whether Warangal goon coming to Hyderabad for the first time, it’s better that you reconcile to the fact that this city is linked to region for far longer than your 10-year stay. And this city is beacon of hope for this region. And whether you like it or not you are part of it. Now, it’s time for you to make your stand clear.
I have heard a sane voice from a person settled in Hyderabad who has come out and said, yes I have understood the case of Telangana and therefore I support it.
The highlight of Thursday was the presence of K. Prasuna representing the ‘settlers’ at the relay hunger strike camp. Ms. Prasuna maintained that many of those who settled in Hyderabad but hail from other regions want Telangana to be a separate State.
Amidst lusty cheers and clapping, Ms. Prasuna said those who have settled in Hyderabad want to live in Telangana only, though they might have relations with other regions. “This would not make any difference even if the State is bifurcated. We can live peacefully here,” Ms. Prasuna told the gathering.
I request others to do the same. However, we completely respect your right to differ from our opinion. And the law of the land should protect you. We will ensure it is protected.
This is directed specially to the leaders of Telangana. Stop making threats. We don’t want to go down that path. We can’t sow such seed of hatred. I will be the first guy criticizing you once you form new government. Will you call me a traitor then? Stop these threats now.
People of Telangana, don’t encourage our leaders to make those threats. Yes, it may feel good for momentarily, but it is not sustainable force. It will lead to a bad Telangana.
You may think we have bad leaders. But remembers this, bad leaders can be removed. The leaders you see now may not even rule us. But a separate Telangana will not stop because you think it has bad leaders or because the region is growing in animosity.
[The related posts are at: Case for Telangana, 6: Hyderabad State?, 8: You need to make a case, History of Telangana I, 10: Congratulations!, History of Telangana II, 11: Why so much opposition?, 12: Ignorance, Bad Faith and Low Opinion. 13: Let’s stay United!, 14: Letter to Andhra Brothers, 15: Concerns, 16: Samaikya Andhra, 17: More Concerns, 18: Betrayal, 19: Hyderabad a Union Territory?, 20: Welcome the Change, 21: Status of Hyderabad, 22: Cheat the Cheated, 23: Tidbits, 24: United we Stand, 25: Congratulations Andhra, 26: Untoward Incidents and Unity, 27: Violence mars Telangana Agitation, 28: Stickers, 29: Reporting from Hyderabad, 30: How Telangana Movement Spread, 31: Free 1948. Surrender 1956. Free 2010.]