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Separatist Movement in Andhra Pradesh: Shadow and Substance
G. Parthasarathy, K. V. Ramana and G. Dasaradha Rama Rao
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 8, No. 11 (Mar. 17, 1973), pp. 560-563
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4362431
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The facts relating to employment show beyond doubt that only a small fraction of the people of Andhra Pradesh, that is, those who are in or seek state government employment, have a stake in the operation of the mulki rules or otherwise. It is this section which has successfully managed to give the appearance of having a wide social interest to a movement which obviously represents the sectional interest of a small group. In the course of the fight for the competing claims of the petty bourgeois of the two regions of Andhra Pradesh the wider interests of the state and the nation are being forgotten. The preservation of the integrity of Andhra Pradesh calls for the burden caused by the mulki rules to be shared by the country as a whole. The cost in terms of loss of jobs to the people of the Andhra region, due to the implementation of the mulki rules, cannot number more than 2,000 per annum and the financial costs of off-setting this loss would roughly amount to a maximum of two crores of rupees per annum. Over a five-year period the burden of the Government of India would be Rs 10 crores and this is very little for the Centre to bear in relation to the gains of an integrated Andhra Pradesh for the country. The petty bourgeois in Telengana should be told unequivocally that at the end of this period, they will not be entitled to the privileges which are not conferred on other backward regions. A dialogue, on this basis, between the leaders of both the regions under the auspices of the Central leaders could contribute to the restoration of normalcy in Andhra Pradesh.
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