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.
"Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan," observed John F. Kennedy. The BJP had the winning duopoly of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah through several winning state elections. Everyone seemed to hail and cheer the leader and the master strategist.
Now that the dust of campaigning, voting, exit polls and actual counting has settled in Bihar, the analysis has begun. BJP, the new Congress, says their leadership will discuss and decide what went wrong. But the writing is very clear on the wall. Provided they care to look and read.
A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman worries about the next generation, we have learnt in history. During this protracted and highly charged election season in Bihar, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, must rise to the level of a statesman and send the message of communal harmony to the Seemanchal area that votes in the fifth and final phase of polling on November 5. That will be a message to the world too.