In Praise of ‘T’ Agitation

Communication manufactures perceptions. Effective communication manufactures perceptions that are far more biting than reality. In their most potent form they can, in fact, replace reality and obfuscate one’s reasoning faculty. The ongoing Telangana agitation offers a formidable example of effective use of political communication. It is in the deployment of a well-designed communication strategy that the present agitation differs from the earlier one. It is the sophisticated use of communication that gave depth to the present stir.

Earlier agitation in 1969 was superficial. It was a mere venting of grievances centred mainly on sharing of political offices and government jobs. The present agitation began its journey by raising issues of economic backwardness, exploitation, and discrimination. Eventually, its communication strategy put a spin on the region’s history, culture, language, and even cuisine in terms of ‘us’ and ‘they’. Telangana is portrayed as not only an underdog but also as a distinct linguistic, cultural and historical entity different from the other two regions in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This was indeed a very competent attempt at deepening the agitation. That the strategy is working is evident.  When the statues of the icons of Telugu culture were desecrated and demolished, the outrage against it was muted.

 

It is improbable that no one from the region is opposed to the agitation. Yet one hardly hears dissenting voices in public forums. That is the power of the communication strategy. It is successful in casting a spell: That anyone who is not in favour of a separate statehood for Telangana is an enemy of Telangana. The biggest success of the communication strategy is that the popular mind is unable to decouple demand for separate statehood and love for Telangana.

The agitation’s communication strategy went on to circulate that it was the most backward region in the state. Voluminous authentic data to the contrary is still unable to dispel the myth. There is another interesting spin. Left-wing poets and popular balladeers of the region wrote heart-rending lyrics narrating the inhuman treatment of the common people by the landlords of Telangana. Every ill in the Telangana region was blamed on the class enemy. But now, all of a sudden, these litterateurs want everyone to believe that the misery was because of the exploitation by people from the other two regions of the state. The spin is working. It is powerful enough.

Communication can give new meaning and unexpected connotation to centuries old words. ‘Andhra’ was always used as a word indicating the language, and the people who spoke the language. Telugu and Andhra were until recently used interchangeably. Under the Nizam ‘Andhra Mahasabha’ fought for the protection of Telugu language and the people who spoke it. In the erstwhile Hyderabad state, Telugu people were treated as second class citizens because they did not speak Urdu. Hyderabad state had Kannada, Marathi and Telugu speaking areas. The area where Telugu was spoken came to be known as ‘Telangana’ (literally meaning ‘a land where Telugu is spoken’). The anti-Nizam struggle was spearheaded by Andhra Mahasabha. In the former Hyderabad state Srikrishnadeva Raya Andhra Bhasha Nilayam was established as the repository of telugu culture and literature. Madapati Huanumantha Rao who was one of the pioneers of this cultural and political movement was lionized as ‘Andhra Pitamaha’. Potana, who hailed from this region wrote ‘Srimad Andhra Mahabhagavatam’. But today the agitation’s powerful propaganda has succeeded in showing ‘Andhra’ and ‘Telangana’ as not just two terms describing telugu cultural and linguistic identity, but as representing two inimical regional-cultural groups. The idiom and accent Telugu gained in the erstwhile Nizam region due to strong influence of Urdu is now shown as a linguistic distinction that separates the people of the region. This spin is accomplished in a very short time by the agitators.

Historically Telugu people have lived under single political authority for centuries. Sometimes they were scattered across different political units but only to quickly come together. The recent such episode was under the Nizam. He ruled over what are now the Coastal and Rayalasema regions till the end of eighteenth century. He then lost them to the British. The formation of Andhra Pradesh in the mid twentieth century was only a reunification of Telugu people who, for a brief spell of less than two centuries, were under the British and the Nizam. But the agitation’s compelling propaganda has successfully created an impression that Telangana has historically nothing to do with the rest of the Telugu speaking areas and people.

