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Commission should decide division of states

The Government of India had been ignoring the Telangana issue (news report, “UPA opens Pandora’s box with Telangana”, Dec 11)). Now the situation has changed due to political pressure generated by K Chandrasekhar Rao’s fast unto death.

It seems that the problems of KCR are over and that of the UPA have started. Political parties in other states have also started clamouring for new states. India has six states — AP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, UP, MP and West Bengal — that are very big and unmanageable. These need to be bifurcated urgently in the interest of bringing about administrative efficiency and fast economic growth.

In the present circumstances, a commission for reorganisation of six big states should be set up. The report of the commission should be discussed with the respective state governments. Thereafter, states should be bifurcated after reaching a consensus with the stakeholders. There is no shortcut to deal with the complex issue.



The Centre has bowed down to the wishes of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao and in the process invited more trouble across the country.

The formation of a new state is not an easy task. For example, even today Punjab and Haryana have disputes regarding water sharing, setting up of a High Court and even the administrative control of Chandigarh. Besides, now similar demands and agitations have begun in other states. It would be in the fitness of things to consider constituting the Second States’ Reorganisation Commission.

  SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh


The demand for a separate state of Telangana and other smaller states is not in the interest of the nation as a whole. More the number, more are the problems for the states and the Centre.

Big is beautiful! Joint families are better than nuclear families. When a state is big, people from different states live in it and adjust well to each other. The outlook of its inhabitants becomes broader and the state grows rapidly on the economic front. In fact, the number of states should be frozen.



The Centre has succumbed to political pressure. There is no need to divide Andhra Pradesh as it would entail unnecessary expenditure. Already there is a great divide among different states on various matters. Local leaders “enact” clever dramas for narrow political gains. Mr Rao’s demand for Telangana and Ms Mayawati’s demand to trifurcate UP are only ploys for personal benefit.

K A SOLAMAN, Alappuzha

Role model

There is some hope of light at the end of a long and hopeless dark tunnel (editorial, “Governor with a difference: Gopal Gandhi sets high standards”, Dec 15). I salute Mr Gopal Gandhi, grandson of not one but two great men of our times — Mahatma Gandhi and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari. He has maintained high standards and set an example. Let us hope other politicians follow in his footsteps.


Shed blind faith

The middle “Ma manifested”( Dec 11) by Sarvjit Singh was interesting. It should serve as an eye-opener for all those who have blind faith in miracles. A similar incident happened a year ago at Sangrur. An akhand jyoti appeared suddenly in a house. People started thronging the house with cash offerings to the deity.

But as it appeared, the same way it disappeared after a couple of days, when the supply of LPG from a hidden cylinder was exhausted. If the media publishes such factual stories, people misled by blind faith in superstitions would be enlightened.

P N GUPTA, Sangrur

IT and Chandigarh

The row between top officials is supposed to be the reason why IT companies have been avoiding Chandigarh. This is only partly true. The main reason, in fact, is the uncertainly about its transfer. Presently, the City Beautiful is identified only as an abode of the middle class retirees and not as an upcoming industrial hub. The IT industry will continue to stay away unless Chandigarh’s fate is decided.

Wg-Cdr C L SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

Interesting middles

Harish Dhillon’s middle “The pilgrimage” (Dec 2) was exceedingly touching. He has wielded his pen deftly. His middles appear in The Tribune fairly regularly and by and large are readable and enjoyable.

TARA CHAND, Ambota, Una

Rekindling memories 

The middle “Last letter or will?” by Brig A.N. Suryanarayanan (Dec 9) came as a breath of fresh air. It was Delightful and delectable like a plum cake or a parantha, if you like. It was a poignant and cathartic story that touched one’s heart with a heady mix of human kindness, empathy and sublime military ethos.

Surely, it would have set many thinking of their own fateful years spent in the armed forces, marked by abundant achievements and acute anguish, turmoil, tension and tragedy, a feeling of pride and patriotism for the job well done. It must have also reminded and rekindled emotive memories of their comrades who never came back, having made the supreme sacrifice with their lives for their motherland. 

What an irony of fate, sir! The Brigadier survived the bloodiest of battles and is happily still with us, yet his dear wife and daughter have meanwhile bidden adieu to this world forever, never to return! Major Pakrasi, too, is no more. May their souls rest in eternal peace!  I am tempted to quote a few lines from a poem by Shakespeare:

 When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

I summon up remembrance of things past ...

Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,

For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night…

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,

All losses are restored and sorrows end

Wing Commander SC KAPOOR, (retd), Noida



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