As I present Telugu’s history with great pride in this book, I feel that it is important for me to underscore that I firmly believe in the integrity of the Republic of India and that the nation’s broader interests will always supersede the states’ interests.

The concept of linguistic states is under threat in our nation. What most people seem to forget is that the early apprehensions of linguistic states as harmful to the country’s integrity have been proved wrong. If anything, linguistic states have only strengthened the republic.

I am a Bharatiya Janata Party supporter. However, I do not agree with the party’s support to dividing our state. The thinking that weak states will strengthen the central authority, in my opinion, is an unproven myth that will only ruin the thousands-of-years-old rich cultural identity of linguistic states, such as Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh (A.P.), Orissa, and West Bengal.

Readers will also notice that I profusely praise the Communist Party in its fight against the Nizam. However, I urge readers not to construe this as my support for Communist or Socialist philosophy. I believe in capitalism, and I am aware of the havoc Communism has wreaked on millions of people worldwide. Yet, one cannot discount the grassroots movement the Communist Party built against the Nizam’s atrocious rule in Telangana. In my opinion, the movement in Nizam Telangana had little to do with Communist philosophy and more to do with ending the Nizam’s tyrannical feudal rule.

I also devoted many sections of the book to atrocities committed by the Muslim rulers in India. I hope that the readers do not construe my criticism of Muslim rulers as against the religion or its people. I firmly believe in religious freedom and every person’s right to choose the faith of his or her choice. I know little about Islam and, hence, do not have an opinion about the religion. However, I do detest the jihadist militant version of Islam continuing to hurt India after a thousand years since the invasions from across the border began.

Lastly, as the book is about Telugu roots, I thought it important to provide a brief background of myself. My native place is a small village in the district of Nalgonda. My father worked for the state government and had to relocate from one town to another every few years because of government rules. As a child, I spent time in Devarakonda, Thungathurthi, Suryapeta, and Nalgonda. When I was five years old, my parents sent me to live with my grandparents in Hyderabad. I used to visit my parents during the winter and summer holidays. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in 1993, I came to the United States in pursuit of higher education. Since then, I have made the U.S. my home. I currently live with my wife and two children in New York.

Writing is a hobby of mine, though I do not write for a living. In the past, I wrote articles for international students at the University of Hawai. Later, when I was a student at the Columbia Business School, I wrote for the school newspaper Bottom Line. I have also written articles for the A.P. state BJP’s paper. I now occasionally write notes on Facebook on conservative viewpoints. The decision to write this book happened inadvertently. When the controversy around a separate state reached a feverish pitch in our state, I wanted to learn more about how the regional differences within our state came about. The more I learned about our past, the more determined I grew to share what I learned with fellow Telugus. As I wrote the book, I made an effort to keep the presentation simple and concise to reach a broad spectrum of the Telugu audience. I hope the readers will find this work informative and interesting.