had started on this post a few weeks ago, in the last week of december, more than a little surprised by many of the separatist politicians trying to paint the agitation as a battle between 'andhra capitalists' and their starving telangani victims....
he is the first minister from telangana to have sent in his resignation to the cabinet and to the assembly. he and his brother have grown very big as contractors in recent years, thanks to ysr's mindlessly huge and ill conceived (or maybe well conceived, if looked at from another angle) irrigation spending spree. learn more about him here and his growing business interests here. he sent in his resignations in order to avoid being upstaged by a fellow reddy mla and former home minister ( whose tenure was marked by the encounter killings of so many top naxal leaders that the cadres were driven away to the borders of the state and to chhattisgarh, orissa and even west bengal) in the politics of nalgonda, one of the most backward districts in the region. the latter's sons have interests in power projects. another champion of telangana from the same region, and another reddy, has interests in solar photovoltaics and solar thermal systems. this emerging industry depends almost totally on government buying for survival. and yes, it's good to have a congress government in the centre and at home. another mla and minister from neighbouring khammam, and yet another reddy, hadn't sent in his resignations yet (as on 24th december). but his brother, an mla from nalgonda, has. don't know as yet about the brothers' business interests but they do have expensive hobbies, as pointed out in this post. did they dabble in irrigation contracts? i don't know but the business-friendly environment created by the ysr government encouraged many of his enterprising colleagues to take a shot at it.
representing neighbouring khammam, he is india's richest mp with strong business interests, and he has also recently joined the telangana bandwagon. another mp , and yet another smart businessman-politician, has inherited his passion for telangana from his father, a former union minister. from the same district, karimnagar, a former mp and union minister has been a very vocal supporter of telangana for very long. is he a smart businessman? there are too many smart businessmen in the family. and too many politicians too. and to think these strong supporters of telangana should have gifted vizag the tallest building in the city!
have covered only a couple of districts (don't have the stomach to do more) but i hope you get the picture, realize it's not all black and white.
p.s. if anyone can add more colour to this picture, please comment.