This post is not so much about the creation of Telangana, as much as the response of urban Indians to the development.
1) These bloody politicians ! They will do anything to become CM and grab power.
The object of politics is to gain power. You cant fault the politicians for trying to ‘grab’ it. From the Pre-Republican Congress to Indira Gandhi in the 70s to the BJP during the Ayodhya movement, the principal aim has always been to gain or maintain power. In a democratic society, people’s aspirations change with time and smart leaders use these feelings and aspirations to get a shot at power. Democracy allows them to get power without bloodshed. This does not morally justify every single (or even most) action(s) of a politician, but the middle class of India, has to understand that the people of Telangana, politicians of India are just as self-interested as they are.
2) Where will this stop ? How many ‘pieces’ are we going to break the country into ?
I think in large measure these feelings stem from the fact that the middle classes do not respect federalism. States are not ‘pieces’. They are not simply administrative divisions, almost always they are part of people’s identity. A government does rely on collective action to achieve its goals (for good or for bad). And like it or not, ethnic similarity helps with collective action, and ethnic difference especially in an unwilling union, chokes it. Nobody (apart from some Kashmiris and a few Nagas) is asking for separation, most Indians have thought of themselves as Indians for generations now, and they do not want to imagine themselves otherwise. But the demand for new states is not one that can be simply dismissed due to unfounded fears of disintegration.
3) This is an administrative problem. The real solution is in improving governance.
This is an appealing but flawed argument. Like it or not, smaller, more ethnically homogenous states, are better governed. The evidence points to this. For those speaking of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, you need to think of what they were before, when they were parts of Bihar and MP. Obviously, governance is a huge problem in the country, but most scholars would argue that one of the principal causes of bad governance across India, is the excessive centralization of administration, especially at state level.
4) Okay all that is fine, but Mayawati is asking for more states, therefore it must be a bad thing.
Okay then, lets move the Supreme Court against Mayawati asking for more states, and while we are at it, why not move the court against Mayawati talking, walking, writing letters, drinking water, eating food ….
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