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Clear Mandate

The Keys of the Bihar House to Big Boss Nitish THE BIHAR MANDATE IS CLEAR The Bihar Assembly election results have been interpreted in several ways. What is certain that the JDU and BJP candidates won mostly because a great many people didn’t want the Laloo-Rabri combo back in any eventuality. Most people wanted to give Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a second term, to see if he can follow through on his promises. There were hundreds of people who voted for the BJP candidates, not as a support to their party ideology, but to ensure that Bihar under Nitish Kumar continues on its faltering path to... 

Bihar’s Mahila Shikshan Kendras

POWERFUL PROGRAMME FOR EMPOWERMENT BIHAR’S MAHILA SHIKSHAN KENDRAS When the Mahila Samakhya was introduced into the Bihar Education Project in 1992, there were objections. The MS programme, as it existed in other States such as Haryana and Rajasthan was a feminist oriented empowerment process, commonly understood to be a thrust for socio-political change. Some saw no connection between organising women’s collectives to understand their own social reality and the objective of filling the classrooms with eager six year olds. MS functionaries in other states strongly urged that, given... 

Bihardays Diwali Promise

Greetings and Best wishes on Diwali, the festival of Lights. On this auspicious occasion, Bihardays renews its promise to aspire to new heights. A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to our team. It began with an idea, and  with three people who worked tirelessly every day to keep get the site up and running on a zero salary. To the many friends who constantly provide encouragement, support, and unsolicited advice. This site is truly a labour of love. Now we’re ready to take Bihardays to the next level, with more folks on our team, and with the support of you, our visitors and friends. Bihardays... 

Seriously Unimpressed

When the CWG tamasha is over let's see if the fund swallowing Pythons are flushed down the tube As one editor aptly put it, after the Opening Ceremony the critics of the Commonwealth games are desperately trying to morph into fans. Well, not this one. First, the opening ceremony as viewed by thousand of ‘mango mens’ [aam admi] ,was certainly a shoddy telecast partially obscured by garish and ghastly adverts. Did the Doordarshan cameras have all the wrong angles or what? The TV commentary was utterly tired and boring. Second, what was that Commonwealth Anthem again? If a cricket mad country... 

Daniel to the Judgement

Simply put, a significant feature of the Allahabad High Court verdict is that it has overturned the only other judgment of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute: a Faizabad district court verdict of 1886. At that time, confronted by litigation that arose from Hindu-Muslim tension over the issue, the district judge, F.E.A. Chamier, ruled in March 1886: “It is most unfortunate that a Masjid should have been built on land specially held sacred by the Hindus, but as that occurred 356 years ago, it is too late to remedy the grievance.” Right wing hardliners may have looked forward to the litigation... 

The Right Advocate

Amitabh, Augustine and PC Pandey It was great to see my old friend Augustine Veliath in a Child Rights workshop in Lucknow. Augustine is fondly remembered by a great number of NGOs working on children’s issues in Bihar. This is because, as the point man for Media and Child Protection in UNICEF Bihar in the dying years of the 20th Century, he was instrumental in encouraging and training a number of people at the grassroots, and many of the NGOs that are so successful today, owe that initial push to Auggie Veliath. At a Sarathi Development Foundation workshop organized to train animators for... 

Silly Season

What happens when you try to make sense of the elecction news and predictions It’s election time in Bihar. In a way it’s the silly season. The politicians have already started taking pot-shots at each other. The pots call the kettle black, even though they’re sitiing on the same woodstove. There’ll be a whole lot of unsubstantiated, silly, and even scandalous things tossed up in the air. And the Press, will carry it, hook line, and sinker, no matter how silly the statement is. There’ll be the usual scarmble in the media to cover news and events, because the politicians... 
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Silly Season

What happens when you try to make sense of the elecction news and predictions It’s election time in Bihar. In a way it’s the silly season. The politicians have already started taking pot-shots at each other. The pots call the kettle black, even though they’re sitiing on the same woodstove. There’ll be a whole lot of unsubstantiated, silly, and even scandalous things tossed up in the air. And the Press, will carry it, hook line, and sinker, no matter how silly the statement is. There’ll be the usual scarmble in the media to cover news and events, because the politicians... 

Wood, Trees, and the Jet Set

Next, they'll want to prune the necks of giraffes at the zoo Kingfisher Airlines may be spinning out of control, if the business papers are to be believed, but in Patna, the Jet Set, whether they travel in cattle class or not are the reason why about four thousand trees in Patna Zoo are going to have their heads lopped off. When the common people and the environmentally concerned suggest that the airport could well be moved to Bihta, the jet set wrings its collective hands in horror. But what’s the big deal? The Bihta Airport would be about 30 kilometres from the heart of Patna. If Patna... 
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Wood, Trees, and the Jet Set

Next, they'll want to prune the necks of giraffes at the zoo Kingfisher Airlines may be spinning out of control, if the business papers are to be believed, but in Patna, the Jet Set, whether they travel in cattle class or not are the reason why about four thousand trees in Patna Zoo are going to have their heads lopped off. When the common people and the environmentally concerned suggest that the airport could well be moved to Bihta, the jet set wrings its collective hands in horror. But what’s the big deal? The Bihta Airport would be about 30 kilometres from the heart of Patna. If Patna... 
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