The report, in fact, knocks the bottom out of the economic grievance of Telangana. Coastal Andhra economists like R Radhakrishna and Mahendra Dev had long punctured a hole in the views of Telangana's economists like C H Hanumantha Rao. While rubbishing the backwardness argument, the committee empathises with Telangana's sense of cultural alienation and political disempowerment.
Nothing captures the former better than the way in which Telugu cinema, produced mostly by the Kammas of coastal Andhra, portrays Telangana Telugu and its people, and nothing captures the latter better than the fact that after Chenna Reddy, no Telangana leader has been made the state's chief minister.
If the heart rules the politics of the state in the coming weeks, there may be no getting away from the state's eventual bifurcation, whether now or after a second SRC submits its report. If the mind takes precedence, then the people of Telangana and the state as a whole would opt for the sixth option. The final outcome will depend on how the Sri Krishna report touches the soul of the Telugu-speaking people.
Image: Women collect scrap from a bus allegedly burnt by students to block the road demanding the creation of a separate Telangana state, in Hyderabad on Jan 7, 2011. (Photograph copyright AP)