Telangana Movement: A Study of Problems and Prospects

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 11:30 AM
Room: 315
Oral Presentation
Satyanarayana GATTU , Sociology, OSMANIA UNIVERSITY, HYDERABAD, India
Koteshwer PULI , Sociology, Kakatiya University, Warangal, India
Telangana Movement: A study of problems and prospects
Telangana movement for separate state hood is historically well known all over the world. One of the reasons for its popularity is that its peasantry revolt with arms during (1946-48) under the Leadership of Communists against the Nizams autocratic rule.
However the Telangana region of Hyderabad state was merged in Andhra Pradesh on 1’st November 1956. But Telangana people wanted to have their own state in view distinct geographical, socio-economic, political and cultural identity.
Telangana people were discriminated in every sphere by the Seemandhras. This process has created lot of inequalities and uneven development among the three regions of the state. Telangana natural resources like land, water, forest, mines were extracted unabatedly since the formation of Andhra Pradesh.
Against this discrimination and exploitation separate Talangana movement under the leadership of Dr.M.Chenna Reddy was organized in the year 1969. About 400 students and youth were killed during the moment. Due to political betrayal of the parties in the power the moment was subsided.
However, in the year 2001 separate Telangana Movement again started under the leadership of K. Chandra Shaker Rao who is a shrewd politician. During the last 12 years of the Movement, about 1000 students and youth sacrificed their lives.
In view of the above background this paper mainly aims at to understand the unethical political stands and manipulations of various political parties in the state and at the center in decision making process of the formation of Telangana state. The other objective of the study is to present how people’s cause and political aspirations of Telangana region manipulated and marginalized for the selfish ends of Seemandhras.
*Professor Emeritus, Dept of Sociology, Osmania University, Hyderabad-7, AP, India.
**Assistant Professor, Dept of Sociology, SDLC Kakatiya University, Warangal, AP,