There is another way of looking at the supposed liability of poor states like Bihar,UP, MP etc. They can be our biggests asset in maintaing internal security as well huge (5-10 Milion) standing army. Not all of them have to have the high level training and equipment.
Prem, imagine going to a hotel in Delhi and being stopped by a guard who can only understand Oriya and not a word of any other language? Well the equivalent of that is actually happening. Every mall, theater and hotel in Bangalore and many other cities are manned by uniformed guards from the states that you name, employed by private security agencies. The elite rich are employing them to protect themselves, and it is assumed that the families of these guards will benefit from a trickle down since they have jobs. But this does not amount to actual development of those states. Development has to be on the ground within the state. Development means going beyond day to day feeding to act that touch the lives of women and children. It is easy to forget that women and children (less than 5 years) constitute more than 60% of India's population (> 600 million, more than all countries of the world barring China). Birth control, health care, education and jobs need to be done locally and not by employing the young and fit (20-45 years) men as the chowkidars of India.
No more. It is OT. But I will stop with a below the belt parting shot. Note that a discussion of healthcare in India is relegated to some other forum and does not form part of a discussion of what is "strategic" for India, But it is OK as long as we discuss US healthcare. To that extent this thread is US territory controlled by US interests. The power of the US is such that a bill of zero consequence to India passed in the US senate gets airtime along with terrorism and other things that are important to Indians.
The US plays with India causing
depending on the number of H1 visas for the elite. We are allowed to deal with the US at that level and line up in huge queues to be fingerprinted by US authorities. I must be one of the few people who has escaped having my own fingerprints taken. But it won;t be long before my fingerprints too are looked at by the US authorities when an anti-US terrorist is caught. But we still fail to acknowledge US dominance and pretend that we can somehow manage without paying the US its due. The US will take its pound of flesh anyway - as it takes forum bandwidth making health care of 200 million Americans the flavor of the day.
The US dominates the world. India is a third world country that is still desperately trying to gets a huge percentage of its population up to a decent standard. Where is the comparison? How long can we pretend to fight US dominance? How much is it necessary to oppose the US? How much should actually be cooperation?
Sometimes Indian attitudes remind me of a schoolboy joke I heard over 40 years ago. A huge Pathan catches a man and his wife and tells them that he should be allowed to have the woman or he will kill them. Under duress they agree, and the Pathan warns the man to look away. When the job is done the man and woman go their way and the woman giggles. Her husband asks her why.
She says "I fooled him."
"Sometimes I allowed him from the front and sometimes I turned and allowed him from the back"
Next the man sniggers and says "I also fooled him"
"Sometimes I looked. Sometimes I didn't"
The US is like the Pathan who has his way and Indians are the couple who get little joys from minor rebellion and get their fake echandee from that.