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Wednesday, June 09, 2010 03:53:09 PM, ummid.com & Agencies
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Hyderabad: “Hamara aangan hume dedo” (give us back our courtyard), was the request made by the Muslim Forum for Telangana to members of the Srikrishna Committee here on Tuesday.
A delegation of the forum led by its convenor, Lateef Mohd. Khan, explained to the committee how the social and economic status of Muslims had deteriorated after Telangana was merged with Andhra.
They explained to the committee how Muslim culture and Urdu language were relegated to the background and how other regions' politicians had instigated communal clashes for their political ends.
When the committee members sought their view on Greater Telangana the delegation opposed it stating that it was a political ploy. A majority of Muslims in the region were seeking Telangana along with Hyderabad. “We are the worst sufferers in Andhra Pradesh in education and employment,” they stated.
"The demand for Telangana is not only democratic but also the birth right of the people. When the movement entered into a decisive point, the central government by keeping in view the emotions of four crores of Telangana people announced the formation of Telangana state", the Forum said to the panel.
"Whereas, because of the pressure of the capitalists and ruling class of Andhra, the central government took U turn and announced the wider consultation, and halted the formation of Telangana. Due to the above reason, people started protests and civil war like situation started in this region", they added.
"Before 1956, during the ‘Hyderabad State’ the Muslim percentage was 16.34% and were at the forefront in Education, Employment and Trade fields. Urdu was official language for 224 years. All the official and government communication and transactions were carried out in Urdu itself. The court proceedings and arguments were also conducted in Urdu. During Nizam’s rule, Hyderabad state was the fifth largest State in India with 16 districts in it. During the amalgamation in Andhra, ours was surplus budget and Andhra’s was deficit budget", they went on to add.
"After the Police Action in 1948, Andhras started migrating in employment sector to Hyderabad. Andhras were recruited in Military and Civil by saying that these region people do not know English and Telugu. Twenty Eight Thousand (28,000) Andhra employees were recruited here during 1968 and during 1986. Fifty Nine Thousand (59,000) Andhra and Rayalseema region people illegally occupied the jobs. During the Nizam rule, Mulki rules were formed to protect the employment of local people. All the agreements were violated immediately from the next day of the formation of United Andhra", they said in front of the committee.
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