With the recent narrative of zero tolerance to terrorism, hyped nationalism and bashing of so called liberal thought in the country, I too tried to convince myself that the killing of the escaped terror suspects from Bhopal jail was justified. But I could not. Try as I did, I found it indefensible. Killing terrorists is OK, but killing unarmed ones in cold blood, when they could have been captured easily, is not correct. Neither law nor my conscience allows accepting this act as tolerable in a civilized society, let alone praiseworthy.
Story of every person from Bihar who leaves home is different. Although their anguish, their sense of insecurity may be individual and personal, they all have one great thing in common: They share a common determination not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their new lives for the better. This applies equally to people who have migrated abroad or to another part of the country.
Recently United Nations observed the birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar (for the first time with focus on combating inequalities to achieve Sustainable Development Goals) - the father of Indian constitution and messiah of backwards, amidst the result euphoria of various examinations which decides the future of million students for once and sometime forever. There were educational scams getting exposed like never before revealing the various facets of education system in Bihar.
The Patna High Court on September 7, 2016 released Muhammad Shahabuddin, a former MP from Siwan (Bihar) and allegedly involved in multiple criminal cases, on bail because the State government didn't pursue the case despite reminders by the High Court. Sushil Modi, the BJP leader and former deputy of Nitish Kumar alleged it was a well-executed strategy of the CM to favor Shahabuddin, a Lalu protégé. Nitish was bowing to Lalu for his support, the BJP accused.
Below are the unedited excerpts from the Facebook pages of two abiding friends since our JNU years in the 80’s. Kumar Narendra Singh and Ranjan Sharma are originally from Bihar and now settled down in their professional lives in New Delhi. We may not agree on everything but we have a lot of respect for each other’s views. Anxieties and concerns of friends like them should mean a lot to us. We are away from Bihar but Bihar is always within us.
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.
Nitish Kumar, the Bihar CM, once compared Narendra Modi, the Indian Premier to Donald Trump then fighting a primary contest to secure nomination of the Republican Party for the presidency of the United States. That spoke volume about the limits of Nitish’s understanding of either the persona of Donald Trump or the US politics.
Now that the dust has settled after a series of arrest made in recent ‘Board Topper Scam’ in Bihar, it is time to understand what present education has to offer to humankind.
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.
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.
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.
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.