Hyderabad as India’s capital turns hot topic on Twitter

Both Sardesai’s tweet and Rao’s reply triggered a debate of sorts, with many commenting with their opinion on the idea of Hyderabad as the country’s capital, or the second capital.

By Author  |  Published: 19th Jan 2018  12:06 amUpdated: 19th Jan 2018  1:48 am
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Rajdeep Sardesai and KT Rama Rao

Hyderabad: Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on Thursday set off a debate on Twitter, asking whether Hyderabad would make a better, or still, a second capital, for the country than Delhi.

Sardesai, who is in the city for the India Today South Conclave, tweeted on Thursday afternoon saying, “Every time I come to Hyderabad, I wonder: would it have made a better national capital/second capital than Delhi! Maybe, India should have 2 capitals?’ (sic).”

His tweet had some immediate replies with Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner to Telangana and AP, saying: “I don’t know about the idea of two capitals sir but no doubt Hyderabad is an exceptional city yet relatively little known internationally alongside other metros. Keen to play a part in raising its profile among my compatriots for business, trade & tourism. (sic).”

And this was what Sanjaya Baru, former media advisor to former prime minister Manmohan Singh had to say: “Hyderabad has always been regarded as Second Capital. That is why it has a Rashtrapathi Nilayam and the President spends a few days every year stationed there. (sic)”
IT Minister KT Rama Rao, who is in Japan, too responded, stating that Hyderabad was always the second capital of India, without the formal title though.

“Rajdeep, let me remind you Hyderabad is already the only city (outside of Delhi) to have a Rashtrapathi Nilayam where HE the President of India does his winter sojourn every year It has always been the 2nd capital of India (without the formal title may be), (sic),” Rao tweeted.

Both Sardesai’s tweet and Rao’s reply triggered a debate of sorts, with many commenting with their opinion on the idea of Hyderabad as the country’s capital, or the second capital. Some said that they had recently visited the city after a long time, and that it was getting better and better. There were others who opined that Hyderabad would be a ‘safer capital’. The debate is still on.