Do We need New States?


Well, all the televison channels have been beaming the same question. And my answer is ‘Yes’, we need new states. A lot of damage has been done after the Central Government of India, succumbed to Mr KCRs fast and went ahead annoucing their support to form a new Telangana State. The state of Andhra Pradesh has ever since fallen into a big crisis. Politicians trying to gain mileage proclaiming their own ideas and ideals and bundhs bringing life to a standstill.

I am seriously not sure, if keeping a united state on the basis of the language is going to help our nation grow. It wont. More or less, we are more divided. Hence, bifurcating a state into smaller ones at least may improvise the administration. There is lot of imbalance in governance, as in this case, Telangana being neglected for growth, North Karnataka being deprived of the clout the South enjoyed with the government (Its a different story now though). The probability that states will be better governed and developed is high with smaller states than bigger ones. I dont remember any CM touring all the districts of a state in their term to keep an eye on the projects. This may have been due to the size of the state and innumerable districts.

Smaller states will also decentralize administarations across a larger area which was otherwise governed from a centralized location, which was probably farther than the capital of a neighboring state. It may cost a lot to set up the necessary infrastucture in a new capital, but thats development and thats the way we develop a state. People in Telangana it seems have started to refer Andhra Pradesh and ‘Andhra Pardes!’. I think our politicians must be focused more on uniting people and telling that even though administrative centers would be different we are all a part of the Indian Union. So will the state really matter??

Gorkhaland, Bodoland, Vidarbha, the 3 smaller UP cults, Coorg, Saurashtra have all sought for new states. Probably seeing the pros and cons and development and the ease of administrations, the center must go ahead and create the new states. Afterall there will be good development with micro states than macro ones focussed on the larger cities.

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About amarharish
Was working as a Consultant for Five Years. Moved on to pursue a Masters in Management at Great Lakes, Chennai. Interests include Hi Tech, Brands, Quizzing, Leadership to name a few!

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