Today, as in the past many years, “The Andhra Pradesh Formation Day” will be observed as “Betrayal Day” in entire Telangana region. Black flags will be hoisted at every place, especially at places where the national flag is normally hoisted. There will be protest rallies and meetings demanding separate statehood for Telangana. Ministers, MLAs and political party members belonging to Telangana have decided to boycott all celebrations and events pertaining to State formation day. Sri Konda Laxman Bapuji, freedom fighter and one fighting for Separate Telangana State for over four decades and who is 96 years old now will be going on a 7-day fast from today morning at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, demanding Telangana State. Former State Minister and Congress MLA Sri Komatireddy Venkat Reddy will commence his indefinite hunger strike at Nalgonda today, demanding the Government to announce and speed up the process of formation of Telangana State.
Andhra and Telangana were merged on 1st November 1956, against the recommendations of the ‘First States Reorganization Commission’ (First SRC) popularly known as ‘Fazal Ali Commission’ and thereafter all agreements made from time to time and corrective actions to safeguard job opportunities and development in Telangana have been diluted. The list of injustices in every aspect of governance is enormous. Protests against these injustices have been made by the people from the very beginning but unfortunately due to selfish politicians from Telangana who turned a blind eye to the local problems to safeguard their personal interests and priorities, the problems of Telangana and the frustration of the people simply grew. The yearlong separate Telangana agitation in 1969 was violent, over 360 agitators were shot dead and the agitation was suppressed politically by luring politicians and with a fresh agreement which was never implemented.
The demand for separate State continued and starting from 2004 every major political party in the State and Center started promising Telangana State during elections and forgot the Telangana issue immediately after winning the elections or gave excuse after excuse for delaying or not fulfilling the promise. This trend continued in the 2009 general elections too, just for the cause of winning elections and coming to power to fulfill their personal agendas. And on 9th December 2009, when the Central Government announced that the process for formation of ‘Telangana State’ has commenced, there were protests by some politicians who all along fooled the Telangana electorate that they have no objection to the formation of Telangana and that they would abide by the decision of the Central Government. With these protests the Central Government buckled and since two years it is saying that it is carrying out discussions to find a permanent solution, narrow discussions, wider discussions, consensus discussions, all party discussions, sub-core committee discussions, core committee discussions, discussions after elections, discussions after results, discussions in the new year, discussions after Ramzan, discussions after Dasara, Discussions after Diwali and now discussions after Bakrid festival. I do not know when these discussions would end and in the meantime over 600 frustrated aspirants of Telangana have unfortunately ended their lives.
The agitation in Telangana is continuing in spite of several tricks and moves to suppress it. I wish it continues until these shameless deceivers bow down to fulfill their promise of a separate Telangana State, exactly as the people are demanding it.
P.S. Dated-2nd November: You may read about the intensity of the Betrayal Day/Black Day agitation in Telangana yesterday, 1st Nov. - I am producing below today’s newspaper clippings; if you read them carefully you will understand the intensity of the agitation. I hope the irresponsible and the deceiving politicians busy with their profiteering activities would take time to read newspapers to understand the ground situation in Telangana.