Can we regain their trust?

I was struggling to understand why there is only one answer to my question. Well, dear reader, let me ask the question too. Are you in favour of creating Telengana?

I may have posed this question to 9 or 10 of my friends over the past few months, most times knowing that they are Andhra-ites. The answer has been a very emphatic “NO WAY”.

Naturally I have asked the reason(s) for this. The responses I have heard so far indicate a deep seated fear about Telengana, and most importantly Hyderabad, becoming out of bounds for people from the rest of Andhra, or Seemandhra, or coastal Andhra plus Rayalseema. There is a good reason for this. Telengana political leaders keep saying that Seemandhra folks will have no place in the Telengana Govt. jobs. OK. But, what of the private sector, organised or otherwise? Would they not be the bigger employers? Do they also share this view? Perhaps they do. So while an Andhra-ite feels comfortable working and living in most parts of India, and to a fairly large extent in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the Seemandhra folks do not have the same feeling about Telengana.

I have a some more fundamental questions.

1. Would the Seemandhra folks agree that the districts of Andhra that comprise the Telengana region are amongst the poorest in Andhra Pradesh?
2. If the Seemandhra folks introspect, would they agree that the politicians and the administrators, as well as the people themselves, have let down the Telengana region, and the folks from there?
3. What should the politicians and people from Seemandhra do now to regain the trust of the people from Telengana?

It applies to all similar situations that are festering all over the country.

I would not at all be surprised that if Telengana becomes a reality, then some of the taluks of districts of Karnataka like Raichur, Gulbarga, Bidar may want to join up with them. Proximity of culture apart, they are so far off from the minds of the “rulers” (though they are supposed to be servants) of the state. Folks from Vidarbha often feel the same way.

I do not expect politicians from the Congress or the BJP to ask themselves the forward looking question – What do we need to do to regain their trust? Nor do I expect them to be take the steps to make it happen.

However, I do want my friends to introspect. We all need to find a way to be more giving and more inclusive to those who have less than us. Or those who feel alienated. For a fellow Indian. For another human.

Maybe you will tell me that I am wrong in this case. That Andhra govt. has done a lot for those districts. And this is just because a politician or two offered “Govt. jobs” to all students of Osmania University. Right!

Lastly, my own view – I am not in favour of another state being created as a potential vote bank. For now. If on the other hand, Andhra Pradesh, is unable to, in a time bound program, say 5 years, improve the state of administration and other standards in the Telengana region, we should seriously consider the statehood option as a big option. As a check, one has to ensure that the Andhra Govt. does not end up bleeding revenue from the region, as a spiteful act instead. Other states should have a time bound program too for improving their poorest districts. Else, be prepared to demands for even more statehoods.

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8 responses to “Can we regain their trust?

  1. Ravi, while agreeing with few more untold facts.
    1.None of the common citizens(andhra and telengana) want the state to be divided.
    2.The naxal will take the control of hyderabad.
    3. The only person family getting benefited by this is KCR.
    4.there will be fights over the river water.

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  2. 1. Trust? Forget it! all I want is the vote 🙂
    2. To extrapolate Abe Lincoln’s quotation, you cannot enlighten all the people all the time. We human beings are constantly rationalizing but often not rational — and we don’t even realise that we’re being manipulated for a someone else’s eye on the vote bank!

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    • What rankles is that some of our SE Asian neighbours who were in as bad, if not worst, a state as us about 5 decades ago, have managed to improve the human development index for their citizens more than us. Someone who has much more ground level experience tells me that politicians of mainstream political parties too have improved over the last few years in the “delivery” of services/facilities to their constituency. If so, we need them to accelerate the process further, to remove the major imbalances between various parts of the state/country.

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  3. quite carefully analysed and quite decently thought out Mandaymar!

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  4. The interesting point here is that any state in India can be open to this sort splitting up on cultural, language etc reasons. How many states will we then end up with. I mean I bet Coorg and Dakshina Kannada or Dakshina Kannada and the Malenad area could claim commonality of experience or culture and root for separation. There is no end to this sort of splitting.

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    • True. But the statehoods given in the first place were exactly based on language..Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Andra, TN, Oddisa, Bengal, Assam….all created on the basis of language. Wrong precedent? Not necessarily.

      I was not supporting creation of extra states. I was trying to caution those of us who have benefitted from development over the years to keep an eye and an ear out for those who have not. The political establishment ( Congress, BJP, various regional parties) have not. Many districts of India have seen 56 years of poor governance…even if one discounts the first decade.

      I was trying to put myself in the shoes of people who have had promises broken year after year for the last 50 years…and wondering as to why would I trust someone…anyone who says to me that my future is bright as long as I go ahead with status quo. Would you trust them Nuthan?

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