A tale of two States

Print edition : May 16, 2014

November 1, 1956: Andhra Pradesh Governor C.N. Trivedi administering the oath of office to Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (left) as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad. The author says the merger of Telangana and Andhra owed more to the “machinations, manipulations and pressures with business and political interests rather than the proposed linguistic ethnicity”. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Tanguturi Prakasam. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Burgula Ramakrishna Rao. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Bezawada Gopal Reddy. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

K.V. Ranga Reddy. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The author says unlike the Telangana Movement of 1969, a distinct feature of the present movement is the way it has transcended castes and communities, especially those involved in traditional occupations. Here, potters from Neerukulla village staging a protest for a separate Telangana, in Warangal on June 1, 2009. Photo: M. MURALI

The book argues that Andhra Pradesh was created only to serve the interests of Andhraites and asserts that the bifurcation of the State corrects a historical wrong.
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