A Counter by a Telanganite to the Report of ‘The Hindu’   1 comment


This is a counter by me posted on my fb timeline, to The Hindu columnist Mr. P. Sainath’s biased report appeared in two parts on The Hindu, on August 14 and 16, 2013. I would like to share it here with some slight editing, in order to spread the genuine message of Telangana, wide across.

 

Here is my reaction to the Part-1 of the misleading report

It’s totally unbecoming a man of such stature and repute as Mr. P. Sainath, rural editor and a famous reporter/columnist of The Hindu and an eminent social scientist resorting to such a misinformation campaign by siding with the Andhra people in total disregard to the age old dreams, hopes and aspirations of the people of Telangana whose nearly six decade long struggle for self-rule is purely based on a genuine longing for securing justice, equality and due share of water, jobs, revenue, electricity and other resources illegally being usurped by the bullying Andhra people. It’s really shocking to see the man who is highly regarded for his balanced reporting, stooping to such a low level of fanning out a feeling of insecurity and fear psychosis among the people from the Andhra region by his totally false, biased and misleading report.

The great intellectual talks about the children of Andhra, and their perceived plight in the aftermath of the separation (nay, demerger!) of Telangana state from (the dubious, farcical and over exploitative) united Andhra Pradesh state, but never cares about the starving and emaciated rural kids of Telangana in the united Andhra Pradesh state who are left to fend for themselves by their parents who migrate to the towns, cities and even countries in search of livelihood, and hundreds of youth who committed (and are still committing) suicide for the sake of a separate state of Telangana unable to see and digest the excessive exploitation in every front happening before their very eyes under the imperial and fascist Andhra rulers.

The reporting by the writer that “those who are working in Hyderabad such as painters, electricians, watchmen, security guards, canteen workers and other such workers have to return to their native places once the state of Telangana is formed” is totally a baseless and flimsy argument just to spread panic among the workers who are settled in Hyderabad, and to create a chaotic situation in the city so that the aims of certain vested interests of deriving some geo-political mileage out of the chaotic situation as falsely spread by certain rogue politicians and the crony capitalists, are fulfilled. I strongly suggest Mr. Sainath to read the 400 year old history of Hyderabad, the cosmopolitan city which had hosted and gave (and still giving) shelter to scores of people from wide spectra of Indian sub-continent! Let the reporter come out with proper data of incidents of vandalism or arson of any kind against any Andhraite who has settled here for his livelihood, to corroborate his reportage. The agitation for a separate state of Telangana has reached its highest peak during the period from late 2009 till the end of the year 2012. Scores of Telangana youth, mostly students, have so far immolated themselves for achieving their dream state of Telangana, and not a single incident of unprovoked attack on any Andhraite had occurred during the period. Then why is this sudden outburst of misconceived and miscalculated notions, and uncanny illusions and hallucinations?

It’s my moral responsibility and obligation as a sensible Telanganite to set things right and put them in perspective! Mr. Sainath must understand that the agitation for the separate Telangana state is based on proper historical facts and strong social and political reasons, and for securing justice to its people. I sincerely and humbly request him to read some history of Telangana and its historic armed struggle for liberation from the tyrannical Nizam rulers, the rural feudalists and their stooges, and how the people of Telangana were deceived, betrayed, and exploited after the fledgling state of Telangana was forced to be merged with the bullying Andhra state very much against the aspirations and interests of the people of Telangana. There is no dearth of information available on this on internet. All he has to have is some concern and genuine curiosity to know the historical facts, and how history is twisted, perverted and destroyed to further the causes of the Andhra vested interests! He should try to come out of the “make-believe” created by the vulpine Seemandhra leadership which he is finding himself in, and made a sincere attempt to know the truth about Telangana and how its people were/are always discriminated against, and perpetually kept at receiving end under the Seemandhra rule.

