Telangana is a state now
Capping decades of struggle, Telangana came into being as the 29th state of India when Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao was on Monday sworn in as Chief Minister at the head of a 11-member Cabinet that included his son and nephew.
Turning the clock back 57 years when Telugu-speaking Telangana region of Hyderabad was merged with Andhra state in November 1956, the new state of Telangana was born at the stroke of midnight.
Telugu will now enjoy a unique privilege of being the langauge of two states--Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh, thus becoming the only language apart from Hindi to be the dominant language in more than one state.
Telangana is the first state to be created in 14 years after Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand were carved out of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh during National Democratic Alliance (NDA)rule at the Centre in 2000.
60-year-old Rao, who quit the Telugu Desam Party and floated Telangana Rashtra Samiti in 2001 to champion the cause of separate statehood, was sworn in as chief minister by Governor E S L Narasimhan. Rao’s daughter K Kavitha has been elected to Lok Sabha from Nizamabad in the Telangana in the recent elections.