Formed in 2000, Chhattisgarh is a poignant paradox of Madhya Pradesh. Still portrayed as a tribal, backward and Naxalite state, Chhattisgarh has a lot to offer which isn’t often celebrated! Gladly this is the 18th birthday of our beloved Chhattisgarh and this is the perfect chance for us to do that!
The Chhattisgarh story is unique in many ways. The state’s economic growth is powered by industrial growth. Comparing Chhattisgarh with Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, the three small states born in the year 2000, the former is conspicuous in terms of growth led by industrialisation, particularly mining and manufacturing. Second, political stability under the leadership of Chief Minister Raman Singh-who took the baton from the Congress party’s Ajit Jogi (now leader of the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh) in 2003-makes Chhattisgarh stand out compared to the other two states.
Raipur ‘The Heart Of Chhattisgarh
Raipur has completely transformed in the last 10-15 years. Though We have to travel across the country for our work, We have not seen such a big makeover of a small sleepy town into a bursting city—full of malls, neon signs and big cars, all signs of a booming economy. We often told by a few acquaintances who belong to the middle class of the city that all the construction has been phenomenal for the growth of Chhattisgarh. They also take pride in the fact that in the last one decade, much of the mining/minerals market (earlier controlled from Kolkata) is now controlled from Raipur. We were told that with pride that “mandi yahan khulti hai or bhav yahan tay hota hai” (the market opens here and the prices are decided here).
But, this isn’t just the foundation day of Chhattisgarh! It’s also the foundation day of four other states- Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka.
On the 62nd foundation day of Karnataka, the state is hosting Karnataka Rajyotsava. They will give away awards to 62 people, including historian Ramachandra Guha, playback singer KJ Yesudas, writer Vaidehi and hockey player VR Raghunath. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will give away the awards in Bengaluru.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam greeted people of the state. He greeted them on the 60th anniversary of the state formation day, locally known as ‘Kerala Piravi’ (Kerala Day). Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will announce the achievements of the state in the past year
While in Haryana, CM Manohar Lal Khattar laid the foundation stone of DU Centre of Excellence. It is for Organic Farming at Hisar. The state on the day declared itself completely ‘Open Defecation Free’. They also declared themselves ‘kerosene-free’ on the 51st anniversary of its formation day.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated the people of the state on the 62nd foundation day of the state. The Chief Minister will be starting a two-month-long ‘ Madhya Pradesh Vikas Yatra’ to mark the day. He will also announce new development programmes of the state.
In the morning, PM Narendra Modi extended his greetings to all five states on Twitter. He appreciated Chhattisgarh’s natural beauty and progress & invoked the spirit of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ for Haryana. He called out for Karnataka’s progress & recalled Kerala’s contribution in the development of nation. PM also greeted Madhya Pradesh for their progress.