How to rule India: Break it into more pieces?


Pro-Telangana supporters hold flags and celebrate in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad Dec. 10, 2009. Following violent protests, the government will carve a new state out of southern Andhra Pradesh, a move likely to fuel more statehood demands. Photo: Krishnendu Halder / Reuters
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HOW TO RULE INDIA

BREAK INTO MORE PIECES?

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byIshaan Tharoor

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In mid-October 1952, an acolyte of Mahatma Gandhi named Potti Sriramulu invoked the tactics of his teacher and went on a hunger strike. The nation of India — at the time just five years old — was still finding shape after centuries of division and colonial rule, with many of its diverse regions clamoring for greater political recognition. Sriramulu’s fast came on behalf of tens of millions who, like him, spoke Telugu, a prominent south Indian language, and wanted their own state within the country. (more…)