New India State Telangana May Fuel Other Statehood Movements ; the Central Government in India Announced Wednesday It Would Move to Create a New State, Telangana, within the State Andhra Pradesh. Telangana Is Likely to Serve as a Precedent for Other Statehood Movements
Krishnendu HalderReuters: Supporters of pro-Telangana hold flags; celebrate Ridge, The Christian Science Monitor
Protesters set fire to vehicles and burned effigies of senior
politicians across the southern state of Andhra Pradesh Friday over
plans to create a new state, Telangana, within the state - a move
analysts warn will be seen as a precedent for other statehood
movements around the country.
The central government announced Wednesday that it would push to
carve Telangana, currently one of India's most impoverished
regions, out of Andhra Pradesh, one of India's biggest states and
home to the city of Hyderabad, where the Indian headquarters of firms
including Microsoft and Google are located.
The issue has long roused passions. Wednesday's announcement
followed a five-decade campaign for Telangana, which was last
violently active in 1969, when over 400 people were killed in riots.
Lately, the movement had died down, but in recent weeks, it gained
momentum with the well-publicized fast of an activist, K
Chandrasekhar Rao, and violent protests in Hyderabad - which
quickly turned to triumphant celebrations Wednesday.
Telangana may serve as a precedent to other statehood movements: The
most active of these include demands for a new Gorkhaland state in
northwest Bengal; Vidarbha in Maharashra; and Bodoland in Assam.
"Whatever the arguments for and against the legitimacy of the
Telangana cause, it's clear that by ceding to it, the Centre has
stirred up a hornet's nest," said the Financial Express newspaper
in an editorial Thursday.
State separatists have more than Telangana to encourage them,
however. Although linguistic differences were originally used to
carve out India's large states, other claims, such as economic
disparities, have prompted the creation of newer states in recent