Telangana: 'Playing cards' or Placards; Messengers or State benders?

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New Delhi, Feb 21: The issue of Telangana as a separate state since December 9 has taken us to a roller-coaster ride. While some (especially the political circuit) disagree, others would agree that it took an absolutely obnoxious turn when it was presented in the Parliament.

A shameless face of Indian politics was there for the world to see where a division of the state was nothing less than a political card game in which the winner got the license to play with the lives of the people.

And a victory cannot go without an announcement-be it a loud and violent one like that in the Parliament, pulling the history of Parliamentary affairs even down.

A series of mobile and agency clicks inside the parliament are testimony to the charred remains of democracy, but what prevails is the document-the placards that the ministers have been spotting in the past few months.

Leave the slogans, the heated arguments and the debate over the Telangana Bill (which was long lost under piling ego), over the demands of the people (which was snubbed by the demands of the political parties); the placards spoke volumes.

Snatched and torn like the state itself

The placards were just pieces of paper, but the moment they were snatched and torn and thrown up in the air, a sensation within said, this is how we as Indians are being treated by a democracy. A state is found, and with it are the newly found baggages of poverty, dis-similar economy and an instability which sees one state going up the ladder and the other amidst looming darkness.

The people are not happy, which is evident from what they say. Telangana generates a profit of Rs 60,000 crores from industries here whereas Seemandhra is agricultural-based (which has little or no scope of improvement as it is depended on the whims and fancies of the leaders). Perhaps, a united state of Andhra Pradesh could have earned a lot more.

UP, Gorkhaland next in line?

What is done cannot be undone. Mother India has another 'weakling' now that she has to take care of (apart from the ones that are already there).

But, the story does not end here, especially when Gorkhaland and UP are gearing up for similar demands. Encouraged by the Telangana movement, the Gorkhaland supporters have now decided to stage a protest in Delhi to come to a unilateral decision, despite opposition from the rest of the government.

It was all quiet at the 'western front' for the above-mentioned states. The Gorkhas had come to an agreement with the WB government and now things have to be started from scratch. GJM Bimal Gurung said that he will initiate a protest on March 2 in Darjeeling.

That is not all, BSP chief Mayawati has also demanded that big states like Uttar Pradesh should also be divided for 'better' administration, digging an old grave. Uttar Pradesh may see four new states in the near future-Awadh Pradesh, Purvanchal, Bundelkhand and Paschim Pradesh.

Having said that, what kind of a message are we sending across the world? of a divisive State that can be broken into as many pieces at the drop of a pin? Where has united India gone and where is Democracy?

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BJP MP Venkaiah Naidu speaks in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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A member displays a placard as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh participates in the debate on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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A member holding a placard in front of the Chair in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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A member holds a placard in front of Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Members holding placards in support of 'United Andhra Pradesh' in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Members protest in support of 'United Andhra Pradesh' in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Members holding placards in support of 'United Andhra Pradesh' in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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TDP members holding placards in support of United Andhra Pradesh in front of the chair of Chairman Hamid Ansari in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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United Andhra Pradesh supporting members protest in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde during the debate on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday.

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