Reorganizing hindi belt: UP, MP, Bihar, Rajasthan: a series of facts on proposed states

The so called cow belt or hindi belt of India, which is at the bottom of almost all the human development and economic development indices in the country, is not able to find answer to misery and maladministration. Despite of being core of Indian political system, these states are most poorly administered. Large size and huge population of these states is a major reason for this agony. 

As I pointed out in earlier posts here and here, smaller states are way to go forward for India. Specially northern states of UP, MP, Rajasthan, Bihar; which were not reorganized on cultural and geographical basis after the independence need to be reorganized in smaller manageable states. There is a demand of second state reorganization commission also, which is going to look at this issue.

Apart from Telangana, Gorkhaland, which have a violent movement for smaller state, many other regions need a new look approach. Central government should not wait for a violent movement in these regions. As these violent movements tend to serve ulterior motives of political parties. Approach should be proactive, not reactive.

So, keeping this in mind, I have decided to put online a map of such proposed northern states in this series. Stay tuned for next few days.




One thought on “Reorganizing hindi belt: UP, MP, Bihar, Rajasthan: a series of facts on proposed states

  1. There should be clearcut norms in place for state reorganisation. Clearcut norms like for example, to divide a state, it must have a minimum of 50,000 or 5 crore population. This will discourage statehood demands without rhyme or reason. Based on the above criteria, the following states are suitable candidates for re-organisation.
    Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa.

    Norms for new states should consider Economic viability, political stability, Cultural, historical, ethnical unity

    Political and Administrative leaders should be developed so that there is no political vacuum or lack of administrators where new states are created.
    Norms should be developed for sharing natural resources like water
    Special assistance should be given to new states for creating capital cities especially for disputed cities like Hyderabad and Chandigarh
    Ladakh should be made a union territory
    Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar can be merged with Sikkim
    Uttara Kannada District can be merged with Goa to create Gokanchal
    Daman, Diu and Dadra can be merged with Gujarat
    Nagar Haveli can be merged with Maharashtra
    Yanam can be merged with Andhra
    Pondicherry and Karaikal can be merged with TamilNadu
    Mahe can be merged with Kerala


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