Deimos Politicians should do their political work for free, but only do so part time and be required to have 'normal' jobs in addition to their political careers. Not only would politicians then have an understanding of what normal people have to go through, but would get a keen appreciation for the effect of their legislation/regulation on everyone else.

Moreover, having two 'jobs' would weed out many potential politicians whose primary skill is getting people to like them by any means necessary. They would also have to be human beings to hold their money paying job. ○ 3 months ago ○ Report Abuse 0% 0 Votes • Silas It’s an argument that could go on forever (and probably will), but raises a related issue, i.e.: why not pay politicians? It makes perfect sense, because if anyone has a sweeter deal than teachers, with extensive pay and benefits with need to demonstrate ability and effectiveness, it’s politicians", Today politicians undergo studies, rigorous research, visiting constituencies. With pay they can perform. Hence the need to Pay politicians like other professionals.. ○ 3 months ago ○ Report Abuse 0% 0 Votes • Dan They should work for free. Their wages can then pay off the debt created by the bank that the majority of politicians remain complicit in. This debt has nothing to do with us and we should not be made to suffer and feel responsible for. While politicians and bankers **** out caviar and urinate champagne. ○ 3 months ago ○ Report Abuse 0% 0 Votes • MikeGolf Because if they worked for free - the only people who could afford to be politiciamns would be those rich enough not to need an income. I personally would prefer that at least some politicians be people who need a paycheck and have to budget their own money just like the people they represent. ○ 3 months ago ○ Report Abuse 0% 0 Votes ○ 1 person rated this as good • San I have seen practically that paying good money do not solve the problems.Greed always sets it is true in any profession. We are already paying and training the IAS and IPS and all the administrations.It has not helped. Ministers are only supposed to give vision and monitor the system. the permanent solution is to build the corruption proof systems. And have a system which will constantly monitor it and amend it or improve the system itself. And that the common citizen has to participate and demand his dues

He completed his BBA degree from Mumbai and is planning to do his MBA from the UK or the US this year. Jaivardhan's entry into politics was the occasion of the closing ceremony of the two- . salaries becomes irrelevant. tops our list of selected leaders' salaries. sons and daughters of politicians had taken the plunge. Manmohan Singh. He has four sisters. In future working with computers we may not require the Ministers at all. his salary would be some 240 times greater than the country's GDP per person (measured on a purchasing-power parity basis).. But even before money matters came to the fore. Digvijay's brother and Jaivardhan's uncle. Politics is more of a voluntary act. politics is seen as a long term professional career (with courses in planning & administration catching up) and not as a social service. Jaivardhan. the prime minister of India. MPs had granted Mr Odinga a rise to nearly $430. ○ Edited 3 months ago ○ Report Abuse 0% 0 Votes • willjoes. This really strengthened democracy and made having a free nation easier.000. This boost would place Mr Odinga among the highest-paid political leaders in the world. Come and see the mood of the people at Raghogarh. The latest in this bandwagon is Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh's son Jaivardhan. Lee Hsien Loong. Salary makes the whole idea of politics too corrupt and erases away the essence of leadership and statesmanship. he has joined the Congress. He is paid more than 40 times the city-state’s GDP per person.. They are delighted. reaffirms his reputation for saintliness by taking a modest sum from Indian taxpayers Pay is good ith the fat pay cheques our politicians will now be drawing. New Delhi. a handsome pay package would make it attractive. Politicians actually started getting paid back in ancient Greece! It was established by Percales in order to get more people to work for the government. he need not be given any salary. Jaivardhan studied at Doon School before doing his B. Locally addressed as 'Baba'. rejected the pay increase he was awarded by the country's parliament last week. Jaivardhan decides to follow father Digvijay and join Youth Congress The Gandhi family showed the way and others joined the fray. Across the world politicians are treated as professionals and youngsters view this as career-option that would fetch them financial security too! Absence of money/salary may discourage potential leaders from not-so-well-off families from entering this field ON MONDAY July 5th Raila Odinga. "Yes. More worryingly.000 a year. while giving themselves a 25% increase to $161.The country cannot be left in the hands of few. a member of the royal family of Raghogarh principality in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district. Today. the prime minister of Singapore." said Laxman Singh.Com from Shri Ram College of Commerce. Against: With debate going around to encourage technocrats/professions and young graduate to opt for politics as a career. At the other end of the scale. Kenya's prime minister. He joined the Youth Congress three days back. is the youngest son of Digvijay. Good question. With benefits and perks (directly and indirectly) a politicians earns. joining politics can be a viable career option for the youth. With the amount of media attention and undertable money a politician earns.

