Telangana Movement became a mainstream agitation in December 2009 when KCR undertook a fast for the cause of Telangana. The silent movement of nearly thirty years took an upswing and became an active and vocal one all of a sudden with the events of December 2009. The popular sentiment that has been lurking in the minds of the people of this region took on the national stage affecting the politics of the state and the country.
Since December 2009, there have been repeated resignations by MLAs of the state in both Telangana and Seemandhra regions of the united state of Andhra Pradesh. When the MLAs of Seemandhra resigned en masse after P Chidamabaram’s 9 Dec 2009 declaration for a separate Telangana, the speaker of the State Assembly belonging to the ruling Congress Party did not accept any of them citing a petty technical error in resignation letter format. However, when Telangana MLAs of non-Congress parties resigned, the speaker immediately accepted them. This was done with a motive of winning at least some of the seats vacated by Telangana proponents highlighting one of the farces of Indian democracy.
Indian democracy does not deal with referendums and therefore elections are forced onto the people again and again as happened in Telangana. No matter how people of Telangana vote, the elections are interpreted differently by different factions. When people find themselves unable to express through polls, they take to streets and resort to suicides, while MLAs tend to resign again and again unnecessarily forcing elections onto the people. Looks like Indian democracy has no means of addressing genuine aspirations of its people.