Reorganising states - Kancha Ilaiah

The formation of linguistic states itself was based on wrong premises. The assumption that regional languages would develop as globally competitive and the development of the linguistic states would depend on the development of the provincial languages without creating their own nationalist aspirations is wrong. The most advanced linguistic states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal developed major contradictions with the Centre. But their ruling elite also got Anglicised. There is a contradiction in the very basic idea of forming linguistic states and they remaining loyal to Pan Indian ruling elite, which developed as a very advanced Anglicised social force. All this has created a linguistic colonialism within India. This needs to be broken by reformulating the states more as small and compact administrative units in which English and the regional languages should develop with equal priority.

The best way, therefore, is to break all big linguistic states and form small administrative states

In this background the concept of linguistic states is even administratively meaningless. In every state there is a small historically backward and politically hypocritical group that keeps on working around the sentiment of the so-called mother tongue and national tongue (Hindi). As it happens in some states, there are some, who keep saying that the state administration should work in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and so on. But the demands of these forces will be swept of by the logic of global market forces. Hence the role of English will expand more and more and a day will come when it will be officially recognised as the national language.

The states reorganisation would not be on the ground of language. For example, the present Telangana demand is not worked out based on this larger context. Whether Telangana becomes an independent state now or some time later is not the issue. Breaking Andhra Pradesh into two or three administratively small and compact states is necessary. The united Andhra Pradesh failed the people on many accounts. The Telangana question should be an entry point to break all big unviable linguistic states.