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Is Demand of New States Affecting the National Integration?

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Started: 8/14/2013 Category: Politics
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shashanksmart

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I think demand for new states is creating a bit of chaos in the country...taking example of my own country India....the creation of the 29th state of Telangana has evoked people in the east to demand for Gorkhaland & Boroland...As a result there is widspread protest, big strikes, etc. Effecting the nation's economy, functioning and also questions its policy of federalism...
D.Wolf

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The topic being argued is "Is Demand of New States Affecting the National Integration?"-now, national integration is quite a broad and obscure statement. A succinct definition of national integration, according to my knowledge, is something along the lines of a country consolidating social institutions, such as education, government, religion, politics, resources, as well as a sense of morality; which in turn, creates the theory that that society will establish a sense of unity among the people, allowing the society to become more peaceful.
So, returning to the original statement of "Is Demand of New States Affecting the National Integration?" Firstly, I currently live in North America and there is not a demand in any way what so ever for new states, that is, in the United States nor provinces in Canada. Moreover, in South America there is certainly not a similar demand. Perhaps you should have been more specific in your statement. Stating something along the lines of "Is the Demand of New States in India Affecting the National Integration?"
Secondly, to dramatically scope in and refer exclusively to your example of India, there are much more salient issues affecting national integration than the demand for new states. According to a recent issue of Forbes India, which you can locate with a simple Google search, the issue being illustrated is the need for key policy reforms, as well as a wider ambit of freedom. The suggestion for new states is affecting the national integration for the positive because that group of people whom are granted their wish for a new state are one step further to a sense of unity and "freedom", however, one cannot expect national integration to work for everyone, especially when there is not a solidified definition. With India being incredibly overpopulated, it would seem rather naive to assume that there wouldn't be diverging views and sub-groups that encompass a different vision whilst working towards a sense of unity among the people. Since the definition of national integration in general is ambiguous, the path to unity in the midst of an immense amount of interpretations is a sight unable to be seen threw just one lens. Would you not agree that, as you say, "big strikes" and "widespread protest" (which is not the case- though only a number of groups of people in India are against it) are working towards national integration? People protesting and voicing their opinions are examples of people being brought together for what they think is right. On the path to unity, people have to confront whatever the view or issue may be in order to progress. One cannot expect to remain stagnant and still progress, especially when it is towards unity.
Thirdly, as I stated above, there are much more salient topics hindering national integration than the demand of new states. The first example being in Cherrapunji, India, where approximately 600,000 Indian children every year die from pneumonia, often caused by toxic water and poor hygiene (http://www.nytimes.com...). I would definitely say that this fact is much more of an issue, thus creating a large imbalance in your nations' economy and inhibiting a further step towards national integration.
The second example relates to the statistics conducted by UNICEF that have shown that only 31% of India"s population is able to utilize proper sanitation facilities as of 2008. If less than half of the whole of India's population is unable to obtain basic nescessites, can we not infer that this issue alone is creating a tremendous amount of chaos and affecting national integration?- as opposed to the idea that new states is affecting national integration.
The third, as well as last example is according to District Information System for Education (DISE) in India in 2009, only about 51.5% of all schools in India have boundary walls, 16.65% have computers and 39% have electricity. Of which, only 6.47% of primary schools and 33.4% of upper primary schools have computers, and only 27.7% of primary schools have electricity (www.issuesinindia.org). Furthermore, this fact is far more of an hindrance towards national integration. The people whom are being educated in India endure such poor circumstances (that is, the people whom attend school) that ,invariably, this issue is a problem of great importance that must be solved, or at least, some method of solution must be provided in order to find a sense of unity and establish a peaceful society.
In conclusion, the demand of new states is not affecting the national integration in the ways in which you state. There are far more profound issues that affect the national integration in India than the subtle topic of creating new states in India. We must remember that we had to scope into exclusively the example of India because that is the only location provided in an example. The obscure definition of national integration seems to be a theory that may sound soothing to the ears, however, the path to unity is a trail that is in need of confrontation in order to find this place of peace. Though, when issues-such as the specific examples I cited above- are hindrances of greater mass, should they not first be of our concern? This is all spoken through the lips of an optimistic mouth. However, speaking more critically, national integration, that is, eternal unity and peace among a society is something that can never happen. Though, the critical thinkers realize that there are measures that can be taken to formulate solutions, and dealing with the more difficult issues should be top priority in order to gain some sense of oneness and comfort.
Debate Round No. 1
shashanksmart

Pro

shashanksmart forfeited this round.
D.Wolf

Con

My adversary's ignorance leads us into round three.
Debate Round No. 2
shashanksmart

Pro

shashanksmart forfeited this round.
D.Wolf

Con

My points extend forward.
Debate Round No. 3
shashanksmart

Pro

shashanksmart forfeited this round.
D.Wolf

Con

My points extend forward.
Debate Round No. 4
shashanksmart

Pro

shashanksmart forfeited this round.
D.Wolf

Con

The best choice is obvious.
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