A spin’s life is short.  Any competent communication strategist knows it. Therefore, a new one should come out before an old one expires. Continuously.  Without a gap. When the spin on economy to show backwardness and exploitation wore out, another spin on history, then on language and culture were ready. And as these are tapering off, another one on self-rule is readied. Notwithstanding thousands of Sarpanches, over a hundred MLAs, more than a dozen MPs elected by the people of Telangana, and as many Ministers from the region, through their communication strategy the agitators are trying to make people believe that somebody else is ruling them. This is in Telangana which gave the country one of its finest rulers of India in P V Narasimha Rao.

A communication strategy is successful if it achieves the goal before the spell it casts is broken. The jury is still out on the Telangana agitation’s communication strategy. But there can be no two opinions on its strength and competence. It is, indeed, an interesting case study.

 

 

36 Responses to “In Praise of ‘T’ Agitation”

  1. May 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Excellent. I completely agree with you. In fact, I am among the “dissenting voices” that you referred to.

    • May 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      Thanks Suresh.

  2. May 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Thanks for understanding our strength of communication. Now get lost……………………. please!

    • May 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      Thank you Raj.

  3. May 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Spreading lies/erroneous news is easier than truth. The truth travels slow but the lies travels very fast like lightening and spreads as wildfire. The erroneous news/lies are propagatig by the agitators for thier personal favour. The litterateurs are just psuedo intelligenstia. They are working for the grace of their political bosses. They are trying to appease the rogue politicians with their Goble’s propoganda. The common people became prey of power hungry and greedy politicians with the statements of their selfish band of followers. The common people are gradually realising that the leaders and psuedo intellignstia are cheating them and killing their aspirations to propser both socially and economically. They will revolt sooner or later on the agitators and their leaders. We have to maintain resilience till the state coms into normalcy.

    • May 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      Thank you very much Sir.

  4. May 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Dear Prabhakar garu,

    Searching for truth is easy. Accepting the truth is Hard ! As you are aware common sense is not so common sir. We should be prepared to accept that honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. As some body said, minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. Unless we realise that hating is a too big a burden to bear, logic will not get us from A to B, as imagination would take us everywhere ! I share your views.

    Mallapraju.G

    • May 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

      Thanks Mallapa Raju garu

  5. May 3, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Dear Mr Prabhakar,

    Looking at the title, I thought there could possibly be one such individual who might want to get off the stereotype defense and try investing few minutes into understanding the actual cause for this prolonged people agitation….from the other side…

    After the first paragraph, I have understood how shallow and less interested you are in the real issue and how energized and spirited you are to prove your shallow analysis of a problem which is brewing before you learnt the language from the school you have been to….with a little or no substance and logic..

    I understand & empathize with your state. With our own ‘communication strategy’ we call it ‘Self proclaimed intellectual syndrome’ 🙂 how sad !

    There is no hope for the people of this region & even if there is an iota of hope… that there can be possible justice or truce in unified state… that evaporates, if one reads pieces of writing like this….self obsessed analysis, extremely subjective, narrow, prejudiced and bereft of logic and empathy…if this is what comes from the best of ‘you’, we can imagine the worst.

    If you name a people’s movement ‘Communication Strategy’ with your partially baked verbosity and misplaced arrogance, so be it….we shall sharpen it further to showcase, how well we can take it to its logical conclusion…time will be the testament.

    All the best to you 🙂 Had no fun spending this amount of time in response to your piece but had to give the devil its due..:-)

    Regards,

    Krishna Sagar

    • May 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      Dear Krishna Sagar Rao garu,
      Thanks for your comment. I am sorry my writing has disappointed you. I do understand your mood.
      No problem Sir.

