'Vision of Telangana' unveiled - The New Indian Express

'Vision of Telangana' unveiled

Published: 28th September 2013 10:32 AM

Last Updated: 28th September 2013 10:32 AM

Giving a brief insight into the root causes of Telangana movement, civil rights activist G Haragopal has unveiled a vision of Telangana state for it to be an ideal state in the country.

Delivering the second Acharya Konda Lakshman Bapuji Endowment Lecture on ‘Vision for New Telangana’, jointly organised by Osmania University and Acharya Konda Lakshma Bapuji Foundation, at the Osmania University here on Friday, Haragopal said the people of Telangana were confident of reconstructing Telangana as an ideal state.

He said it was faulty economic development model adopted for Telangana  that resulted in its backwardness. Elaborating further, he said the Green Revolution was based on water. “It benefited coastal Andhra but not Telangana. The waters of Krishna and Godavari were used to make the lands in coastal Andhra highly productive.

Telangana people, instead of demanding  Krishna and Godavari river waters, tapped ground water to irrigate their fields. As the ground water is not perennial, they have suffered. To draw ground water, they have to spend more on electricity. On one acre, a farmer in Telangana spends Rs 600 to Rs 800 on power. ‘’The Srikrishna Committee said that as power is more consumed in Telangana, it was developed. It is nothing but distorting the facts.’’

Haragopal said that after merger, the natural resources in Telangana region got depleted. ‘’Our first focus in the new Telangana state should be on agriculture. We should tackle the question what to do with rural water system and what needs to be done to make agriculture  profitable. Though Krishna river flows through Mahbubnagar district, its people are deprived of its water. We must demand the rightful share of Krishna waters. It was because of Andhra rulers’ adoption of faulty model of development for the region, agriculture failed in Telangana leading to large-scale migration to Hyderabad and other cities.’’

He said inappropriate development models were the reason for backwardness and the reason for 22 regions in the country demanding separate states. ‘’They feel that economic backwardness can be eradicated by political power. Hence the demand for separate states,’’ he said.

Referring to the decrease in agriculture’s share in the GDP from 66 percent to 13 percent, he said 60 percent people of the country had 13 percent GDP and 20 percent industrialists 22 percent. ‘’The very reason for Hyderabad being the bone of contention is its Rs 55,000 crore urban wealth which is rural wealth in true sense.’’

He also stressed Telangana state’s focus on land reforms in rural areas. He wanted the new state not to concentrate more on the IT sector but go back to agriculture. Citing concentration of more land in few hands as the cause of ills, he wanted Telangan state to deal with the question as to what happened to land in Hyderabad.

Stating that the Gentlemen’s Agreement was violated constantly by Andhra people, Haragopal said a legitimate public ownership of lands should be part of Telangana Vision. He wanted focus on development of other cities in the new state as Hyderabad got overpopulated.

Haragopal wanted the industries and investments in Telangana state to address unemployment and to make make every one part of the development and progress. He emphasised the need for focus on education and health with public support for ensuring access to quality education and health to every one.

He felt that there was no new leadership in the making, whom the people can relay upon.

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