November 1st 2000, the state of Chattisgarh was carved out
of the predominantly tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh. The
Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha was among the first to voice the
demand for a state of Chattisgarh. Chattisgarh Mukti
Morcha founded by Shankar Guha Niyogi had however raised a
demand not for a ‘separate Chhattisgarh’ but a new
Chhattisgarh for a new India’. The total population of
this newly created State, Chattisgarh, is 20,795,956 as
per the provisional results of the Census of India 2001.
The state is rich in minerals such as iron ore, coal,
limestone, tin, dolomite, quartzite, uranium and bauxite.
In fact the exploitation of these mineral deposits has
formed the cornerstone of industrialisation in the region.