    • October 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Krishna Sagar,
      Are you the one spokes person of State BJP unit.
      Thanks,
      Venu

  6. May 5, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Dear Prabhakargaru,

    In the disguise of praise you are tried to passed on some blatant lies. 1. Telangana political communication successfully convinced that an unreal thing a real one. You are blind folded by your belongingness. Andhra pradesh government itself accepted that the injustice is done to Telangana and has to be rectified. You take GO 34 issued in 1969. You can also see the fate of 610 GO. Regarding water you tell me how much water allocated to Mahaboobnagar, what they are getting since 1975’s Bachavat Award. 2. Regarding development you talk of voluminous data. What data it is sir? Who prepared? Dont you know that this is prepared by the stauquoist establishment? Why that data only? Central government planning commission’s task force declared that 13 out of 23 districts are backward, of them 9 are from Telangana. Dont you know your percapita based voluminous data is bogus and make belief development? 3. You have mentioned that Telugu people are under one roof for centuries. Again a big lie. I will challenge you on this point. ‘Except’ 300 years Telugu people are never under one dominion. In that 300 years also there are more than 100 samantha rajyas, which have no resemblance. Even in Kaktiyas time uttarandhra is not with us. Some parts of Rayalaseema is not with us. Even in Asafjahi’s time there are dozens of nawabs and jagirdars who ruled separately and paid taxes to the king. Why sir. People like you are also not giving a rational thought? Sweet coated poison will not work sir. you have to woke up now. If you have any belief in democratic processes you have to support the Telangana cause. You know what happened in the last Ten years and what happened on Dec 8,9,10th and that after. If you ignore the complete recent history and just talk of Political communication, we can understand what you are and your soul.

    • May 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      Shekhar Reddy garu,
      Thanks for your elaborate response.
      I can understand your anguish. It is very evident in your response.
      However, I have political, historical, cultural and economic facts on my side.

      • May 6, 2011 at 3:24 am #

        The political, historical, cultural and economic facts are so shallow, we can see the reality. I would agreed your point if you had mentioned about water and fate of 610 GO and why only 10% of total secretariat employees are from Telangana. I know you would not, because there is you never cared for it. Under a broader statement that Telugu people used to live together centuries back, Andhra People are royally robbing Telangana. And I must say, I am NOT from Telangana but from Kadapa. But as a human being I can the guts to accept what is wrong rather than cover it with shallow statements

        • May 7, 2011 at 1:14 am #

          @Venkat garu

          Who’s going to verify our whereabouts? Can you come out in specific about shallow facts? What about water? Here is one such farcical argument over Godavari waters http://tinyurl.com/3uu4xlq

          May I know the source of 10% employees figure at secretariat? I hope it is not some mouthpiece of TRS leader. On one hand we have people bringing such statistics out of no where and on the other hand they take lot of pride in claiming over 90% participation in non-cooperation programme at secretariat. It either means 90% job grabbers from other regions are proactively taking part in separate state agitation or 10% rightful job holders are (forcefully?)prevailing over the rest to followup their path. Don’t tell me that all 90% grabbers have turned just and humane like you and me to support just causes ( eg “No work Full pay”)

  7. May 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Every one is forgetting one issue which is the base for every courntry. That is > The strength of the constitution of a country.

    We have to modify the constitution of India in many respects.

    Not only T issue many issues in our country are not attended.

    No body knows what is the loss in 2G scam. Many people believe it is laks of crores. Arun Shourie himself admitted in a speech in Hy d,that it would not be that amount.

    Similarly – Common Wealth Games, Office of Profit, etc etc.

    Everyday in Hyd many thefts and crimes have been going on . We are not getting remedies .

    Tell me for which problem we are getting a right soultion?. Education, Medicine, Water ,Food etc have been neglected and unattended.

    Serious threat to our country is >people with less skill and talent have to attend on major challenges that India is going to
    face.

    P.V.Narsimha Rago garu spoke less but did more. We have to search for people like that & keep them on power.

    Regards,
    anil kumar turaga.

    We get what we deserve.

  8. May 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    ok

  9. May 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    @kattashekar gaaru

    “Andhra pradesh government itself accepted that the injustice is done to Telangana and has to be rectified. You take GO 34 issued in 1969. You can also see the fate of 610 GO.”

