Bravo! Bravo! JDU.

The members of JDU are now justifying themselves being the real breed of the educational system which follows the principal of AGRATAH SHAKLESHASTRAM PRISHTHTAH SHASARAHDHANU; the meaning inherent in the slogan is that if your all solemn and just academic and philosophical arguments fail to be efficacious before your opponent, take recourse to the philosophy of taking the bull by the horn.

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I think it was Lord Cornwalis (correct me, if I am wrong) who once remarked in a whimsical supremacy of the whites that "the Indian natives are by nature corrupt".

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"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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Just a few months back, whenever the term Bihar Model was used, it was in a negative sense. Journalists would use Bihar as a template to exemplify different aspects of despicable behavior. Our great Ashish Bose, a population studies PhD, even coined an epithet Bimaru to lampoon us. Even High court judges would use this to illustrate misdemeanor of different types. In this context, it is heartening to hear of the Bihar model in a positive context.

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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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When news came of Bihar being the second fastest growing state in India, there was all round skepticism, even derision in some quarters. I remember the TV debate in which a geriatric retired member of the Indian Planning Commission tried to deride the suave N. K. Singh by hinting that as the basic data is supplied by the state government, there is reason to doubt it.

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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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