Three different states were created in 2000. Two have been failed by their politicians. Another new state has been created this year and the way it is heading, it looks to join the league of Uttarakhand and Jharkhand in the years to come.
The sad story and the sad story ahead – it’s all about the political leadership and the Telangana baton has slipped to the hands of a dynast it seems. He is reaping much more than what he sowed, when by the spirit of democracy – that should never be the case – something that has seldom been the case in India.
He is the chief minister. His son is minister. His nephew is minister. His daughter is a member of the Parliament (MP). And he defends it. And he justifies it.
All in the name of democracy and threaten to bury the voices, the media voices who, in his interpretation, insult Telangana.
And he vociferously goes undemocratic in doing so, assuming the role of courts and other watchdog agencies in deciding and acting on culpability, the traits of a political dynast, who always sees himself above the people who are the real currency of his authority.
A dynasty and a political dynast in making are ruling the newest Indian state, the 29th state of the Indian Union.
A state of over 300 million fought for separate statehood. It came after decades of struggle. Yes, there were political leaderships to steer it but when it came to staking the claims, the equations favoured KCR and his Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).
But, Mr. K. Chandrasekhar Rao (or KCR) cannot take the sole credit, at least for the final push that came in the last 5-6 years, a final push that was not because of the movement on the ground, but was hastened by certain other factors and the elements that wanted to squeeze political mileage from the factors.
The credit also goes to a poll wary Congress led-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre which foolishly miscalculated and lost Telangana and Andhra Pradesh both.
The credit also goes to the violent agitation by the students in Hyderabad that kept the issue burning feeding the media’s appetite for stories.
The credit also goes to the media that made its scale big enough so as to look on screens, and therefore in the minds across the country, and therefore in the thought-processes of the politicians, that the agitation and the associated violence was engulfing the whole region (of Telangana), and was a good opportunity to exploit politically.
And all these factors collectively gave the final push to the Telangana movement.
And that gave us the first Telangana government with KCR as its first chief minister, who from the day one, looked strengthening his grip on the state to cement his family’s political fortunes in a newly created state that comes with immense financial and political opportunities. And these opportunities can be treated in any possible way. It is circumstantial and it is personal.
KCR is acting like he is not a democratically elected chief minister. He is acting as if he owns the state and can run it the way he thinks.
So, he becomes the chief minister and makes his family members important ministers. So, he sends his daughter to the Indian Parliament. So, he comes with a misplaced survey within 100 days of his government to ‘identify people’ or more precisely to segregate his ‘votebanks’.
So, the democratically elected chief minister of the youngest Indian state threatens to ‘bury the TV Channels that dare to insult Telangana’ – in a country that is also the world’s largest functional democracy – a country that just rejected a political dynasty with overwhelming majority that has ruled it for most of its independent history.
See the words of this chief minister (as quoted in an NDTV report) that clearly convey his undemocratic personal preferences: “we will bury them some 10 km. We won’t hesitate to break their neck and then throw them out” – about TV channels TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyoti alleging them of ‘being Andhrawallas’ and insulting Telangana.
And he has his hands deep in it. These two channels are blocked across the state by its cable operators that cannot happen without the state flexing its muscles.
Mr. KCR, you need to read the signs and mend your ways after what recently happened in Delhi.
Don’t try to be a dynast. Be the people’s representative for what you have been elected to the office. Work sincerely, away from silly populist votebank measures, to meet the expectations of a state that was carved out solely after being denied the development pie from the combined Andhra Pradesh’s resources, even if contributing almost half to it.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/