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Capital tragedy: Amaravati


The state of Andhra Pradesh, since bifurcation, has remained without a steady capital city. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had promised its people three capitals:

Visakhapatnam as the executive capital, Amaravati as the legislative capital, and Kurnool as its judicial capital. Former CM Chandrababu Naidu promised and began work in making Amaravati the capital city, for which several farmers and others had to give up their lands. The state is now in disarray, angering farmers, residents, and politicians.

Capturing the problems and tragedy that arose, a documentary with the views of leaders of various political parties, activists, common men, eminent jurists, and South African experts, is being made and will soon be brought before the public by Dr. Parakala Prabhakar. Titled Capital Tragedy – Amravati, the documentary film has been conceptualized, researched, narrated, written, and directed by Prabhakar, an economist, and political commentator. He served as a Communications Advisor and held a cabinet rank position in the Andhra Pradesh Government between July 2014 and June 2018.

The 60-minute documentary is set for release on December 12 on Parakala Prabhakar’s YouTube channel. Before that different groups of people will have previews. Prabhakar says he is also exploring options for releasing on OTT platforms too. On the idea behind the documentary, he tells us, “We pose several questions unclosing, ‘Why is the state moving from one place to another in search of capital — from Madras, to Kurnool, to Hyderabad, to Amaravati and now Vizag and others’. No other state has such an unstable capital. We ask and explore who’s responsible for the controversy surrounding Amaravati, its background if the decision to make Amaravati a capital flawed, the pooling of farmers’ land being a mistake? the environmental objections to it, views of various political parties, grievances of farmers who gave their land, independent analysts, and common man’s opinions.

We also cover the government’s justification about the capital, the decentralization of power, and more. Every viewpoint and opinion has been given ample space and time in the video and asks how long will the people of Andhra wait to find its stable capital. In one of the teasers, a woman can be seen crying her heart out and saying, “They’re kicking us, putting false cases against those raising voices. When we went to the Assembly for talks, they beat my daughter up.” One said people trusted him (CM Jagan) to do better than Chandrababu Naidu, and voted him to power, but were taken for a ride.

Several other experts and politicians in the video have accused the current CM of cheating people in the name of development, bringing up his previous speeches in the Assembly. The teasers and trailer of the documentary film have kept several people from the Telugu states waiting with bated breath for the film’s release, which is sure to court a lot of controversies. So far five teasers have been released on the Parakala Prabhakar YouTube channel with one of the teasers garnering over 1,300 views.

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