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Srikrishna Committee and the Simon Commission

Mircea Eliade, the philosopher, held that all traditional cultures conceived of time as circular, and that linear time was a late invention. One notices some very interesting parallels between the Srikrishna Committee to look into the question of the formation of Telangana state, and the Simon Commission of 1928, similarly set up to examine the question of deepening democracy in India.

To start with both are named after two well-known and well-meaning men without much knowledge of the political realties they were asked to investigate. The SC (“L” for London) had no Indian in its small team, the SC (“D” for Delhi) has no one from Telangana. SC (L) had seven members, but the attrition of time has reduced the number to fi ve in SC (D) with former home secretary Duggal (may be) standing in the place of Clement Atlee. SC (L) involved noble peers as SC (“D”) involves “nobly-minded” academics.

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