Telangana – Nothing Extraordinary

After 1956 the British system of provinces and princely states was abandoned and Indian states based on ethnicity and language were created. French and Portuguese colonies in India were made into union territories of Pondicherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Daman and Diu in 1962.

Precedence to creation of Telangana include:-

  • Bombay State was split into the linguistic states of Gujarat and Maharashtra on 1 May 1960.
  • Nagaland was made a state on 1 December 1963.
  • In 1966 Punjab was divided along linguistic lines, creating a new Hindi-speaking state of Haryana on 1 November, transferred northern districts of Punjab to Himachal Pradesh, and designating Chandigarh, the shared capital of Punjab and Haryana, a union territory.
    Statehood was conferred upon Himachal Pradesh in 1971 {5 years after it was formed)
  • Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura were formed in 1972
  • Sikkim joined the Indian Union as a state in 1975.
  • Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram became states in 1975
  • Goa became a state in 1975
  • Daman and Diu became a separate union territory in 1975
  • Chhattisgarh was created in 2000 out of eastern Madhya Pradesh
  • Uttaranchal was created in 2000,was renamed Uttarakhand in 2007 was created out of the Hilly regions of northwest Uttar Pradesh
  • Jharkhand was created in 2000 out of the southern districts of Bihar.
  • Telangana was created in 2013 out of Andhra Pradesh.Telangana Map

All states since 1956 till 1975 were created under Congress rule, in 2000 under BJP and in 2013 again under Congress.

The above history makes me feel that nothing out of ordinary happened by creation of Telangana. Happy now.

About the Author: Ashwini Mathur is a resident of Hyderabad. In the past he has worked at GSK Pharmaceuticals as a Senior General Manager and at Novartis after that. He has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from IIT Delhi, a PhD in bio-statistics from University and College Berkeley, California and an executive MBA from IIM Bangalore.

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