- Vijay Simha
India ought to react to the possible birth of Telangana like the world might to the birth of a dinosaur.
Such is the scale and likely impact of this new state. It isn't a matter of merely carving out a territory. Telangana could change the map of India like Andhra Pradesh did when it was created.
Indications are that the Congress leadership might be closer to a decision now than they have been in the past, although it isn't clear what exactly they have figured out in 2013 that they didn't, say, in 2009.
At our end, let's take a look at how India may be impacted.
Telangana makes sense if
There is a set of implications that could justify the birth of Telangana state.1. It leads to creation of more states
Gorkhaland has virtually the same rationale as Uttarakhand. There's little the hill people and regions of West Bengal have in common with the rest of the state. Also, Darjeeling and nearby areas are noticeably backward although you could probably say that of much of West Bengal.
Ladakh is different in thought, culture, people and geography from the Jammu area and the Kashmir region. It is a sensitive part of India that needs far better administration. Omar Abdullah senses trouble in Ladakh; which is why he opposes Telangana.
Vidarbha is an entity far removed from the rest of Maharashtra. Apart from the language, nothing is common. If any region in India deserves to be a separate state because it is unmanageable, it is Vidarbha.
Then, we have statehood demands for Bodoland
, Purvanchal. Harit Pradesh, Bundelkhand, Saurashtra, Awadh and Kosal. Andaman & Nicobar Islands also seeks statehood but it doesn't involve redoing of the map.
Not looking at these seriously will make New Delhi look partisan.
Also, Telangana could trigger fresh agitations in at least some of these areas. Mamata Banerjee is already furious. She has alleged that New Delhi is ‘playing with fire' by ‘kick-starting' a fresh agitation in Gorkhaland.(Continued...)Image: India Map - By Rajeshodayanchal from Wikipedia Text: Sify Images: Wikipedia