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Re: a lesson in civilized behavior

Postings not related to the writing of the Manifesto or policy chapters
are likely to be summarily rejected. Thanks for your understanding. IPI
This is a good example of reorganizing boundaries WITHIN a nation, and
I might be in favor of such a move if it is reasoned and well thought
out. There is mainstream acceptance in Bharat for this as well. For
example, the BJP Platform calls for the creation of 75-100 states over
the next 30 years for "greater devolution of power from the federal
to the state and local level, and bringing government closer to the
people" (do I detect a shade of Republicanism as practiced in the U.S.

This is a far cry from the "Secession Plank" proposed earlier by Messrs.

Sabhlok and others which I felt would ultimately result in the
Balkanization of Bharat. I welcome the turn in the debate towards a more

rational and reasoned approach.

>From: Sanjeev Sabhlok <sabhlok@almaak.usc.edu>

>those of us who do not know how to 'split' political boundaries (i.e.,
>most of us) without use of the gun need to learn how to do so. forget
>the q. of seccession from the nation, forget the state. consider a
>the following object lesson is from Los angeles vs. San Fernando
>Read this, and pl. consider a democratic method to allow people to
>separate political boundaries without using guns at each other. this is

>a request for our joint exercise of rationality and civilized behavior.

>this is from
>Tuesday, March 16, 1999
>Petitions Qualify Valley Secession for Official Study
>     Government: More than the 132,000 required valid signatures were
>      submitted, county says. Debate looms over who will pay for costly

>analysis of
>      the proposal.
>      Writers
> One-fourth of San Fernando Valley voters
>       have signed petitions authorizing the first
>official step toward secession from Los Angeles,
>county officials said Monday, triggering what is
>sure to be a highly complex and politicized debate on the
>consequences of breaking up the city.

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