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Response to ‘T’ Discussion in Karmayog – III

15-11-2011

 

Respected Subba Rao garu,

Socio-economic data do not support any claim of backwardness in Telangana or any discrimination against the region.

Problems exist in Telangana, as they do in any other region in the state or for that matter in any other part of the country.

Existence of problems does not make a case for separation. It does only when the existence of problems can be causally linked to the formation of the state. In other words, if somebody can establish that a particular problem has emerged, not merely subsequent to the formation of the state, but because of the formation of the state, then we can concede that there can be a case for the division.

But that is not the situation.

The district-wise economic data do not bear out any of the backwardness/discrimination claims.

Please visit www.visalandhra.org for the relevant data that we presented in our Delhi workshop on 5-6 July this year. They are in the form of videos.

You may also like to read Sri Nalamotu Chakravarthy’s book ‘My Telugu Roots’ especially Chapter 19. There is an excellent treatment of the socio-economic data. Justice Srikrishna Committee’s observation that ‘it is not Telangana but Rayalaseema that is most backward region in the state’ is much later to the work of Sri Chakravarthy. You can access his book at www.myteluguroots.com. I request you to take some time and read it and examine the argument. It also delves deep into the history, the process of integration and subsequent developments. Although it has no bearing one way or the other on the facts and their interpretation, it might interest you to know that Sri Chakravarthy hails from Telangana region.

You can also access the latest district-wise data from the AP Directorate of Economics and Statistics. If you are not able to lay your hands on it, I can help you. It is digitally available. I don’t think it should pose any difficulty for you to access it.

I would like to draw your attention to another level of economic analysis. If you disaggregate the data, you will find that in every region there are backward districts and developed districts. And in every backward district there are developed mandals and backward mandals. And in every forward mandal, there are backward villages and developed ones. And in every developed village there are underdeveloped and poverty stricken areas or families.

Therefore, it is inappropriate to lump one whole region as backward or forward. The general economic indices of a region or a district or a mandal are not unimportant. But they do not tell you the whole story.

Separatists, for instance, talk about the prevalence of Fluorosis in Nalgonda district. You may be aware that this problem is severe in Prakasam district also. This has nothing to do with the formation of Andhra Pradesh. Nobody prevented the government from addressing the issue in Nalgonda and nobody prevented it from addressing it in Prakasam.

Problems related to irrigation are shown in a mischievous angle. It is a geological fact that Telangana sits on the Deccan plateau. In most places it is anywhere between 800 to 1640 feet above the level where Godavari and Krishna flow. The difficulty is lifting the water and the consumption/availability of power. In spite of these difficulties, additional land brought under irrigation since the formation of the state is impressive. Can something more be done? Most certainly, yes. Should something more be done? Most certainly, yes. But these questions and the answer are as relevant to Telangana as they are relevant to Rayalaseema or for that matter any part of the country. The allegation of water theft is far from truth.

It would give you very interesting insight if you examine the data on development of those districts that went to Karnataka and Maharashtra from the erstwhile Hyderabad (Nizam) State. If you compare the developmental indices of those Kannada and Marathi speaking districts since the formation of Karnataka and Maharashtra and the Telugu speaking districts ( of the erstwhile Nizam) you will find that the Telangana districts in AP far ahead.

Telangana region has registered very impressive growth and development since the formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956. This is an incontrovertible fact.

Allow me to say one more thing before I close this response.

You hailing from Guntur or Sri Chakravarthy hailing from Nalgonda matter little to me as far as facts, data, and their interpretation are concerned. I noticed some gentleman immediately clutching to your post as an endorsement of and sanctifying his false propaganda on the basis of your nativity. If he thinks that your Guntur nativity validates his false allegations, he should shut his shop and disappear if he reads Sri Chakravarthy’s book or listens to Sri Narra Madhava Rao’s speech on why the state should stay united. If you are not aware, Sri Madhava Rao is over ninety years of age and was in the forefront of the Telangana armed struggle against the despotic Nizam-Patel-Patwari-Jagirdari-Razakar rule and the oppression of the Gadi Doras in the region.

There are good people everywhere. As there are bad people everywhere. All good people don’t live in one region or district or state or even a country. Likewise all bad people don’t belong to one region or a district or a state or a country as much as they don’t all belong to one caste or religion or a nationality. We should be wary of such stereotyping. This leads to hatred on the one hand and a patronising attitude on the other. Both are abominable.

To sum up, the claims of discrimination and backwardness made by the separatist ideologues are unsupported by the socio-economic data. The allegations of theft of jobs, water and other resources are baseless. There are problems. There is no denying of that. But the problems are everywhere in the state as much as they are everywhere in the country. There is no causal relationship between the existence and continuation of problems and the formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956.

I have also given you an idea on where you can access data.

If you need any more information or clarification, please feel free to post your query in Karmayog. I will be very happy to provide you the data and share my analysis and insights.

With Regards,

Parakala

 

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