“Politics has power. as he is fondly called by his father. which is not possible in well-paying companies. an estate consultant says. Digvijay watched as Jaivardhan delivered his speech and it is believed that after the tournament he gave his son the go-ahead to join politics. will politics become a viable career option for youngsters? Can fat pay cheques draw them to join politics? Pukhraj Singh. There 'JV'. reasons Rajat Goswami. Before his father could come and meet the people." he told the gathering.” The prospects of a well-paying job always attract youngsters. "We should tell them about the glorious past of the Congress and its policies. but power as well." said an official in the chief minister's secretariat. MP Jyotiraditya Scindia (son of late Madhav Rao Scindia) and minister of state Arun Yadav (son of former PCC chief Subhash Yadav) also joined the party. But here the government listens to what you have to say. Jaivardhan expressed his desire to join politics. While one being the entry of Rahul Gandhi-many are following him and embracing the Congress-the other is that Digvijay is constantly on the move and has very little time for his constituency. even if it means entering politics. In recent years. After becoming an MP you won’t only get money. 'Baba' used to collect the memorandum and applications from them and would go straight to his father and demand that he have a look at them. a filmmaker. A handsome salary and power together will be a favourable combination. I remember him as a kid asking children of those who had come to meet his father to play cricket with him while his chief minister dad was busy meeting officials. "It's difficult for me to believe this. Jaivardhan is not the only one to have followed his father into the Congress. Then only the youth would be attracted towards the party as desired by Rahul ji . before the long awaited hike took place.” Since politicians are public servants elected by voters and are committed to serve the country.day state-level wrestling and kabaddi tournament in which more than 650 teams took part. However. those who have seen Jaivardhan grow up before their eyes refuse to believe that he has joined a political party. “A hike in salaries will definitely lure many to pick politics as a . In Madhya Pradesh. On August 17. where the country's 70 per cent people live. money and an opportunity to govern. it will make a good career option for youngsters. It is well-known that the corporate sector in India has got the best talent due to the attractive salaries it pays. but we don’t have a say in policy-making. who was expelled from the BJP last month. In his speech he reportedly called upon the young people to take the ongoing membership drive of the Youth Congress to the rural areas. “Yes. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister now wants someone who can share his workload. This year. MLA Ajay Singh 'Rahul Bhaiyaa' (son of former Union HRD minister Arjun Singh). But there are others. who feel that the current breed of politicians is the result of poor salaries. Jaivardhan not only organised the tournament but also invited his father to flag off the event. He adds. the closing day of the tournament. The Congress general secretary has his own reasons to introduce his son to politics. they should be given the kind of salary and perks that other public servants get. In a high paying job we may get paid better. Now with a steep hike in salaries of MPs. shared the dais with Digvijay and his uncle. Many in India love to believe that politicians here are “inefficient” and don’t deserve to be paid any salary.

