By Sadhogopal Ram:
Bihar, with its most varied history in India, was once the centre of power, learning and culture for more than 1000 years. In fact, India’s first empire, the Maurya Empire as well as one of the world’s greatest anti-violence religions – the Buddhism – arose from the region that now makes modern Bihar, a centre of extreme violence, culturally backward and to the very extent a powerless state of modern India.
What an irony, once hailed for its greatness now literally in hell for its abjectness!
Today almost 58 percent ofÂ Biharis are below the age of 25, which is the highest proportion in India, making Bihar, as of today, the house of YOUTH.
But Bihar today, lags behind the other Indian states in terms of human and economic development.
The Economists and Social Scientists claim that this is a direct result of the distorted policies of the Central Government, such as the freight equalisation policy and its apathy towards Bihar, along with the lack ofÂ Bihari sub-nationalism and the permanent settlement of 1793 by the British East India Company.
During the freedom struggle, Bihar was an important part of it and Gandhi became the mass leader only after theÂ Champaran Satyagraha (Champaran is a historic region and a district in Bihar).
But the irony behind Bihar’s misery is that it is cursed, and cursed not by the ones who don’t even belong to it but by the ones who were once not only born and brought up in here but also happens to be the very part of it till today.
It is this sheer hypocrisy of these thankless and loathing people who have and continue to condemn Bihar for the fault and crime it never actually and deliberately did.
For people must understand that it is not a state which commits sins or kills the very people who belong to it, no, a state is not and should not be held liable or responsible for the crimes and even the good things that the people living in it do.
But alas when it comes to Bihar, the entire human race fails to understand this basic concept that a state doesn’t make its people, as it is the very people who live in it and out of it makes it a state.
I, myself am aÂ Bihari i.e. born in Bihar. So does it make me a BAD man? Or am I to be labelled as aÂ BHAIYYA simply because I was born in the land of milkmen?
Well, call it arrogance or attitude of aÂ Bihari BHAIYA but I refuse to accept such dumb reasons because I find it completely bizarre and it is also wrong to label people simply based on the states that they come from.
But Bihar, in recent times under the current ruling party JD(U), has shown immense amount of growth in terms of the matters that affects it the most — Crime, Education, Politics, Economy, Women Empowerment, Development and Infrastructure. In fact, the results of improvement are now not only in the Government Documentation but are quite visible throughout the state at physical level too. And as a result the Indian and Global Business and Economic leaders feel that Bihar now has fine opportunity for Sustainable Economic Development, and as such have shown great interest in investing in the state.
image: A homeless girl looks out from her makeshift tent in the eastern Indian state of Bihar January 24, 2008.