Andhra’s partition, federalism and the future
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are interdependent and complementary to each other. Drawing a line on a map does not have to lead to a disruption of the economy
One year after the partition of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and the creation of Telangana state, the visceral passions and parochial polarization have subsided to some extent. Several states have been created after Independence; but the partition of Andhra Pradesh aroused the strongest passions on both sides, creating a surcharged atmosphere in all three regions of the state—Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. The first-ever division of a large non-Hindi linguistic state, and Telangana, containing the vibrant, large Hyderabad city being separated, have led to profound political, economic and psychological consequences. Hyderabad had a government surplus of ₹ 13,000 crore per year, and residual AP feels obviously impoverished with the loss of the city.