“If youngsters start joining politics only for money then they would be no different from the already money making drones. as there will be much more water (especially shallow water) to boat. which will provide them good money as well as power. It is a way of life. Technology: improvement in the field of automobiles. It is high time we scrapped the shadow of something murky. a PR executive thinks that though money is important and everybody goes for the best available package. Those who manufacture equipment for water sports will benefit. But there are youngsters who beg to differ saying that politics is a mechanism to get things done in a democratic set-up and not a profession.” says Neha Lahoti. politics is not a game. and play in. Aashima Malik. ski. But big money may attract youngsters. or their job is not possible anymore. That’s a different thing if power and money corrupts these new breed of young politicians like their predecessors. It is not a profession. could not adapt quickly enough to the changing needs of the world. a software engineer. unclean and corrupt with the word ‘politics’. but didn’t take the plunge as it was not well-paying enough. . "Green" companies are already reaping financial benefits from global warming. swim. People join politics for power and for a sense of leadership. engineering and medicine. Handsome salaries of MPs can be an incentive.” she say Global warming • "Economic impact of global warming is more of a hoax" "Economic impact of global warming is more of a hoax" Against A warming climate could bring either good news or bad news for the economy. On the reverse side. many businesses and types of jobs will become obsolete and quickly go bankrupt. due to the simple fact that there will be much less land to buy and sell. What politicians do for their party is politics and what they get paid for is for ‘law making’ and governing. Some people will benefit financially while other people will become bankrupt. Those who go bankrupt due to global warming will crumble because they were in the wrong area. “People don’t enter politics for money as there are many other less elaborate ways to do that. agriculture. but politics should not be considered a profession like law. Effects on economy are: Positive effect: Real estate prices will rise. who earlier aspired to become politicians. a law student. have the wrong type of business.career option.” explains Akshay Malhotra. as people are trying to buy products that do not hurt the environment when they are made.

Water supply would also suffer because of lesser snowfall in the Himalayas. due to the simple fact that there will be much less land to buy and sell. ski. as there will be much more water (especially shallow water) to boat. Anglers who fish in the saltwater of the oceans and seas will no longer have a job. Agricultural productivity would also be affected as monsoons will be short with intense bursts. many businesses and types of jobs will become obsolete and quickly go bankrupt. Ski resorts and companies that make winter gear will become obsolete. That former land will be worthless. Agricultural productivity would also be affected as monsoons will be short with intense bursts. but its economy will be among the worst affect on account of climate change It has estimated that India’s GDP would dip by 5% for every two degree temperature rise. or their job is not possible anymore. Ski resorts and companies that make winter gear will become obsolete. Those who go bankrupt due to global warming will crumble because they were in the wrong area. Negative effect: Anyone who owns coastal land will lose.Negative effect: Anyone who owns coastal land will lose. India may be a long way from melting polar ice . The freshwater that will be dumped into the sea will change the delicate balance of the ocean and kill of most marine life. Those who manufacture equipment for water sports will benefit. That former land will be worthless. On the reverse side. Some people will benefit financially while other people will become bankrupt. swim. have the wrong type of business. and play in. agriculture. The freshwater that will be dumped into the sea will change the delicate balance of the ocean and kill of most marine life. Technology: improvement in the field of automobiles. Effects on economy are: Positive effect: Real estate prices will rise. as people are trying to buy products that do not hurt the environment when they are made. because the ocean would claim itor at least turn it into swampland. could not adapt quickly enough to the changing needs of the world. because the ocean would claim itor at least turn it into swampland. which provide water for 40% of the world’s population. as the warming will destroy winter. India may be a long way from melting polar ice caps. Anglers who fish in the saltwater of the oceans and seas will no longer have a job. "Green" companies are already reaping financial benefits from global warming. as the warming will destroy winter. Top of Form about a month ago · View Doc · Like · · Subscribe Bottom of Form • changed the group description to ""Economic impact of global warming is more of a hoax" Against A warming climate could bring either good news or bad news for the economy. Water supply would also suffer because of lesser snowfall in the Himalayas. which provide water for 40% of the world’s population.

