Finally, on June 2, Telangana, the 29th state of the Indian Union, came into existence. For the Telangana people, the achievement to have their own home state came after decades of struggle and they deserved the celebrations that begun as the clock hit the midnight point on the night of June 1-June 2.
Sharing the wealth of the Information Technology hub of Hyderabad with the parent Andhra Pradesh (or for that matter Seemandhra, if the state is renamed), the new state can start building and rebuilding on what is available (with the expected help from the Centre, what a state’s reorganization deserves), to undo what they have been claiming – the injustice done to the Telangana people by their Andhra counterparts.
After 2000, when India got three new states in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand), it is now the turn of Telangana and the obvious parallels will be drawn, on social and economic growth indicators.
And we don’t need to do data crunching to come to the conclusion that it has been a mixed result.
Chhattisgarh has performed well as it could get a good administrator in the chief minister Raman Singh. How questionable is the Uttarakhand experiment the Himalayan floods of June 2013 tell us. Take a drive from Dehradun to Haridwar and you won’t find even a single street-light on the highway outside the city limits. This is when the state is claimed to be a power surplus state. And we can say the Jharkhand experiment has failed to score any significant positive talking point so far. Political instability and questionable leadership in Uttarakhand and Jharkhand are to share the blame.
And the Telangana birth would be assessed on the scale of development and change with the ‘so far’ outcome of these three states.
And as we saw in the case of Chhattisgarh and other two states, lot depends on the political dispensation and the person at the top of it.
And though we need to wait to comment on how the first Telangana government is going to be on the performance scale, unfortunately, it has begun on a wrong note.
With Telangana, yet another political dynasty has taken birth in India.
KCR (or K Chandrashekar Rao), the first CM of the state, who claims the Telangana fight as his own with his political outfit TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) has made his son and nephew ministers in the first Telangana cabinet. Only his daughter is left out and we should not be surprised if she is taken in the Cabinet expansion when it happens.
We can say it a royal coronation indeed – millions fought for decades, many lost lives – to crown a family – to come to this – to handover the reins of the state to a family and not to a person – the curse of India’s electoral democracy continues.
Let’s see how this curse plays out in Telangana. The time will tell if the coronation was earned or the crown was imposed.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/