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India has a new state

India has a new state – Telangana. After decades of strife and countless struggles, the UPA government finally drew curtains on the vexed issue of Telangana statehood and gave green signal for the creation of the country’s 29th state. The actual formation of the state is expected to be completed by early next year.

With a population of 40 million, the proposed state will comprise 10 of Andhra Pradesh's 23 districts with Hyderabad, home to many information technology companies, likely to be the capital. It will be the 12th largest state. However, opponents of the move are unhappy that Hyderabad could become Telangana's new capital.

The movement for a separate state started in 1956 after the Telugu speaking Telangana region of Hyderabad state was merged with the Andhra state as part of reorganisation of states along linguistic lines after providing safeguards for Telangana. This unification resulted in two major agitations - Jai Telangana in 1969 and Jai Andhra in 1972, both for separate states.

Backers of the new state had been saying that the area has been neglected by successive state governments and suffers from lack of employment, infrastructure and high levels of poverty.  Even the promises made by governments at the Centre have failed to materialise, they contend.

 In December 2009, the ruling Congress party had said that the new state would be formed but with no effect. 

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