Lok Sabha has finally cleared the way for separation of Telangana as a state. It has not been easy for Telangana to get its statehood. The path was riddled with twists, violence and politics.
Half-clad men protesting against the Srikrishna Committee’s recommendations in Andhra Pradesh in 2011. The committee had suggested division of the state only if ‘unavoidable’ as one of its most advocated options.
This 19-year-old youth, S Yadaiah from Nagaram village in adjacent Ranga Reddy district self-immolated himself in Osmania University campus in 2010. He succumbed to his burn injuries and left behind a suicide note saying that his life was a sacrifice for the Telangana cause and youth like him will get jobs if a separate Telangana was carved out of AP.
This young child is part of a human chain formed to support the separate Telangana cause. Forming human chains has been a popular way of protest for the Telangana cause and one of the most peaceful.
Women from ‘Progressive Organization for Women’ shout slogans in Delhi during a protest rally for the Telangana cause.
This gentleman, Potti Sreeramulu, died fasting for the cause of statehood of Andhra Pradesh which now stands divided. Sreeramulu demanded statehood for Telegu-speaking people different from the Madras Presidency. His demands fell on the deaf years of Congress, party in power and he died hungry and dejected for the cause. His death led to a huge protest forcing then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to announce statehood for Andhra Pradesh.