SchellingJanuary 23. In a developed nation like the United States. not uniformly. declining population in almost every developed country leads not only to smaller populations. We can worry about urban heat waves. they leave no escape for the freshwater floods that need to reach the ocean. But still the populations of . Estimates of lost world product due to climate change are moderate because the poor have so little to lose. if any.caps. has scientific assistance to agriculture and experience with climates and crops across the country. floods. and food. and to oblige millions of Bangladeshis and others to abandon their homes and workplaces and to migrate. consequences of climate change could be rising sea levels: there is grounded ice in Antarctica that. are estimated to live on less than the equivalent of $2 per day. the poor will have to pay more for their rice and bread. Unpredicted by demographers a couple of decades ago. but to a shift in age structure toward the elderly. as will population. pork. and can respond with appropriate changes in crops and techniques of cultivation. Manhattan. or to oblige them to build levees to escape inundation.) The most likely consequences of climate change will be severe impacts on food production in the developing world. and fires of the past decade happening every year. by Thomas C. but not the most likely. landslides. Developing countries currently have little. depending on whether it is beef. nearly all the rest of Western income is substantially impervious to climate. Consumption inequalities between the world’s rich and poor will increase. Already demand for meat in China is hugely increased in urban areas. Population continues to increase in the developing world. requires four to 10 calories in animal feed. a true catastrophe. The production of a single calorie of meat. World incomes will surely continue to rise. it would be an overwhelming tragedy.S. The U. Melting glaciers. Even the developing world is undergoing. but the worst effects are almost certainly going to be on food production in the poor countries. (Levees cannot save Bangladesh. rising incomes. More than a billion people. or chicken. One of the notable changes in consumption with rising incomes is demand for meat. agriculture is less than 5 percent of gross national product. The worst. is worth five or six meters of sea level. maybe 2 billion. If a billion of those poorest people lost half their income. such capacity to adapt. That is less than 1 percent of world income! They have so little to begin with that what they can lose doesn’t amount to much of a statistic. where half or more of the population depends on growing its own food. enough to sink Stockholm. but its economy will be among the worst affect on account of climate change It has estimated that India’s GDP would dip by 5% for every two degree temperature rise. or may benefit slightly from warming. or London. polar bears. though less than predicted. 2011 (NEWSWEEK) The real global challenge facing us will be organizing to reduce carbon emissions and provide help to poor countries coping with climate change. The shift toward meat will raise food prices everywhere. if loosed from its moorings. But those billion people together would lose only $365 billion per year. But they can lose tragically. unexpected declines in fertility and birthrates. worse than all the earthquakes. and forest fires. tsunamis. or most of Europe. the rich may have to eat a little less meat.

Chile. What can be done is to have joint CMs and virtually divide bigger states in zones for better administration rather than creating newer states with altogether new sets of infrastructure Number of Indian states is even larger than few countries. population and demographics. and the snowpack that ought to wait until late spring or early summer to melt is. police force. parliaments. Climate change will be primarily a threat to the poor in poor countries. we have a fleet of ministers/administrators to run a country like Australia. It is that what ought to be snowfall is sometimes coming as rain. Understanding this may make it hard to persuade the non-poor in the developed world to take the problem seriously India should be divided For: Number of Indian states is even larger than few countries. especially in Greenland. as still we have very high people is to their MPs ratio. and even the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East. This would further give an avenue to administrator to redirect the funds to their personal accounts. Singapore. the result is that what traditionally has been available for irrigation is lost to the oceans before food crops can use the water. Against: More state would call for more fixed resources viz. Against: More state would call for more fixed resources viz. and California. South Asia. More state means more funds allocation and more leakage. stations. courts and other state functionaries. then on the other we have only handful of them to run a state like UP or AP which is at par with above mentioned countries wrt to size. then on the other we have only handful of them to run a state like UP or AP which is at par with above mentioned countries wrt to size. This is crucial in China. having smaller state will enable proper usage of funds and deployment of recourses. stations. having smaller state will enable proper usage of funds and deployment of recourses. Moreover.the developing world are increasing: more people to feed. It would allow proper representation of people (by increasing the number of MPs) in the parliament. Malaysia and so on and so forth. we have a fleet of ministers/administrators to run a country like Australia. courts and other state functionaries. but also in the Alps and the Andes. Colorado. where on the one hand. Going by this notion. This would further give an avenue to administrator to redirect the funds to their personal accounts. police force. It would allow proper representation of people (by increasing the number of MPs) in the parliament. as still we have very high people is to their MPs ratio. where on the one hand. population and demographics. Peru. Going by this notion. Singapore. More state means . there is much alarm about the shrinking of glaciers worldwide. Malaysia and so on and so forth. melting earlier. As an example. and a likely shortfall in food production. in fact. Moreover. parliaments. But the problem is not glaciers.

