Birth of a New State

India Today - - MAIL -

The pas­sage of Andhra Pradesh Re­or­gan­i­sa­tion Bill in both the Houses, cul­mi­nat­ing in the birth of Te­lan­gana, has brought cheer to one re­gion while cre­at­ing heart­burn in the other (“Di­vided State”, March 3). Though many ex­pressed doubts about the Congress party’s sin­cer­ity in hon­our­ing the prom­ise it had made in 2004,the pass­ing of the bill by voice vote in both the Lok Sabha and Ra­jya Sabha is a his­toric mo­ment for the people of Te­lan­gana. In­stead of fight­ing, people of both re­gions must work to­gether to re­store peace and har­mony while con­cen­trat­ing on de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic progress of both the states. K.R.SRINIVASAN, Se­cun­der­abad Why should people feel like “strangers in their own city”? (March 3). There was a time when Andhra Pradesh was carved out from Madras state. Ev­ery city in the coun­try is our own city and we are part of it. People’s mind­set should change; then most of our prob­lems will be solved. Politi­cians who try to stir pas­sions and sow dis­cord in pur­suit of their short-term gains should be con­demned. JA­COB SA­HAYAM, via email

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