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Welcome Anna, but is corruption two-sided: rich looting poor/poor looting rich?

  By Ratnakar Tripathy What happens: when the balance breaks? I  always looked at corruption as looting by the rich. The reason may be my class and caste. I am middle-middle class. I am Brahmin. None of it helps while getting a simple job done at a government counter or even a private company counter [on the same day in late 1990s in Delhi I was asked for ‘commission’ by a government TV channel and a private TV channel executive for the airing of a documentary serial]. It seems I must go to the decrepit shed nearby and deposit some cash after which a phone call would get made, and my... 

Bihar to sign MOU with GAIL: for use of natural gas!

  A mammoth GAIL pipeline Patna: another evidence of how the Bihar government is pursuing all possible ways to solve its energy problems – according to a recent report Bihar government is likely to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) for use of the natural gas from proposed Jagdishpur-Haldia gas pipeline. The commissioning of the 800 km pipeline would help state government in setting up new industries and power plants. Around 205 km of the pipeline will pass through the state. “We are in touch with GAIL management,” state industries... 

NRI linguist identifies new dialect in Bihar: ‘Mithilanchal Urdu’

Prof. Mohammad Warsi Patna/Darbhanga/St Louis, USA: a Bihari, a son of the soil, an NRI from Darbhanga has gone and done a job that we Biharis need to further continue. He has been able to define, discover and identify a separate dialect in Bihar’s Darbhanga. Those who come from small town Bihar may now begin to hypothesize the existence of several other dialects in different parts of the state. it is of course for an expert to decide if the find is a real one, and the alleged dialect to use legalese is actually one. Most often dialect speakers find a name for their dialect, but clearly at times,... 

Dumb, dumber, dumbest: attackers,defenders both miss Ashis Nandy’s sarcasm at Jaipur fest!

By Ratnakar Tripathy Ashis Nandy: literally! If familiar with Indian politics and society, here is an IQ test for you. This is what Nandy said during a panel discussion as transcribed from a video clip doing the rounds in the media. Read it as carelessly as you wish and see if you can get the sarcasm. I bet you will, unless you are a towering intellectual or a star media analyst-panelist-commentator. Here it goes: ‘It is a fact that most of the corrupt come from the OBCs and the scheduled castes, and now increasingly the schedule tribes. And as long as this is the case, the Indian republic will... 

Sikki work: Bihar’s wicker-craft in focus after Republic Day display!

  Making of Sikki New Delhi: Sikki craft, the theme of Bihar tableau in this year’s Republic Day programme in New Delhi, has brought under focus the traditional craft women of Mithila region of the state, who has been practising the art for long. The tableau displayed artisans from Bihar making products made of sikki, a golden coloured grass grown in the wet and marshy areas around rivers and ponds in Madhubani, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi and other North Bihar districts. In Mithila and other parts of Bihar, palm and other leaves are also used as material to be woven into vessels for daily... 

Welcome, indeed: now, a new look statue of Ambedkar!

  Ambedkar: the new posture! Ahmedabad: Dr Ambedkar in his 3-piece suit, scholarly looking glasses on – this has been the cliché thus far. Of course, clichés are useful in that they make statues easily identifiable from a distance even when a local craftsman is unable to capture the bodily or facial semblance in the image. But relief from a cliché is welcome, too! Most statues of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, the father of the Constitution, show him with the index finger of his right hand pointing towards the sky. For the first time, statues showing Babasaheb writing the Constitution sitting on... 

Sunday Editorial – Between faith and music: the quarrel and the harmony!

By Ratnakar Tripathy ‘The God above': Bhimsen Joshi seems to suggest My earliest memories of religious music are rather traumatic. Way back when I must have been seven or eight years old! I remember from my summer vacations, my grandfather would shake up and wake up the whole household with his Tulsidas bhajans, sung on top of his lungs, while still lying in the bed. This went on for a whole hour. When I complained to my father, who had a decent singing voice, enhanced by a good control over his soundbox, he said lamely with an insincere look on his face ‘it’s the passion of faith behind... 

Now govt agency to construct Ganga Expressway in Patna: private firms unwilling!

  Ganga in Patna Patna: After failed attempts to attract private investors for the Ganga Expressway project along the banks of the river here on the lines of Mumbai’s Marine Drive, a government agency has now been roped in to construct it, an official said. “The Bihar government is committed to the mega project – Ganga Expressway – as private companies have not come forward to promote it. Now the state government’s own agency will construct it,” Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav told the press. Yadav said the government has initiated the process... 

Ghoora [घूरा]:India Gate at my village Ghoora: and Ghoora at India gate!

 By Ratnakar Tripathy Democracy: at a cold moment! I feel very blessed for where I live in Patna. No, it’s not a posh colony or a gated limbo of a  software community. The reason I feel lucky is on my right flank as I write, is a gynecological hospital, where babies keep getting born all the time. I get woken up by the forceful and healthy cries of hours-old babies demanding attention dictatorially at 2 AM. They sound like someone appealing urgently through my ever open window. The scolding cry of the helpless! There is human future on the right. On the left is the big wide lane that leads... 

More power for Bihar in 2013: an update!

  Power situation: looking up? Patna:  Bihar’s power supply situation is set for major improvement beginning the coming fiscal. The State is currently offered a mere 900 MW by the central sector to meet an estimated daily domestic demand of 2,000 MW. The result: Large parts of the State — outside the capital Patna (which needs 400 MW) — run on diesel generators. But, according to a senior State official, Bihar is expecting average grid supplies to improve by approximately 600-700 MW in 2013. The bulk of the additional supply will come from the upcoming 2 X 660 MW Barh-II thermal power... 
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