Before you read this article, I suggest you to read this one (Its an unbiased one which deals with the facts till 31st of December 2010). The following one is going to have my own views and at the end I’ll mention what you’ll have to remember for your CLAT.
As planned, Justice B N Srikrishna Committee (SKC) submitted his report on its deadline, 31st December, 2010 to the Home Minister P Chidambaram. A retired judge of the Supreme Court, a person who headed committees of inquiries like Madras High Court Riots and Bombay Riots and a person who is known as one of the most fair and un-corrupted judges, Justice Srikrishna, has ended up giving a mal juicio by trying to satisfying both the parties and eventually failing to do so. The Srikrishna committee, which has been established to inquire about the demand of separate state of Telangana in February, gave the following six ways to deal with the issue. The present state of Andhra Pradesh consists of three regions: Telangana (literally; Telugu land), Rayalseema and Coastal Andhra. The only common denominator is the language, i.e Telugu.
- Maintenance of status quo. The committee commented that this is the least practicable option as there has been injustice happening to the region of Telangana since the last 55 years.
- Bifurcation of state into Seemandhra & Telangana, with Hyderabad as Union Territory. The committee said that this would not be a feasible option. Carving Hyderabad out of Telangana would deteriorate and worsen the development of Telangana.
- Bifurcation of state into Rayala-Telangana and Coastal Andhra with Hyderabad as an integral part of Rayala Telangana. This means that Rayalaseema, a region with 4 districts would join Telangana instead of Andhra. The Srikrishna committee added that this option would not be acceptable to the people of any region (only God knows why it has been mentioned).
- Bifurcation of state into Seemandhra and Telangana, with enlarged Hyderabad Metropolis as UT. The committee remained mum on this point. However, they did say that in option 2 that making Hyderabad UT would be the least feasible option.
- Bifurcation of state into Seemandhra and Telangana with Hyderabad as capital of Telangana & Seemandhra until new capital for Seemandhra is built. This is the option which has been demanded by all the people of Telangana since the past 42 years. However, the committee marked this one as the second best option.
- Keeping the state united, by providing Constitutional/statutory measures for socio-economic development and political empowerment of Telangana by creating of statutorily empowered Telangana Regional Council. The committee expects something which hasn’t happened in the past 42 years to happen now and they mark this as the best option (which goes against the demand of all the Telangana people). The committee failed to take note of the fact that the Gentlemen’s Agreement made in 1969 has been grossly violated by the Seemandhra legislators. And now, all of a sudden, they expect the region of Telangana develop while the Seemandhra legistors continue to rule.
Things to Remember for your CLAT
- The official name of the committee is “Committee for Consultations on The Situation in Andhra Pradesh”.
- The following are the members of the Committee :
- Justice B N Srikrishna, Former Judge of Supreme Court of India
- Vinod Kumar Duggal, IAS(Retd.), Former Home Secretary, Government of India
- Prof Ranbir Singh, Founding Vice Chancellor of NALSAR and NLU Delhi, The Present VC of NLU D
- Dr. Abusaleh Shariff, Chief Economist, National Council of Applied Economic Research
- Prof Ravinder Kaur, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi
By : Mohammad Asadulla Shareef (Asad)