    Don’t put words in to government’s mouth at your convenience.What injustice are you talking about? Even if we agree that all governments (with equal representation from Telangana) failed to implement decades old safeguards in matters of public employment, the fundamental question remains on the very need for special safeguards even after 56 years after state’s formation. How much does public employment contribute to total employment? Will you also blame the private sector for assumed skewed representation from Telangana? Who is at fault if general administration, schools etc., were in requirement of graduates who couldn’t be found locally? How can anyone think of using and throwing graduates from other regions at their will? Do we have these safeguards for Hyderabad Karnataka and Maratwada regions of erstwhile Hyderabad in their respective states? What was the % of locals in public employment before the formation of state and what is it now? Anyone told you that all non-locals in government jobs of Telangana districts come from Andhra region? For 90% of jobs even people from neighbouring districts become non-locals. What if someone raises voice against the presence of people hailing from Warangal and Karimnagar in Adilabad district departments? Separate Telangana champions have gone around lying to people about number of non-locals in government jobs who are not more than few thousands. Why don’t they fight for recruitment to vacant government posts which are in lakhs?

    “ Regarding water you tell me how much water allocated to Mahaboobnagar, what they are getting since 1975′s Bachavat Award.”

    You tell me about the state of irrigation using river waters in Telangana before the formation of state and its present status? All credible statistics released by government point out to the faster rate of growth in Telangana in comparison to other regions. Who is going to take topographical factors in to consideration? Who is going to generate thousands of MWs of electricity to lift water in the plateau region?

    Farcical argument over Godavari River waters: http://visalandhra.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-post_19.html

    “ Regarding development you talk of voluminous data. What data it is sir? Who prepared? Dont you know that this is prepared by the stauquoist establishment? Why that data only? Central government planning commission’s task force declared that 13 out of 23 districts are backward, of them 9 are from Telangana. Dont you know your percapita based voluminous data is bogus and make belief development?”

    Funny. I don’t understand the meaning of stauquoist? Planning commission doesn’t create statistics out of air and it has to depend on local stauquoist establishment. What are you going to prove by stating that Telangana is relatively more backward than Coastal Andhra?(Rayalaseema is undoubtedly more backward). No one is contesting that. We are only saying that Telangana was the most backward region in 1956 and it has made rapid strides later on. All statistics whether it is percapita income or social indices or literacy rates/status of education or agricultural and industrial output, point out to the faster growth rate in Telangana than in other two regions. Better compare Telangana with other regions of erstwhile Hyderabad state which are still lagging far far behind.

  10. May 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    “ You have mentioned that Telugu people are under one roof for centuries. Again a big lie. I will challenge you on this point. ‘Except’ 300 years Telugu people are never under one dominion. In that 300 years also there are more than 100 samantha rajyas, which have no resemblance. Even in Kaktiyas time uttarandhra is not with us. Some parts of Rayalaseema is not with us. Even in Asafjahi’s time there are dozens of nawabs and jagirdars who ruled separately and paid taxes to the king.”

    Are we talking about samantha rajas here or about dominions of empires that ruled this part of India? Why not speak of local rulers under samanthas and below them and so on? It is a fact that Telugus shared same culture under one roof for centuries. No one is saying that all regions continued to stay within (ever changing) artificial borders marked by rulers. If you take the case of modern history, it was only in the later half of Asaf Jahi rule that British took possession of Circar(Andhra) and Ceded(Rayalaseema) districts. The word Andhra was used to refer to most of today’s Andhra Pradesh from ancient times. Why was it so? Why are we speaking same language and following similar if not exact customs if we were never together? http://visalandhra.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-post_27.html

    “ People like you are also not giving a rational thought? Sweet coated poison will not work sir. you have to woke up now.”