Opponents of Telangana state in Andhra argue that the voters rejected Telangana in the last assembly elections. The reorganization of states throughout India would be a huge task requiring time and patience. how would voters react? One suspects that a nationwide referendum would give a very different voter response. Do small states suffer? Not if one views Punjab . comments on what has been happening The pro-Telangana politicos are in hot pursuit of their goal for statehood. People in Andhra legitimately oppose bifurcation of their state in isolation. Bundelkhand – the list of aspirants for statehood stretch very long. But if all states -. First. However. I will try and present some of the data that I came across. Let the announcement of a second SRC be the starting point. state and central governments should also be studied. People agitate. I was against any division of the states. Vidharbha. Bihar. . This argument is flawed. Maharashtra and the rest -. Chidambaram will “clarify” his statement in studio interviews with anchors in a few weeks. Going by Chidambaram’s track record on contentious issues (e. divide again and then rule” approach was not making sense and appeared colonial.more funds allocation and more leakage. While the proposed Commission undertakes its task other measures regarding a rational division of responsibility between local. The “divide. district. Mithalanchal Pradesh. Let acceptance of a new Telangana state in principle defuse the explosive situation in Andhra.are divided into smaller states. a little bit of research has managed to partially change my opinion. The clarification will say that the issue is first a state subject and unless the legislature passes a resolution his hands are tied. Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. India ’s political system requires reappraisal in its entirety. Bodoland. As far as possible the new states should be carved out of one large state and not comprise territory cutting across the borders of two large states. When I sat down to write this post. Should be divided This post is about the flavor of the week. and agitations die to revive again after a while. He will once again play the “state subject” card with ease.g. Any rational reorganization of the nation into smaller states would give India around 50 states. Harit Pradesh.UP. Operation Green Hunt) the directive to the Andhra government is probably a red herring aimed at a) diffusing a potential crisis and/or b) an effort to divide the opposition benches by throwing a bone to regional parties who have state autonomy as a part of their agenda. Gorkhaland. The demands for smaller states have periodically erupted across India . they are quelled.Chidambaram issued a statement that kicks of the process of stateformation. It is my take on Telangana and the argument for breaking up the larger states into smaller more efficient states. I will stick my neck out to predict that in all probability. But it should be undertaken and accepted in principle immediately. Certain norms would have to be observed for creating smaller states. including response from voters in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra. What can be done is to have joint CMs and virtually divide bigger states in zones for better administration rather than creating newer states with altogether new sets of infrastructure.

The media. his statement has set the cat amongst the pigeons in regional political circles. It appears that small states deal slightly better at dealing with corruption particularly when it relates to their poorest citizens.As far as Telangana is concerned. I would say that it will not necessarily help in brining about better administrative efficiencies. Do Small states address development priorities and administration better than a large state? Do they have less corruption? The rest of this post is an attempt to figure out the answer. . My Argument: If I were forced off the fence. My Argument. Small assemblies and the divisive nature of local politics leads to brittle governments with wafer thin majorities. Goa and Jharkhand are examples that come to mind. he created a win-win situation for a fleeting moment. I am not going to bother analysing this question. the crux of the debate Two questions that are resurfacing and are being debated include• Is the division of state based on language the right thing to do? • Are smaller states easier to govern and they do they tend to have better administrative efficiencies? For starters the two questions are VERY different.Based on available data. and all parties concerned. Area that are being discussed include • Vidarbha (Maharashtra) • Bundelkhand (Uttar Pradesh) • Gorkhaland (West Bengal) • Bodoland (Assam) Second. bit the bait hook. Horse trading is rampant and governments may change more than once between elections. The first question has political roots. Small states and administrative efficiencies? • Small Assemblies One down side of the small state assembly (number of MLAs) is that they may be unstable. Identity based on language has been a useful political platform for regional parties (e.However. Many regional forces are brining back their demand for state-hood. • Corruption Will small states breed less corruption? Hard to say! Data that I found on the net did not provide any conclusive proof that small states fair much better than large states. line and sinker. However it is apparent that the level of corruption appears to be marginally less in the smaller states. with great care. Haryana. MNS in Maharashtra and DMK in Tamil Nadu). he chose his words (as always). I think any discussion on these lines will be counterproductive.g. The second and far more relevant question is about administrative efficiencies. In the process.

