“India would have made more progress if it had only southern and western parts.” This statement by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has drawn flaks from all quarters. Making such a statement in the capacity of a Union Minister and a political leader is utterly unfortunate, repugnant and objectionable. Such a statement is not expected from a leader, especially of the stature of Home Minister Chidambaram who has served the country as Finance Minister for a long span of time. How could he even think that India would have done better without its northern part? If Chidambaram, as a Finance Minister, would have strived hard for the growth of different parts of India, then may be his coming to a conclusion that northern India is acting as a growth deterrent, would not have been required. Even if he was concerned about the nation’s backwardness, he could have resorted to other means to showcase his concern. His statement cannot be justified under any pretext. If a leader of his stature uses a language to create schism against a particular region, then how can he direct the country on a right path? Undoubtedly, leaders of northern states will be brought to book for letting the region lag behind but the Centre should also be held equally responsible for this. It is known to all that the Central government plays an important role in the development of the states. Similarly, it is evident that parochial political reasons compel the Centre to shower bounties on a few special states while neglect others.

If the Central Government is making efforts for all round development of all states then why do state governments complain of the Centre’s biased attitude? In the recent past, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh MPs were compelled to stage a dharna on the premises of Parliament. Prior to this, when Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister challenged the Centre that he would stage a sit-in to protest against its non-cooperation, the government could not help but give in to his challenge. The nation is well aware of the narrow-minded political rationale behind the delay, on the part of the Centre, in giving concessions and grants to the states. If Chidambaram is thinking that by denouncing WikiLeaks he can find a shortcut to prove himself right, then he is wrong. According to Chidambaram, WikiLeaks revelations should not be dignified. If this is so, then why is Congress trying to brew up a storm on Arun Jaitley’s statement to a US embassy official leaked by WikiLeaks that Hindu nationalism was just an opportunistic issue for the party? Whatever may be the case, but the leaks have shown a true picture of our political leaders. Isn’t it strange that the gap between their words and actions are increasing rapidly, the reason, problems of the nation are also increasing. WikiLeaks revelation has strengthened the general notion about how our political leaders say one thing publicly but do something else secretly.