("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.
Indians in large number voted Narendra Modi, and the BJP, to power in 2014 because they were fed up with the corrupt, dynastic and paralyzed governments of the UPA. Majority of Indians not affiliated to any political party perhaps preferred to see Indian democracy taking on the shape of a two-party system like in Britain, the USA or elsewhere. Since India is a very diverse country, the two major competing parties had to be coalitions of scores of ideologies, persuasions or aspirations.
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Kanhaiya Kumar’s totally uncalled for arrest and slapping of the charges of sedition etc. have clouded the issue and furthered the interest of the elements the government claims to rein in.
If you love Physics, it is rare that you have not heard about him. Yes, I am talking about Prof. Harish Chandra Verma. As a matter of fact, his books are more popular by his name rather than its title Concepts of Physics. He was born in Darbhanga, Bihar in 1952 and spent most of his childhood in Patna. Patna Science College is his alma mater where he did his bachelor degree in Physics.
Bihar has just experienced enough of rough political weather during the 2015 Vidhan Sabha election. A number of allegations, counter-allegations, lies and fabrications were thrown around to win the votes, thereby creating deep social divisions and mutual suspicion. The election is over. Now, please don’t bring in more woes to add further to the agony of Bihar by playing out the politics of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union on its soil.
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.
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.