Jharkhand. My Argument: Electorates seem more responsible in smaller states. At the risk of sounding radical.in [India in figures . The area that grabs my attention is literacy rates amongst women. Again. Data Available in the National Election Study 2009 (courtesy EPW) seems to indicate that small states produce far better voter turnouts. Sate Per Capita Domestic Product Data is not readily and uniformly available on Per Capita domestic product (maybe I was looking in the wrong places).2009] My Argument: If this economic indicator is to be believed. that citizens in small states appear to be doing better than the larger ones. an argument in favor of small states. I will present two graphs based on Government of India data for 2009 (data downloaded with some difficulty).Note . towns and cities across the country have grown. This is a positive sign and an argument that works in favor of smaller states. smaller states are doing better economically (at least on a per capita scale). one good way to judge how healthy our democracy is to see what the voter turnouts looks like.By 2030 this number will be close to 40% (source: EPW Vol 48. Chhattisgarh. According to the data available with the National Literacy Mission smaller states are performing much better than larger states. Literacy Rates One interesting indicator that should shed some light on development is literacy rates. Like metros. the fact remains. Source: MOSPI.gov. It is not just the metros that are bursting at the seams. Himachal. 2009). Can we extend this to other indicators? Maybe or maybe not. It reflects that a key government portfolio is being delivered more efficiently if the state is smaller. and Punjab are treated as “Large States” by the original report/source • Voter Turnout Since we are a democracy. literacy and women’s literacy are good enough reasons to start creating smaller states. Urbanization of India Over 28% of India now lives in its cities. My Argument: Small states seem to have better literacy rates when it comes to women. What was a large town 50 years ago is now a . We can find case specific reasons for each small state and why they are where they are in these rankings. Uttarakhand. However.

if a large state has an enlightened leadership that sees merit in devolution of power. functions and functionaries among different levels of government. For governance is not merely a question of how to deal with Pakistan or how to tackle Naxalism. Maybe this question deserves some serious thought. both large and small states will continue to be badly governed until there is effective devolution of funds. In our race to accelerate growth. It is more a question of good quality of living. This. There is no public intervention in agriculture. This is why income inequalities are widening so drastically. I am confident. and not a state's size. India's [ Images ] middle class has shown that over two generations of access to basic services has enabled it to get empowered. accountability.There will be a multiplier effect around these cities that will give a better geographic spread to development. There are many smaller states but do you see size guaranteeing their development? Again. hence. I was convinced that Small states would not work well. of providing basic services of education. elected panchayats in villages and urban local bodies in cities. and this is not determined by size. What data I found says I may be wrong. Conclusion When I began this post. Progress in implementation of grassroot programmes in health and education occurs only in such states where some devolution has taken place. why the rich are getting obscenely richer and the ordinary citizens are finding even basic necessities getting further out of their reach. is what helps governance.sprawling city. This helps in ensuring transparency and. It is only with empowerment of local communities that people will secure their entitlement to basic goods and services. Kerala [ Images ] is a smaller state but its progress has much to do with the manner in which its governments have been able to distribute funds. Our goal of inclusive growth will not be realised unless there is good governance. we have concentrated entirely on economic reforms to the total neglect of delivery of public good and services to the people at large. It has to do with devolution of powers rather than anything else. functions and functionaries to local authorities. but it's in the forefront when it comes to taking funds. In these circumstances. that is. If the division of states happens based on regional developmental goals and not feudal family structures. based on what I have read in the last two days. I think we should invest in the shift Important The question whether smaller states are better governed than bigger ones is irrelevant. good health facilities. that most development indicators will be better in smaller states. In our experience. You have seen it in a big state like Madhya Pradesh [ Images ] under Digvijay Singh [ Images ] and a smaller state like Bihar under Nitish Kumar. Forbes has just informed us that 0. . handlooms and other sectors which have a bearing on the lives of a large section of the population.0000001 per cent of population controls 25 per cent of the GDP of the country. Whether it is a small state like Sikkim or a big one like Bihar. taking power directly to the masses. employment and other basic requirements. good governance depends on the extent to which power is devolved. whether states are bigger or smaller is an issue that does not change anything. things move forward and people are better off with regard to access to basic goods and services. Karnataka [ Images ] is not a small state. Many of these cities have remained underdeveloped. My Argument: Infrastructure infusion into capital cities in new and smaller states will ease the burden on Metro cities in the country. functions and functionaries to the grassroots level. drinking water.