    I am sorry to say that there is absolutely no room for ration thought and debate even in the capital city and people are concerned about threat calls made by jobless members of numerous JACs. When I had to approach HRC for filing a petition against TJAC’s forceful bandh call and its threat to stop even essential supplies like water& power, I was astonished to receive a threat call from some member of OU JAC. Are you going to ensure the safety of people if they start giving a rational thought in public sphere? I think internet alone is coming to the rescue many rational thinkers in the prevailing atmosphere of threat calls and forceful extortions

    “ If you have any belief in democratic processes you have to support the Telangana cause.”

    It is oxymoronic to talk of democratic processes and then to say “you have to support” so and so cause. In a democratic set up everyone should have the right to voice his/her opinion

    “You know what happened in the last Ten years and what happened on Dec 8,9,10th and that after. If you ignore the complete recent history and just talk of Political communication, we can understand what you are and your soul.”

    Once again, I think it the right of the site owner to pick any topic at any point of time. He needn’t consider appeasing everyone and touching all topics under sun

  11. May 6, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    We are a vibrant democracy. Every citizen should protect the right of another fellow citizen, even if he hates him and his views, to express freely without fear or coercion.

    This particular test has abjectly failed in the agitation for separate statehood, which is a matter of serious concern. There is nothing wrong in having demands and work for the same through sue constitutional process since we are now one of the most open free democracy.

    Anger misleading statements and disinformation should not form the basis for such a serious issue as whether people of particular region have been discriminated.

    This a simple matter of verifying facts.

    Perception management manipulating groups and media and creating a fear psychosis with harsh personal attacks and wanton creation of feelings of hatred against own brothers all add up to dangerous precedent.

    It is surprising to see the serious deficit of moral leadership with courage to speak up. Most of the time the people in charge of governance, chose silence and actively allowed things to go out of control, constantly looking for guidance from outside the state.

    Making smaller states for administrative convenience is a matter professionally to be dealt with with due application of mind. Emotional issues which in reality have no bearing have been made to take front stage blocking wise persons to calmly reflect on what we are doing and where the world is going.

    Young men were sacrificed. This is truly horrible. We have taken the civilisation back by a century.

    I do not feel proud now to call myself a Telugu …because I am not sure, whether I am Rayalseemite, Andhra or Telenganite!

    I agree with Shri Parakala garu. We have done unimaginable and unbelievable damage to ourselves and our self-esteem.

    In the process we have made ourselves a laughing stock within the country and a weak state.

    Frankly greedy political forces have taken us for a ride and even educated and those who are expected to think have ceased to do so. Too many people kept their voices shut for the fear of bullying irrespective of the region in the State.

    Communication is basic human weapon to network and gain strength. It has been abused effectively using the electronic media.

    Congratulations Dr Parakala garu for such a lucid analysis.

    • May 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks Rajaram garu. You have raised many pertinent and serious issues. They need to be debated if we are worthy of our constitution and democratic traditions.

  12. May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    very well presented the issues and the underlying issues. Jwala

  13. May 6, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Chaitanya: 1. Sir, you can stop your simple story telling here regarding history and democratic processes. You dont want to see the recent past to be reminded, but you want to right to raise the diffrence of opinion. When the democratic process overturned by the Seemandhra political establishment, which is endorsed on its own earlier, how can you have the right to raise now. You might have cried fowl before this entire process. Then conveniently you people keep silent, and now raising the bogey. what it means sir. Is it a democratic temperament?

    2. It’s spell mistake. Status-quoist.

    3. You must know that single incident was of attack or such nature not reported since the inception of latest Telangana movement. Yes, I do accept there will be some hooliganism in any movement. There are some elements who are exploiting the movement. But it is of little relevance. It was happened at the time of Jai Andhra movement of 1972 and Vishakha Ukku Andhrula Hakku movement. But where is the worry for safety of people like you.

