Q: Most of us in US came from India for better lives. We may be taking away some of the jobs that might have gone to local people in US. Is it not the same in Telangana? How can we protest Andhra migrants taking away our jobs and resources?from the faq page of telangana development forum. tried to imagine a possible conversation between a curious visitor to the site (say 'a') and one of the tdf members (say 'q'):
A: When people move from poor regions/countries to rich regions/countries it is called immigration in search of livelihood. But when people from richer regions/countries go to poorer regions/countries, it is called colonization. For example British came to India for colonizing. Telangana movement is not against poor Andhra people coming in search of livelihood. But it is against elites of Andhra who come to Telangana to rob the resources and divert them to Andhra region. When people come to US for jobs and education, they follow rules and laws set by the local people. But when Andhra colonizers come to Telangana they violated every law and agreement on the books. They could do it because of they control the power structure. That is not the case here in US.
a: how does one measure a poorer region/country?
q: when the region is rich in resources like telangana. the colonisers from andhra wanted to rob the resources.
a: so, indians migrating to the united states are colonisers? because the united states has larger reserves of oil, coal, natural gas, and fresh water resources etc than india?
q: the u.s., is a richer region/country because it has a higher gdp.
a: but you said, elsewhere, hyderabad was a rich city, and telangana had surplus revenues before merger?
q: yes, but taking jobs away from the locals even in a rich city is colonization.
a: so, indians taking away jobs from the locals in a rich u.s. city are colonisers?
q: no, you can't call them colonisers because they are not flouting any laws.
a: there have been regular complaints of flouting of laws. for instance, check this news report.
q: well, that's only a few jobs. besides, we're only doing the work the lazy americans can't.
a: the migrants in telangana used to wave the same excuse.
q: see? that's their colonising mentality.
a: but you said you had nothing against people who came looking for livelihood?
q: no, we have nothing against them.
a: it's only those who bring industrial investments to telangana you don't like?
q: yes, they're colonisers who rob our resources.
a: but they create jobs.
q: we don't want their jobs.
a: yes, obviously. you've jobs in the u.s. what about those young people who live in telangana?
q: they should fight for a separate telangana. that's a full time job too.
a: yes, but how will they live without jobs?
q: they could invite industrial investments from outsiders.
a: you mean colonisers?
q: no, investors from everywhere.
a: even from richer regions/countries?
a: but you said when people from richer regions/countries go to poorer regions/countries, it is called colonization.
q: ok. they should invite investors from only poorer regions.
a: like north coastal andhra, rayalaseema?
q: or sudan, nepal.
a: what if no one from those countries shows any interest in investing?
q: they should go to even poorer countries.
a: how about you guys making some investments?
q: coming from a rich country like the u.s., to invest here? that'd be colonization.