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Campaign ends as India gets 29th state

New Delhi: The Indian Government has started work on creating a new state after giving in to a long-running campaign for a separate jurisdiction in the country’s south.The Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, has announced the state of Andhra Pradesh – with a population of about 80 million – will be split to establish the state of Telangana. The ”process of forming” the new jurisdiction had been initiated, he said.No timeframe has been given for the creation of Telangana.When India gained independence 62 years ago it adopted a state-based federal system with similarities to Australia’s. Telangana will be India’s 29th state and the first new one to be created since 2000.Mr Chidambaram’s announcement came 11 days after a ”fast unto death” was started by K. Chandrasekhar Rao, a popular local politician who has led the mass movement demanding the creation of Telangana.His deteriorating condition sparked unrest in Andhra Pradesh including violent protests and reports of multiple suicides in support of his action. There were fears that Mr Rao’s fast would result in death and trigger widespread violence.Mr Chidambaram said the Government was concerned for Mr Rao’s health and requested him to end his protest immediately. Mr Rao broke the fast by drinking coconut water yesterday as supporters of the Telangana movement celebrated.However, by giving into the demands, India’s central government will now come under additional pressure to agree to demands for other new states.Several parts of the country have similar movements calling for statehood. These include the central regions of Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh, Vidarbha in the western Maharashtra state and Gorkhaland in the eastern West Bengal state.The announcement about Telangana follows a 40-year campaign for its creation. Advocates for Telangana, which is based on the former princely state of Hyderabad, say their region has faced years of neglect by the state government.
Nanjing Night Net