Who is Sanjaya Baru ? This question has raised among Telangana people when he made a statement against the cause of Telangana at Vishalandhra Mahasabha workshop at New Delhi organised by so called intellectual Parakala Prabhakar.
Sanjaya Baru, native of Hyderabad , is an eminent economist who has done his post graduation and PHD from the prestigious JNU. His Father B P R Vithal was finance secretary of Andhra Pradesh. Vithal is a renowned expert on Centre-state relations, and worked for some time as an IMF fiscal expert and a member of the Tenth Finance Commission (1992-94).
Baru is the present Chief Editor of the famous financial daily Business Standard. He has a served as chief media adviser for the former Prime minister P.V Narasimha Rao and present prime minister Manmohan Singh. He has tried at best to project Manmohan Singh as Mr. Clean and the most intellectual genius in media by his special methods of media management. Chief opposition NDA made numerous criticisms and allegations on baru for his deliberate attempts to focus singh.
In an article (Telugu or Telangana, March 29,2004,Indian Express), Baru claimed that he has participated in the Seperate Telangana agitation during 1970 at the streets of Narayana Guda and Himayath Nagar. Interestingly, Baru father and grand father hailed from Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad. But, Baru could not clearly explain why he has shifted his voice.
Sanjaya Bharu is said to be against Telangana state due to his exclusive concern on economic progress and growth of Hyderabad. He says, some areas in Telangana witnessed massive development on par with top metro cities in India despite few areas are under developed. According to Baru, proper solution on Telangana could affect the growth, investments in Hyderabad, according to Bharu. He wrote an article titled ‘Hyderabad needs a united Andhra Pradesh’ in Financial Express (April 23, 2004) which drew flak from Telangana economists and sociologists.
Baru must not have followed his father Vithal articles and works. In various ocassions, Vithal admonished state government for not seeking revival of the Telangana Regional Committee that envisaged a separate budget for the region. Vithal says in his working Paper on Telangana Surpluses, the budget representing Telangana was surplus comparing to seemandhra region. He also advocated that, during the tenure of 1970-1973, Telangana regional council planning and activities fetched positive economic results.
We can estimate, how Baru has managed, manipulated and influenced Manmohan Singh as a Chief Media Adviser regarding Telangana. Bharu incident highlighted how some top bureaucrats have been influencing Prime Minister Office regarding the decision making of Telangana.