In the event of giving full statehood to Telangana along with Hyderabad, Justice Srikrishna Commission quite explicitly describes the dangers of gains to be made by Maoists and communal forces in the new state.
Expansion of the Maoists: The commission maintains that Maoists, in all likelihood, would gain by the creation of a new state of Telangana, as the new state is likely to go soft towards them initially, given that they over the years supported the struggle for the formation of Telangana.
“By the time the state realises the Maoist menace, it may be too late for the state to handle them with a bifurcated police force contributing to a weaker response to the problem,” the report says.
It would allow the CPI (Maoist), whose zones and sub-zones straddle state and district boundaries, to make use of new political boundaries and help in extending their activities from neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra to districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warrangal, Khammam, parts of Nizamabad and Medak in north Telangana and Mehboobnagar and Nalgonda in south Telangana.
Giving example of creation of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh that followed increase in spread of Maoist violence there, the report says, “Increase in poverty which is natural corollary to a slowdown in economic activity, will drive more people into the arms of CPI (Maoist)… and “provide fillip to Left Wing Extremism.”
The report notes that when intensity of the agitation by the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) started ebbing down, Gaddar floated a new front – Telangana Praja Front (TPF) — on the instructions of the underground cadre of Maoists to sustain agitation for a very prolonged duration and it tried to project itself as an alternative to the TRS. Thus the Maoists are trying to come back after through Telangana agitation.
Spread of Communalism: Describing Telangana as having several communally-sensitive areas where certain sense of mutual suspicion exist between the two communities, Justice Srikrishna commission report warns that “if communal passions become an additional factor in an atmosphere where unemployment, social unrest etc. exist, it may give rise to birth of militant jihadi elements.”
The report warns, “Both the right wing political parties will be competing to expand their bases in Telangana state and in the process will try to ignite passions creating potential for communal unrest.”
The part of the report, not made public, on “law and order and internal security dimensions” counts the areas vulnerable to communal riots as Huderabad city, Nirmal and Bhainsa of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Bodhan and Kamareddy of Nizamabad district, Jagityal, Korutla, Karimnagar towns of Karimnagar district, Zaheerabad and Medak town of Medak district, Nalgonda, Bhongir areas of Nalgonda district, Mahbubnagar and Narayanpet, of Mahboobnagar district and Tandur and Vikarabad of Rangareddy district.
“Telangana has large number of Muslim pockets and to counter Muslim influence, Hindu fundamentalists may compete with them and try to polarise the Hindu population. This unhealthy competition between Hindu and Muslim fundamentalist groups may tend to reduce the influence of the mainstream secular political parties like the Congress and the Communists in the long run,” the report states.
Tomorrow: Implication on education, migration and farming