    4. Not only history, political and economic facts are with us. we will win. We shall win. Democratic forces should win.

    5. Opposing merger of Vidarbha, the best story described by Dr. BR Ambedkar..which perfectly now suits to Telangana

    There is a story which is very appropriate to the occasion. The father of a young girl had taken her for an outing in a jungle. She found that under big trees there stood small shrubs. Finding this to be uniformly so, she asked her father why these small shrubs under the big trees do not grow. The father not being a botanist could not give an answer. So he said : Oh ! I do not know. He, however, felt that the question was very significant. He was a Professor in a college. Next day he went to the college and put the question to his Botanist colleague. The Botanist replied: Why! The answer is simple. The big trees use up all the sun’s rays to themselves. The shrubs do not get any rays. That is why they do not grow. The Marathwada people must not forget the moral of this story.

    Telangana cannot rise under the Mahaa Vriksha of Seemandhra. Tha is proved over the decades. Now nothing can stop us.

  14. May 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    ” You dont want to see the recent past to be reminded, but you want to right to raise the diffrence of opinion. When the democratic process overturned by the Seemandhra political establishment, which is endorsed on its own earlier, how can you have the right to raise now. You might have cried fowl before this entire process. Then conveniently you people keep silent, and now raising the bogey. what it means sir. Is it a democratic temperament?”

    What actually is democratic process sir? Democracy is misunderstood as a system where in the majority outshouts the minority ( majority and minority here are perceived ones as there is no way to count the exact numbers on either side). Democratic process has no meaning when it is not accompanied by reasoned & well informed debate. Why not just have an autocratic setup with associated propaganda machinery which manipulates opinions through lies,distortions and emotional blackmailing of people? Such a system too can claim to follow democratic process

    Let us talk about overturned democratic process you are referring to. In what way was it democratic? It all started with a fast by one self-centered person who initially had no intention of continuing it beyond a day or two. That person was all against zonal system in public employment and never uttered a word on injustice to Telangana till he got enlightened on one fine day (after he was denied a place in cabinet). For 8 years he carried on with a vicious campaign without ever alluding to real facts or statistics. He approached 2009 polls with a single agenda of dividing the state but then what was the verdict delivered in our democratic system?Do you think all those who voted YSR back to power were in some illusion that govt led by him would allow carving of a separate state? Pusillanimous state government yielded to KCR’s fast (and accompanying violence) but what was democratic in it? Even the much hyped Dec 9 statement never said that Telangana will be created unilaterally, without building consensus and without the sanction of legislative assembly. Then where is the question of overturning a never existent thing?

    “You must know that single incident was of attack or such nature not reported since the inception of latest Telangana movement. Yes, I do accept there will be some hooliganism in any movement. There are some elements who are exploiting the movement. But it is of little relevance. It was happened at the time of Jai Andhra movement of 1972 and Vishakha Ukku Andhrula Hakku movement. But where is the worry for safety of people like you.”

    The latest Telangana movement is driven by those very elements. Do 1972 happenings justify the current happenings? Where does the agitation for separate state stand without disruptions,forced bandh calls,show of strength on roads and display of lung power in front of media cameras?Let us ask them to stop all their activities, refrain from speaking to media for a month or so and then we can surely watch where the movement ends up.

    Worry for personal safety is a reality even in our capital city. Many are refraining from voicing their opinion due to fear of verbal or even physical attacks. Next time speak to the owners of shops who placed wire nets around their showrooms, government employees who are not in agreement with non-cooperation and other political calls, students who till recently faced the danger of losing one academic year and are striving hard to make it up, cine producers, realtors and businessmen who are victims of extortions.Pay attention to cursings of middle class families(especially those who live around OU campus) for disruptions caused to public transport and changed bus routes. What about daily labourers who are worst affected during forced bandh calls? All the above are banished from taking part in your democratic processes?

    “Not only history, political and economic facts are with us. we will win. We shall win. Democratic forces should win.”

    Then why are the democratic forces not allowing any debate to take place? Why are they resorting to rhetoric and disruptive activities alone? I’d be more than happy if they start discussing historical, political and economic facts. Truth alone should triumph. It is never a question of you or we.

