i blame all of these people: prof. jayashankar, retired vice chancellor of the kakatiya university who thinks in urdu, speaks telugu and writes in english but doesn't seemed to have gained any significant help from his knowledge of any of those languages in expanding the very narrow horizons of his mind. prof. m. kodandram, osmania university, who proudly says his students, like arjun of the mahabharata, can only see the bird's eye (telangana) now and nothing else. or prof.haragopal, now retired, of hcu who will have to explain now how 'deep-rooted' the demand for a separate state is when those committing suicides are mostly students who were born nearly four decades after telangana was merged into the state of andhra pradesh. and dozens of other professors, hundreds of teachers. some of them have been singing in classrooms: ' my food's telangana, my battle's telangana, my home's telangana, my play's telangana, my work's telangana, my war's telangana, my way's telangana, my destination is telangana'.
what we're seeing now are only the very early results of a concerted effort to purge a whole generation of students of all other defining characteristics (of identity) except shared geography. an obviously bewildered kancha ilaiah had observed a few days ago that suicides aren't a part of telangana's protest culture. what will this lead to in the future? i hope the teachers have a cure for the epidemic they've unleashed, but i doubt it. many of them have alluded to the glorious struggle of students taking over cuba. others have recalled assam. and whose blood shall pay for their dreams?
over 350 of the 369 students who were killed during the telangana agitation of 1969 were obcs, dalits and adivasis. the numbers haven't changed the slightest now. and one of the major grievances of the agitators in 1969 and now has been that government jobs were unfairly distributed along sub-regional lines. but the truth is that nearly 70% of all government jobs in andhra pradesh, like elsewhere in india, had actually gone to a few upper castes (like the brahmins, reddies, velamas, vaishyas, rajus and sections of the kapus ) from all regions. who stole the jobs?
In this society, regional agitations are most suited for stopping social transformation as these agitations create mass hysteria. In Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema enough mass hysteria has been generated in recent times.what social transformation? most of the teachers i had named earlier seem to have devised a new opiate for the young dalit, obc masses.