Good Morning Bihar, says Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar. Photo copyright Greater Voice.

Is re-mandated Bihar leader Nitish Kumar aware of the plight of this crowd that thronged one of his meetings during the 2010 assembly polls? He did not dine with anyone seen in this image; he did not even spend a night at anyone’s muddy house. Still a majority of those seen here would have voted him and voted him to power once again.

Most seen in the image above are women, children and elders — the group Nitish has to take into account as he re-takes the chief ministership. Women, who are believed to have voted en masse; Children, who are Bihar’s future; and Elders, who want to see their state prospering in their lifetime, need the utmost attention of the new government.

No doubt Nitish’s thumping win is a refreshing change for this most populous state which until now was described as India’s most lawless by the foreign media.

Now even the expat journos and foreign correspondents are super excited over ‘the messiah resurrecting the once-maligned state’.

They are writing about Bihar’s turnaround and the wave of reforms and change that took place during Nitish’s 2005-2010 rule.

It would not be out of place to mention that Nitish had vowed ‘to turn Bihar into a Developed State by 2015’. For this to be fulfilled, merely promising an investor-industry-friendly environment won’t do much. The actual prosperity can come only if the Bihari women feel the power, Bihari children get the education and the Bihari elders are made witness to the changes as promised. Only then Biharis can march towards progress and claim their lost self-esteem and take the giant leap forward towards real development.

Seriously speaking, I am yet to be convinced that Nitish has done so much as has been advertised. In Bihar, potable water is scarce – water pipes are rusted and pass through choked drains; vocational education is neglected – children are still going out to pursue courses; health remains a non-starter – check it out on the lawns of New Delhi’s AIIMS; industry is hard to locate – there has been no investment; jobs are not available – Biharis are venturing out even to earn Rs.2000 a month; and THE POOR are helpless – PDS has vanished. Moreover government officials do not inspire confidence.

Besides these, Nitish has to create a vibrant and dynamic state which shall make the Biharis all proud. He has to create a Bihar where being called a Bihari will be a matter of pride. He has to ensure that being a Bihari henceforth will be a matter of maan (pride) and not apmaan (shame). He should not forget that he has given the Biharis a lot of hope, which is their only rope. Let every Bihari climb the rope and build a new Bihar.

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List of Chief Ministers of Bihar

# Name Took Office Left Office Political Party
1 Sri Krishna Sinha [3] 2 April 1946 31 January 1961 1931 Flag of India.svg Indian National Congress
2 Deep Narayan Singh 1 February 1961 18 February 1961 1931 Flag of India.svg Indian National Congress
3 Binodanand Jha 18 February 1961 2 October 1963 1931 Flag of India.svg Indian National Congress
4 Krishana Ballabh Sahay 2 October 1963 5 March 1967 1931 Flag of India.svg Indian National Congress
5 Mahamaya Prasad Sinha 5 March 1967 28 January 1968 Jana Kranti Dal1
6 Satish Prasad Singh 28 January 1968 1 February 1968 1931 Flag of India.svg Indian National Congress
7 B. P. Mandal 1 February 1968 2 March 1968 1931 Flag of India.svg Indian National Congress
8 Bhola Paswan Shashtri 22 March 1968 29 June 1968 Indian National Congress (O)
President’s rule 29 June 1968 26 February 1969
9 Harihar Singh 26 February 1969 22 June 1969 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress
10 Bhola Paswan Shashtri [2] 22 June 1969 4 July 1969 Indian National Congress (O)
President’s rule 6 July 1969 16 February 1970
11 Daroga Prasad Rai 16 February. 1970 22 December 1970 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress
12 Karpuri Thakur 22 December 1970 2 June 1971 Socialist Party
13 Bhola Paswan Shashtri [3] 2 June 1971 9 January 1972 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress
President’s rule 9 January 1972 19 March 1972
14 Kedar Pandey 19 March 1972 2 July 1973 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress
15 Abdul Gafoor 2 July 1973 11 April 1975 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress
16 Dr.Jagannath Mishra 11 April 1975 30 April 1977 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress
President’s rule 30 April 1977 24 June 1977
17 Karpuri Thakur 24 June 1977 21 April 1979 Janata Party
18 Ram Sunder Das 21 April 1979 17 February 1980 Janata Party
President’s rule 17 February 1980 8 June 1980
19 Dr.Jagannath Mishra [2] 8 June 1980 14 August 1983 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress (I)
20 Chandrashekhar Singh 14 August 1983 12 March 1985 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress (I)
21 Bindeshwari Dubey 12 March 1985 13 February 1988 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress (I)
22 Bhagwat Jha Azad 14 February 1988 10 March 1989 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress (I)
23 Satyendra Narayan Singh 11 March 1989 6 December 1989 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress (I)
24 Dr.Jagannath Mishra 6 December 1989 10 March 1990 INC-flag.svg Indian National Congress (I)
25 Laloo Prasad Yadav 10 March 1990 3 March 1995 Janata Dal.jpg Janata Dal
26 Laloo Prasad Yadav [2] 4 April 1995 25 July 1997 Janata Dal.jpg Janata Dal, Rashtriya Janata Dal
27 Rabri Devi 25 July 1997 11 February 1999 RJD Flag.svg Rashtriya Janata Dal
28 Rabri Devi [2] 9 March 1999 2 March 2000 RJD Flag.svg Rashtriya Janata Dal
29 Nitish Kumar 3 March 2000 10 March 2000 JanataDalUnitedFlag.PNG Janata Dal (United)
30 Rabri Devi [3] 11 March 2000 6 March 2005 RJD Flag.svg Rashtriya Janata Dal
President’s rule 7 March 2005 24 November 2005
31 Nitish Kumar [2] 24 November 2005 Present JanataDalUnitedFlag.PNG Janata Dal (United)

