Dr. Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna. Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and a novel. He is also a board member at the Asian American Writers Workshop. He is a contributing editor at Guernica as well as Caravan. He serves on the editorial board of several other publications and co-edits the web-journal Politics and Culture. He lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College.
अजीब विडम्बना है... आजादी के लगभग सात दशकों के बाद भी, सामाजिक कुरीतियों और विषमताओं के उन्मूलन के अनेकों अभियानों के पश्चात भी, कड़े क़ानूनों की मौजूदगी के बावजूद भी देश में दलित उत्पीड़न की घटनाएँ बदस्तूर जारी हैं l
During the election campaign for the Bihar Vidhan Sabha (2015), two prominent fears were expressed against the Nitish-Lalu-Congress alliance. They seemed to be coming true within weeks of the formation of the Mahagathbandhan government. The first was that the capitulation of Nitish Kumar to Lalu Yadav would weaken his government and re-introduce lawlessness as was horribly experienced in the 90’s. The second was that the long-time foes Nitish and Lalu, or their surrogates, would start bickering right after they were able to form the government together. In both cases, Bihar would suffer immensely.
Like it or not, caste system is a harsh reality in India. However, in the current scenario in Bihar, the unprecedented growth san development, brought about by Nitish led government has played a catalytic role in this election albeit, not in the forefront.
When criticized for the US setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, Donald Rumsfeld, the former Defense Secretary, once angrily burst out: “You go to war with the army you have -- not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, the socialist ideologue of both Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar, had famously said: “A live nation doesn’t wait for five years.” What he meant was that people had the right to revolt and throw out the government for good reasons without waiting for its five-year term to be over.
जिस अपार बहुमत के साथ जनता ने नीतीश जी के नेतृत्व में एक और नयी सरकार को चुना है उससे स्पष्ट है कि जनता की अपेक्षाएं काफी बड़ी और बढ़ी हैं, उम्मीद है नीतीश जी भी इसे भली–भाँति समझ रहे होंगे l नीतीश जी की अगुवाई वाली सरकार को ये ध्यान रखना होगा कि “जब अपेक्षाएँ बड़ी होती हैं तो अंसन्तोष भी शीघ्र ही उभरता है l”
In the late 1960’s when I was appearing for the Pre-University Exam at Chandradhari Mithila College (Darbhanga), in the corner of a sprawling hall, Kameshwar Bhavan, was also another examinee, Ghanshyam Jha, son of Radhanandan Jha, an influential Congress politician at that time who later became speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly.
Just when the national temper was cooling down, Mr. Aamir Khan has shared his wife’s sense of insecurity, which was blissfully short lived, just as his desire to leave the country but a transient impulse.
Seated in the opposition, the BJP should now do serious introspection and start rebuilding in Bihar. Start with the candidates. The BJP reportedly imposed candidates from the top. Campaigners, including the RSS 'pracharaks' fanned out in the villages much before the election days, complained that the BJP candidates fielded were very weak. The selection of candidates should have followed a process that took the local voters and leadership into consideration.