Politicians and intellectuals discuss Telangana question

Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 00:05

New Delhi: Is there an economic case for
a separate Telangana state and should the Centre set up a
states reorganising commission to solve the vexed issue in
Andhra Pradesh and similar demands in other parts of the

These were some of the questions discussed by
politicians and intellectuals here today.

"The issue of division of Andhra Pradesh and carving a
separate state of Telangana is a burning issue. But, one key
question that nobody has clear answers to yet is that if there
is an economic case for Telangana at all", said Dr Surjit
Bhalla, managing director of Oxus Research and Investments, a
New Delhi-based economic research, asset management, and
emerging-markets advisory.

He said if any of the economic surveys/studies were to
be examined, then, there was no indication that if a state is
formed out of a bigger one then it performs better.

"My opinion is that even if it (division) is purely
from an administrative point of view, it does not come good.

An analysis of government schemes floated in the past 20 years
indicates that hardly any of them have a progress pattern",
Bhalla said in the discussion organised by the Observer
Research Foundation (ORF).

He said, contrary to claims by politicians, studies
indicated that Telangana was one of the fastest growing
regions in Andhra Pradesh while Rayalseema was one of the

Rubbishing the Telangana report by Srikrishna
Committe, CPM leader Sudhakar Reddy said the findings were a
"wrong diagnosis" of the ground situation.

"The report says that if Telangana was created then it
would worsen the Maoist situation in Andhra Pradesh. This is
not true", the CPM Dy general secretary said.

He was for setting up a states reorganising commission
and that this panel give its decision on the issue in Andhra
Pradesh and other states after a detailed study and using
various parameters.

Calling for "emotional integration" between the people of
Telangana and other parts of Andhra Pradesh, Congress MP
Keshav Rao, who is a strong supporter for separate Telangana
state said all the political, geographic and economic
differences could be sorted out if there was will among the

"In the 70`s nearly 72 per cent of jobs were with locals
(of Telangana region). This has dipped to just seven per cent
at present", he said.

Rao had a few months ago said that would not mind
quitting his CWC membership for the sake of Telangana, but
later softened his stance saying he would abide by the
decision of party President Sonia Gandhi on the matter.

Rao was seen as a leader of the Telangana Congress MPs
and he led them during a fast undertaken a few months ago for
lifting all the police cases filed against pro-statehood
students. Following the fast, the Andhra Pradesh Government
withdrew the cases.


First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 00:05
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