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Formation of new states in India

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: India | Post Date: 2009-12-12

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The number of states in India has increased in the past decade. This has been for various reasons. After independence, the people of India were divided over many factors and the most important factor that divided the people of India was religion. The partition of India was done mainly for this reason. The people of India were divided into India and Pakistan. In fact, Pakistan was divided into two countries later on and Bangladesh was born.

Uniqueness of India

India is very unique in the fact that probably India is the only country in the world that has so many different languages being spoken in the country. This is also unique because the culture of the people also varies from each place to another place. The fact is that each of these languages are different from each other, and are not at all similar to each other. This has made the people of each of these states want to have a unique state for their own people which is based on the language.

Segregation of states based on language was not done till each land had many violent protests and the state reorganization was done. This segregated the states and demarcated the boundaries based on the facts like the number of people speaking a specific language. Even then there were protests about some of the places.

The present fight:

After the first state reorganization was done, there were many groups of people who wanted their own state based again on ethnic origin and also based on the development of a particular area. The best examples of this are the Gorkhaland being wanted by Gorkhas who are actually a ethnic group of people. They want a separate state so that they will have more freedom and autonomy in their own state.


The other group of people who wanted a separate state were the people of Telengana who wanted a state for themselves because they thought that the main state which was Andhra Pradesh was not having many development programs in that part of the state. This need for a separate state was made into a political issue and the rise of K. Chandrashekar Rao as one of the leading figures in the struggle for the new state of Telengana has made it into reality.

The fast unto death that he undertook has forced the Central leadership of India to make a positive step for the people of Telengana. This has also endeared him to the people of Telengana. Though all this has happened, the rest of the people of Andhra Pradesh have all risen against the bifurcation of the state into two smaller states. Another bone of contention in this episode is the fact that Hyderabad, the capital city being the center of controversy. Both Telengana as well as Andhra Pradesh want to have the city as the capital city. It remains to be seen as to what happens at the end of the tunnel.

The demand for smaller states have started again in India and no one knows where this will all lead and end.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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