HAS Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowdas Independence Day announcement on separate statehood for Uttarakhand provided hope to Telengana Congress leaders as well that their long-pending dream may become a cherished reality?
Demoralised Congressmen are prepared to fight the issue in the ongoing winter session of Parliament. But as Keshava Rao, a former minister and one of the main leaders demanding a Telengana state, asks: "Is it possible to fight two-thirds with one-third representation in the legislature in a parliamentary democracy?" He accepts criticism that the Congress did not do anything concrete when it was in power, and stalled any worthwhile development here.
Voices of dissent go back to the days when Andhra Pradesh was formed on the basis of the Fazal Ali Commission report encouraging separate linguistic states. Incidentally, the commission suggested a separate Telengana in the same report, as the cultural divide between the regions is quite marked.
But timely intervention by Jawaharlal Nehru, assuring certain guarantees under...