Undoubtedly, there is a strong sentiment for a separate state of Telangana. For years, promises by the political class to the people of this region have not been kept. The problems on the ground have only grown.
But to think that the problems are going to be solved by having a separate state can only be wishful. For example, I was told a few days back that there is a family supposedly from Andhra staying in their own house in Hyderabad. Their servants are natives. The servants apparently remarked that once the state of Telangana was formed, the owners would be forced to leave their house and the servants could take over the ownership!
In Uma Sudhir's blog, there is a similar sentiment echoed by one of the persons she interviewed. "Once we get Telangana, we can set up our own industries and generate employment.” Pray, what is stopping you now?
The agitation has reached such a stage where people look at statehood as the end to all their problems. Well, here's some news for you, dear friends - nothing is going to change on the ground. One set of corrupt politicians will be replaced by another set. One group of ineffective bureaucrats will be replaced by another group.
There will be tremendous initial euphoria. Jubilation all around. Then slowly, the truth will surface. Nothing will change on the ground. The romance of the struggle will all slowly fade away. People will become more frustrated than before because the expectations were so high.
I am not saying don't divide the state. I am not even saying divide the state. All I am saying is even if you divide the state, nothing much wil change on the ground.