Saturday, February 22, 2014

Editorial, 'A HOUSE DIVIDED' in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 15 February 2014, Vol. 10, Part 1, No. 3 issue


against itself cannot stand – is an age-old adage which may soon prove itself in case of our State of Andhra Pradesh. It is true that a decided majority of people of the State are for unity of all Telugus in one State, but there is also a deep regional divide in the State. Over and above that one can see the collusion of the two corrupt and cruel principal anti-people political parties of India – Congress (I) and the Bharatiya Janata Party to break up the unity of the Telugu State for their nefarious political ends, especially the former indulging in egregious electoral corruption. The intense anguish and agitation in the 13 districts of Seemandhra against the splintering of Telugu nationality, for the unity of which stalwart veterans like Sri Potti Sriramulu, Prakasam Pantulu, Bulusu Samba Murthy, Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao, Suravaram Pratapa Reddy, Madapati Hanumanta Rao, Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, Ravi Narayana Reddy, Baddam Yella Reddy et al so steadfastly fought and achieved, is being totally neglected. The poison of regional chauvinism instilled by a solely power-crazy regional party coupled with the strange and solid support to it by many so-called leftist parties and groups, which have even stopped referring to their own earlier history of having championed and sacrificed for the cause of unity of the Telugu State, not only in 1946-56 but also in 1969-73 and even up to 2008, seems to be attaining its fatal effects. The Parliament, generally derided as a talking shop and a quarrelling House over the recent decades, tries to be overzealous and rowdily active only when confronted with such hasty and authoritarian moves for wholly corrupt ends. The Women’s Reservation Bill [for which almost all parties expressed support] is pending since years just to cater to the interests of a select few so badly needed for continuance of the corrupt ruling coteries but this AP Reorganization Bill is sought to be introduced and passed by voice vote, even though the AP State Assembly explicitly rejected it and the mere use of pepper spray by a beleaguered, emotionally surcharged MP for his alleged self-defence is being depicted as a greater blow to the  national polity than this evil scheme that effectively undermines the federal spirit and scheme of our glorious national movement. §§§