देश के वर्तमान परिपेक्ष में सबसे विश्वसनीय संस्था जो न्यायालय ही बच गयी है उसके एक अंग, एलाहाबाद उच्चतम न्यायालय के लखनौऊ खंडपीठ ने एक समादेश याचिका विचार के लिए स्वीकार कर ली है जिसमे आरोप लगाया गया है कि बहुजन समाज पार्टी के नेता के विरुद्ध भाजपा के एक नेता द्वारा कथित रूप से आपत्तिजनक भाषा के प्रयोग के विरुद्ध बहु. समा.पार्टी द्वारा संगठित विरोध प्रदर्शन में उनके समर्थकों नेअभद्र भाषा का प्रयोग किया जो कानून एवम संविधान के विरुध है.

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Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hosting Iftaar party at his home in Patna on June 25.

Even a novice understands the politics behind throwing a sumptuous Iftaar feast by Nitish Kumar at his official residence as the Chief Minister of Bihar. He’s not the only politician to have done so. The Congress CMs, and his foe-turned-mentor Lalu before him, had routinely hosted Iftaar or Eid-ul-Fitra party at the conclusion of the holy month of Ramazan. The leaders of the BJP, a party reputed as unfriendly to Muslims also break bread with the Muslim invitees on this occasion.

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I feel laughing… I feel kicking… I feel spitting… I mean I want to do all nasty things when I come across people who play ignorance or act oblivious of, and when you have reasons to believe that the particular incident has been in their knowledge constantly for decades together. Yet they didn’t even hiss about it till someone else brings the incident to light. It is this social double standard that Bihar would go down with in contemporary history of independent India.

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Right after the Indian Independence (1947), the standard of education in Bihar was at par with what the Britishers had set out during their regime. Passing matriculation exam, with its emphasis on math and English, was tough. There used to be a category of dropouts called “Matric Fail” and just for making through the high school to the Matric Board exam, the candidates were regarded in the society as educated people. They would get lower level but respectable jobs.

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Raid at Bihar School Education Board office in Patna last Tuesday.

Sometime in the year 2000 or 2001, the Patna High Court had directed me to enquire in the matter of the award of a fraudulent MA degree by the Magadha University – with a first class to boot - to an influential person.

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Who killed Rajdev Ranjan, the correspondent of a Hindi newspaper, is a question that reverberates today throughout the public sphere of Bihar and fuels private anxieties of those living in Biharis. The more we know the more stridently we ask the question 'Who killed Rajdev Ranjan?' We know who did it. By asking the question we are merely trying to point the needle of suspicion away from our own guilty selves. The society as a whole killed Rajdev Ranjan.

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A liquor shop in Patna a day before prohibition went into effect on April 1 this year.

Last year and the year before (2014 and 2015), I was at my hometown, Darbhanga, Bihar on the festive days of Holi and Ram-Navami. I had a chance to see up close the consumption of alcohol and abuse of the auspicious celebration of Ram-Navami in the Bihari society.

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("The act of God" remark in the context of the Calcutta bridge collapse and the indigence senior civil servants and police officers as reflected in their property statements triggered these musings. Some of the remarks and statements have appeared in my interviews or articles published elsewhere. After all, you can't have something new to say everyday on the timeworn old issue of corruption.)

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