Telangana: Name means land of Telugu people, The place where Telungu is spoken is called Tailangana Desha, meaning land of thill. Telangana region has 10 districts: Warangal, Adilabad, Khamman, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Rangareddy, Karimnagar, Nizambad, Medak and Hyderabad. The Krishna and Godavari rivers flow through the region from west to east. 86% of Telangana is Hindu while 12.4% is Muslim and 1.2% is Christain. Hyderabad city has 41% of the total Muslim population. Telangana districts have 8.4% of Muslim population. More than 80% of Telangana people speak the Telangana dialect of Telugu which is primarily Telugu with Urdu influences. About 11% of Telangana people speak Hyderabadi Urdu. Telangana has its own distinctive culture and identity. Most prominent is the Hyderabadi Culture also called Deccan Culture.
Telangana Festivals: Diwali, Dassera, Eid-ul-Fitr and Ugadi are prominent festivals in Telangana. The region celebrates distinctive festivals like Bathukamma and Banalu.
On 5th March, 1956 Jawaharlal Nehru declared at Nizamabad (Telangana) that the Government of India had decided to merge Telangana with Andhra. He also assured the Telangana people that "a masoom bachchi (Telangana),ek natkhat(Andhra) ke saath shadi ho raha hai. Kai din ke baad me ittefaq nahi hone ke vaje se talaq de sakte hain". An innocent girl(Telangana) is being married off to a delinquent (Andhra). If they are not interested they could seek separation at a later day. ...Indian Express (6-3-1956)
para:386. After taking all these factors into consideration, we have come to the conclusion that it will be in the interests of Andhra as well as Telangana, it is for the present the Telangana area is consituted into a seperate State, which may be known as the Hyderabad State, with provision for its unification with Andhra after the general elections likely to be held in or about 1961, if by a two thirds majority the legislature of the residuary Hyderabad State expresses itself in favour of such unification. State Reorganistaion Commission Report : Page-107