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Bihar State Profile

Physical Features
Latitude 24°-20′-10″ ~ 27°-31′-15″ N
Longitude 82°-19′-50″ ~ 88°-17′-40″ E
Rural Area 92,257.51 sq. kms
Urban Area 1,095.49 sq. kms
Total Area 94,163.00 sq. kms
Height above Sea-Level 173 Feet
Normal Rainfall 1,205 mm
Avg. Number of Rainy Days 52.5 Days in a Year
Administrative Units
Divisions 9
Districts 38
Sub-Divisions 101
CD Blocks 534
Panchayats 8,471
Number of Revenue Villages 45,103
Number of Urban Agglomerations 9
Number of Towns 130
– Statutory Towns 125
– Non-Statutory Towns 5
Police Stations 853
– Civil Police Stations 813
– Railway Police Stations 40
Police Districts 43
– Civil Police District 39
– Railway Police District 4
Key Statistics – as per 2001 Census (Provisional)
Population 8,28,78,796
– Male 4,31,53,964
– Female 3,97,24,832
Population (0~6 Years Group)
– In Absolute Numbers 1,62,34,539
83,75,532
78,59,007
– Percentage of Total Population 19.59%
19.41%
19.78%
Literacy
– In Absolute Numbers 3,16,75,607
2,09,78,955
1,06,96,652
– Percentage of Total Population 47.53%
60.32%
33.57%
Decadal Population Growth (1991-2001) 130
– Absolute 1,83,48,242
– As Percentage 28.43%
Highest Decadal Growth at Sheohar District (36.16%)
Lowest Decadal Growth at Nalanda District (18.64%)
– Civil Police Stations 813
– Railway Police Stations 40
Density of Population 880 per sq kms
– Highest Density Patna, 1471 per sq kms
– Lowest Density Kaimur, 382 per sq kms
Sex Ratio (Females/Thousand Males) 921
– Highest Ratio (Siwan) 1,033
– Lowest Ratio (Patna) 873
Highest Literacy Rate Patna, 63.82%
Lowest Literacy Rate Kishanganj, 31.02%
Average Population of a District 22,39,967

2 comments

  1. Dear Neeraj,

    How I wish the entire population of this country had stood up and returned Mr.Nitish Kumar ‘s greeting by wishing him and his team a Good Morning in unison.

    This would have resounded not just in our country but to the millions across the world who deserve a better life than they lead.

    I am ecstatic for the state of Bihar and India, there is hope we shall prevail. The decadent political discourse and its purveyors have been resoundingly decimated. The people of Bihar have chosen patience and not punished the wrong man for doing the right thing.

    This is indeed a defining moment, challenges have not diminished they remain and will multiply, the will is there, change will follow. The sub identity of the people will enhance the national identity of all Indians. Till now if IT was the talking point, now political maturity and sagacity of the ordinary India will become the next big ticket talk. Education’s importance and empowerment of the women in particular the girl child is what will sustain this forward movement.

    May god give strength to Mr.Nitish Kumar and his team to forge ahead and develop the state further.
    It is indeed is a very Good Morning Mr. Nitish Kumar.

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  2. Inpressive analysis of the facts that led to the massive return of Nitish Kumar government in Bihar…his govt worked really good for the empowerment of women and they paid it well too…

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