Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Formation of Telangana: No need for consent from AP State Assembly

Many elected leaders hailing from Seemandhra are under the false impression that they can scuttle the process of formation of Telangana by passing a negative resolution or delaying their consent when the draft bill for State Reorganization Act is sent to the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly for their consent.   Since Seemandhras form a majority in the State Assembly they believe they can stall the formation of Telangana.   Their belief is misguided and not based in ground realities.

Sensing this kind of danger, wherein the majority region in the state could thwart any attempt by the minority region from aspiring to form a separate state, the Indian Constitution has provisioned Article 3 in the current form, whereby the State Assembly is allowed to ‘express its views’ without any binding nature within a certain specified period of time.  The Indian Parliament is entitled to reorganize the state with or without the consent of the State Assembly, with or without considering the suggestions made by the State Assembly, and also without waiting for the State Assembly to respond beyond the specified expiration date.  If for some reason, the State Assembly is not in session or is dissolved, like in President’s Rule, the Parliament could still go ahead and reorganize the states. 

Telangana: ‘Those who seek separation should give-in and give-up’

Seemandhras have started to make Telangana people guilty, asking them to be fair, pushing them to making concessions, forcing them to give up something if they want separation.  Their arguments can be captured as follows:  “If separatists want something, then they should give something to the integrationists.  If you are the ones who want to separate, then you can’t have capital city - because you have to lose something to gain something.  If you want to breakup, then you need to satisfy us to get our permission.  You should make compromises if you want your dream fulfilled.” 

The underlying assumption in all this rhetoric is that division is seen as a business transaction or deal, a compromise between two shareholders.  If the division is to be carried out, then the Seemandhras believe it should be ‘win-win’ for all.  They ask- ‘how can Telangana have all their demands fulfilled while Seemandhra demands are not met?’

There is something grossly wrong in looking at a geopolitical situation such as division of a state as a business transaction. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Telangana: How long does it take to create a new capital city?

If one were to listen to the current arguments positioned by Seemandhras, the central government in New Delhi, and some of our Telangana leaders, you may actually start believing that creating a new capital city is indeed a time consuming and complex process that could take many years.  There is a general consensus amongst many stakeholders that it may take as much as ten years for Seemandhras to create a new capital city.   While Seemandhras believe that they may need many decades because they hope to create an exact replica of Hyderabad before they let go Hyderabad, many naïve Telangana concede that it is only ‘fair’ to allow Seemandhras to continue using Hyderabad as temporary capital for a period of ten years.

Does it really take so many years to create a new capital city as we are being led to believe?

Let’s look at some real examples from geopolitical history and see if there is any merit in this common belief shared by most Seemandhras and some Telanganas. 

When the Labor Party came to power in England in 1945 following the World War II, they had an explicit agenda – to grand independence to its biggest colony, the Indian subcontinent.  Lord Mountbatten was chosen as the last Viceroy to oversee the transition of power from the King of England to the people of the subcontinent. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Indian Economy: what is actually wrong

This is my take on what is actually wrong with Indian Economy, mimicking the article published by Mint Magazine.  This is condensed version of my previous article 'India is not producing enough'
Here is the original print from Mint Magazine.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Telangana: Arguments concerning Hyderabad

1. Why Seemandhras invested into Hyderabad?

Investors tend to invest in those places which give rich dividends.  In India, some of the most favored destinations are the large metropolitan cities.  By 1956, Hyderabad was already the 5th largest city in India, was covered by TIME Magazine, and it boasted world class infrastructure with major universities, industries, water bodies and institutions – all this was already in place before formation of Andhra Pradesh – so it had nothing to do with contribution of Seemandhras.

Not all states are blessed with cosmopolitan and metropolitan cities - there are very few cities in India while there are many states.  Therefore, the businessmen and entrepreneurs hailing from states like Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, tend to invest in the major cities outside their states, like in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. 

What helped Hyderabad to become a favored destination for investment in the last six decades consists of two essential reasons.  One, after Independence, Indian government looked for safe destinations that were away from the border and away from the coast to develop its major establishments.  Hyderabad is one of those choices along with Bangalore, lying in the South and away from the coast.  Unlike in British ruled cities, where the city lands were owned by private individuals, most of the land in Hyderabad city was owned by Nizam, which later became property of the Government.  Therefore, Hyderabad presented a much better case with easily available lands for expansion and installation of major institutions.  The Indian Government installed many premier industries in Hyderabad, like ECIL, BHEL, HAL, DRDO, DRDL, etc. – and this has nothing to do with contribution from Seemandhras or Telanganas. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Telangana seeks freedom from Andhra colonial masters

Telangana has an aspiration – it dreams of a day when it will attain freedom from its current colonial masters, the Andhras.  When I call Andhras as colonial masters, I am not referring to just their political leaders or the rich industrialists – I am talking about entire Seemandhra people who are now engaged in Samaikyandhra agitations to scuttle the formation of Telangana.  I am talking about the common men and women of Andhra, the very same people who came on an invasion campaign into the heart of Telangana to hold their ‘anti-Telangana’ Sabha, right in the middle of our cities, and in the process assaulted our people while we stood helpless. 

The last forty five days of their agitations has only confirmed it for all Telangana people that it is not just Seemandhra leaders who are keen on holding onto Telangana.  We understand quite clearly and emphatically without an iota of doubt that the entire population of Seemandhra wants to perpetuate their hegemony and colonial rule over Telangana. 

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

What happens if Telangana is created with Hyderabad as it capital?

These are the ‘genuine’ fears expressed by Seemandhra people and their leaders in Samaikyandhra agitations. 

All Seemandhras would lose their jobs instantly

All Seemandhras whether they are living in Telangana or in Seemandhra will instantly lose their jobs with creation of Telangana.  One needs to understand why.  Most Seemandhras are currently employed only in Telangana and that too only in government sector, taking up jobs meant for Telanganas.  They will lose these jobs immediately.   In addition, Seemandhras will lose their jobs within Seemandhra for unknown reasons, but known explicably to Samaikyandhra activists. Seemandhra teachers will lose their jobs, because all Seemandhra students will stop going to school due to the heart-break caused by the murder of their beloved Telugu Talli.  Bankers in Seemandhra will lose their jobs because banks would become empty after spending the money on Samaikyandhra agitations.  All lawyers in Seemandhra will have no cases to fight because currently most of them are engaged in fighting against Telangana activists.