Bihar states situated between 27°-31'-15" N latitude and between 88°-17'-40" E longitude is the third largest state in India. It is located in the eastern part of the country. The Geographical area of Bihar is 9359.57 thousand hectares out of which 6.6% is forest area, 14.2% is land area and net sown area is 57% while cropping intensity is 1.37%.

One of the saddest and most overlooked tales in history is the demise of the Native American population during the late 1400s in North America. It could be argued that if the Native Americans were not already divided amongst themselves, they could have successfully resisted colonial efforts of the Europeans.

During a recent trip to Bihar, I discovered that only fifty km from the capital city of Patna is a city and a district named after Bakhtiar Khilji, the ruthless killer who destroyed Nalanda and other centers of learning, burning over ten thousand scholars alive in the process.

An era in political and social life of Bihar came to an end on December 19th with the passing away of Bihar's revered 'Bachchi Jee' (Kishori Sinha). It marked the end of a spectacular socio-political journey of more than seven glorious decades of a stateswoman who stood tall among her contemporaries.

India is a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic Republic. Fortunately our democracy has been successful during all these years largely because of the fact that the people in general are secular, tolerant and law abiding. As a matter of fact, success of secular democracy, a sacred principle, depends on the wisdom and sagacity of the people. It is unfortunate that sometimes during elections people indulge in divisive activities based on religion, caste and creed.

Bihar Chief Minister came up with the complete ban of alcohol whether consumed, sold, or stored in April 2016. Also violators would be imprisoned for 5-10 years. This decision enraged many thinkers across the country as a lot many found it to be atrocious and display of muscle power by Nitish Kumar.

Much have been said and written about the state of education in Bihar describing the causes and effects elucidating shambolic state of its education system.

The controversy over granting Minority Status to Aligarh Muslim University (AMI) is unfortunate and unwarranted. In this connection an article by well known legal luminary of India Shri N. R. Madhava Menon (published on 22nd Feb. 2016 in a National English Daily)) throws much light on the historical and secular reasons for granting special status to the University and explains "Why AMU should be an exception."

The flutter created by Kanhaiya's speech all over the media and social media space shouldn't be surprising. In this age and time getting frenzy over things is the easiest thing to do. No doubt the speech was sharp, eloquent blending extempore with sincerity peppered with a tint of humor and sarcasm.