"The problem is that between those who are asking for a separate state and those who oppose it, there is no debate, there is no serious conversation. Every difference of opinion on both sides is sought to be resolved either by violence or by an extra dose of rhetoric."
Right now, yes, if you watch only the TV, then definitely there is no healthy debate. That’s sad. However, if you go attend some of the meetings held by various forums on Telangana, you will see an argument for Telangana which is sound, rational and pragmatic. True, a genuine debate is missing. The reason the debate is missing is because Telangana supporters and its detractors do not see eye-to-eye on this issue. While Telanganas believe the root cause for the entire problem is ‘discrimination’, no Andhra person ever accepts it and rubbishes it saying it is a fantastic imagination of few politicians. It’s like India and Pakistan talking about Kashmir. There can never be a healthy debate if we don’t agree on basic premise of the argument.
Discrimination can happen on even minor difference as long as those differences are considered significant by the people who practice them. For a Hindu who doesn’t pay attention to the details of Christianity, there may not be big difference between Catholics and Protestants and yet there could be a continuous war between them on those seemingly small differences. In Andhra Pradesh, Andhras consistently, continuously and overtly discriminate people of Telangana based on their culture, language, and identity. Failure to understand the underlying prejudices is no good excuse to believe such prejudices do not exist. A social scientist should be trained understand such prejudices, root causes for discrimination, and yet this author sounds obtuse and unqualified.