Who deserves the credit of formation of Telangana? Is it the TRS party and its president Kalvakunta Chandrasekhar Rao (more aptly known as KCR) or the student martyrs who sacrificed their life for Telangana statehood or the entire Telangana community for being united at all times for the very reason?
I personally opine that all these reasons are collectively responsible for the emerging of Telangana as the 29th state of India. Nevertheless, the entire Telangana people should remember Prof Jaya Shankar for bringing all of them together. Many people including the research scholars have drawn inspiration from his speeches and literature indubitably. If one person was to speak on Telangana issue and the injustice caused to the region, it was none other than Prof Jaya Shankar.
Politicians may fight for any cause –noble or poor. So, people, especially the educated elites will never bother for their opinions. However, if it were a scholarly person addressing the swarm, surely, people will listen to him/her. Such a situation was sensible in case of Telangana episode. It was due to the scholarly writings and speeches of Prof Jaya Shankar, most of the people got literally educated on the very issue. Otherwise who knew who Sardar Papanna Goud, Komaram Bheem et al were.
I wish Prof Jaya Shankar could have been alive to see formation of Telangana. Wherever he may be (such a noble man has no bereavement) I am sure he might be feeling heavenly!!