Lok Satta

Thursday, 06 January 2011 13:36

Resolve Andhra-Telangana issue in next few weeks: Lok Satta

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The Lok Satta Party today appealed to the Government of India to resolve the Andhra-Telangana issue once and for all within the next few weeks in the interests of the State and the country.

 

Commenting on the Srikrishna Committee report on the situation prevailing in Andhra Pradesh in the context of the demand for and against bifurcation of the State, Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan reiterated the party’s view that a satisfactory solution that addresses the aspirations of people of all regions is possible if all the concerned display a sense of accommodation and good sense and arrive at a consensus.

 

Dr. JP appealed to all the concerned to study the report given by the committee after a painstaking effort. Its members have no personal axe to grind. Their impartiality and credibility are impeccable and above board.

 

The report, Dr. JP said, begins and ends with two quotes both of which are extremely relevant to the situation in Andhra Pradesh. The report begins with a quote from Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s address to the UN General Assembly in 1960. Nehru says, “In ages past a great son of India, the Buddha, said that the only real victory was one in which all were equally victorious and there was defeat for no one. In the world today that is the only practical victory; any other will lead to disaster.”

 

The report ends with a quote from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister. Sardar Patel says, “It will be a folly to ignore realities; facts take their own revenge if they are not faced squarely and well.”

 

The Lok Satta appealed to all sections of the public to follow the sage advice of these two great statesmen who laid the foundations of modern India. “There is no alternative to dialogue and accommodation in a functioning democracy. People of all sections should come together, maintain harmony, act with maturity and find an amicable solution.

 

“If India and Pakistan, and India and China could sit across the table and resolve issues peacefully and amicably through dialogue, it will be a folly if people of one nation and one language do not show the maturity to negotiate a settlement to address their concerns.”