Dear Smt Sonia Gandhiji,
Congratulations. More power to you. What your party has offered in return to Karunanidhi and his rising sons and daughter, the public doesn’t know as yet. We will soon, I am sure.
You must pardon that in their enthusiasm, they demolished and desecrated 19 of the 32 statues of very eminent and learned people, which had been put up at Tank Bund. But don’t think they came without doing their homework. They carefully chose only those men and women, who belonged to non-Telangana regions. Their grouse is that when NTR chose the statues some two decades ago, only seven of the 32 belonged to Telangana.
I am sure as I write, your government in Andhra Pradesh will be hunting for a scapegoat. My guess is it will be the Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan. He and his men surely deserve accolades from Telanganites for preparing such a porous security cordon that it was breached on the dot at 1 pm.
Who do you think is responsible for this state of affairs? Every politician worth his salt and Gandhi topi says the ball is in your court. The Congress, fortunately or unfortunately, is in power in Delhi and in Hyderabad. You cannot get a better opportunity than this to settle this issue once and for all. Be a stateswoman.
My heart bleeds when I see shopkeepers crouching behind half-closed shutters, one eye on the customer and another for any trouble-maker. I feel angry when students are asked to leave home at 5 am for an 8 am examination because the police cannot promise safe and smooth passage. I feel agitated when buses and local trains are targetted and vandalised by crowds who think a stone will get them Telangana. I feel terrible when daily wagers go without their earnings because of the frequent bandhs that Telangana seems to have now. I feel sad when pensioners in Telangana cannot get their pension because government employees in the region have refused to work.
The people of Andhra Pradesh want a solution to this. Enough of this. We want peace. We want progress. Whether or not you decide to `give’ Telangana. But to keep the issue in abeyance, calculating the political advantages that would accrue to your party, is playing with the emotions and lives of people who live here.
The time has come for you to show personal courage and take a call. This way or that way. And show the character to stick to your decision. We do not want more politics on this. The people of Telangana have a genuine grievance and most of it is caused because of the unscrupulous behaviour of Congressmen in the past. Time has come for you to correct the wrong. How long is Andhra Pradesh going to wait for you to break your silence?
I do understand your party these days is having its back to the wall. But that is no reason why you should drive Andhra Pradesh up the wall.
T S Sudhir