ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The creation of Vidarbha is a long- standing demand of the people of the six districts of that region. When I was studying the cotton sector in Vidarbha during 1977-81, I had an opportunity to see in depth all the districts of Vidarbha and enjoy the hospitality of the local people. With the selection of Devendra Fadnavis as the chief minister of Maharashtra, the demand for Vidarbha as a separate state will gain momentum because he is an ardent supporter of the movement for a separate state of Vidarbha.

Nevertheless there must be a concern that the creation of a separate state of
Vidarbha will be considered a victory of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). That will be a big tragedy since RSS’s role in the demand for Vidarbha as a state is insignificant. In the old days, the RSS believed in Madhya Bharat, which had boundaries way beyond Vidarbha, while the Vidarbha that we are talking about is part of the erstwhile Madhya Bharat with a unique Marathi culture influenced by Tukadoji Maharaj, social activists like Babasaheb Amte, poets like Suresh Bhat, community development supporters like Sudhir Wanmali, and farmer supporters like Bokare.

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