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Sunday Editorial:What kind of cultural policy does Bihar need?

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Culture but how? First of all, I will start with the admission that I am not very comfortable with the very idea of cultural policy. In fact I react with some wariness when I hear the phrase. Culture happens. It is not created through firmans, fiats or even bribes and encouragement. In fact such moves may instead lead to the creation of something toxic called official culture, encouraging all kinds of culture vultures, sucking up to people in authority for grants, positions and awards. I am sure most of you have heard of good people demeaning themselves to receive the... 

Maithili, a victim of dire neglect in Patna University: it’s a shame!

Maithili, a victim of dire neglect in Patna University: it’s a shame! Kanan Devi and Pahari Sanyal in Vidyapati (1937) Patna: it is a sad reflection on the self regard of the Bihari when we end up treating our own languages shabbily in the state. According to a Patna English daily, the Maithili department at Patna University suffers from what seems a shocking and wanton neglect for the resources and the infrastructure provided by the authorities. It seems that when the Maithili department at the university received its first computer only a few days ago, it came from a voluntary organization... 

The dudgdugi days: now a new method of policing in Bihar!

The dudgdugi days: now a new method of policing in Bihar! Bihar police: come let's go get 'em! Patna: according to reports in the Hindi press, the Bihar police is trying out a new method of nabbing chronic criminal absconders. It seems the police moves with a drummer into the suspect’s locality and starts drumming the hell out of the neighbourhood. At the same time, the policemen announce the name and identity of the offender, making all relevant information public. Any outsider would on first impulse decide that the Bihar police is providing some idle entertainment to the general... 

Dear reader, Did you notice!

Dear reader, Did you notice! That's bihardays!!! Did you notice? To complete the sentence – did you notice that bihardays pages are now opening considerably faster? With this note, our apologies and explanation for why you may not have been able to access bihardays in the past two days! bihardays site has now been through a significant software overhaul, if you permit the phrase. Over time we received regular complains from our readers regarding speed even though they very kindly indulged us and remained loyal to us. We are happy to let you know that we are now running faster and will... 

Kidnapping refuses to leave Bihar: but it takes a romantic turn

Kidnapping refuses to leave Bihar: but it takes a romantic turn Kidnap? hardly! Fatuha: according to a report in the Hindi press, the Fatuha police are having a harried time because of a pile up of kidnapping cases. The routine is every time a girl elopes with a boy, the parents register a kidnapping complaint. The police have no choice but to take matters seriously since the kidnapping of a young girl is indeed the most serious matter imaginable for a family. Later, it routinely turns out, when apprehended the girls elect to go their parent-in-law’s house rather than the parents. According... 

What is Bhojpuri cinema like and what should it become: going beyond condemnation! [part I]

What is Bhojpuri cinema like and what should it become: going beyond condemnation! [part I] By Ratnakar Tripathy Nirahua: not smart enough for middle class? Patna; on the occasion of the completion of 50 years of Bhojpuri cinema, a three-day Bhojpuri film and cultural festival began in Patna on the 13th February. The festivities include several seminars and brain-storming sessions among the professionals from the industry including Kunal Singh and Anil Ajitabh as well as critics, not to mention a vocal and eager audience. What has gone unnoticed in the process is perhaps that this is the first... 
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