Back to Square One, Perhaps?

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When the Hon’ble CM, Shri Nitish Kumar is busy in rejoicing his awards for his statesmanship in making a turnaround of political and administrative scenario in Bihar, it is quite baffling to come across the news frequency now relating to abduction, robbery, etc in Bihar.

The sluggishness and helplessness of administration is evident even though these crimes are nowhere indicative of organized crimes like that of terrorist organizations or the crime syndicates of Mumbai metropolitan.

These criminals are degenerated youth so to say, whose presence can be had at every wayside teashop. They group together not for a long association but for casual events and then disappear into the thin air till the heat subsides. Though nabbing them by the local vigilant police force is relatively easy yet it is comparatively more difficult in absence of the miscreants’ antecedents. The irony with the local police lies in their ignorance of scientific surveillance with desired alacrity in maintaining the track record.

The Dainik Jagran reports that the police have begun pouncing on bikers in and around Samastipur less for checking the registration papers and more for peeping into the toolbox of the bikes as if the miscreants of bank robbery at Tad(r)a Chawk Central Bank have ignorantly left some clues in one of the bikes involved in the crime. This suggests that there is no material evidence collected from the site of the crime by them as then they were expected to move towards a distinct direction of investigation instead of running helter-skelter for a clue. Unless a detail observation and analysis of the crime scene is taken up for evidence however minute it may be, the investigation will never be logically concluded. We have thousands of instances of accused going scot free for lack of cogent evidences. There doesn’t seem any change in the modus oprandii of the Bihar police hitherto towards crime  investigation. The randomly chasing the bikers would rather alarm the miscreants to erase the traces. And, if at all, for any fluky sort of good luck on the part of the police in such exercises turns out fruitful, yet the chances are there that it would do little good in prosecuting the offender.
Once a similar act of chasing and pouncing on bikes by the police was witnessed at newly opened road bridge at Pusa. It was heard that the police is looking for the culprits involved in the matter of the dead body of a girl found lying by the embankment of the river the previous night. The scene was worth watching as it was some sort of hide and seek game between the bikers and the police. When the police would be busy in searching the toolbox of one biker, some half a dozen would skip away in the confusion. It continued for an hour or two and then everything returned to normal. What method of crime investigation is this is beyond a prudent person to get along? It is an open secret in Bihar that nearly 70% of the bikers don’t have driving license and only 50-60% have valid registration papers. Yet nobody bothers about this. Thus, it is a common drama staged by the local police every time a crime comes to public glare. Just eyewash of a sort, isn’t it?
The belief that things are ameliorating in Bihar is gradually proving to be a myth. It is inoffensive and without exaggeration but every second person in Bihar, particularly the youth, is ruthlessly aggressive, deeply disenchanted and deplorably devoid of vision and consequently a misfit in the contemporary social melee. If you are ill-equipped with the technique for how to pocket your insult with a wide smile on your face you may pick up a quarrel every five or ten minutes of commuting in public places. Money defeats all social standards for such youth now.
Work culture has given way to greed and selfishness. The readiness for a crime is another sport for them. The social rifts among castes and communities, the sharp division between haves and have-nots, coupled with lack of proper education and absence of employment opportunities has heightened the social evils which appear incorrigible unless all-round reforms are initiated at war footing.
In the jest of proving different than its predecessor, the present government has added fuel to these evils by dividing the society and ushering in liquid funds on one or the other pretext. Ill-gotten and ill-spent money is prevalent all-round. This is affecting all social standards, be it in a small unit like a family or in a large unit as a village. The gap between the young and the old is widening. The job-starved youth is turning a threat to the old patriarch if the later hesitates to part with the ancestral landed property for the fear of incompetency of the former to handle it. The differences, if not patched up within the family has larger repercussions in the society something like a chain reaction. A spark neglected burns the house is the apprehension of all wise gentry. The land property of farmers has become bone of contention for their offspring and a cozy obstacle for their family members to develop different skills for the simple reason that it is not dependable for their sustenance yet they cannot shun it without other means of sustenance. The division of this property is shrinking the individual holdings and is something like a piece of bone for the dog to gnaw at.
The land reform contemplated by the government would have done some good in this regard.
It is difficult to conceive that establishing industries would provide employment to the educated youth ironically when a large number of youth has no proper orientation for industries. It is not only education as a whole that they are lagging behind particularly in its qualitative approach but they are also vulnerable in work ethics. They want a government job or the job in teaching for they understand that these services have no accountability but future security with leisurely works - to count a few among the prominent reasons. Commercial institutions, on the hand, function with a view to profit making where accountability is fixed for delivery of goods and services. The youth in Bihar has to be prepared for this by living examples and not by noisy precepts.
It reminds me of an inclusive reform of seven distinct facets, one of them being individual reform dreamt by Shri Jaiprakash Narayan which, speaking in a layman's term, means one’s volition to adhere to common principles of honesty, truthfulness, fairness etc. The seed of these social values are sown in the classrooms of a society which is yet to be seen under the present regime of all good government to set foot in. Creating fear psychosis among the government servants for their lethargy is to be supplemented with inculcation of know-how in them too. Both should go hand in hand for optimal results.
A step by the government is heard in the offing in the form of legislation aiming at time bound delivery of services by its offices. It is a good move only if implemented in letter and spirit.

S. S. Thakur, Guest Contributor, PatnaDaily.Com

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