Divide and rule

Print edition : August 23, 2013

Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhar Rao garlanding a bust of Prof. K. Jayashankar, the ideologue of the Telangana movement, in Hyderabad on July 30. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister (right), and Digvijay Singh, Congress general secretary and incharge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, coming out of the UPA meeting on Telangana, in New Delhi on July 30. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

A protest against the Centre's decision to form Telangana State, in front of the statue of Potti Sriramulu in Ongole on July 31. Sriramulu undertook a hunger strike for the formation of a separate State for the Telugu-speaking people of Madras Presidency and lost his life. Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Telangana stands on the threshold of achieving its 60-year-old dream of statehood. But the outpouring of rage among people in the other regions of Andhra Pradesh and the revival of the demand for new States across the country tie the ruling Congress in knots.
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