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Exploring the Demand for New States

The increasing demand for new states raises a number of questions with regard to the well-being of India's federal democratic polity. There are four measures that must be considered while devising any framework to address the issue of federal reorganisation. These are: the constitution of a permanent State Reorganisation Commission, amendment of the Constitution to ensure that the demand for a new state emanates from the state legislature and not at the centre, examination of economic and social viability rather than political considerations and clear-cut safeguards to encourage democratic concerns like development and governance rather than religion, caste and language as valid grounds for a new state.

This is an abridged version of the theme paper presented in the seminar on “Assertion of Regions: Exploring the Demand for New States in India”, organised by the department of political science, Panjab University under the UGC-ASIHSS programme in February 2010.

Of late India has been witnessing struggles around the assertiveness and conflicting claims of identity groups, and of struggles amongst them. These struggles are often along regional lines primarily due to uneven development and unequal access to political power.

Regionalisation of Polity

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