Minority rights in Telengana

The Telegu Desam Party wants a re-think on Hyderabad. They have won 9 out of 24 assembly seats in Greater Hyderabad zone and plan to call for Hyderabad to be recognized as an Union Territory (and as a shared capital of two states). We feel that this is an eminently fair demand and should have been considered right from the beginning (except that Congress would not get any political benefits by doing the right thing). This would help create a sense of assurance of minorities against an aggressive, expressive majority.

The Telegu Rashtriya Samity (TRS), the new ruling party of Telengana are in a fix. If they oppose too strongly then the BJP will strangle them by withholding funds from the center (BJP is a partner of the TDP).

This is another reason India should aim for maximum decentralization as soon as possible and proportional representation for voting. Both are secular demands and both will achieve the desired protection of minorities – in this case Telegu speaking people (from Andhra) from the majoritarian impulses of Telegu speaking people (from Telengana).  

We are mostly used to Hindu-Muslim divisions (and talking about it) but the above problem (which seems incomprehensible to an outsider) packs a lethal punch as well.
at the growing bonhomie between the TDP and BJP and fearing that the
new government at the Centre might try to impose restrictions on the
status of Hyderabad, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K
Chandrasekhar Rao has reportedly asked TJAC to prepare for another
struggle, albeit a different kind this time around.

close to KCR say the TRS president has “credible information” about TDP
president N Chandrababu Naidu trying to prevail upon New Delhi to make
Hyderabad either a permanent common capital for Seemandhra and
Telangana, or give it a Union Territory status, neither of which is
acceptable to the pink party.

The TDP coming to power in
Seemandhra and BJP getting a thumping majority at the Centre have upset
KCR’s calculations as he was expecting a YSR Congress Party government
in the residuary Andhra Pradesh and a hung Parliament, in which case he
had planned to work in tandem with the YSRCP, experts said.

with TDP keeping its stocks even in Telangana has only queered the
pitch further for KCR who has asked his trusted Telangana vanguard, the
Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TJAC) to meet on Monday and
prepare for some post-bifurcation drama. “The TDP-BJP combine is a cause
of concern as there are many loopholes in the AP State Reorganization
Act, which they might try to tinker with. We are ready to fight it out
in the eventuality of any restrictions imposed on the status of
Hyderabad. And we will back the state government headed by TRS to fight
against the Centre,”
said M Kodandaram, TJAC chairman, a day before the
crucial meeting.

Senior TRS leaders said they are wary of the
TDP influence in Telangana as apart from winning Seemandhra, Naidu’s
flock has a strong hold on Hyderabad after winning as many as 9 Assembly
segments of the 24 in Greater Hyderabad.

“We definitely are
concerned about the fact that the party like TDP is in alliance with the
BJP ruling at the Centre. Even people of Telangana are apprehensive
that the Centre might behave in partisan manner. But, we hope the Modi
government would be magnanimous,” said K Kavitha, KCR’s daughter and
newly-elected MP from Nizamabad.

While she said her party was
ready to fight it out in the event of the Centre’s decision going
against the interest of Telangana, Kavitha called upon the Telangana TDP
MPs to ensure their party does not make any such move. “The TDP MLAs
have a great responsibility in this context. They must make sure the TDP
will not act against the interest of the people of Telangana,” Kavitha

But constitution experts do point out that loopholes in
the AP State Reorganization Act 2014, might just get the Centre to seek
fresh amendments and make Hyderabad a Union Territory.

According to K V Dhananjaya, a senior Supreme Court counsel, there is no
provision under the Constitution to extend the status of common capital
to Hyderabad without making it a Union Territory (UT). “If it is
proposed that Hyderabad should act as a common capital to the newly
carved out states, it should be designated as a Union Territory.
Currently, there are seven UTs in India and a new entry at Number eight
will have to be made in the name of Hyderabad,” Dhananjaya said.

The Telangana BJP unit too is watching the developments with
apprehension and party leaders hoped that Narendra Modi would not be
prevailed upon by any anti-Telangana elements. “The TDP might try to do
its bit and be a spoilsport in Telangana. But we are sure that Modi will
not be get carried away when it comes to protecting the interest of
Telangana,” said G Kishan Reddy, Telangana BJP president.

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9 years ago

Turning every metro into a state is a good idea. They feed the economy. With a small statehood, they are likely to be run in a more efficient way.

9 years ago

There is a negative aspect of this plan; Metros provide a lot of Tax rupees. Once an union territory is formed, all tax rupees will stay inside. Telangana will be essentially Jharkand or Chattisgah and be dependent on overdraft to survive.

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