It was only to be expected that the declaration of statehood for Telangana on Tuesday would spur similar demands across the country.
Despite the increasing migration of people of different cultures, languages and identities across states in a country based on the foundation of pluralism, the aspiration for preservation of ethnic identities, the yearning for development and a larger
share of the political cake is a reality India cannot ignore for long.
The struggle for a Greater Nagalim that brings together Naga people living in different states in the northeast and neighbouring Myanmar is as real as the demand for a separate state of Vidarbha, a backward and neglected region of Maharashtra, as is the call for Gorkhaland in West Bengal and the struggle for Bodoland state in Assam.
HT decided to interview prominent leaders from these four movements for separate statehood because of the significance of these movements in the country today.