Dearest CBN Sir,
If there is one person Telugu people should be thankful to, it is you. I’m not saying this out of sheer respect and love for you but because they have become a brand by themselves. While you always say that Cyberabad was shaped by you, they do not understand what it takes to re-christen a city or build its brand. They cannot see the future of an idea like you do. They did not know that IT could drive the state’s revenues nor did they see themselves getting jobs and becoming part of that ecosystem, which is driving the state today.
While it is their acumen that got them the jobs, it is your vision that brought them those opportunities. No, sir, they will not understand this. There are thousands of people who criticise you and call you names, but why aren’t they globally known for their ideas and vision like you do? The answer lies in the question itself. These people know too well that they are reaping its benefits. But, no sir, they will not agree!
The ones talking about you do not understand how IT reforms under the Vajpayee government made technology accessible for the poorest today. They know you headed that Task Force, yet they will criticise you. If the IT reforms wouldn’t have been initiated, Digital India or digital transactions wouldn’t have been possible in India today. But, no sir, they will not agree!
Sir, whether they like it or not, your story and our story (The Story of Telugu People) run parallelly and it is remarkable at every level. The people of Andhra Pradesh very well know that you are the only one who can carry the burden of AP’s history and its future. You are a visionary for some and a dream merchant for the others. But, whatever you are and you have been, your contribution to this country is undisputed.
Like our beloved former President, A.P.J Abdul Kalam, you too have shaped your career from scratch with your humble beginnings in our country. For every young person in this country, you are an inspiration “to start with what we have and where we are.” And, Politics happens to be your choice of career. But, you have risen above it to exhibit your leadership skills and stood as an example of a quintessential leader in a country like ours.
We are fortunate to be witnessing your best hours as a people. It is your courage, determination, and belief in democracy that galvanises people towards you. The story of India and Andhra Pradesh is incomplete without you!
A Young Indian!