It may look strange that a guy who came down to Hyderabad for education and then job all across from Far East India is happy at just born 29th State of India. I also felt this when I have been discussing with my friends that AP should be bifurcated to pave the way for #Telangana.
My first experience with the #Telangana movement was in end of 2009 when I was studying engineering in Siddipet, the hot spot of T fever. I had felt very bad as our exams were kept postponing for a period of 2 months, I could not go to my coaching classes as city roads were laying without RTC buses plying over them.
It was, when I came to know the ‘great T warrior’, KCR with his weeklong fast unto death. Though later I was very much convinced that students and youth of the region were on the wheels of the movement and political parties were just amused with it to come to some conclusion.
At that time I had no idea behind the struggle for new state. I yelled on the agitators for my schedules getting disturbed by their ongoing T agitations. But I also saw social activists, human rights activists, noted academicians and different apolitical religious and non religious bodies favoring the T movement. This propelled me to understand the desperation and anger of T people for being neglected for over 5 decades and also realized that this was not a new movement but had a historical significance too. After having studied the #Telangana movement I was much convinced that it was not just a demand of new state but it was a struggle for justice. #Telangana movement was completely a people’s movement lead by youth and student activism.
I had heard about Justice Sri Krishna heading a committee to probe the 1992 Mumbai Riots, and then saw him heading a commission for the consultation on #Telangana. This commission had also favored, though as the 5th and last option for the bifurcation of state. The suicides of students for the T state were really disturbing, but it had gained the sympathy of the people like me crossing the state boundaries for the T movement.
People feared that Hyderabad will lose its charm of being an attractive investment spot, but that did not do any considerable harm to it. Hyderabad continued growing during last 4 years of intensive agitations and frequent strikes. OU being the center spot of T disturbances also could maintain its academic importance and attracting industries for campus offers. But yes this year OU did witness a drop in the number of applications for undergraduate courses.
Now as the state is being carved out by making Hyderabad as the shared crown jewel of both cousin states for 10 years, I hope it becoming a welfare state. I also hope, #Telangana becoming the model state of India, free from all communal disturbances, secular people spreading peace and harmony all across the state, and the cake of development being shared by every section of the society.
My hopes may be very exotic but having seen the movement very closely; I want to keep my hopes alive. My salute to everyone who fought and aspired for T till the conclusive end.
(By: Farhan Sumbul, Author hails from Jharkhand)
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