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Srikrishna Committee on Telangana: Recommendations at Variance with the Analysis

The Srikrishna Committee's analysis suggests that a separate Telangana can be a viable state and that a larger majority of the people in the region favour statehood. If a separate state is yet not the most preferred option then this has been on account of the vehement opposition from the Seemandhra region and the committee's own fears about more demands for smaller states cropping up as well as Telangana becoming a stronghold of Maoism and religious fundamentalism. Above all, the Srikrishna Committee's preference shows that in our system, opting for radical change by moving away from the status quo is not easy.

The committee headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, constituted by the Government of India to examine the situation in Andhra Pradesh with reference to the demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as the demand for maintaining the present status of a united Andhra Pradesh, submitted its report on 31 December 2010 after holding wideranging consultations with all the stakeholders and carrying out a comprehensive analysis of the relevant data on socioeconomic aspects.

Overview Among other things, the committee examined the three basic issues bearing on the formation of a separate state of Telangana, viz, its economic viability, social inclusion and cohesion, and the wishes of the people of Telangana, and found them strongly favouring the formation of a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital. But the committee has been deterred by fears on three counts: Vehement opposition from the infl uential sections of Seemandhra, particularly to Hyderabad becoming the capital of Telangana, similar demands for creation of smaller states cropping up in the country and the impact on the internal security situation with the anticipated growth of Maoism and religious fundamentalism – discussed in Chapter 8 of the report but withheld from public at large and submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs in a separate cover along with the report.

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