A book on ‘States’ Re-organisation- a case study of Andhra Pradesh’ was released here on Saturday. The book is an attempt to bring out facts relating to the circumstances that led to integration of two regions to form the state of Andhra Pradesh in 1956, the violations of various agreements including the Gentlemen’s Agreement and the peculiar case of Hyderabad.
Senior Congress leader from Telangana and former APCC president P Narasa Reddy released the book at Potti Sriramulu Telugu University here on Saturday.
He said it was apt to bring out such a book at the centenary celebrations of former deputy chief minister JV Narsinga Rao, who strived for separate Telangana.
Narasa Reddy recalled the instances when several issues of Gentlemen’s Agreements were violated and said he was witness to some of them including bureaucrats’ disregard to the agreement.
He explained as to how, the mulki rules were relegated to dustbin, how Urdu-speaking populace, though the language being the second official language, were rendered jobless and in their place Andhras were given jobs and how Andhra and Telangana wanted to part ways but the Centre had resolved to keep them together for different reasons including the Hyderabad case before UN. ‘’The region was cheated of power and water and still the rulers from other region want to continue their loot. We are not asking anything but, what rightly belongs to us,’’ he said.
Author of the book, Capt Lingala Pandu Ranga Reddy, said he had refused to take the degree from Osmania University, for the very reason that Urdu legend on the symbol of the University was removed. ‘’Now I am working for another PhD from Pune university and I want to do the doctoral research on life and legacy of JV Narsinga Rao.’’ He explained that history of the region was distorted by Andhras for their own selfish interests and there is no truth in it.
Veteran Journalist Potturi Venkateswara Rao recalling his association with Narsing Rao, wanted his statue to be installed in Hyderabad. Editor of Siasat Zaheruddin Ali Khan said that at the time of AP state formation good intentions were missing, which are still missing at the current juncture when Telangana state is about to happen. ‘’It is result of social engineering and political compulsion. Pakistan was formed on religion basis but lacked good intention and is now a failed state. Telangana leadership too had failed for the last 60 years, the result was there for every one to see. I appeal to future leadership of Telangana to take everyone with them in development process, if not they too would lead to a failed state,’’ he said.
Congress MLA P Shanakar Rao, Prof A Satyanarayana, T Vivek of Telangana History Society, JV Narsing Rao’s son and chairman of Pennar Group Nrupendera Rao, former MLC B Kamalakar Rao and AP Archives director Zareena Parveen also spoke.