Tuesday, March 09, 2010

How Much More Can We Divide India?

OneIndia One People is an international magazine. Thank you Rajlakshmi for publishing my views  unedited. 

United we stand divided we fall! A dictum long forgotten in our tryst with history. There was a time when we were one, and together we won, but today we are bruised and battered. We are chopped into pieces in an effort to uphold peace. I am referring to the “request for smaller states” issue that has been in the headlines for quite some time.  An issue so very pertinent, it well means the revamp of geography textbooks of school children, and an identity changed forever. I feel against the boundaries that we draw within, I wonder how beautiful would the world be with no lines, but just with landmarks.

Am I against the students of Osmania University and their concerns? NO. The concerns are genuine, though I have my own concerns about fragmentation of our country. I don’t see it as a solution to any problem. But it does satiate ones thirst for power. It does set a dreadful ominous trend. A siren for most fake whistle blowers of humanity and empathy who leave no stone unturned in grasping with a firm grip - the whip of power politics. The manipulative scheming schemes to disintegrate and divide are the ultimate display of dismay.  What one achieves with these new boundaries, I think.  Does it help governance? I think not. Given the topography of various places in India and the interdependence between states even in terms of basic necessities, I strongly opine that interstate Octroi and other costs could be widely avoided by this. In addition to this, we are well aware of the fact that politics is no habitat of sacred cows.  These small states that would be formed could well vanish into the oblivion with a minuscule representation in the center.

The concern of mine, is genuine, I champion the need to speak up for their various causes. But I step back and wonder  if the voices and issues that concerns of the small states will go unheard by the overriding voices of the mighty motley majority. A case in example would be the fact that most of us don’t know much about the issues of places like Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar or Lakshadweep. The case with these states are different, they are apart and separated by sea.  The point I wish to highlight is what I fear even smaller states would be subjected to – Gross Neglect.

Do we have lesser issues in hand to deal with that we are adding to the list? Wouldn’t it be more prudent a decision to find solutions to problems in hand amicably and diligently which would involve inclusive strategy with an intent to celebrate and accept differences?  Couldn’t there be a middle ground of negotiation?  Coming back to where I started, it has already created a trend…. The spark set at Telangana has created a wild fire with Mayawati diverting media attention from her statue spree with fresh new demands for new states.  Frivolous demands, not all legitimate and mostly laughable. A thought to ponder by Farooq Abdullah that I have no answer to “ How much more can you divide India”


adee said...

i wonder why there are no comments on ths post yet?

perhaps, this is the biggest issue that bogs us. this generation is just not interested in anything that remotely borders on politics. on the other hand, there are students who are made to believe that only violence is the means and the end!

i don't think that the current Telangana issue can be solved by dividing an existing state. what guarantee is there that once made a new state, Telangana will be better positioned than AP itself? are Jharkhand, Chattisgharh, Uttranchal the model of the developed states in India now?

the only solution as far as i see it is to make our political leaders accountable to our votes. people of the region of Telangana should ask questions from their MPs. questions on development, promises, milestones. that will solve the problem of taking this backward region ahead. dividing it won't help till the same kind of people are chosen to represent it in future also.

*Aham* said...

agree with you adee! better leadership and not fragmentation is the answer.

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