The times of highest romanticism seem to knock the Indian subcontinent much ahead of the amatory monsoons.
A nine-foot bronze statue of Late Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, who originally hailed from Bihar and was the Prime Minister of Mauritius from 1961 to 1982, was unveiled near Gandhi Maidan in Patna on February 18, 2008. On the personal wish of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar things get done. The then Mauritian Prime Minister N. C. Ramgoolam, who happens to be his son also, was given the opportunity to inaugurate the statue. It was an emotional moment for the family and friends of Mauritius, full with gratitude towards the CM for extending such great honor way back home to a person who had to uproot from his home turf to earn a livelihood.
It was Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who unveiled the world's tallest Gandhi statue almost a year ago at the historic Gandhi Maidan. The intention of spending 10 crore was as ambiguous then as it is today, given there happens to be a well maintained statue of ‘Bapu’ at the Southern end. This poor state spent a handsome 10 crore to fulfil the personal wish of a Chief Minister. But unfortunately ‘Bapu’ in his new, 40 feet (72 feet, including pedestal) bronze avatar has to experience the greatest trouble this historic Gandhi Maidan has ever witnessed.
The ringside observers of the Indian political system in Independent India are failing to gauge Kejriwal again and again. This unusual politician with a 2 day 1 night stay outside the power bank of the country, the Parliament, has unearthed the veracity of ‘democracy’. It was for the first time in the history of India or perhaps the world that the head of a democratically chosen provincial government slept on the street in a severe cold night.
As the curtain draws on 2013, this political power hungry nation seems equally hungry for the electrical power. And the most stunning part of the recent development is the ongoing fight not just for the electricity but for cheaper electricity this time. This is the impact of the debutante Arvind Kejriwal coming to power in Delhi slashing down the power tariff by fifty percent fulfilling his promise.
Today, Bihar is one of the fastest growing states in the country. The state has managed to record an annual growth rate of 14.48 percent in 2012-13. The real estate sector has played a pivotal role in this achievement. And Patna witnessed an unbelievable surge in real estate investment. A wily Nitish Kumar underscores the trend and hence this poster boy of development begins pouring money down the drain without any care for the relevance of such projects.
पोलिंग बूथों पर वोटरों की लंबी कतार की तस्वीरें एक स्वस्थ लोकतंत्र की पहचान है। परंतु बेहतर लोकतंत्र को प्रतिबिंबित करते इन दृश्यों का रोमांच तब काफूर हो जाता है जब यही कतार राशन-किराशन और पानी के टैंकरों के पीछे दूगनी होती दिखती है। एक दिनी रोमांच को पूरे पांच साल तक भुगतती आम अवाम लगातार ठगी गई है। ऐसे में प्रासंगिक है कि विकल्पों को तवज्जो मिले।