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Sunday, October 06, 2013
The Hyderabad Situation by Mohan Guruswamy
ongoing battle between Andhra and Telangana politicians of all hues and
colors is for control of Hyderabad. It is the milch cow that hads been
milked dry by these corrupt politicians. The city has not had a
democratically elected local government for decades and is run by a
junior IAS officer, who is at the beck and call of the CM's and the
Municipalities minister's. All zoning rules have been abandoned and all
building regulations have been given the go by to enable the real estate
lobby and aligned politicians to make good. The people of the twin
cities have been the real victims for the last six decades.
Hyderabad and Secunderabad were beautiful and well laid out cities till
the district politicians got hold of it in 1956. Since then it has been
turned into a giant slum. Every major leader who is now fighting on
either side of the Andhra-Telangana divide has got huge real estate and
commercial interests in the twin cities. You name him and he is on the
list. Chandrababu Naidu, Jaganmohan Reddy, KS Rao, Lagdapati Rajagopal, G
Venkatswamy and now KCR. I can run off a comprehensive list of big and
even lesser netas like Devender Goud. But that list will need more than
The twin cities are still largely cosmopolitan in
character with people from all parts of the country as its residents and
that character needs to be protected. They are neither Andhra or
Telangana cities. They have given India singers like Pandit Jasraj,
poets like Maqdoom Mohiuddin, film directors like Shyam Benegal, actors
like Suresh Oberoi, Army, Airforce and Navy chiefs like Gen. Srinagesh,
ACM Idris Latif and Admiral Ramdas Katari. And groomed leaders like PV
Narasimha Rao, Veerendra Patil and Shankar Rao Chavan. Even now the
majority of its residents are Hyderabad and Secunderabad born. All of us
locals have a pretty good idea who we are, But it is these
johnny-come-lately's who are giving the twin its cities extravagant
geneologies, such as a 2000 year old history and thus laying claim to it
The facts are otherwise.
Hyderabad was established in 1591 by
Quli Qutab Shah of Golconda, and was first named Bhagyanagar after his
beloved and paramour, the courtesan Bhagmati. He penned the immortal
verse expressing his love for her : "piya bin piyaa jaaye na, piya bin
jiyaa jaye na!".
Secunderabad was established in 1806 and was
named after Sikandar Jah, the third Nizam. It housed the British
garrison and was British controlled town till 1948. The 19 Hyderabad
Regiment became the main element of the Kumaon Rifles, and the 13 Kumaon
battalion that won immortality in Rezang la in 1962 was originally the
Ahir composed 13 Hyderabad battalion.
The Twin Cities are
centrally situated and have a generally salubrious climate. They have a
distinct culture that is well known all over the country and even world.
Jawaharlal Nehru often thought of it as a second capital of India. He
wanted at least session of Parliament to be held here each year. Thats
why the Presidents of India retire to Bolarum for a few weeks every
year. It could have been a great city, but these wretched politicians
have turned it into a giant milch cow tethered to one idea and made to
wallow in its own squalor.