Linguistic Reorganization of States

Linguistic Reorganization of States


Linguistic Reorganization of States

  • In 1917, the Congress Party had committed itself to the creation of linguistic provinces in a Free India.
  • After Congress’s Nagpur Session in 1920, the principle was extended and formalized with the creation of provincial Congress Committee by linguistic zones.
  • The linguistic reorganization of the Congress was encouraged and supported by Mahatma Gandhi.

First Linguistic Province commission (LPC)

  • After the bitter partition on the basis of religion the then PM Nehru was apprehensive of dividing country further on the basis of language, but there was a high demand for it especially from regional congress communities.
  • Hence, Constituent Assembly in 1948 appointed Linguistic Provinces Commission, headed by Justice SK Dhar, to enquire into desirability of linguistic provinces.
  • The Dhar Commission advised against this at that time reason being it might threaten national unity and also be administratively inconvenient.
  • Linguistic Province commission (LPC) headed by Dhar supported reorganization on the basis of administrative convenience rather than on Linguistic basis.

Second Linguistic Province commission (LPC)

  • In Dec, 1948 a second LPC was formed to again verify the report given by Dhar & look into the matter again.
  • Members [arr] J.L. Nehru, Vallabh Bhai Patel & Pattabhi sitaramayya
  • They gave the same report as given by Dhar, hence on 26th Jan, 1950 division took place as –


Linguistic Reorganization of States

 Formation of 1st linguistic State

  • After Independence, speakers of Telugu asked the congress to implement its old resolution in favour of linguistic states.
  • The method they used to advance their causes were petitions, representations, street marches, parts.
  • A popular freedom fighter, Potti Sriramulu undertook a fast unto death over the demand for a separate Andhra and expired after fifty-eight days.
  • After his death people were agitated and it was followed by rioting, demonstrations, hartals and violence all over Andhra.
  • The Vishal-andhra movement turned violent.
  • Finally, Nehru announced the formation of a separate state in 1952 State of Andhra Pradesh came into being

 States Reorganization Commission 1953

  • The formation of Andhra Pradesh spurred the struggle for making of other states on linguistic lines in other parts of the country.
  • Hence Nehru appointed states Reorganisation Commission with Justice Fazl Ali, KM Panikkar & H Kunzru as members, to examine the entire question of the reorganization of the states of the Union. They recommended –
  • Abolition of 4 fold classification of states
  • Recommended creation of 16 states & 3 centrally administered territories

States Reorganization Act: 1956

  • It provided for fourteen states and six centrally administered territories.
  • SRC opposed the splitting of Bombay & Punjab.

Formation of States till 2014

An opening was through to make more states in India as per the needs of the situation, but only after the decision of parliament. This led to formation of a number of new states in India as shown below:

Formation of States till 2014

  • Bombay reorganization act, 1960: Formation of Gujrat
  • State of Nagaland act, 1962: Nagaland as separated state from Assam
  • Punjab reorganization act, 1966: Formation of Haryana
  • New state of Himachal Pradesh act, 1970
  • North-eastern reorganization act, 1971: Formation of Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram & Union territories of Arunachal Pradesh & Mizoram
  • New state of Sikkim act, 1975
  • State of Arunachal Pradesh Act, State of Mizoram act 1986: Formation of States of Mizoram & Ar. Pradesh
  • State of Goa Act, 1987
  • P reorganization act, 2000: Formation of Chhattisgarh
  • P reorganization act, 2000: Formation of Uttarakhand
  • Bihar reorganization act, 2000: Formation of Jharkhand
  • Andhra Pradesh reorganization act, 2014: Formation of Telangana

Pending demands for new states in India

Formation of Telangana created a flame among other separatist movement for creation of new states. There are still long pending demands for state formation on the different basis viz. ethnicity, lack of development, administrative inconvenience.

Pending demands for new states in India

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