A Reflection on Bihar Diwas in Riyadh

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Better is not the enemy of good.

How lucky that a common of Bihar is in a world stricken with innumerable negative people and events but still always busy developing a mental playground or just slip into one’s own dreamland. Be it experimenting countless political thoughts or turning the wheel of social reformation or even the birth of ‘Super-30’ on the soil of Bihar. The math teacher (Amitabh Bachchan) has to imitate the teaching methodology in Prakash Jha’s film ‘ARAKSHAN’. Though, the stigma of reservation policy still haunts the many emotionally and intellectually. 

The path of politics on reservation was never lit even during Nehru’s time as to seek guidance for a better future of reservation policy. It always remained a myth and more a political myth in view of the on going scenario in the Indian polity. However, it got its socio-economic boost in favor of the downtrodden what it couldn’t do much even during Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the founder of reservation policy. Lalu Prasad Yadav the management Guru of the ministry of railways known for earning a record profit ever earned to the government exchequer galvanized the motif behind the reservation policy, but very ironically he awfully failed as two-time Chief Minister of Bihar on several issues particularly for not doing the least to the state’s basic physical infrastructure.

As an MP, he along with his close associate Mulayam Singh Yadav decried of ‘Women Reservation Bill’ and rejected it straightforwardly in the Lok Sabha. He successfully developed the M-Y formula on the land of Bihar though temporarily, but its impact and reflection was well noticed in UP assembly elections. Let’s see the difference between the UP and Bihar M-Ys as to find what more is possible in the name and politics of reservation policy. 

Celebrating Bihar Diwas is the expression of belongingness of every Bihari. Be it Surinam, Fiji, Mauritius, Silicon Valley of America or the Middle East, recognition of each individual is determined on the basis of one’s devotion to work and the depth of knowledge. Success is the outcome of tireless journey filled with lots of passion towards betterment of an individual and all. Gautam Buddha, Vardhman Mahavir, and Chandragupta Maurya were not confined to a physical piece of geographical boundary or region. ‘Welfare for all, Happiness for all’ is the sonorant enchantment and hymns of reformation. This has always been a cherished dream of the land. Let this wheel of life move on and the torch lit with immortal passion for knowledge continues to the service of mankind.

Pluralistic diversity of India is the symbol of unity. This belief of every Indian is not based on any myth. It’s a wider concept of intellectual realization of Indians where lies the powerful feelings of spiritualism in its physical body and the soul.

The birth of ‘Super-30’ on the soil of Bihar is not an exception. It is as good as the kick off for eradication of superstitions and falsehood from the society by a local young girl in Muzaffarpur/Bihar against Nirmal Baba’s Darbar. Again, it is not a first venture of its kind to fight for a common cause. The local police had to register an FIR. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited Maharashtra on the eve of Bihar Diwas. He solemnized the occasion in the presence of the Thackeray Brothers despite several underlying political differences. Such is the outcome of legacy attached with the great values and moral strength of the land of Bihar. Be it the warm heartedness of the land that the sole of Emperor Ashoka might have felt.  Indeed, humiliation is a powerful medicine.

An in-born natural instinct to discover new ways to the enjoyment and experiencing things is a device to accept challenges and resolve them differently. The arrival of the great mathematician Anand Kumar as “Chief Guest” on the eve of Bihar Diwas in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Indian Diasporas of Bihari origin and others will certainly be inspired by him and introspect that materialism is not all on the path of struggling for hard earned career through education. It is one’s basic realization of truism that serve the purpose of being a teacher dedicated to the cause of teaching.

‘…Pressing problems’ are many but a few of them are always there to solve those problems selflessly. It’s the call of the time that the brain drain takes a halt for building up a capital city of knowledge somewhere in Bihar which spearheads the processes of true education and acts as a powerful liberating force and never a means in the slavery of educational commercialism.

The august gathering on the eve of Bihar Diwas in the capital city Riyadh will certainly refurbish the mind sets of Indian Diasporas to the understanding of true education through humanism.


Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 00966-542514538 (KSA), 0091- 9873503721 (New Delhi, India).

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