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Politicians must discourage unnecessary demands for separate states
Unity in diversity’ has always been a great strength of this nation. But now this diversity is alarmingly manifesting itself in a manner that threatens the unity of the country. There are about 10 bills pending with the Home Ministry currently with demands of separate statesout of existing ones. The list includes demand for a separate Mithilachal from Bihar, Harit Pradesh out of UP, Coorg in Karnataka, Saurashtra from Gujarat, Telengana from Andhra Pradesh and Gorkha Land from West Bengal. The supporters of a separate Bundelkhand want to whittle away districts of Banda, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Lalitpur, and Sagar from UP and MP; whereas those rooting for Bhojpur intend to break UP, Bihar and Chattisgarh.
Rather than discouraging this alarming trend, the so-called ‘national’ political parties are in fact eager to make political points out of it. The Kutch Rajya Sankalp Samiti; an agitating group that is lobbying endlessly with the government of Gujarat government for the separate state of Kutch, has vowed to support any political party that is willing to precipitate their goal. The political equation has forced Congress to support them in an otherwise BJP ruled state. The Indian National Congress is also backing the ‘Telengana Rashtra Samiti,’ while their President K. Chandrashekhara Rao (who is also a Central Minister) is determined to take on the cause to the State as well as the Central government. However, the most intense of the lot is the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s clamour for Gorkhaland. Bimal Gurung, leader of the party, has resorted to civil disobedience to fulfil his goal to create the state by 2010.
Holistically speaking, this trend was actually started by BJP, when it was in power. Now the floodgates seem to have opened. The ruling governments of the states and the centre should not shamelessly play vote bank politics on this issue. Rather, they should nip this growing menace in the bud.
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