The Substance of Scheduled Tribe status related to the Constitution of India: Statehood Demand.
Now that Bimal Gurung has unveiled draft proposal of the ‘secret interim arrangement’ till 31.12.2011 can afford to be called a positive development from the point of view of the constitutionality of the statehood demand. It is, as far as asking for a separate statehood demand is concerned, is the first progressive document attempted so far in contrast to the submissions made whether in documents or discussions in the preceding four rounds of Tripartite meetings. The present draft attempts to highlight the procedure of state formation as per constitutional provisions in full consideration of understanding and realizing that state formation is not a magical act like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but requires an extra special understanding of the Articles and proper implications of its provisions. Infact it is the realm of constitutional experts to decipher the meaning and provisions contained therein in order to arrive at a proper answer.