Division spurs growth?

Print edition : August 23, 2013

Activists of the All Bodo Students Union and other Bodo organisations block railway tracks during a protest at Kokrajhar in Assam on August 2. They were demanding statehood for Bodoland. Photo: REUTERS

Slogans painted by activists of various Karbi student organisations and the Congress’ student wing, the NSUI, in front of the secretariat in Diphu, in Assam’s Karbi Anglong hills district, on August 1. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Unchecked development in Uttarakhand resulted in a huge loss of lives and property in the recent floods. Photo: AP

Madu Koda, former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, who spent time in prison on charges of corruption. Photo: Manob Chowdhury

The site of a Maoist landmine blast. Chhattisgarh has performed poorly on its social and political accountability. Photo: AP

The demand for separate statehood in various parts of the country forces us to examine the complex relationships intersecting the boundaries of identity, region, language, culture, caste, class and the state. The time is ripe for a second States Reorganisation Commission to address these issues.
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