Deprivation to Telangana Case for Separate Statehood Submitted to Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP) By Working Group

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  • Deprivation to TelanganaCase for Separate Statehood

    Submitted toCommittee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP)

    ByWorking Group forPreparation of Memorandum to CCSAP

    Constituted by Telangana Development Forum (TDF) India7th May 2010, Hyderabad

  • TDF believes that separate statehood for Telangana is the only solution for the restoring identity of the region and development of its people Began in New Jersey, USA in 1999; TDF-India formed in 2007; Has over 4000 members in the worldActivities of TDF in Telangana Exposing the discriminatory treatment meted to Telangana and support ongoing struggleRegular Teleconferences with political leaders and intellectualsDistribute literature, banners and stickers to create awareness on injustice done to TelanganaConducting events like 10K run, Telangana Nights, Human Chains, Save Earth campaigns, LecturesAssisted Lawyers in fighting cases; Assisted students in getting bails who were illegally arrested Reported to Human Rights Commission on the Police excesses in university campuses TDF USA has requested Video Conference with the members of Srikrishna CommitteeActivities of TDF in the WorldProtested in front of the UNO against visit of Sonia Gandhi in 2007; against visits of CBN and YSR Protested in front of Parliament of UK in London, all over the world; Hunger StrikesCelebrate spirit of TelanganaConducting cultural events that symbolize the spirit of Telangana like Bathukamma, Bonalu, Dasara, Kite festival , Dhoom-Dhaam; Conducting Pravasi Telangana Divas [PTD] every year Development ActivitiesScholarships to needy rural students; Facilitate NRIs adopting their native villages for improvement in hygiene, education, health etc.,Assisted stranded Telangana people in Gulf countriesTDF and Activities

  • Telangana MovementExpectation of 3.5 Crore people: Achieve separate statehood for Telangana within legal confines of Indian ConstitutionA truly democratic, peoples and mass movementDecisive electoral outcome: 1969, 2004, 2009Protests, Huge public gatherings, Public Rallies, Civil disobedience, Hunger Strikes; unique events like human chains, vanta varpu, dhoom dham; Ballads spread political messageTouching every village, every town, every city; Involved children, youth, old, women from all classesThe most widespread and politically-aware movement since Indian Independence MovementA legitimate movement India is an evolving democracy not a static oneStates will change shape in an evolving democracy Such stiff resistance to creation of new states is unheard of in mature democracies9 Committees formed so far and yet there is no decision on voice of 3.5 Crore peopleIndian Constitution allows creation of new statesArticle 3 suggests decision to be taken by Indian Parliament; not State Assembly for obvious reasonsNehrus Tryst with Destiny SpeechA moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

  • Indian Democracy failed TelanganaMerged two historically, culturally, politically and economically distinct regions into one stateMany apprehensions expressed by leaders like Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, Fazal Ali and NehruGentlemens Agreement acted as a Contract for Marriage of unequals1969 Peoples Movement came out as a result of betrayals, broken promises, and consistent neglectRuthlessly suppressed; 370 killed, thousands injured, nearly 70,000 incarceratedNow, Telanganas are disillusioned and disenchanted: all legitimate routes closed for people of TelanganaElectoral, legal, legislative routes failedCurrent delay of formation of Telangana resulted in 270+ suicides Negative characterization of this movementDescribed as Naxal, extremist, or separatist movementWhat was valid for Andhras out of Madras State is denied to TelanganasPolitical machination of the bullies suppressing the weak, and buckling of Indian leaders to those pressures is the only reason why Telangana is not formedAndhras acting like jilted lover: Tu Haan Kar Ya Na Kar Tu hain meri Kiran

  • DiscriminationDiscrimination happens when two unequal cultures, races, groups vie for the same set of resources and opportunitiesWhen majority or privileged work for self-interest, the minority or the underprivileged lose outLyndon Johnson, said on Blacks being liberated in USA: You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, "you are free to compete with all the others," and still justly believe that you have been completely fair.Low opinion: an essential ingredient for all discriminationsWhites discriminated against Blacks based on superiority of genes, culture and intelligenceMen discriminate against Women based on superiority in physical and mental strengthAndhras discriminated against Telangana based on superiority in language, culture and habitsUniversal characterization of Telanganas as lazy, drunkards, illiterate, bastardized by Muslim rule, unsophisticated, uncouth, and culturally inferior; ridicule of Telangana language, culture, and its historyMore than 25,000 movies show Telangana people as villains, buffoons, or workers, never a protagonistCase of discrimination not just backwardnessTelangana problem is falsely defined purely as a problem of backwardness when it is a case of exploitation by privileged and majority of the underprivileged and minorityBackwardness is an outcome of sustained and continuous discriminationWidespread discrimination based in deep-rooted prejudices cannot be addressed through measures like accords, agreements, packages, aids, etc.