  15. May 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    The political, historical, cultural and economic facts are so shallow, we can see the reality. I would agreed your point if you had mentioned about improper water distribution and fate of 610 GO and why only 10% of total secretariat employees are from Telangana, and why 3 lakh Seemandhrites are enjoying Telangana jobs. I know you would not, because you never cared for it. Under a broader statement that Telugu people used to live together centuries back, Andhra People are royally robbing Telangana. And I must say, I am NOT from Telangana but from Kadapa. But as a human being I havethe guts to accept what is wrong rather than cover it with shallow statements. Anyone can write stories without touching the base.

  16. May 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Dr. Prabhakar, why were you silent when your last two political parties (BJP & PRP) supported Telangana?

    • May 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      Sudheer garu,
      Thanks for your response/question. There are several questions and comments.
      I think I better write a detailed note to answer/clarify/elaborate some of the points raised in the discussion.
      Please wait for a few days. I will supply the answer to your question.

      • May 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

        Dr. saab, thanks a lot, will look forward to your response.

        Parsdoxically, the “manufacturing of consent” in andhra took 10 hours against 10+ years in Telangana. Chiranjeevi, Prabhakat et al gave up their pro-Telangana stance overnight and “discovered” arguments against Telangana.

        Your comment “They need to be debated if we are worthy of our constitution and democratic tradition” is difficult to believe. Did BJP, TDP & PRP support Telangana without debate? If so, why were their partymen silent at that time?

  17. July 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Dr. Prabhakar, looks like you are too busy to answer a very simple question. Can’t blame you as you have to organize workshops, give interviews etc. to expose “marginalized parties” supporting Telangana.

    • July 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

      You are right, Sudheer garu. Last few weeks kept me quite busy. Please bear with me, I won’t disappoint you.
      Thanks for your interest in my views and opinions.

  18. July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Hi Prabhakar: Nice to see your views and just read your interview in BS. Found it very interesting. Couple of points from a Teluguite who is now only an occassional visitor to Andhra

    How much credibility is there in the statement that it is the economic interests of coastal people in Hyd that prevents them from accepting Telangana as a separate state? If there is, will this be solved by making Hyd an Union Territory ?

    At a different level, if everyone goes for sons-of-soil where do you draw the line? Why not Rayalseema to be clubbed with telangana? Thought it is more backward! Or do the agitators want a third state?

    Do you think that there should be a referendum on issues like this so that the issue is not hijacked by self-interest-seeking politicians?

    Cheers

  19. October 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    hello sir,

    reading your article is very interesting and happy, at least people like you are raising our voices to hear the deaf people,who are thinking that TELANGANA is in ruins because of Andhra people.i would like to ask that around 70 percent of revenue in state is coming from TELANGANA,how could we say that this region is backward or thrown backward,if it is the case that TELANGANA is a backward region or thrown backward region, i would like to mention one fact that no one will go to the backward regions for living. TELANGANA politicians are saying that there fight is only on the politicians of Andhra and rayalaseema.if there fight is only on politicians of Andhra and rayalaseema,the TELANGANA politicians should fight behalf of people of Andhra and rayalseema who are blamed and punished by the cruel politicians who don’t even provide minimum standards of living.But they don’t do that, TELANGANA politicians fight is only on people of Andhra and rayalaseema who came for living.Suppose from beginning itself if TELANGANA comprises of Andhra and rayalaseema in it,What will be there stand? will they ask separate country?.the case here is simple making fun of common people is only the criteria of politicians.

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  21. January 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Prabhakar Garu,

    I ready your book “Refuting an agitation”. Very nice explanation given in 101 steps. Nice to see lot a newspaper collection way back in 1955. I like your speech particularly you made a speech before 2009 elections on PRP. After exactly 2 years what your said on that day is happened. Thanks for explaing things with proofs. I do not think any sepearatist will address these queries with proofs and data.

    Thank you very much

  22. October 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Prabhakar garu…

    Well written article.You are too diplomatic in referring “propaganda” as “communication.”

  23. October 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    What u said sir, each and every word is true. Keep up the good work sir. Thank u. JSAP.

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