Fasts come full circle for Andhra. Its almost like a cruel joke of irony played on that state. Almost exactly 57 years back, in the December on 1952 Potti Sreeramulu went on a similar fast, which eventually claimed his life. Except that then his motive was the unification of all Telugu speaking regions into an Andhra state. His death and the uproar it caused forced Nehru to go ahead with forming states on linguistic basis, what we have now.
And now, KCR’s fast divides the state all over again. I just can’t get enough of the irony here! Question is, what will become of Hyderabad. Again its almost like Mumbai, developed by the Gujjus mostly it was claimed by the Marathis simply because it fell inside their state. And yes, you guessed it right! It took a lot of agitation and political arm twisting of Nehru to get that done. Hyderabad was developed as part of AP, and its now being claimed for Telengana simply because its inside that region. Its almost like they kicked Andhra out and asked them to form their own state! And again it will take a lot of agitation, fasts, suicides, self-immolations as each state stakes claim to the crown jewel.
What worries me most is what it will give rise to in other states. People around the Darjeeling-Siliguri belt have already intensified their agitation for Gorkhaland. Some are talking of Harith Pradesh. God knows where! Not sure what it will give rise to in Karnataka. Will the northerners in the Mumbai-Karnataka belt ask for their own state? Will the Kodavas rise up for their own state? I kind of feel the latter is less likely to happen, as they don’t have much political influence. Saurashtra is another state that is being called for. But except for Harith Pradesh and Gorkhaland, the rest of the calls have been pretty muted, barely causing a ripple or a 2 inch mention in the papers.
Have always wondered how demands for statehood arise. Is it for genuine reasons like lack of development, like in the case of Jharkhand or Uttarakhand because the state was already too big? Or is it more likely subtle cultural differences that are blown out of proportion by vested interests looking for vote banks and poll planks? I can hardly see any reason for the formation of Telengana as that place seems to have more resources and is seemingly more prosperous than the remaining Rayalseema/Andhra belt. Is it just people refusing to share their resources with the rest of the state, like Mumbai not being happy about having its money ending up with corrupt Thakurs in UP.
Oh well, its difficult for me to see the point behind all this. I guess am just an idealist thinking of bigger issues like food for 7 billion people, the amount of food that Americans consume, the number of forests they bring down, how we’ll all die once the Ganges dries up or I guess am just too tired at 10 in the night and already struggling to put words together to form coherent sentences.
Guess I’ll just drop and sleep now.