Smaller States – How Small? – How Many? – Why not BIGGER? (Do we say – JAI – this, or JAI – that, or ONLY – JAI HIND? – THINK!)

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The demand for the division of existing large States into Smaller States has long been pending. Some States such as Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have been carved out, though in the case of Telangana it was against the will of the State Legislature. Decisions on the division of States should be properly considered and recommended by the States Reorganization Commission tasked for this purpose. Perhaps a once and for all proper reorganization of all States is now called for. The formation of the National Capital Region (South) may also be taken up at the same time, as the need for such on NCR(South) is a long awaited proposal. All Mega cities should also be considered as separate units, perhaps as Union Territories run by their own Corporations and Mayors.

Calls for re-organization of the Members of Parliament are also many and need to be considered as a one time decision simultaneously with the final reorganization of the States. Calls for continual adjustments should be resisted, especially in these days of Computers and digital networks and Social Media that allows for far better and faster understanding and response to the needs of the constituency. Just population cannot be the sole criteria as it will continue to vary considerably over time in various regions due to various causes.

The aim should be to make every State/ Union Territory in the Country formed with proper Geographic, Economic and Administrative boundaries, and be satisfactorily represented in the Parliament. Language can also be an important consideration but as Telangana has demonstrated it cannot be the sole consideration.


Divisive politics raise continual calls for further division of States-for reasons of language or something else into smaller States. How Small? How Many? In this Digital Age why not Bigger? Ideal size, parameters of formation of States, geographic, economic, etc, and Representation thereof.nh

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; but the 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, 9 Union Territories (UTs), 25 major languages and over  1600 dialects, with 6400 plus Castes, 6 Major Religions, 29 plus 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 and Economic grounds and not for chauvinistic reasons.
  • High Population Density Metros to be treated as Special Mini States / UTs. (See “Urbanization – planning for the inevitable”).

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 and 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.

…self interested individuals….raise chauvinistic calls for divisive Politics

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,

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