The author surfaces various policy actions taken by state governments and how these policies are reinforcing Sons of the soil demand. He also opines why pluralism needs to be celebrated in India. Present Scenario

  • For decades, Sons of the soil movements in many Indian states have demanded special privileges and special status for certain ethnic groups.
  • Today those sharpening demands are being enshrined with special laws in many states. With One nation, one Constitution’ has been the governing mantra Walls are apparently being demolished in Kashmir, but many walls are being erected across India.
Sons of the soil demand Why Sons of the Soil demand a non-entity in the 21st century?
  • Today’s diverse and plural India has been built by waves of migration, mobility, and globalization.
  • Peaceful, controlled migration and mobility can create rich, talented societies, both materially and culturally.
  • Migrants work hard, contribute to the workforce and soon become consumers and taxpayers. Melting pot societies are good for business too.
Sons of the soil demand
  • Europe that defines citizenship as unquestioning loyalty to itself or to a particular ruler. By contrast, for both Tagore and Gandhi, citizenship of humanity was far greater than any narrowly defined notions of “nationality” and man-made borders.
  • Walling off citizens from each other means weakening the prospects for an interdependent, innovative and diverse economy.
  • The final and the crux of the argument is, in the era of Globalisation  how can somebody justify that,
  • A UP taxi driver who has spent 30 years in Mumbai not a citizen of Maharashtra?
  • Allege the north Indian software professional who works in Bengaluru a threat to the Kannada identity?
  • In fact, for India’s founders, citizenship was a universal concept – all human beings were citizens of humanity.
Also read: Local Government Systems of Government Article 280