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From 50 Years Ago: Nagpur Disturbances.

Weekly Note from Volume XII, No. 19, May 7, 1960.

That the birth pangs of the Maharashtra State... should end up with disturbances in distant Nagpur is unfortunate in the ex-treme. The discontent in Vidarbha or the fact that the separatist elements could muster this much of public support brings into sharp focus the sizeable problem that Maharashtra will have to face in the next two years, in bringing about the emotional integration of this State... Four of the districts of Vidarbha are solidly in favour of Maharashtra and it is only in the other four... The small Hindi speaking minority of Vidarbha constituting about 10 per cent of population is definitely in favour of a separate Vidarbha. It is an influential minority and the events of the last few days show that it is capable of giving vent to its feelings in an unrestrained and embarrassing manner. ...In retrospect, therefore, the decision not to incorporate the Nagpur Pact in the Act by which Maharashtra was constituted into a separate State appears to have been unwise in the extreme...The agitation nonetheless is quite pointless, for Vidarbha has the right to choose at the time of the next election which is not so far off. The new State, therefore, has a two-year lead to consolidate its position and win over the dissenters.

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