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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…)

Statehood for Bundelkhand, a genuine demand జూన్ 1, 2010

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Statehood for Bundelkhand, a genuine demand

Business Line, Tuesday Jun 01, 2010
Bundelkhand has been in the news for its backwardness. The people are forced to migrate to other States in search of alternative sources of livelihood.

Deepak K. Srivastava

Bundelkhand, known as Jaijak bhukti until medieval period, is a geographic region of central India that spreads between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The six districts of Madhya Pradesh — Chhatarpur, Damoh, Datia, Panna, Sagar and Tikamgarh — and the seven districts of Uttar Pradesh — Jalaun, Banda, Chitrkoot, Hamirpur, Jhansi, Lalitpur and Mahoba — form the Bundelkhand region. Bundelkhand kingdom was established by the Bundela dynasty, a Rajput clan. Geographically Bundelkhand lies between the Indo-Gangetic plains to the north and the Vindhya Range to the south.

Demand for statehood to Bundelkhand has gathered momentum after the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minster, Ms Mayawati, who has a strong political hold in this region, expressed her support.

Agricultural economy

Bundelkhand has been in the news for the backwardness and distress that has plagued it for a long time. Persistent poverty in Bundelkhand forces migration of people from villages to other States in search of alternative source of livelihood. This region can be characterised as a feudal area that discourages private investment. (మరింత…)

Expelled from Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh bats for separate Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 23, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, compromise, Mulki, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Sonia, Telangana.
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Expelled from Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh bats for separate Telangana

Puneet Nicholas Yadav / DNA Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Delhi: Pushed into political obscurity following his expulsion from the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh’s desperateness to remain relevant seems to be growing by the day.

With his mass contact programmes with Kshatriyas and backward classes of Uttar Pradesh (UP) not yielding much publicity, the former SP general secretary has chosen to join the Telangana leaders fighting for statehood.

Addressing an agitation organised by the Telangana Lawyers Joint Action Committee at Parliament Street on Monday, Singh said, “The Telangana movement has got muscle and massive support. I want to extend every possible help to the movement and be its face and voice.” (మరింత…)