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Narrow Regional Politics Mars Himachal’s Development

Rajesh Verma

(The writer is a freelancer based at Mandi)

Rajesh VermaMany hindrances emerge in the path of development in Himachal because of its tough geographical topography. However the hilly state has witnessed a considerable development in last one and half decade. The BBN, Una, Tahliwal and other areas saw the expansion of industrialisation, which not only brought revenue for the state but also helped in decreasing the problem of employment to a certain extent. New educational institutes too came to Himachal for the benefit of youths who otherwise shifting to other states for higher education. Premier institutes like IIT in Mandi, IIM in Sirmaur and Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) in Dharamshala definitely brought smile on every Himachali’s face. As for as health sector is concerned, the propsoed AIIMs in Bilaspur is no less than a blessing for people of Himachal. It is like a dream come true. The hospital constructed in Ner Chowk through ESI too is no less than PGI, but it is still not functional to the disappointment of people.

It has been witnessed in Himachal that whether it is CUHP or some other institute, we fail to protect the gifts we get after hard efforts. Seven years have passed since notification for the CUHP was released. But as soon as power changes in the state, voices for locating it at certain places also surface. Some want it in Dehra while others want it in Dharamshala. Now a third party has emerged which wants it to remain in Shahpur. Common people fail to understand as to what will happen if the CUHP is opened in Dharamshala or even at Dehra? Will the student of Dehra become ineligible to take admission if CUHP comes at Dharamshala or vice-versa?

It does not matter where the inctitute comes up as it would finally benefit whole Himachal and we should welcome it instead of creating obstacles by politicising the issue. Dharamshala was selected as Smart City like other cities of the country. But some people started politics in it too saying that their town was most eligible for the selection as smart city. Does selection of one of the cities of the state as smart city not a matter of collective joy for all? We need to think for the welfare of the state rather than a particular place or region. The state will not chart new milestones in development if we politicise every issue related to progress. Why the political parties of our state do not unite for the betterment of the state? No Union government or corporate house will grant anything to Himachal if we continue politicising everything everytime.

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