I'm a learner and I'm baffled.
While speaking in a meeting relating to providing safeguard to Scheduled Castes, Mr. Athawale, a member of union cabinet, said, "…Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has given us a Constitution..." (TOI, Friday, July 22, 2016).
Now that the dust has settled after a series of arrest made in recent ‘Board Topper Scam’ in Bihar, it is time to understand what present education has to offer to humankind.
Even a novice understands the politics behind throwing a sumptuous Iftaar feast by Nitish Kumar at his official residence as the Chief Minister of Bihar. He’s not the only politician to have done so. The Congress CMs, and his foe-turned-mentor Lalu before him, had routinely hosted Iftaar or Eid-ul-Fitra party at the conclusion of the holy month of Ramazan. The leaders of the BJP, a party reputed as unfriendly to Muslims also break bread with the Muslim invitees on this occasion.
I feel laughing… I feel kicking… I feel spitting… I mean I want to do all nasty things when I come across people who play ignorance or act oblivious of, and when you have reasons to believe that the particular incident has been in their knowledge constantly for decades together. Yet they didn’t even hiss about it till someone else brings the incident to light. It is this social double standard that Bihar would go down with in contemporary history of independent India.
Right after the Indian Independence (1947), the standard of education in Bihar was at par with what the Britishers had set out during their regime. Passing matriculation exam, with its emphasis on math and English, was tough. There used to be a category of dropouts called “Matric Fail” and just for making through the high school to the Matric Board exam, the candidates were regarded in the society as educated people. They would get lower level but respectable jobs.
Sometime in the year 2000 or 2001, the Patna High Court had directed me to enquire in the matter of the award of a fraudulent MA degree by the Magadha University – with a first class to boot - to an influential person.
In Bihar today, there's a dire need for every one -- who can recognize and speak up the truth - to stand together on one platform. You have to identify the problems before they can be addressed.
I had learnt a long time ago that nothing should surprise in politics. Yet, I was shocked and dismayed to see that an eminent lawyer and a national public figure of your stature would approach a politician like Lalu Yadav to stay in the Rajya Sabha.
Who killed Rajdev Ranjan, the correspondent of a Hindi newspaper, is a question that reverberates today throughout the public sphere of Bihar and fuels private anxieties of those living in Biharis. The more we know the more stridently we ask the question 'Who killed Rajdev Ranjan?' We know who did it. By asking the question we are merely trying to point the needle of suspicion away from our own guilty selves. The society as a whole killed Rajdev Ranjan.
Last year and the year before (2014 and 2015), I was at my hometown, Darbhanga, Bihar on the festive days of Holi and Ram-Navami. I had a chance to see up close the consumption of alcohol and abuse of the auspicious celebration of Ram-Navami in the Bihari society.
("The act of God" remark in the context of the Calcutta bridge collapse and the indigence senior civil servants and police officers as reflected in their property statements triggered these musings. Some of the remarks and statements have appeared in my interviews or articles published elsewhere. After all, you can't have something new to say everyday on the timeworn old issue of corruption.)
After Delhi and Mumbai, another show of the launch of Shatrughan Sinha’s biography was organized in his home town Patna on March 18th. The function was apparently marked by a complete absence of any BJP personality from the state. It seemed clear either Shatru had ignored all of them or the BJP functionaries boycotted his event. The bad blood is obvious.
JNU has made great contribution to the cause of learning in India; it has also played a seminal role in the life of significant contention- the proper calling of intellectuals – over the years but sadly the students of this premier university are being discussed for their intellectual daring which extended no further than a pledge to dismember their own motherland and a clever application of their assiduously acquired knowledge of "subaltern studies and dialectical materialism" to fox and hoodwink plain, blunt policeman.