Division of Andhra Pradesh draws cheers and jeers in city
As the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana state cut a sharp divide between those who favoured it and those who did not, the ripples were felt in Pune too, which hosts a large population of techies from the region. While those from what will now be India's 29th state cheered the decision that came after five decades of campaigning, the response of those from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions is one of sceptic disbelief.
Radhakrishna Yanala, a software engineer in the city originally belonging to Guntur district which is in the coastal area, cries foul over the decision. "There is nothing good about the decision. It is clearly a political game being played strategically ahead of the general elections so that the ruling party can grab votes. Both sides will now have to start building their system from the scratch," she says.
For Tella Ravi Teja, also from Guntur district, it was a black Tuesday. "I could not believe what I was hearing on the news channels. I was overwhelmed with emotion and speechless. I never thought such a thing would ever happen. Since childhood, we have considered Hyderabad as our own city and suddenly in a single day, we have been alienated from it. It is like sons of the same mother have been torn apart," he says, adding that he and his friends are still hoping that the decision will be revoked.
About whether the decision will help build the backward districts of Telangana region, Teja says it will only cause damage to both sides. "The IT industry will be split, which will be a huge setback. Hyderabad was developed for the benefit of the entire state and ministers from the coastal region worked towards it."
Assistant professor in a city college, Punna Rao Vemula, wants a united Andhra Pradesh. "This decision is fostering a regional feeling," he says, adding that Hyderabad particularly will be caught in the eye of the storm.