Even after separating Jharkhand from the second largest populated state, Bihar, the ongoing situations in Maharashtra against the people of Bihar is bound to stir the minds of millions Biharis.
It is a burning question which is to be answered not by those people of Bihar who suffered in Assam or Maharashtra only, but its a question for every thinking Bihari: why are we being treated and targeted in a way which is absolutely unlawful and a threat to the integrity of the country? A sudden realization by a common man of Bihar is not a complete answer. The answer to the question needs a brain storming exercise and introspection in order to “Re-Build” Bihar.
Keep apart that Biharis are hard working and a sizable number of civil services aspirants get through country’s prestigious UPSC examinations and we keep our head high by saying that once upon a time ‘Bihar has been the best administered state’. A political persona like Raj Thackeray's comment on ‘Chatth’ with sole intention to hurt the feelings and humiliate the millions of people of a particular region; doesn’t need a certificate to be given by the people of Maharashtra or an honour to be bestowed upon him . Else the birth of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on the soil of Maharashtra would have not been a reality. He was a Buddhist by faith and the follower of Mahatma Buddha who got enlightened on the soil of Bihar. A sensible citizen of the country might keep his finger crossed and would like to know from Raj Thackeray that he didn’t say anything against Buddhapanchami and the modern Gaya of Bihar which is the Mecca for billions Buddhists. If so, will Japan or China or any other Buddhist country will take notice of a comment on religious matter? To one’s general perception , perhaps a big NO. Because Jin ke Ghar Shishe ke honn, Wo Dustre Ke Ghar Pathhar nahin Fenkhte (A wise man saves his own house of glass. He doesn’t stone others).
Biharis need to realize that all roads do not lead to Rome. Bombay is the financial city of the country. It is not because of the people of Maharashtra only; every citizen from across the country is responsible. National growth and development and the people’s strength rest with all-round development and growth of the people and the country. Why not, then, an another capital city in Patna or any other city of Bihar? It's a fact that Biharis will accommodate all whosoever comes there.
The highest number of immigrants from the southern states of India are working in all the gulf countries. Why Keralites or Tamilians or Telugu or Kannad: was never raised by any Gulf countries? What comes first is the labour that is productive and fetches income and results into growth and development of the region. Labour is a costly thing anywhere everywhere and work is a kind of worship. Today’s Taj Mahal took 20 years and the thousands of lobourers were not only from Maharashtra or Bihar; the establishment of TATA Steel Plant, the first of its kind in the country which got established at Jamshedpur, no Maharashtrian objected to the selection of place, and no Bihari then, objected to TATA’S head office in Bombay.
In view of swift changing and competitive world, we the people of Bihar need to be acknowledged to win the race of today; we need to restart the making of an edifice on which we raise and fix our own issues. Youngsters flock in to other states at the cost of their own regional income and spend it for better education or opportunities somewhere else only because we lag behind in many fields as compared to other states. Something is missing. This something is a big question in itself but certainly an ignition key to ignite our thoughts in order to repair our homeland. We have given much to others and taken less. It's time to introspect that how long the darkness will remain at the bottom of our own lamp? Raj Thackeray’s comment on ‘Chatth’ is his pseudo-intellectual flimflam which adds insult to our injury. At the same time, we introspect and admit that the door is not wider than our home where I am not an exception as a Bihari. But an exception proves the rule. I think humiliation is a bitter medicine.