18 September, 2020

The Line Is Drawn

A new state is writ, the roiling continues

P. Anil Kumar
The Line Is Drawn

It came sooner rather than later. The Union cabinet has given the nod to the creation of Telangana, undeterred by the 60-day agitation against bifurcation in the restive Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions. The districts that will comprise Telangana are Adil­abad, Karimnagar, Maha­bubnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Ranga­reddy, Khammam, Warangal and, yes,  Hyderabad. Hyderabad will remain the common capital of the two states—Telangana and Seemandhra (Rayala­se­ema and coastal Andhra)—for 10 years.

As Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde announced the decision, Seem­andhra protesters watched TV screens with disbelief. Reality, quite evidently, will take longer to sink in for the people of Seemandhra than the two minutes it took Shinde to read out the note.

Telangana supporters, on the other hand, are celebrating. Madhu Yaskhi Goud, a Congress MP, stepped out of the CLP meeting to announce that the Congress had delivered on its promise on Telangana. “Nothing is changing in Hyderabad. Citizens will lead the same...



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