Time to address Gorkhaland and other statehood demands
Due to the fear of balkanization of India, I had strongly criticised for the formation of a separate state of Gorkhaland to be carved out of West Bengal, in spite of the being the oldest statehood demand in the country. However, after the formation of the Telangana state and a nationalist party -BJP winning the Lok Sabha seat from Darjeeling, once again (the last time being Jaswant Singh), I have changed my thinking.
Now, I feel that the demand
of smaller states - Gorkhaland, Bodoland, etc needs to be addressed
along with other smaller states in aspiration with the people of the
area and administrative convenience. There is a great need for the
unwieldy states like UP, Bengal and Bihar
to be divided into smaller
states along with Maharashtra
etc. so that they could be better
administered and managed. Many of these states have the resources to
maintain their state, if granted statehood, primarily Gorkhaland.
The new BJP Government needs
to look into this and form a States Reorganization Commission. Here
it may be stated that formation of states on linguistic basis, as was
done earlier has failed. So, the Commission to be set up under a
retired Judge of the Supreme Court may not go by linguistic basis
parameter and may adopt its own parameters.
The Commission may also study
the Centre state relations and other allied matters. For this
purpose, Congress and other opposition parties would have to cogently
work with the ruling BJP party. The newly formed states must be in
the Union of India and in consonance with the spirit of the
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