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Bihar BJP stalwarts feel belittled, humiliated!

  Giriraj Singh Patna: as the BJP’s third list of Lok Sabha candidates came out, senior party leaders in Bihar are made to realize they are just regional pawns and not part of the Modi juggernaut. According to reports, state minister Giriraj Singh met party president Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Friday to complain about “selective targeting” of upper caste leaders. Giriraj is miffed with the party for giving more weightage to the opinion of leaders like Sushil Kumar Modi who he said had compromised the BJP’s interests during the alliance with the JD(U) at the “behest” of Bihar chief... 

Batras [बतरस]-Gali-Galauj as civilized discourse: the FB status of India these days!

   By Ratnakar Tripathy 2014: start with shouting match! One of the most memorable images from my childhood days when I got to spend my vacations in the village is that of a quarrel between the women of two households that went on for a whole day. The two households were at some distance and the shouting match had to be scaled at loudspeaker like decibels. I remember even as the men of those two families sat with drooped heads, many other men and women gave up their work of the day and hung around to catch every single word exchanged. So did I. I remember young girls holding idle spades and... 

Meet Pande Baba [पाँड़े बाबा ], gunslinger/teacher/student: 1980s Bihar through a biography

By Dev N Pathak Life options: double-edged choices! The former Vice-President of India Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma was stunned to hear the speech of a class six boy named Mukund Mani Pandey, at Mawlankar Hall in New Delhi (India). The boy was taken to Dr. Sahrma after the ovation thinned. Dr. Sharma exclaimed, ‘well done my boy! Where are you from?’ The boy said, ‘ I am from Vatayan school’. A perplexed Dr. Sharma asked, ‘I have never heard of this school! Where is it?’ The boy answered with a swelling chest, ‘it is as small a school as me in a small town called Siwan in a big state... 

Sunday Editorial – You want someone better than Nitish? Three tales from the ground!

Sunday Editorial You want someone better than Nitish? Three tales from the ground! By Ratnakar Tripathy I Bihar: cutting through the mist! I hate writing on politics as practiced and articulated by politicians but I love it when ordinary people share their political wisdom with me, at times even imposing it when I am not in the mood. Recently when I was in my village, I received a long patronizing lecture on Bihar politics from my host. He felt he owed the long sermon to someone educated who ought to know better. Being a Brahmin, he began with a rant against Nitish, who is from the Kurmi caste,... 

Maoists organize 6-day medical camp in Aurangabad: winning hearts with stethoscope!

Maoists organize 6-day medical camp in Aurangabad: winning hearts with stethoscope!   Medical aid: way to win hearts! Parsawa, Aurangabad: according to latest reports, the Maoists in Bihar recently organized a six daylong medical camp for villagers in Parsawa in Aurangabad. During the monsoon, villagers are commonly attacked by diseases like malaria and diarrhea that takes lives of almost 10-20 people every year. As is often the case, Parsawa villagers complain of lack of proper medical facilities and doctors. This gives the Maoists a good chance to popularize their cause through medical... 

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... 

Rajeshwar Raj, MLA vs Rajesh Kumar, SDO: dhishum dhishum between politician and bureaucrat

Rajeshwar Raj, MLA vs Rajesh Kumar, SDO: dhishum dhishum between politician and bureaucrat Trial of strength: MLA vs IAS Patna: there are times when serious politics in Bihar turns into entertainment tamasha, though even in its tamasha form, it still remains deadly serious politics, make no mistake! Here is an interesting sequence of events indicating the state of relationship between our legislators and the bureaucracy: First, Rajeshwar Raj the JD [U] MLA from Karakat, Rohtas sends a fax to the assembly Speaker complaining against the SDO for using foul words and threatening to kill him. Soon... 
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