What can one say about the self-hatred of the Telugus? The bankruptcy and collapse of politics in Andhra Pradesh has made a monster of the Telangana movement. It is incomprehensible how the elected representatives have not been able to have a single, in-depth discussion on an issue of this magnitude in the State Assembly. The absurd drama now has some actors running to the Center like so many cretins and others taking to the streets, promoting jungle law. The result is this festering wound. Those who claim to fight cultural hegemony no longer seem to have the balance to even condemn, let alone prevent, the degeneration into cultural suicide.
Can words capture the stature of those great Telugus whose statues were demolished or disfigured? Do we have the capacity to mourn for each one individually? One of them, Gurram Jashuva, a man whose poetry can move even stones to empathize with the sufferings of the oppressed. The irony! A few lines in the post below failing to explain to Jashuva what happened and why. In keeping with the abyss that we are in right now, I feel the need to add that I am from Telangana.