My Hat Tip to Chakravarthy
For some time I have been planning to write this note of appreciation for Chakravarthy garu. I wanted to spend enough time to make sure I will hit all the points. If I waited for finding enough time, this note will lose its value.
Readers of this blog and listeners of my show know where I stand on the issue of separate state of Telangana. To put it succinctly, the demand for division is ill-advised and could cause an irreparable damage to the unity among Telugu community. Like many, I could clearly see that most of the arguments made for the division were emotional. However, over the last several years various documents allegedly showing statistical proof of methodical discrimination against development and the people of the Nizam Telangana districts have not been met with any counter argument. While people with personal axe to grind and politicians with vested interest relentlessly promoted not only separation of Telangana and but also hatred towards Kosta and Rayalaseema, politicians and the press played to the emotions of people and did nothing to stop the propaganda. Also, people advocating unity were not as organized as the separatists.
I don’t know if Chakravarthy’s book “My Telugu Roots” was the first well-researched piece to dispel the myths propagated by the separatists. But, in my opinion, this book made a huge difference in the dialogue. How is it possible to one-up such great work? Chakravarthy managed to do that too. With the help of good folks at Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Indians, he spent enormous amount of time to present a report to the Justice Srikrishna Commission.
Take a look at this report and see for yourself about the cogent, rational and passionate case made for a united state for the Telugu people.
I am sure there are several people who will dispute his arguments and statistics. But, in my professional opinion those facts and statistics are objective and verifiable.
It takes a lot of courage for an ordinary citizen to stand-up to political forces that are getting rather nasty and violent that too with with passion, straightforwardness and complete objectivity. I believe Chakravarthy is one such person with a lot of guts and courage.
With all my heart, I congratulate Chakravarthy for taking up this monumental responsibility. Chakravarthy garu, whether AP remains in one piece or not, the Telugu community owes a lot of gratitude to you and your work. You have done an enormous effort into preserving the unity of Telugu people.
Regardless of the outcome, remember this: కర్మణ్యే వాధికారస్తే మాఫలేషు కదాచన.. (close enough?)
To the TG community: if you also appreciate Chakravarthy’s effort, like I do, please join me in congratulating him and thanking him for his contribution.