Reuters | Mon Dec 14, 2009 | 4:27pm IST
Thousands marched in ports and towns of southern Andhra Pradesh to protest plans to carve out a new state, as a backlash grew against demands for statehood in a challenge for the Congress party-led government. The government said last week that it would push for the formation of a Telangana state after a week of violent protests and a hunger strike by a leading politician shut down business in the state’s high-tech Hyderabad city. In coastal towns and cities, protesters marched, waving red flags and placards saying: “We want united Andhra Pradesh.” Lawmakers shouted slogans against Telangana inside the state assembly in Hyderabad, prompting the speaker to adjourn the winter session indefinitely. Hyderabad — the state capital and home to companies like Microsoft, Google and Dell — has been largely unaffected. India moved a cricket match with Sri Lanka out of the port city of Visakhapatnam, to Nagpur, due to the protests.
Since independence in 1947, India has had to balance the challenges of maintaining different peoples under one federal system as well as the relationship between central power in the capital Delhi and the states of the world’s largest democracy. Just six months into office, the Continue reading