Reorganization of States in India: Issues & Concerns with Telangana
Speaker: Prof. Kodandram Reddy
Venue: Physics Lecture Hall, IISc, Bangalore
Date: 9th September -2010 Thursday
Time: 6:00 pm,
About the Speaker: Prof. Kodandaram is a professor in Political Science at Osmania University, Hyderabad, completely his MA and PhD from Osmania University and M.Phil from JNU. He is a famous social activist also serving as the president of Telangana Vidhyavanthula Vedhika (TVV) and presently he is the convener of Telangana-Joint Action Committee (TG-JAC). He has vast experience in educating people and a national human activist.
A growing and maturing democracy like India has to deal with demands for newer and smaller states coming from various parts of India. Telangana, a region that was merged with Andhra State to form new state of Andhra Pradesh in 1956, poses new challenges to Indian democracy. Fight for demerger of Telangana is 60 years old struggle which remains unaddressed by Indian democracy due to pressure from lobbies and vested interests who pose opposition citing reasons like new states pose threat to existence and unity of India, that one language should have one state, that backwardness as result of discrimination can be addressed by packages and aids, that new states will result in rise of Maoists, and so on. There is a need for Indian democracy to mature up to deal with problems of discrimination of minority regions by majority regions within a state, to address genuine aspirations of a backward section of people, and to admit that language alone is not the basis for division of states.