Sunday, February 14, 2010
Telangana 44: A note to my readers
Most readers who have visited this blog for the first time, only because of Telangana agitation, may find my criticism of Andhras extremely harsh. That’s because they have not read my other posts on this blog, where I am equally critical of many other aspects of India, including being critical of identities that I am a part of. I am critical of Hindus though I am Hindu, I am critical of Indians though I am an Indian. In one of the posts, I was critical of Telugus too, though I am Telugu.
Most new readers, especially those who are not from Telangana, assume that my criticism of Andhras is based in hatred. They think that I am a bigot inciting hatred towards Andhras to win support of Telanganas. They don’t realize that I am equally incisive on many other people, not just Andhras.
When I say that Andhras have discriminated, marginalized and dominated Telangana, I am being sincere without malice. If you know how discrimination happens, you will come to the same conclusions. There is copious amount of evidence if one chooses to look at it. Unfortunately, most Andhras do not realize this and do not even make an attempt to realize this. Even many Telanganas have refused to believe this for a long time.
In this blog, I am calling spade a spade without mincing words, without being politically correct, and let me assure you this, when Telangana is formed, I am going to be its harshest critic.
I know the problems of Telangana and I know that Telangana is far from being perfect. Its politicians are equally vile as any other. Its people carry the same prejudices like any other Indian. I know that they would have behaved similar to Andhras if they were majority and privileged and I would have railed against them then. Most importantly, I know that formation of Telangana is not the panacea to all our problems.
And yet, I know that the starting point for improving Telangana is a separate state of Telangana. Though the British gave Indians their freedoms in small chunks and doses, it made no impact on the socio-economic-cultural conditions of Indians. It had to be complete freedom that came about in 1947. All previous attempts of the British to rule India with elected Indians leaders giving them limited powers did not really make any difference to the plight of Indians. Only when India became independent we could go ahead and implement major social and economic reforms. We emancipated the lower castes, gave equal rights to our women, and gave self-rule to various regions and groups.
Unless Telangana is free from the rule of Andhras, no socio-economic improvement can be implemented in Telangana. And hence our current focus is towards that. The only stumbling block to achieving statehood happens to be the combination of greed and the fears of Andhras who form the majority and the privileged in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Hence the ire against Andhras, and hence the attempt to educate Andhras (the second one is failing completely).
I will continue to be critical of the majority and the privileged even after the formation of Telangana because they can easily suppress the rights of the minorities and the underprivileged by being natural. In fact, it takes lot of efforts not to discriminate if you are the majority and the privileged. Andhras need to understand this.
I realize that most Indians do not understand the concepts of discrimination and therefore they will never admit it. But I am hoping that there would be at least one Andhra person who will come out and admit they have discriminated against Telanganas – either knowingly or unknowingly. I want to see one sane Andhra person to come forward and apologize for what happened. I want to see one Andhra person to say, ‘take Telangana with all its cities, towns and villages, start your lives, correct your problems, and good luck to you’, without asking anything in return.
Till then, I will continue to believe that this blog with nearly 43 articles on Telangana did not make any difference.
Related posts: Duties of the Majority and the Privileged