Many Hyderabadis not ready for the T-word
The T-debate seems to have thrown most Hyderabadis into a severe identity crisis, even though Telangana is yet to happen and Hyderabad a long distance away from becoming part of the proposed new state. Much of the discomfiture may have to do with apprehensions about what will happen to business.
For cosmopolitan Hyderabadis like restaurateur Vikas Passary, it's the looming uncertainty over business prospects which is bothering him. "I am neither from Telengana or Andhra Pradesh, but that doesn't make me any less attached to Hyderabad, where I have been staying for the last four years. For outsiders like me, these are genuine business insecurities. For example, I had an investor from UK, who was keen on taking our restaurant brand to several food courts in Hyderabad, but now he wants to adopt a wait-and-watch policy, and I can't blame him. So, now my business plan is on hold for six months, and I am helpless!," he rues.
Passary is not alone in his concerns on a day that saw official flip-flop with the Union home secretary G K Pillai first saying that Hyderabad would be part of Telangana and later denying having said so.
"Pillai has released the genie out of the bag by saying that Hyderabad will go to Telangana. I am very concerned about my future prospects here," says Amit Kumar, a techie who has joined up on the Facebook campaign against separate Telangana.
Up from the 10,000 on Wednesday, the campaign has now nearly 12,400 members. And the members are livid after the home secretary's statements.
"This is going to stir trouble," wrote Ravi Raju on the wall. "Delhi thinks that they can do anything. Let's prove them wrong," wrote Rahul Nimmagada
For PR professional Jyotsna Angara, it's a further divisive trend that is also worrisome." As it is, we rarely say we are Indian, we are forever saying I'm Telugu or I'm Tamil or Marathi. Now these kinds of regional divisions will only lead us further away from declaring that we are Indian at the end of the day," she says.
Fashion designer Fatima Irfan is also wondering about the driving need for this division, but would much rather see Hyderabad as a Union Territory on the lines of say, Chandigarh, with an independent identity; but certainly not a part of Telangana. "It sounds just not so it!" she says.
Young singer Bhargavi Pillai is wondering how the TRS managed to hold our lives to ransom the way it did in the past few days.
"I don't think the situation in the city would have been so bad had YSR been alive, he would have managed to let the situation remain under control of the government and not allow Hyderabad to slip out of the hands of Hyderabadis."
There are others who are thinking on a refreshingly different pitch, though. According to software professional Satya Naresh, "It's always a good policy for better governance having smaller states, considering how populous our states are. If the US with a population of 30 crore can have 50 states, why can't india with a population of 1.17 billion follow suit? This panic amongst people is just resistance to change, I think all that will change is pincodes of areas."
He doesn't however support the ongoing agitation and methods followed by TRS supporters, "They have forgotten the Gandhian idelology of peaceful protests, it seems," adds the founder of matrimonial website idontwantdowry.com.
Login to add comments on this post.