Archive for February, 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Here's some recent activity in media on the topic of division or not.


1) Ashok Malik wrote a nice article in Tehelka: "The Telangana decision can’t be left to the UPA’s electoral gambles"


"what India surely deserves is a discussion and a broad agreement on the criteria for creation of new states: administrative or fiscal, related to infrastructure or population size, flowing from objective estimates of economic neglect and backwardness or otherwise. The UPA government may think it only owes Telangana a state. Actually, it owes India some answers."


2) Ramachandra Guha's article: "Living together, separately"


"Linguistic states were crucial at one stage of Indian history, but have they now outlived their usefulness? In north Karnataka, in the inland districts of Andhra Pradesh and of Maharashtra, and in the hilly districts of northern Bengal — in all these places there are vigorous movements calling for separation from the parent province."


3) A fitting reply to Ramachandra Guha by Parakala Prabhakar. You can also find a lame response by Guha at the bottom: "Form small States, create bigger problems"


"Small states for administrative convenience and economic development’ argument will not run its full course and stop with making States small. Inevitably one day, sooner than later, we will have to face the question, ‘why not smaller countries for administrative convenience and economic prosperity’?"