…to sign the surrender sheet and close down the Unified Andhra project which they have created and dominated so far. The million dollar question going forward is of course- how Shudra really are the Reddys? After all the Marathas (power players in Maharashtra) have spoken- “forget past glory, give Marathas OBC status.” I am sure the Reddys will also learn from this and adapt- they have the Brahmins of the past- who else- to help fight their (just) cause.
[Ref wiki] The Brahmins, on top of the hierarchical social order, viewed the ruling castes of the south like the Reddys, Nairs and Vellalars as sat-Shudras meaning shudras of “true being”. Sat-shudras are also known as clean shudras, upper shudras, pure or high-caste shudras. This classification and the four-tier varna concept was never accepted by the ruling castes and the latter challenged the authority of the Brahmins who described them as shudras.
If partition does happen (and is likely at this point) it is likely that the REAL-OBCs (BP certificates available, accepted worldwide) will get their (well deserved) place(s) under the sun:
(1) Dominant castes Reddys and Kammas form 8 per cent and 4-5 per cent of the population in present-day Andhra Pradesh…United Andhra makes Reddys stronger because they are split between the Andhra and Telangana regions. Feudal dominance continues in Telangana….Kammas want a united AP as business interests in cinema, industry, IT, real estate lie in Hyderabad, which is in Telangana
(2) In a divided state, the regions will throw up new influential political groups. In Andhra, Kapus (10-15%) and Malas (15-20%); in Telangana: Velamas (8%), Madigas (20%), Malas (15%).
(3) In a separate Andhra state, Reddy and Kamma CMs will get replaced by either Kapu (Chiranjeevi) or a Mala (Panabaka Laxmi/J.D. Seelam). In Telangana, it could be a Velama Dora (KCR) with Madiga dy CM.
So how robust has been the Reddy rule in AP? Nothing short of astonishing