Nip In The Bud?

September 24, 2015, Chennai

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P ChidambaramUnion Home Minister P Chidambaram has dismissed as "meaningless and absurd" demand for bifurcation of Tamil Nadu, saying the idea should be nipped in the bud.

He was reacting to PMK leader S Ramadoss' remarks about splitting Tamil Nadu into two states.

Ramadoss, apparently buoyed by the Centre's nod for the creation of Telangana, had recently said bifurcation of Tamil Nadu would be "good" on administrative grounds. Karunanidhi had, however, dismissed the idea, saying there was "no place for such concepts." AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa too had opposed the bifurcation idea.

It is high time our revered leaders pondered over why such demands are made in the first place. The basic grounds are economic in character. The first and foremost is the imbalance in growth. This gives rise to inequality of opportunities. Another by-product of growth imbalance is disparity in empowerment. These factors naturally give rise to a feeling of discrimination, inequity and prejudice, all of which could well be unintended.

Unbroken emphasis on proper balanced growth; extending opportunities for decision making to every part of the State; providing easy access for everyone to the seats of power and judiciary; and instilling confidence and a sense of belonging to various and all sections of the people are the only answer to this issue. Unless the basic causes are nipped in the bud, the problem is bound to raise its ugly head now and then.