The decision of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to divide Andhra Pradesh (AP) and to grant statehood to Telengana as the 29th state has sparked protests for statehood across the country. This triggered several groups in different parts of the country to launch strikes and protests to give new momentum to their own long-standing demands for separate states. Dormant demands for separate states have suddenly re-emerged as a grave challenge for the reluctant state governments. What follows, in this regard, for demanding separate statehood in various parts of the subcontinent mainly arises out of identity, region, language, culture, caste, class and economic underdevelopment. The steps towards creating Telengana, recognizing all aspirations of the majority Telugu speaking districts of Andhra Pradesh, has reinvigorated new hopes for the leaders of the other parts of the country to start movements for separate states.
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