Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Andhra turns 50

Though Andhra Pradesh (AP) has a history more than 2000 years, its the Andhra Pradesh we live in free India (India got its freedom British colonial rule in 1947).

That Andhra Pradesh has turned 50 today. Its the first state to be formed on the basis of language in 1956. Though, there are other states (Karnataka, Maharashtra, etc) to be formed so on the same date.

Looking at the progress, that the state has made in the past 50 years, is certainly good. But, it could have been lot better.

More than three decades of continuous administration by the Congress party (a nation level party which was supposed to be dissolved after India got its freedom), the emergence more regional parties like Telugu Desam, more recently Teleganra Rashtra Samithi is fueling lot of regional sentiments (some true and some are articulated by politicians for the advantage). But, these regional parties are certainly helping the local population to fight for their rights and compete in the world's largest democracy.

With the more modern leaders like Chandrababu Naidu, AP has a long and brigh future ahead.

I have just tried to visit the official portal of AP and very disappointed that, as I couldn't see a word about the Golden Jubilee.

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