"Will Bihar ever change?" is a formidable question that leaves one perplexed.

Looking from the angle of the government claims of roads, bridges etc., one becomes little optimistic. However, when one confronts the reality of the bureaucratic attitude, it bubbles out.

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I was at my home last weekend and had the luxury to do things at my will – I thought watching TV was not a bad option. Not oblivious of the ‘World Cup’ fever, I watched a couple of decent contests. And then I followed news. News channels had their hands full – 'Bhopal Gas Tragedy’s verdict' and the subsequent events were keeping the '(breaking) news mongers' busy plus they had the added responsibility of covering the 'biggest sporting carnival'.

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As India progresses, more and more people shift up the economic ladder. As they do so their hopes and aspirations for the future transform. In particular, the younger people rising from below the poverty line to become the new middle class find themselves lost in the ever changing times. They do not have the stabilizing effects of education, training or sanskar to guide them. Their parents lived a very different life and hence did not equip their children to transform themselves gracefully with these fast changing times. Their economic and social transformation gives them a high that they are often unable to cope with. For the first time in their lives they have pockets full of money to buy some luxuries.

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मैं बहुत सालों बाद हिन्दी में लिखने का प्रयास कर रहा हूँ। ऐसा नहीं है कि मैं अपनी मातृभाषा से दूर हो गया था पर आखिरी कुछ सालों में हिन्दी लिखने की जरूरत नहीं पड़ी। और अब जब मैं हिन्दी में अपने भावों को अभिव्यक्त कर रहा हूँ तो उसमें भी स्वार्थ छुपा हैमैं इस विचार के माध्यम से अधिसंख्य लोगों से जुड़ना चाहता हूँ।

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What is the mother of all maladies that India suffers from? To my mind it is corruption. Corruption has become instutionalized in almost every system of our country. What makes a person corrupt? Narrow selfish interests and no sense of belonging or responsibility towards ones society or country. A person becomes corrupt when his self love surpasses his love for his society and his country.

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I concealed a yawn. I was bored. I was one of the invitees at a function organized by a school. The vice principal was addressing a crowd of parents and children over the sound system. “Sir has kindly consented …. Blah, blah, blah… sir was kind enough… blah, blah, blah… sir had the vision… blah, blah, blah… sir your guidance … blah, blah, blah… we followed your advice sir… blah, blah, blah….”.

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Let me take you all on my time machine to the time when I was 24 years of age. My time machine is going to land in front of the office of a Mr. Singh, who is a senior officer in the large organization where I have just joined.

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Curious teens and dirty old men who stay up late to watch skimpily-clad models on Fashion Television (FTV) have had a bad time as the government recently slapped a 10-day ban on Fashion Television (FTV) for showing visuals of topless women.

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A friend of mine was keen on marrying a working girl. He reasoned that with the additional money he could purchase happiness in life. He rejected many offers until he hit the jackpot. He found a girl earning a fat salary and got married. Though they worked in different organizations, with some difficulty, they managed to get posted in the same city.

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Shri Ram Vilas Paswan has got considerably a long experience of Indian politics. He is a visionary and a practical politician. Needless to say about his cabinet rank ministerial posts at the Centre he has been held for. And the credentials he has earned for remarkable achievements, particularly as railway and health minister without having an iota of controversy of any type in his political career.

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