We, the people of Telangana are not for emotional division, we want just political division, and I don’t understand why there is so much fuss about it! This is just a false propaganda spread by the Andhra media which is tightly under the control of the crony capitalists who work hand in glove with the Seemandhra imperial rulers and the neo-colonialists. All the baseless debates about the status of Hyderabad are unleashed by the corrupt politicians with their own vested interests who have a bigger stake in the city’s vast lands with their unethical and immoral practices. For the rest of the population it never makes an iota of difference if the city of Hyderabad is made the only capital of the future Telangana state. By the way, Hyderabad should always be the capital of Telangana and it is genuine and based on strong historical facts and geographical and demographical considerations. Every true historian, sociologist or economist strongly supports this!

I just request everyone not to fall prey to such a false propaganda unleashed by some vested interests, i.e. the corrupt politicians and the crony capitalists who have always been hell bent on playing with the sentiments of the innocent people by their foxy politicking and emotional blackmailing in order to achieve their selfish ends. The “Samaikyandhra” (i.e. United Andhra Pradesh including Telangana) movement in the state of Andhra Pradesh excluding the Telangana region, is an artificial movement unleashed by the corrupt politicians, and the “yellow media mafia” is playing second fiddle to the most rogue elements! This is nothing but their preposterous arrogance smacked of ulterior motives, and sheer imperial expansion and further exploitation!

My humble request to all from both the regions, especially from the Andhra side, and most importantly to those who have settled in Hyderabad is, “please read the history and historical facts before commenting on any burning social or political issue. Please don’t venture into baseless arguments without proper perspective. It’ll backfire!” We are always inclined to take scores of Hyderabadis wherever they might have come from and settled here, along with us in our long march towards more peace, prosperity and glory provided they will whole heartedly be with us, and let’s make things clear once and for all that our ire and war is only against the fascist and imperial Seemandhra ruling classes and the neo-colonialists, neo-feudalists, capitalists, the oppressors & exploiters, and the traitors of Telangana, both inside and outside, and certainly not against the pro-Telangana Seemandhra people who are our esteemed brethren, and they will continue to have the same love and affection, and there is always a special, warm and secure place for them in our bosom. We want only political division, and not emotional! The Telangana intellectuals are ever ready to dispel and clear all the false notions and uncanny illusions harboured by the innocent Seemandhra people. Please know the truth and fight for it, come what may! God’s always with those who fight for the truth.

Talking about wealth, the entire Andhra region owes a lot to the people of Telangana and any true economist unequivocally agrees with this. How could a genius like Mr. Sainath turn a blind eye to the exploitation of a colossal scale, of Telangana people by their bullying Andhra counterparts in the form of water, jobs, revenue, electricity, lands and other resources for over six decades? And still there is no letup to this over exploitation! I don’t understand what has prompted Mr. Sainath who is representing one of the most reputed national dailies of India, known for its high ethical standards in journalism, to side with the Andhra people and write against the innocent and generous people of Telangana! Sixty years of coexistence with the Andhra people is a strong testimony to our amicable nature and the generosity of the highest order! I personally request Mr. Sainath not to venture into such false reporting again, thereby bring disrespect to the mighty “The Hindu” and tarnish its zenithal image and credibility!

About water issues, the reporter is advised to carefully study the statistics of river water (from the Krishna and the Godavari) sharing between Telangana and Andhra, and how Telangana people have been systematically neglected, deceived, betrayed, and made totally powerless and dependent in course of nearly sixty years of coexistence under the imperial and fascist Seemandhra rule! The writer shows the 2011 census to corroborate his points about agrarian crisis and the high rate of farmers who are on the verge of committing suicide in the united state of Andhra Pradesh. I request him to divide this data between Andhra and Telangana and present the true picture before the nation. Then, this will be an unbiased and balanced reporting. The nation has every right to know the truth! Let him spill the beans and come out with individual data- both from Andhra, and Telangana. Can he dare do that?

Some of the Andhra people can’t send their children to America, but we, the majority of Telangana people, can’t afford to send our children to good schools and colleges in our villages and towns, and not even to govt. institutions, and the so called democratic government is totally indifferent and apathetic to our genuine hopes and aspirations!