people start burning buses at the slightest provocation as they feel that is the only way to draw Centre's attention. which was created by dividing Bihar. . Punjab was split into three -. UP has 80 parliamentary seats. Ajit Singh. On the other hand. it still makes for three big states. a dialogue between the ruler and the ruled is absolutely necessary. People in western UP see for themselves how their neighbours in Haryana and Uttarakhand [ Images ] have prospered after becoming part of smaller states. But if a citizen in western UP were to be heard in any of the state commissions or courts. Haryana and Punjab — and all of these are better off. But the underlying factor is a sense of alienation the people feel from the power centre. Haryana was the poorer part of Punjab. too. culture and even language as compared to that of. spending large amounts of money in an attempt to get justice. has not been able to make its mark as a developed state. This sends a wrong message. Before the division. Gujarat is better off after being cut from the larger Bombay Presidency. Of course. Men from Western UP never married the women there as they were known to walk 10 km to fetch water. which was carved out of Punjab [ Images ]. there is no hope for the people in this state. Jharkhand. whichever part of the state they are in. Today. That is another aspect of the problem of size. however. he has to travel over 600 km to Lucknow [ Images ]. The reasons are there for all to see. In a democracy. As a result. represent a totally different lifestyle. The districts in western Uttar Pradesh. So it won't necessarily be a small state. can go to the capital to air their grievances or get their problems heard in the secretariat and return home by evening. but it acts only when people get violent. and if it is divided by three excluding the five seats for Bundelkhand. where we are demanding a separate Harit Pradesh. other states like Haryana and Andhra Pradesh that have set good examples. If Harit Pradesh is created by incorporating administrative divisions like Meerut. That is completely out of the question in a state the size of UP. Unless power goes to the people instead of remaining concentrated in a single authority. say. Again. Mathura and Agra [ Images ]. many demands for smaller states have to do with ethnic identities and their sense of insecurity. for instance. but as far as governance is concerned. There are.On the other hand. The latter was part of Madras Presidency till it was carved out. At present. nothing can be a substitute for devolution of power. it would be as big as Rajasthan [ Images ]. Gujarat. Of course. Was Jharkhand any better off when it was part of Bihar? Naxalites [ Images ] had always been there. It is the sixth largest in terms of population in the whole world. Bareilly. Their per capita income is much higher compared to the earnings of people in western UP. such a situation cannot be imagined in Haryana. Cultural identity is another reason why people demand separate states. I would like to look at the matter only from my agenda — taking power to the people. The problem is that the Centre does not have pre-determined norms for dealing with such demands. Physically. Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] is a classic example of how small states make better sense in a democracy. has 25 seats. Bundelkhand on the other side of the state. a small stretch running from Mathura to Mainpuri) but that is a cultural issue rather than one of governance. So they feel a smaller state is essential to have any kind of progress. I do not want to get into the debate of whether states should be divided for any other reason. one doesn't rule out demands for further divisions in western UP (demand for Brij Bhumi.Himachal Pradesh [ Images ]. It has not held any panchayat elections since it was formed. People of Haryana. there are problem states like Jharkhand. That may or may not be a valid reason for such demands. it is very big.

