The Unlucky Fate of Punjab

The division of states often results in a lot of heartache and turmoil, as seen during the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the demand for Hyderabad. It’s easy to forget the similar situations that other states have faced in the past.

One such state is Punjab, which can be considered one of the most unlucky states in India. It not only lost its most important city, Lahore (equivalent to what Mumbai is to Maharashtra, or Bangalore to Karnataka, or Chennai to Tamil Nadu), but also had to see other major cities like Ambala, Kurukshetra, and Shimla being taken away by Haryana and Himachal Pradesh due to linguistic bifurcation. While some may argue that Chandigarh was given as compensation, it is still a Union Territory and cannot replace the irreparable loss that Punjab faced. Comparing Chandigarh to Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, it is clear that the former can never replace the importance of the latter.

Punjab is also a border state, surrounded by a hostile neighbor, which severely limits the scope for trade and industrial investments. Unlike Andhra Pradesh, which has coasts and is developing Vizag as its capital, Punjab is in a difficult situation. The tag of a “border state” is likely to stick with Punjab, making it even harder for the state to attract investments and develop economically.

The division of states may have its benefits, but it can also cause significant harm to certain regions. It’s important for policymakers to consider the long-term consequences of such decisions, and to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are taken into account


Identifying different States/Cities in India

Scenario 1: Two guys are  fighting & a third guy comes along, sees them and walks on..

That’s MUMBAI!!

Scenario 2: Two guys are fighting & a third guy comes along and tries to make peace.. The first two get together and beat him up..

That’s CHENNAI!!!

Scenario 3: Two guys fighting and third guy comes from a nearby house and says “don’t fight in front of my place, go somewhere else.” 


Scenario 4: Two guys fighting third guy comes along with a carton of beer.. All sit together drink beer and abuse each other and go home as friends..

You are definitely in GOA!!!

Scenario 5: Two guys are fighting. Both of them take time out & call their friends on their mobiles.. Now 50 guys are fighting..

You are in PUNJAB!!!

Scenario 6: Two guys fighting. Third guy comes and shoots both of them.. 

You are in BIHAR!!!

Scenario 7: Two guys fighting. Third guy comes and finds if his cast then beat other cast guy..

Then you are in Andhra Pradesh!!!

Ultimate Scenario: Two guys are fighting. A crowd gathers to watch.. A guy comes along and quietly opens a tea stall there..

That’s KERALA!!!