Ten Things India Will Be Watching in 2011 1. Will Telangana Join the Union?: The recommendations of the five-member Srikrishna committee on whether a separate Telangana state should be carved out of southern Andhra Pradesh were submitted to the home ministry on Dec. 30. Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram is supposed to meet with parties from the state to discuss the recommendations on Jan. 6, after which the report on the ramifications of the long-standing demand will be made public. The Indian government has moved troops and put other security measures in place in Andhra Pradesh in the mean time. Last year at least one person set themselves on fire during a demonstration calling for the new state. 2. India at the High Table (Temporarily): India will serve a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council starting January after almost two decades. India won the UNSC Asian seat in October last year, securing 187 out of 191 votes. India still hopes for a permanent seatâ€”a demand the heads of the permanent member countries made nice noises about (well, not China) on their visits to India in 2010. Will that affect how the country votes over the next two years? 3. Environment vs. Industry: Lavasaâ€™s hill town project in Maharashtra and South Korean steel giant Poscoâ€™s plan to build a plant in the eastern Indian state of Orissa will either get the green light in January to continue with their plans or will be told they have to change or scrap them. Both decisions hinge around whether the projects have adhered to environmental regulations, including laws to protect land-dependent communities and secure their consent. The Ministry of Environment and Forests, headed by Minster Jairam Ramesh, will issue orders in both cases, with the Bombay High Court giving the ministry a deadline of Jan. 10 in the case of Lavasa. 4. Jaipur Literary Festival: The sixth edition of the annual Jaipur literary festival will take place in the historic Diggi Palace from Jan. 21 to 25. The five-day literary extravaganza will see discussions on fiction, narrative nonfiction, Hindi blogging, Indian works in translation and sports writing among other topics. Whoâ€™s coming? Orhan Pamuk, Kiran Desaiâ€¦and Candace Bushnell. (We canâ€™t quite add it up either) 5. A Hearing on the Babri Verdict: On Jan. 28, the special Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court will hear a petition filed by a lawyer for the Sunni Waqf board, asking them to review and overturn the Sept. 30 decision on a spot of land in the town of Ayodhya claimed by both Hindus and Muslims. The verdict called on the main Hindu and Muslim parties to the dispute to accept a division of the land that a 16th-century mosque stands on, but where Hindus believe the god Ram was born. The judgment allotted two parts to Hindu groups, and one part to the Sunni Waqf board. On Feb. 15, the same bench will also see how the implementation of that decision by the religious groups involved is progressing.