Make Mumbai second capital of India

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  1. afako

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    In a move that might set several cats among the pigeons, a group of professionals, including doctors, advocates and teachers, have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking the Union government to consider moving the national capital out of New Delhi, to Mumbai – or at least declare the
    city as the second capital of India.

    ‘Mumbai for India’s capital,’ is the campaign plank of advocate Sujit Shripad Chavan, who is contesting elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council, due next month, as an independent candidate. He is the vice–president of the Mahamumbai Padvidhar Sabha (MPS), the forum promoting the move to shift India’s capital from New Delhi to Maharashtra’s own.

    The campaign will be formally launched on Wednesday and, according to Chavan, the MPS has given considerable thought to the proposal after conversations with numerous graduates, professionals and youth, most of whom have welcomed it.



    WHY MUMBAI?

    In its letter to the PM, the MPS has described Delhi as ‘stagnant, non-inspirational and showing signs of rigid orthodoxy’ after serving as India’s capital for over a century. Mumbai, on the other hand, ‘is inspirational, vibrant, prosperous and a modern city with a cosmopolitan, intellectual and philanthropic outlook’, the MPS has said.

    Quoting Dr BR Ambedkar from his 1955 book, ‘Thoughts on Linguistic States’, wherein he advocated a second capital, much like the Moghuls and the British had throughout their reign (Agra and Srinagar, then Delhi and Srinagar for the Moghuls; Calcutta and Simla, later Delhi and Simla for the British), the MPS has pointed out that the father of the Indian Constitution had even then picked three cities — Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad for their vibrancy, but favoured Mumbai as the ‘Emporium of India’.

    EXTEND MUMBAI LIMITS

    The MPS suggests that ‘Mahamumbai’ be extended to Navi Mumbai, Thane and the edges of Raigad, much in accordance with the state government’s own expansion plans under the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, and that these areas be declared the National Capital Region.

    MPS president Dr Tushar Jagtap told Hindustan Times that nearly 48% of the land in Mumbai is under the no-development zone, and that it is quite feasible for the government to develop this dormant real estate to build a parliament house and other infrastructure needed for a second capital.

    “This is due to India’s financial capital, and is also advisable from the security point of view — if one capital is under threat, we will always have another one in which to seek refuge,” he said.



    SENA AMENABLE, BUT CONGRESS COLD

    Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar has welcomed the move, so long as there is no attempt to turn Mumbai into a city-state. “If Mumbai is made India’s second capital it will be a great boost to Mumbaikars, but if there is any attempt to make it independent of Maharashtra, it will be not only unfair to the rest of the state, but will be an insult to the memories of the 105 people who gave their lives fighting for an independent state in the 1950s,” he said.

    The Congress, however, is rather cold to the idea. Former Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh said, “The thought is attractive but if at all a second capital is needed, why not Nagpur, where the zero mile begins?” Nagpur is equidistant from across the country and would bring people closer to the capital, than placing it at one extreme, he said. “Mumbai will continue to be the financial capital and, even without being the second capital, it is not likely to decline in significance,” he added.

    The PM has acknowledged the June 19 letter, but has ventured forth no opinion.

    Make Mumbai second capital of India, city forum petitions PM - Hindustan Times
     
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  3. Apollyon

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    Mumbai as a Capital of India, but what about hate against anyone who's not from Mumbai .... :rolleyes:
     
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    Go to any city, there's something or other wrong with such a city or the people in it.

    Delhi Rape capital. blah blah
    Mumbai - Hate Capital etc...
    Banglore - To much traffic etc etc
    Chennai - Language problem etc etc

    Which city is complete?
     
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    Heh - just 2 weeks back I wrote long posts on DFI about how India badly needs a different capital, or at least a second capital. :heh:

    I am all for it, but I think Mumbai is not a good choice.
     
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    Mumbai is undeclared second capital already...

    Mumbai = Indian Financial Powerhouse

    If there is any consideration for 2nd capital I guess it can be in Central or South/South-Eastern part of India which can be a much better strategic position since Mumbai and Pakistan is close by.
     
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    what about Bangalore .... :rolleyes:



    :rotfl:
     
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    Nagpur is better.
     
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    Hyderabad for capital
     
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    Not Bangalore. Too far South, and too saturated.

    Something like central-South Central India, like the tri-border of North Karnataka-Andhra-Maharashtra, that drought-prone region around Telangana, Vidarbha and barren plains of North Karnataka.

    That would be nice.
     
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    Coconut trees, not rape ;)
     
  12. Galaxy

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    Mumbai is already second capital of India. (Business capital)

    However, I will prefer central India. Nagpur (Vidarbha). Lots of things are need to be done. It's one of the most neglected region beside NE and making it capital will certainly help in long run.
     
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    What is the requirement for a second capital?

    Paid agents of organisations that are not satisfied with the problems they have already caused in the form of insurgencies and now wanting to use another 'soft' agenda to tear the country apart by dividing the people and accentuating the differences!

    The names of such people should be known to the country so that one could watch them for their further fissiparous activities.
     
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    @ Ray Sir

    How about Kolkatta ?

    Delhi is already capital. Mumbai is financial capital. South Indian cities like Bang're, Chennai are fine and moving upward.

    No city equivalent to Delhi/Mumbai in East India.
     
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    No.

    Calcutta was once the capital.

    I don't like Delhi personally, but it does not mean that it cannot work as our capital!

    Delhi is fine.

    Beware of those who bring in such extraneous issues that stokes strong regional sentiments.

    They are using our weakness for regional parochialism and driving a dagger into the heart of India so that it burns and is reduced to ashes!

    Binayak Sen who supports the Maoist is a Bengali.

    Being a Bengali should I support a man who supports those who wish to destroy India i.e. the Maoists?

    Never!

    No sir, I may have been born a Bengali and proud to be so, but first of all I am an INDIAN and ever so proud to be so!

    And yet, the 'world intellectuals' (sic!) worked overtime to get him released!

    Beware of the Greek who bears gifts (here read human rights, intellectualism, freedom of speech and action and other pinko nonsense), as the saying goes!
     
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    if Punjab can be 2nd capital of Canada and UK ..why not Mumbai 2nd capital of India:taunt::taunt::taunt::laugh::laugh:
     
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    Bombay is just too damn congested. And Maharashtran politicians will never allow Bombay to be a city-state.

    In fact no state government will be willing to convert one of their cities to a city-state. If it has to be built afresh, it has to be newly built. We don't require such a futile expense.

    The simple thing to do would be to be more electronically connected. One shouldn't have to come to Delhi all the way, one can have video-conferencing etc.
     
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    There will be riots in Mumbai if the roads are blocked for the ministers convoy. New capital should be greenfield and should only act as a capital. Civilian presence should minimal. All central government offices should relocated to this new city.
     
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    It takes so much money to build a new city
    And a city with just GOI offices ; Parliament ; SC
    GOI residential colonies and President's house will be a ghost town

    A city needs an economy to flourish

    New Delhi is the capital but The Economy is that of the entire NCR which makes New Delhi
    a worthy capital

    What is the need to have a second capital Why cannot we improve the first one
     
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    How about first starting with proper roads, rails, sewage system and other basic amenities to make the city habitable before bestowing titles?
     
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