No matter what, we cannot take the violent path in our current agitation. I understand that the youth is frustrated because the results are not coming. Also, Seemandhra leadership is not helping the situation. They are unnecessarily provoking Telangana people.
Many a times the agitating youth like to take the easy path but thankfully the grass root level leaders in Telangana are still strongly promoting nonviolent methods. And I am glad that this agitation has not gone the violent route. We may not have a Gandhi leading us, but we are still banking on Gandhian principles. Let’s keep it that way. It’s a healthy way. We should not get provoked. We should remain composed all through our struggle, even when we are agitated the most.
Revolutions which have taken violent path have had hard time conforming to democratic institutions. Much touted French Revolution descended into Reign of Terror where revolutionists fought amongst themselves. It took nearly hundred years to actually achieve a democracy in that country. Bolshevik Revolution in Russia eventually paved the way for Stalinist autocratic rule where more than 10 million fellow countrymen were killed. Afghanistan which got liberated from Soviet Union’s influence by the Mujahideen descended into a civil war with fierce infighting between various warlords. There are very few examples where armed revolutions have successfully transitioned into democratic countries.
On the other hand, nonviolence builds character. Resorting to violence should be seen as a sign of weakness not strength. To remain nonviolent even in the most frustrating situations shows strength of character. It’s good to create such leaders in Telangana. It will be of long term benefit to the region. If Andhras call us weak for our nonviolent methods, let them call us weak. We know that in our hearts we are strong, so why to prove it to anyone? We are on a path of justice. We will prevail. So, why to hurry up things?
Another important point that should not be missed out is that some detractors would like to see us become violent because that will serve their purpose than ours. For that we have to understand our history. 1969 agitation was a violent one compared to the current agitations. That gave the State a pretext to completely suppress it with ruthless force. Some Andhra leaders opine that if the current agitation becomes violent, the State will be forced to call in the armed forces to quell the agitation. That’s why you see Seemandhra politicians describing our movement as 'anti-national' in their presentation to SriKrishna Committee. The hope is that state will intervene, call our movement anti-national, arrest our leaders, arrest all protestors, impose armies and control Telangana once again.
Let’s not get into their taunts or provocations. Keep cool. If we don’t get Telangana now, it’s OK, but getting it through violence is far more dangerous for the future of Telangana than getting it later.