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Bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir: How the Map of India has Changed Since 1951

India | News18.com | August 5, 2019, 10:41 am
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 A look at the political map of India over the last seven decades would give an appearance of it being in a constant state of flux. It isn't only that the state boundaries have been redrawn over and over again but India's international borders have also extended by a bit (Goa, Sikkim, Puducherry). The political map of India is being redrawn again with the bifurcation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.<br /><br />From hundreds of princely states and 17 provinces before partition, to 14 states and 6 Union Territories following the Reorganisation of States in 1956 to 29 states and 7 union territories, before the bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir to 28 states and 9 union territories after it. We trace the evolution of the political map of India.

A look at the political map of India over the last seven decades would give an appearance of it being in a constant state of flux. It isn't only that the state boundaries have been redrawn over and over again but India's international borders have also extended by a bit (Goa, Sikkim, Puducherry). The political map of India is being redrawn again with the bifurcation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

From hundreds of princely states and 17 provinces before partition, to 14 states and 6 Union Territories following the Reorganisation of States in 1956 to 29 states and 7 union territories, before the bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir to 28 states and 9 union territories after it. We trace the evolution of the political map of India.

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 After territorial consolidation of the princely states and political integration of India.

After territorial consolidation of the princely states and political integration of India.

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 1953: Andhra carved out of the state of Madras.

1953: Andhra carved out of the state of Madras.

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 1954: Inclusion of Pondicherry (now Puducherry), Mahe, Yanam, Karaikal and Chandernagar in the Indian union.

1954: Inclusion of Pondicherry (now Puducherry), Mahe, Yanam, Karaikal and Chandernagar in the Indian union.

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 1956: Reorganisation of Indian states.

1956: Reorganisation of Indian states.

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 1960: Bombay split into Maharashtra and Gujarat.

1960: Bombay split into Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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 1961: Liberation of Goa. Goa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu become part of India.

1961: Liberation of Goa. Goa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu become part of India.

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 1963: Nagaland granted statehood.

1963: Nagaland granted statehood.

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 1966: Reorganisation of Punjab. Parts of the state merged with Himachal Pradesh. Birth of Haryana.

1966: Reorganisation of Punjab. Parts of the state merged with Himachal Pradesh. Birth of Haryana.

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 1972: States Meghalaya, Mizoram and Union Territory Arunachal Pradesh carved out of Assam.

1972: States Meghalaya, Mizoram and Union Territory Arunachal Pradesh carved out of Assam.

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 1975: Sikkim become part of the Indian Union.

1975: Sikkim become part of the Indian Union.

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 2000: Formation of Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand), Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

2000: Formation of Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand), Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

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 2014: Andhra Pradesh split to form the new state of Telangana.

2014: Andhra Pradesh split to form the new state of Telangana.

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 2019: Bifurcation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

2019: Bifurcation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

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