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Lessons for Telugu people from #GoBackModi trend of the Tamils

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Madurai in Tamil Nadu, netizens from the land of Periyar began #GoBackModi hashtag which topped the global trends on Twitter for over 48 hours.

This trend exemplified the unity and togetherness of Tamils on social media has stunned people all over India. Slogans, memes, tweets stating “You are not welcome in the land of Periyar, This is the land of the Tamils. Your politics won't work here,” spread across the Internet. 
 
Soon after the trend, people from Kerala on social media started the #PoMoneModi (Go Back Modi) trend, as his next pit-stop for a public meeting was Kerala. Picking up the trend, Kerala too has shown that the PM is not welcome in their state. While the Tamils stated that they did not get the Centre’ help for Cyclone, farmers’ issues and destabilising their state government, Keralites mentioned their reasons as the recent Kerala floods, Sabarimala disturbance, etc.

Clearly calling it a stunt before the Lok Sabha elections, the Tamils and Malayalis have made it clear that they do not want Modi to enter their state. While each of these states have their own issues with the BJP, one cannot help but observe how the Telugu states have lessons to learn from the unity among Tamils and Malayalis. 
 
The two Telugu States, post a bitter bifurcation in 2014, have lost the affection and love for each other. Even politicians played to the gallery and raked up unnecessary sentiments for votes. The situation currently is so bad that people from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh act more like enemies though they do not have any personal differences.

What is worse is that there is unity among the people of Telangana while people in Andhra Pradesh are a divided lot because of the caste politics within the state. 
 
Let us take Special Status for Andhra Pradesh: Every political party has a different stance on it. This fight among the political parties has invariably divided its people too, leading to a lack of unity among the citizens of the state. Also, what they lack is the spirit to fight together for the cause.

Similarly, in Telangana, there is a difference of opinion where one state wants to belittle the other, its politicians want to fight the other. This complete lack of togetherness among Telugu people has become an impediment for their own progress. 
 
While the BJP is using its might to make its entry into every Southern state, its strategy to create inroads and bitterness have worked with both Telugu states. While it could be the party’s political strategy, what the Telugu States can learn from the Tamil is the spirit of being together and fighting together and, not fighting among themselves.

It is unfortunate that the people and the politicians in Telugu states are fighting amongst each other - showing that we are weak and can easily be provoked by any external force or vested interest that is trying to destabilise both the states. 
 
May be, it is time for the Telugu people to wake up to their strength and not blame each other, but fight for their own future and development of their states. 

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