My compromise formula for the current unrest in Andhra Pradesh about the formation of Telangana state:
Split the state into Telangana and Andhra. Let Hyderabad be a UT for 25 years before being transferred to Telangana.
Hyderabad currently generates revenues of Rs 15,000 crores a year. Divide this — one third to Telangana and one third to Andhra for 25 years to develop their respective capitals. One third retained by central government for administration expenses.
Announce that the new capitals of Telangana and Andhra will be connected to Hyderabad with 6-lane expressways within two years.
This way, Telangana guys will be cool — they will eventually get Hyderabad after 25 years. Andhra guys will be cool — they will not immediately lose out on all the investments and hardwork done by them in Hyderabad over the years. MOrever, each will get one-third of Hyderabad revenues, so there is no heart burn. Quarter of a century is enough time for them to develop their capitals to Hyderabad standards.
As a bonus, two new cities in the area will get to develop hugely as respective state capitals, benefitting the region’s economy.
Builders lobby and other businessmen from coastal Andhra will be cool with Hyderabad being declared UT — their investments in various projects will not go to ruin. Their value will actually shoot up.
There will be no harrasment of migrants to Andhra by “Telanagana Navnirman Sena” because the city will be directly administred from Delhi.
Win, win all round. This is the only acceptable solution I can think of. It is important for tempers to cool down. Delaying Hyderabad’s transfer to Telangana will help in this. Handing it immediately over to Telangana will be a disaster.