As the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana state cut a sharp divide between those who favoured it and those who did not,the ripples were felt in Pune too,which hosts a large population of techies from the region. While those from what will now be Indias 29th state cheered the decision that came after five decades of campaigning,the response of those from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions is one of sceptic disbelief.
Radhakrishna Yanala,a software engineer in the city originally belonging to Guntur district which is in the coastal area,cries foul over the decision. There is nothing good about the decision. It is clearly a political game being played strategically ahead of the general elections so that the ruling party can grab votes. Both sides will now have to start building their system from the scratch, she says.
For Tella Ravi Teja,also from Guntur district,it was a black Tuesday. I could not believe what I was hearing on the news channels. I was overwhelmed with emotion and speechless. I never thought such a thing would ever happen. Since childhood,we have considered Hyderabad as our own city and suddenly in a single day,we have been alienated from it. It is like sons of the same mother have been torn apart, he says,adding that he and his friends are still hoping that the decision will be revoked.
About whether the decision will help build the backward districts of Telangana region,Teja says it will only cause damage to both sides. The IT industry will be split,which will be a huge setback. Hyderabad was developed for the benefit of the entire state and ministers from the coastal region worked towards it.
Assistant professor in a city college,Punna Rao Vemula,wants a united Andhra Pradesh. This decision is fostering a regional feeling, he says,adding that Hyderabad particularly will be caught in the eye of the storm.
In stark contrast,Madhusudan Reddy,a student in the city who hails from the Telangana region,says he is happy that the decision has finally been taken. For many years,our region,which has nine backward districts,has been neglected. I hope that politicians dont use this to further their agenda and instead work towards fulfilling the objectives for which a separate state is being formed, he says.
Reddy,however,admitted that industrialists from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra,who have invested in Hyderabad,will have a tough balance to strike.
Belonging to Nizamabad in Telangana region,assistant professor Banoth Srinavas Naik is also elated by the bifurcation. I think everyone from Telangana region is happy. Andhra has long been the power centre and we have suffered in many ways like the division of water and Naxalite problem. Now,we will have our own chief minister and body of leaders who will be able to focus on issues specific to the region and address them, he says.