Monday, January 03, 2011

Telangana - Options

It is another 3 days to go for the All Party Meet that the Central Government had called for to discuss the Views, Suggestions and recommendations of The Sri Krishna Commission that is looking into the demand for separate Telangana State.

The commission had already submitted its recommendations to the Central Government but not to the public. It is strange to note that the Congress Party Government had already gone through the recommendations but took time to put it across to all the parties. So, they do have buying time and they can come to the meeting with strategies.

The main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had boycotted the meeting along with Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) which is spearheading the separate movement. They claim that the Sri Krishna Commission itself is a time wasting device.

They rightly bring before the fact that when Andhra State was carved out of the erstwhile Madras State, no one took the opinion of all the areas of the State but only from the Telugu speaking areas. Since majority wanted separate state on linguistic basis, a separate state was carved out.

Now, to create Telangana State, the Sri Krishna Commission is taking opinion from non-telangana regions too. If a section of the region demands a separate state due to economic & cultural regions, Government should take majority view from that region and take a decision accordingly.

Anyways, coming back to the All Party Meeting, I think the Commission is going to put forward the following options give or take a few more:

1) Retain Combined Andhra Pradesh: Samaikya (Combined) Andhra Pradesh is definitely not acceptable to people of Telangana.

2) Carve out Telangana State: Politicians from Andhra and Raayalaseema Regions are against this for no particular reason other than "All Telugus should stay united".

3) Carve out three states - Telangana, Andhra & Hyderabad where in Hyderabad would be clubbed with Ranga Reddy District and be made either a separate state or a Union Territory directly administered by the Central Government.
This option would be acceptable to Andhras and also those Hyderabadis who have migrated to Hyderabad. Andhras would be ready to make the state into 10 pieces is Hyderabad is not given solely to Telangana. But, Telangana without Hyderabad is not workable as Hyderabad would be the driving force for development of Telangana and also, it is the historic capital of the erstwhile Nizam State of which Telangana is the Telugu speaking part.

4) My favourite option: Andhra State, Telangana State and Hyderabad would be acting as a Union Territory along with being capital of Telangana State.
I hope Andhras should not have problem as Hyderabad would be administered by Central Government (most of the important departments) while people from Telangana can be content that Hyderabad is their capital.
A working example we have is Chandigarh,a Union Territory is still a common capital for both Punjab & Haryana states.

Let's see what's in store.

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