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.
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.
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…