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Politics of smaller states in India – Kunal Majumder ఫిబ్రవరి 24, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, Culture, Economy, GHMC, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Nizam, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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Support for and opposition to the creation of new states in India is often politically motivated

New provinces?
The politics of smaller states in India

In the last reorganization of states in 2000, three new states were created – Jharkhand from Bihar, Uttarakhand from UP and Chhattisgarh from Madhya Pradesh. But did that solve any problems? Kunal Majumder

Two months before state elections were due in India’s largest province Uttar Pradesh (UP), Chief Minister Mayawati surprised her opponents with the announcement that she wanted to divide the state into four parts – a Poorvanchal in eastern UP, Paschhimanchal in the west, Bundelkhand in the south and Awadh in central UP.

With the elections approaching and allegations of corruption against her mounting, Mayawati’s critics say she had only tried to divert people’s attention. But that did not work. In a country where there are already more than a dozen movements for separate states, she failed to start another four.

Many of the demands for new states in India are based on ethnicity. The most recent of them was the demand for Telangana in Andhra Pradesh. For months the state saw bloodless agitations. The capital Hyderabad was brought to a standstill. Home minister P Chidambaram had initially accepted the proposal, but backed out later. The government set up a committee that came up with seven options. The new point of contention was, who will get Hyderabad? The capital of the Nizam’s princely state, the city has seen a lot of development in the last few years and generates a large revenue for the state government. It falls in Telengana region but also has an identity of its own. Home to Urdu-speaking Muslims, the elite and representatives of Hyderabad simply refuse to become part of the economically backward Telangana. They demanded a separate union territory status. (మరింత…)

Political Empowerment of Telangana – CH. Hanumantha Rao ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2012

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Political Empowerment of Telangana – Key Lesson from Encouraging Performance of Smaller States

C.H. Hanumantha Rao

1. Introduction

Achieving economic growth with social justice has always been the foremost objective of economic planning in India since independence. Although the achievements in this respect have been substantial, the growth achieved was much slower than planned and reduction of poverty was also slow. It was after the launching of economic reforms in the early 1990s that the growth rate of the economy accelerated, but the reduction of poverty became even slower with rising inequalities in income. In view of this, the plan strategy was reviewed and the Eleventh Five Year Plan aimed at achieving faster and inclusive growth. In the last few years, however, issues like the degradation of environment and large-scale displacement of people and destruction of their livelihoods, especially in tribal areas, on account of indiscriminate mining and certain other projects have come into sharp focus. Responding to these growing concerns, the Government of India has recently come out with the three-fold strategy of faster, inclusive and sustainable development during the Twelfth Five Year Plan. (మరింత…)