2b. Case being of India and sub-continent and Africa.Did Delhi [ Images ] notice what was wrong with sugarcane farmers till they came and surrounded the capital? Despite the Congress and K Chandrasekhar Rao having made a pact in 2000 to form Telangana.2b. Moreover. Monetary aid and development assistance not only helps a country in technological leap-frogging but also introduces them to globally practiced modus operandi. This certainly is a sign that such states is ungovernable. Maybe the solution is not statehood here. But in the new world order. Incidentally barring Canada.1b) and China ($41b). For: Most of the time these global aids find its way into middlemen and administrator coffers.2b). the district of Coorg is also demanding statehood as it has a totally different cultural identity.3b). And even then it takes years of deliberation and contemplation by the G-8 countries to write off the debt of $40b (when compared to what it spends on defence annually) of 18 of the poorest countries of the world. it isn’t to be so. which included many of the poorest of the Sub-Saharan African countries. all of the G-8 countries are part of the list of the top 15 defence spenders. The top five accounted for 65. If the G-8 takes the lead from the front in not only writing off the debt but also in intervening into the overall socio-economic development of Africa. Italy with $27. for spending money on tools to take lives is more of a priority than saving those lives. Russia $21b and India with $20. It’s because of Global aid that many African and Asian countries (including countries that are frequently hit by natural disaster) get change to stand back on their feet.it brings no substantial change Global aid has helped various countries in refurbishment of their tainted social infrastructure. Global aid for development is a chimera . France ($46. The United States of America led the chart with a mindboggling annual defence spending of $478. the Centre waited for Rao to go on a fast unto death to react.5% of the global defence spending followed by Germany with $33. And thereby putting a strong deterrent on such offensive spends on defence expenditure Stretching helping hands to the needy and disaster-hit is indeed a good deed. Today.2b. the total debt of Africa is around $300b. half of mankind’s misery might come to end. While . countries/institutions design and craft the contracts in a manner that allows the host countries an entry into the helping country’s market and political system A recent report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) states that global defence spending in 2005 was a staggering $1 trillion. But there are states whose chief ministers would not be able to remember the names of the districts or their district magistrates. those deeds have to face lots of obstacles.8 billion people live with an income below $2 per day. Saudi Arabia $25. this annual defence spending does not include the several billions of dollars that are sanctioned by many of these countries on defence and allied research. The double standards of the developed world is revealed when one compares this with the fact that 2. But at times. What more. Japan ($42.2 billion followed by United Kingdom ($48. The top 15 spenders accounted for nearly 84% of the total expenditure. Incidentally.4b.

although not the whole. can certainly produce positive results. Africa receives the highest aid.4 billion a year to Africa for combating AIDS and for welfare works. the relief-seekers should take some and swift actions against the perpetrators. Pakistan received about $1. poor countries always fall prey to its rumbles. aid to Sub-Saharan Africa reached $50 per person.9 billion to Afghanistan. callous and lethargic attitude of authorities concerned make relief and rehabilitation work less effective. the US is now rethinking its decision to donate $3. humanitarian groups expressed their sheer dissatisfaction over the ugliest corruption committed by Pakistani authorities. poor governance.” Apparently. While Haiti received $2. a huge portion of the donation was amassed by government officials and aid workers. A UN investigation report released recently paints a grim picture about how overseas relief programmes are being siphoned off.nature doesn't outweigh countries while it strikes. Somalia is not the only crisis for the foreign aid agency. Corruption cost the nation $485 million in 2009. However. Although rampant corruption can't be wiped out totally. went into the wrong pockets. Since 2001. the Indian Ocean tsunami aid generated a record amount of aid — more than $11 billion. The report revealed as many as 50 per cent of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Somalia have been stolen. cost of corruption is estimated about $150 billion per year. Stricter code of conduct and a transparent evaluation system. but hasn't used it properly. managing disaster relief programmes in the underdeveloped nations is still embroiled with many hassles — as corruption has become a key problem for them.5 billion from the foreign aid agencies. But stopping aid during crisis is an unrealistic move as poor countries desperately need help. ex-Goldman Sachs economist Dambisa Moyo once asked the US “to stop aiding Africa. . Moreover. The poor nations should now jointly take the cudgels to fight against corruptions in their countries. In Africa.5 billion flood relief aid and $3 billion loan from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Recipients should show greater accountability towards the donors. In addition. But the donors are skeptic as well as curious about how the money will be spent? A similar crisis was also witnessed while Haiti was struck by a devastated earthquake during January this year. While several world communities and agencies show their generosity to the calamity-struck nations. There are other ways by which these aid corruptions can be checked. By 2008. But the whopping amount. Realising the gravity of corruption. lack of transparency. But rampant corruption has wasted a major portion of the aid. the US has been donating nearly $1. Even amidst the ongoing deluge in Pakistan.

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