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Split Personality

Thackeray began his political career by assaulting poor narialpaniwallas from Malabar. Look where he is today.

Split Personality
Split Personality
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NOT that in the 53rd year of our strident independence, Chennai is about to become a suburb of Jaffna. But the emotional ballast that anchored Jawaharlal Nehru's vision of our tryst with destiny does not apply any longer. Clamour for separation and secession has grown over the years despite all the calls for unity in diversity. The balance sheet of freedom has been a steady progression towards divergence in diversity. Some tryst, some destiny.

It began with the demand for linguistic states. When Potti Sriramulu starved himself to death, the multitude saw it as the supreme sacrifice of a supreme patriot. Actually it set off perennial conflicts in the name of language over border districts like Belgaum and Kasargod, rivers like Kavery and dams like Mullaperiyar. Language didn't unite; it divided. It didn't unite even the same language-speakers. Thus Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have taken wing. Ready to fly are Vidarbha and Telangana, Gorkhaland, Bodoland and Bundelkhand, Poorvanchal, Panchal Pradesh, Saurashtra, Malwa, Kodagu.

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