Post updated Aug 21, 2013
The meaning and origin of the word ‘Telangana’ is subjected to much scholarly dispute. However, there is near consensus that the term (Telangana) was first used by Muslim chronicles of late 14th century. We find the particular use of the term only after the emergence of the powerful prime minister Khan-e-Jahan Malik Maqbul Telangani. Earlier, we find the use of several variations of the term. As Prof. Raychaudhuri writes. “Students are apt to be bewildered not only by the use of alternative names Adnhras and Trilinga but also by the numerous variants of the expressions Trilinga itself.”
The battle for Telangana has become a battle for Hyderabad. Those demanding a separate state say they want to end the dominance of the contractor - politicians from the rest of Andhra Pradesh who have made crores from India's cyber city, and control the politics of the state.
But given the high stakes involved, there is concern that leaders of the new Telangana are less worried about social justice to a deprived region, and more with getting their share of boomtown Hyderabad.
"The 65-year-old dream has finally become a reality and Telangana is all set to be 29th state of India. The ruling Congress reluctantly agrees to create a new state of Telangana by dividing India's 4th largest state Andhra Pradesh. After years of uncertainty and political maneuvering, Telangana is just a few steps closer to reality." CNN-IBN Jul 30, 2013