The act of frequent hand-washing is supposed to ward off the virus of COVID-19 pandemic. They say the rubbing of hands with sanitizers further minimises the strength of the virus to infect. Naturally, then, the people have started nurturing those habits following the Govt's order or the doctors' advice throughout the world.

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I am sure you may have seen the Year 2020 Survey (swachhsurvekshan2020.org) that came out recently. Such are the dubious accolades that Bihar collects most of the time. Such accolades undoubtedly help dish out the denigrated look and treatment in states where Biharis work hard in low paying jobs.

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In the last few years, all of a sudden, we have become very much conscious about our religion as if religion is something which was borne out yesterday. For me, we are living in a world full of ignorance or for that matter, we do not want to live in reality. Illusions console us and we use it as a cocoon.

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As States race against each other to inch closer to development, Bihar is assumed to be one of the participants that is thought to be lagging. I’m acknowledging my bias here too, because I had similar notions about Bihar. It is the least literate state in India with a literacy rate of 63.82%.

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Bihar is a state of cultural heritage, of saints and sages, of forts and temples, of pilgrimages, where one can easily find the coexistence of different religion and culture which has mingled throughout these years.

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Recently a video of Bettiah Medical College where a Corona patient had revealed the truth of the medical facility had gone viral. He told that there was no cleanliness in the hospital at all. Dogs were present in the ward and the hospital lacked adequate doctors and nurses.

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COVID has brought everyone’s life to standstill. People are fatigued and desperately want to get back to life what it used to be 2019. Everyone is awaiting the magic shot that will get their life back to normal. Everyone has the same question in mind, by when will the vaccine be ready? Getting anything by this year-end seems to be quite an optimistic view, experts suggest that spring 2021 can be the best-case scenario for this.

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Just a couple of months ago before the lockdown started, the dominant political buzz in Bihar was about second-guessing the viable alternative to Nitish Kumar. Three plausible scenarios were offered – a BJP led coalition with local parties; Prashant Kishore-managed third front roping in the leaders like Owaisi, Kanhaiya and others; and RJD-led existing alliance.

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After more than 2 months long lockdown in India which is now termed as the world's most expansive lockdown, we have entered the stage of unlock-1. The Pandemic continues to take its toll and the economy has torpefied. The government now has the dual task to fight the pandemic and deal with the economy.

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The current Covid-19 Crisis has the potential to derail all the gains of the immediate past in Bihar unless the government embraces this chaotic order and uses it as a stepping stone to redefine structural aspects of governance and economy with specific reference to the migrant labourers.

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