"Smaller States - How Small? - How Many? - Why not Bigger?"

"Smaller States - How Small? - How Many? - Why not Bigger?"

(Do we say - JAI - this, or JAI - that, or ONLY - JAI HIND? - THINK!)

by P.T. Choudary, Chairman

Institute for Democratic & Economic Affairz (IDEAz)


Quotations for consideration:

  • "United we stand, divided we fall"- Old proverb .
  • "Coming together is beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."- Henry Ford.
  • "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it."- Oscar Wilde.
  • "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, continued, and dishonest; butthe myth: persistent, persuasive, and Unrealistic." - John F. Kennedy.
  • "A common language is the most obvious binding element in any society". Michael Howard.

Key Concepts:

  • Unity in Diversity - 28 States, 7 Union Territories (UTs), 25 major languages and over 1600 dialects, with 6400+ Castes, 6 Major Religions, 29+ major Festivals, and a lot more Colour and Culture.
  • All parts of India belong equally to all Indians.
  • Calls for changing the existing linguistic based States into Smaller or Bigger States, if at all allowed, should be on Administrative & Economic grounds and not for chauvinistic reasons.
  • High Population Density Metros to be treated as Special Mini States / UTs. (See "Urbanization")

Sardar Patel , the Country’s first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister is credited to have foiled the British Design to leave the ‘Raj India’ as 565 separate & independent Principalities and Kingdoms, by bringing them all together in an even closer fusion as an independent India. However even he could not prevent the Partition.

We keep emphasizing our strength of ‘Unity in Diversity’, but today, self interested individuals have found it convenient to raise chauvinistic calls for divisive Politics that may end up ‘Balkanizing’ India into more than the original 565 units.

Where even;

Kodagu - a single district with 6 lakhs population and an area of 1,400 Sq Kms.

Gorkha land -2 districts with 30 lakhs population and an area of 6450 Sq Kms, and

Bodoland - 4 districts with 30 lakhs population and an area of 8795 Sq.Kms,

amongst many others, all seek to highlight their differences and seek separate Statehood, instead of noting their commonalities and seeking prosperity in joint economic development.

Many of such calls for division of States are being made by a ‘Vocal Minority’, noticed and highlighted by the Media, as against the ‘Silent Majority’ which does not agree with such calls but is not noticed as it is silent. Perhaps holding a proper opinion Poll sponsored by the Media amongst the registered Voters in the relevant region will bring about clarity of such demands and prove the point.

However, this does not mean that their pleas are not deserving of a hearing. Many of their plaints do require to be attended to in a speedy, equitable and transparent manner, especially as some of the existing States are perhaps not properly administratable. But we also need to keep in mind that the present


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Tuhin, Good article! Thought provoking .. Subbu

Sir, Liked your article very much. But the one thing which i understand as a common man is that the more division, the more politician and the more corruption which would lead to a more weaker country. And for the fact that we know few country developed by dividing but for that we need to have good and educated politician.

Dear Gyan, You are right in that larger States do lead to a stronger Country. But only as long as the decision making in all local matters is properly decentralized to the local bodies.Happiness comes out of being able to have a say in such local decisions with the confidence that one’s voice is heard and considered, even if not always agreed to, by the others concerned in the locality. It might interest you to know that even Mr. Marri Chenna Reddy, amongst many others, had earlier proposed that Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh join together to form the bi-lingual state of Vijayanagar. Even today such a large coast to coast State makes more sense than breaking up A.P. Good and educated leaders need not, infact should not, be professional politicians.Hence the importance of term limits. But such leaders can only be elected by good and well informed citizens who understand the value of their vote and are willing to spend time & effort to also educate their not so well informed fellow citizens of the issues that matter. I look forward to your comments on the other articles too.Best Wishes..P.T.

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Thanks Anil. Do read the other articles too. Best Wishes.. P.T.

Dear Tuhin, A very illustrative and well written article. i suggest some of the gist in a condensed version may be sent to EENADU and DECCAN CHRONICLE. Some people may start thinking on the subject after reading & probably they may educate others on this sensitive issue. Great Job . I wish& hope your article should be placed in the hands of JP,Lokesh,& Chiranjivi

All of us tend to attack the issue of number of States/ Districts. I figure that a change is required in the mindset…..we need to ensure that our population comes down! We’ll have better administered, well run organisations! Connect this up with your article on bureaucrats & administration; you’ll find that well trained persons with a will and a desire to better the lot of the people will ensure that it happens, immaterial of the size of the district/ state.

Dear Amit, Finally you make time to read atleast two of the articles! THANKS! Do read the articles on “Democracy” & all the ones on WAR. Best Wishes.. P.T.
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