  • IrrigationExtract of Justice Fazal Ali commissions report wherein viewpoint of Vishalandhra is expressedif one independent political jurisdiction, namely, that of Telangana, can be eliminated, the formulation and implementation of plans in the eastern areas in these two great river basins will be greatly expedited.Neglect of Telangana in irrigation projectsProjects proposed in erstwhile Hyderabad have been abandoned after mergerTill 1965, no major irrigation projects were taken up in Telangana in order to divert surplus funds to Andhra projectsFlourosis affected areas of Nalgonda have been denied irrigation and drinking water supplyPulichintala and Polavaram projects were taken up without additional ayacut being developedProjects of Nizamsagar and Ghanpur being denied irrigation releases from Singur project on Manjira river and diverting waters to Hyderabad for drinking water supply

  • Power GenerationList of projects identified but not taken up in TelanganaAt Kuntala, Pranahita, Inchampally, Singareddy, Dindi, Shankarpalli, Karimnagar totaling 4617 MWList of projects taken up and completed in SeemandhraVizayawada (1,2,3), Rayalaseema (1, 2), Vijjeswaram (1,2), NTPC (Simhadri, Talcher Kaniha), NLC, Madras, Kaiga, Jegurupadu, Kakinada, Kondapalli, Peddapuram, Vemagiri, Gautami, Konaseema totaling 4666 MWExample of neglect of projects in Telangana: Installation of EHV Substations and Transmission lines in Mahbubnagar (Palamoor) for Lift Irrigation schemes received only 16.47 Crores out of total planned 159.72 CroresTo give waters to Seemandhra, Srisailam water is not allowed to generate power during Nov-Jan imposing unofficial power cuts in Telangana, thereby depriving farmers of Telangana region to irrigate their crops who depend on bore wells.

  • Revenue & ExpenditureTelangana which had surplus in revenue account lost out on expenditure consistently in the merged stateBetween 1956-68, the relative share of Telangana in total revenue was higher (42%) than its share in total expenditure (37%)of the state leading to surplus on revenue account at Rs 64 crores; and that of Andhra deficitAfter the abolition of Telangana Regional Committee in 1973 GoAP has stopped providing statistics on revenue and expenditure based on region as unitSame trend of revenues being higher than expenditure in Telangana is continued even nowIn the recent four years (2003-07) Telangana exhibited surplus of revenue over expenditure in two yearsState has been receiving considerable transfers in the name of backwardness but which are not spent for backward regions of TelanganaUnder Finance Commission transfers to states, 25% devolution is based on population and 75% is based on criteria like backwardnessTherefore, financial resources for Telangana should be higher than the state averageTelangana has faced denial of development in terms of capital investment, infrastructure, social sector, irrigation, power generation education and employment.Irreversible damage has been done to Telangana and development of other regions has taken place at the cost of Telangana.

  • EmploymentTelangana people lost near about 2.5 lakhs public employment opportunities during the 53 years of combined State when the domicile rules, called Mulki Rules, were flouted1956-1968: 22,000 in violation of Mulki Rules 1975-1985: 58,962 in violation of Presidential Order 1975Telangana is marginalized in public and private employmentDue to insignificant representation in the Secretariat and discrimination by Heads of Departments, injustice is meted out to Telangana in all development programs Most of the private industries in Telangana are run by Seemandhra people and they continuously hire and promote their kith and kin over local populationOut of 4.98 lakhs working in Telangana about 40% are from Andhra Region, nearly 1.99 lakhs in violation of Presidential Order In Andhra Region, out of 6.80 lakh workers, not even 1% employees are from Telangana. Whenever the violations were taken to the notice of the state government, it was not serious about rectification of such violations but went on with strategy of delay by appointing series of committeesHyderabad