[Many tables given here]
(Courtesy: Lokender Reddy, Govt. agencies, JVR, et al.)
As such the present Separate Telangana movement, spearheaded by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti under K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), in my opinion, has not any justification and legitimacy but is purely a game of power by hungry politicians exploiting the 'sentiment' of Telangana and inciting anti-Andhra passions for their narrow ends. It is to be remembered that Chandrasekhar Rao was a staunch follower of N.T.R. and a prominent leader of Telugu Desam and seems to have fallen apart from Chandrababu Naidu mainly over denial of speaker's and/or minister's post. He belongs to the Velama Caste and is known to be a quite well-to-do landlord. And then another prominent leader of TRS, who has over the last 2 years or so quarreled with KCR and quit the party, Narendra came from the BJP fold and it is well known that BJP is espousing the theory of smaller states and stronger central government and is allergic to the very idea of federalism. Since the BJP entered into strategic alliance with Chandrababu Naidu, who till recent years was strongly committed to United Andhra Pradesh, it had to stop canvassing even its own resolution for separate Telangana and irked by such stand Narendra, representing urban middle classes and himself belonging to upper middle class Padmashali (BC-B) section, broke away from that party on the question of Telangana alone. But it does not mean Narendra turned a secularist overnight and left his hindutva (in the sense of Hindu fundamentalist) ideology. So a strange alliance is now running the Telangana show and the present electoral equations have shown how fragile this alliance could be. In order that the newly emerged middle class of Telangana together with the old Reddy, Velama and other high caste feudal forces should grab power exclusively for themselves, all this hullabaloo about Telangana is being made and the high ideals and glossy image of a separate Telangana bringing in a people's friendly and all round development in the region are being paraded. Nothing more and nothing less.
I suggest that our State be called Andhra-Telangana-Seema incorporating the names of all the three major regions of the State. One might question with Shakespeare as to "What’s in a name?" but it is also true that one recognizes the worth and impact of a name and nobody names a child or a person without thinking many times over it. The name also could summarize or lend an appropriate identity to the unit so named.
I also wonder why even some so-called revolutionary and progressive sections are steeped in such sentimentalism and inferiority complex and backwardness-bogey-raising when in fact they should have been in the forefront of movements for the unity and integrity of Telugu people and should (and could) have inspired Telanganites to lead the entire Telugu people by their militant fighting spirit with the example of the glorious past struggles waged against feudalism and for forging a wider unity of Telugu people. Renaming the state as Andhra-Telangana-Seema and creating necessary safeguards for regional autonomy would by large solve the present crisis, if dispassionate and realistic thinking and progressive, tolerant attitudes from the peoples of different regions are encouraged.