As a child, I went to a village school where the students from different castes, creeds and religions were seated and taught together under the same roof without any discrimination. In class six, my first teacher of English, Md Ali, popularly known as Maulavi Saheb who taught me the ABC of English was from the Muslim community.
It was the 135th birth anniversary of the first president of India Dr Rajendra Prasad, 3rd of December, 2019 when for the first time I as a citizen of the country had the privilege to visit the Parliament to see how it looks and functions at first hand.
Let’s celebrate Samvidhan Divas or Constitution Day or National Law Day today as it was 26th November 1949 when the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the constitution of the country which, however, came into effect on 26 January 1950.
To resolve the Sabarimala Temple issue, let’s take an English proverb - what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Very recently, the Madhubani Railway station has registered its global presence in terms of its beauty, thanks to the Mithila Paintings all around in the vicinity of station. The Bihar-bound trains like Rajdhani are well decorated with such arts and crafts. Moreover, even the capital city of Bihar, Patna now is well wreathed in such paintings more or less everywhere, inviting public view.
With the advent of science technology, the world is shrinking day by day in terms of accessibility and communications. To reinforce the view, I would like cite a simple example that you can reach London from India in six hours, for which it used to take days and months in the past.
At the very beginning of writing this piece, I’d like to know whether you are a multilingual person. I am not sure of your answer whatever it may be. However, I assert that the world is indeed yours if your answer is in the positive. The next instant and related question is how many languages can you speak comfortably? Say 1, 2, 3, 4 or more?
A man, victimized by the system in place and prevailing rogues therein, petitions the court of law, seeking justice in his favour.
Have you ever thought over why Bihar with Rs 6,610 per capita income continues to occupy the lowest position in the country whereas the national per capita income is Rs 38,084? Do you have any reasons to explain for the sorry state of affairs? What are the things in state which you could be proud of? Will you continue to harp on what Bihar had in the past, refusing to acknowledge the reality of today’s life style there?
Who will bell the cat in Bihar when it comes to making English compulsory in secondary school examinations? Will English ever see a comeback in the state? Who will check the party politics? Are Biharis really opposed to English education?
Let us have a quick look at the history of Bihar and English education. It is Bihar, which gave birth to the first ever Indian author to write in English, Sheikh Dean Mohamed. He was born and brought up in Patna and made history in 1794 for his book 'Travels'.