 

My reaction to the Part-2 of the report

The Hindu should not lose its credibility by its misleading and biased reports!

Mr. P. Sainath is once again resorting to a sheer misinformation campaign by his totally misleading and biased reporting. This time the columnist is driving home what he has to say in a very clever and in his own ingenious way, by siding with the common men from both the regions and pitting them against the corrupt politicians. It’s once again advised to the columnist to acquaint himself with the history and historical facts of Telangana before writing on such a contentious issue of the division, nay, DEMERGER of the state of Telangana from the tyrannical, fascist, imperialistic and over exploitative united Andhra Pradesh state!

The people of Telangana want their Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital at this juncture, and they will definitely fight for the cleansing and correction of their political system after they get their own state. The people of Telangana carry the rich experience of various social, political and economic issues gained through a very long period of peaceful democratic struggle for securing justice to their land, and this insightful experience will definitely come in handy for them in future for working on for more social justice and inclusive growth.

The maverick writer has miserably failed here in taking a clear cut stand on the burning division issue. He should have taken a perfect, balanced stand on the most contentious issue which has been raging on for decades, instead of beating about the bush! The disease of “selective amnesia” is further taking its toll on the reporter and he should get himself cured of such a deadly disease with utmost urgency.

 

Here are two of the comments posted online to the misleading article series (with some minor corrections in grammar and punctuation)-

1. This is fully misleading and biased article favouring Costal Andhra region!! It decreases the credibility of the great news paper called The Hindu!! Please don’t encourage any biased one sided articles or arguments!! So far Telangana Jobs and water resources have been exploited against the Constitution and G.O.s. Costal Andhra region is now thinking about how they can still grab them if Telangana state is formed. It’s very obvious that in the new state we can use our allocated water resources and can get the jobs meant only for us. There will not be any opportunity for Andhra region people to take away Telangana jobs!! Unnecessarily some politicians and some section of people are creating fears in people.
from: Srikanth
Posted on: Aug 14, 2013 at 14:40 IST

2. I have huge respect for P Sainath, but it is sad to see him take sides on the Telangana issue. Why was he silent when Telangana was in turmoil for almost 3 years till now? And what does he have to say about the huge difference in the Seemandhra-dominated administration’s response to the protests in these two regions. Telangana protesters faced unprecedented police suppression. Osmania University has turned into a police fortress ruining the future of scores of students. Striking Telangana employees were forced to lose pay for striking work. Agitators were put in jails and still face various criminal cases. In contrast, agitators from Seemandhra are facing no such issues; the government has not taken any administrative action to bring the striking government employees back to work. University students are participating in protest movements, indulging in arson and destruction, yet no police action is seen. Is it because the ruling elite is from Seemandhra? Care to answer, Mr Sainath?
from: Ashutosh Panchbhai
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 13:05 IST

 

A humble request and suggestion to the publishers of the mighty The Hindu-

The Andhra Pradesh edition of The Hindu is nothing but “The Imperial Andhra” edition covering only Seemandhra news and spreading its false and farcical message. I feel, there is a strong need to have another special edition catering to the pressing needs of the Telangana people, and to voice their genuine concerns, hopes and aspirations. We, the people of Telangana hope The Hindu will continue to live up to its highest standards of ethical and responsible journalism, especially in the future fledgling state of Telangana in its march towards glory, and win the confidence of its people. I had been an avid reader of The Hindu for more than a decade and I hope I’ll continue to be so in years to come. All depends on the reputed newspaper’s commitment to responsible reportage.

Please see to it that such a faux pas, as committed by Mr. P. Sainath, by his totally biased reporting never recurred! The future history will never forgive such blunders of “selective amnesia”!!

 

The last word-

Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital will be a reality soon. Hail the people of Telangana for their almost 6 decade long peaceful and democratic movement for the demerger of their state from the bullying unified Andhra Pradesh state.

Hats off to the spirit of pure democratic values, tolerance and forbearance, love and affection of the people of Telangana!

 

JAI TELANGANA!!

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