Caller Lakshmi on Telangana and Andhra (restored)
Divide-and-rule has been a time tested political strategy. Dividing the political opponents to win my be a clever political tactic, but dividing the public based on caste, religion, race and region is a despicable strategy. Pitting one citizen against other based on their origin or birth is not just wrong, but it should be a crime. We always have thermometers to measure the temperature of a patient with fever. Do we have a hate-meter to measure hatred in individuals? May be there isn’t. This caller, Lakshmi’s (real name and her place of residence were edited for her protection) gives you some measure of that hatred spread by the politicians. Ordinary people going about their lives are led to believe that they are being robbed by people from other parts of the country.
As I mentioned in the intermediate commentary, I do not take anything she said personal. I believe that she was led to believe that people from one region are “evil” (my word). Nor do I see anything wrong in wanting a separate Telangana state based on legitimate arguments. But I have a serious issue with hate and hate-mongers. I blame this level and intensity of hatred on the hate-mongers run-a mock in the name of a separate Telangana.
I beg all the moderates, especially those moderates who are seeking Telangana state not based on hate, but only based on peaceful arguments, to speak against the leadership of the movement who are are spreading hatred. Please stop this hate. After all, these extremist elements who are claiming to represent the people of Telangana are bringing nothing but bad name to the people of Telangana.
There has been a very spirited response to this caller on the Jan 8, 2010 show. I will make those bit available for download later this week.
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Original MMGL Broadcast date: Jan 8, 2010
Last edited for commentary inserts: Jan 10, 2010
Link for smart Phones: Caller Lakshmi on Telangana and Andhra
Post restored: Jan 17, 2010