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Popularity vs. Nation

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA

May 6, 2009

Is popularity a yardstick/parameter for contesting elections? Do elections mean a political show of known figures? As such our revered constitution doesn’t lay down any condition in terms of personality of the candidature or says nothing about moral strength of an individual Indian. A contestant for Lok Sabha or Vidhan Sabha seat need not at all to submit an affidavit before the presiding officer that gives anything about moral strength. It simply means… ‘Yours…, morally immoral or immorally moral…’ and this way, the application is submitted for the prestigious constituency.

There are a number of popular film personalities who have contested for the LS seats and by all means they have managed to complete their tenures partly or completely. But they might be asking a very simple question to themselves: was their presence responsible for bringing a turning point from where the nation headed towards achieving national goal(s)? Or is it just a popular face for the sake of popularity? What does it instill to our imagination when we find an 'Abhinata' of silver screen, now a 'Neta' of his people has given a rape scene or anything immoral in a super hit film? Should Rama play the role of Ravana or vice versa?

This is a billion rupees question.

Good and the great have never been a subject matter of scarcity in our Indian polity but they are undoubtedly being rare as of now. The 16th Lok Sabha elections are on and this great national event will take its leave for ever leaving behind the destiny of the country. Does it matter or mean something to the contestants who are in political rivalry? Well, ours is the largest democracy but unfortunately with least responsibility towards common goals of the nation. It is the people to decide. But at the same time: what of the Nation?

 

 

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Sometimes with Animals...

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
KSU, Riyadh, KSA

Nov. 7, 2007

 

Pets Oasis on Al-Ahsa Street has housed some beautiful amphibians, reptiles, birds, and some forest and land animals. Their refuge is nicely maintained with the state of the art technology. A vet is there to look after the health condition of the animals, and the animal keepers in blue uniform can be seen who are trained enough to keep the animals under control at Pets Oasis. They are responsible for dealing with the customers. Their main task is how successfully they explain the qualities of these animals who have been laced with business tricks. Sometimes they can be seen as taming the animals even with electric shock, the ultimate treatment given by human beings to those unruly creatures. After all they are animals. Disobedience is a serious crime in case they don't care about the valued visitors. They are for sale!

One small colourful singing bird costs 80 Riyals while the South African blue parrot is on sale for 55,000 Riyals. It sings and talks, and to our astonishment, it understands human language. It seems that stereotype training given to it by a man might not be that expensive and is always available at low prices The parrot talks with the customers regardless of their position or status, race or culture. It doesn't care who is who amongst the visitors. Others appeared mute with no physical gestures.

The patched and bright skinned dog was howling and struggling to run away, but of no use. In fact, nobody cared about the dog except for his somersault that delighted the visitors and particularly the children. The clapping were more on the repeat actions. Perhaps dog's faithfulness was sometimes at stake as it didn't respond to the visitor's onomatopoeic behaviour. A common impression on the dog was that better its jaws be locked as howling doesn't sound good. And the salesman out there did the same.

In the refuge is an igloo. Well equipped, still the baby bear appeared to be much restless. The vet with his assistant tried hard to feed the baby bear. The onlookers took notice of the beastly behaviour which later turned into an amusement. Even after several efforts, the baby bear did not respond to food. It was a good show and a nice pass-time for the visitors. Someone asked about the price but declined as the price was not affordable. That cost really too much. Materialism, perhaps, is a threat to the comfort and freedom of the refugee animals. Nevertheless, the ignominious bear continued to keep it's eyelids closed on them.

Why not then framed pictures of those expensive animals in the play room of the babes or they may be allowed to play with other children though lower in status, in the open garden? Nobody cares about the stray animals in the street but the same are too expensive while in cage. Visitors might have thought this way because money matters in our fast changing modern society.

That shawl magnificently hemmed with raw silk and embroidered was everyone's attraction. This art of a craftsmanship was done on an extracted skin of a deer. On the other hand, children were trying to get an eye contact with a tender dear who was fearless and mowing fodder. How good if that child gets in touch with and could share the best of their secrets of the refuge and murmured with a substantial degree of grief? Guardians out there, weren't that jestful and were careless of such animal. But they guessed that the child would ask to buy that. Oh... it's too much... what is the use of it...? It will die sooner or later. Forget it! Sheer waste of money.

The child was not in a mood to leave. Perhaps he liked the young dear while the careful father was in hurry. The game of love couldn't last longer between the two. That was the time to close the business and eventually everyone left. What was left behind were the refugee animals.

शक्ति जो चेतन थी, अब जड़ हो गयी है। बचपन में जो कुंजी मेरे पास थी, उम्र बढ़ते बढ़ते वह कहीं खो गयी है। - दिनकर

 

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Smell the Rice

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA

Oct. 1, 2007

 

'The way to a man’s heart is through stomach' is a proverb worthy of all praise if someone has been invited on lunch or dinner. And you are lucky if served with Katarni Basmati of Bhagalpur traditionally cooked and served by the local people of the region particularly a folk woman gently holding the rice plate and waiting for your request, “a little more, please!”

This happy smile of the lady mixed with irresistible puff of smell of Katarni rice is certainly not comparable with any five or seven stars hotel anywhere in the world.

Newly married girls at the time of her farewell are offered with rice, fresh leaves of grass and turmeric by their mothers and close relatives. I have seen this on many occasions in my locality and its surrounding.

What could be the possible reason(s) behind this? Why not wheat or other type of crops in place of rice? Has productivity got any connotation with the transplantation method of rice cultivation if we keep apart the myth or mystery associated with any culture or tradition?

And I got something substantial in Bhagalpur, near the railway station. Fariya Patti is nearly 50 years old traditional local market and very popular for sailing Katarni Basmati. There are about 25 wholesale shops where the smell of Katarni is. I sniffed around and met 27 years old Sanjay Gupta, a graduate from a local college in Economics. He is the family member of his fourth generation doing the same business. We talked about some other variety of rice like ‘Mansoori’, and Sonam Shobha at length. Hospitable he was and offered me tea in a clay pot. Careless of rain water logging inside the market premises, we were still talking about rice cultivation and of course the specialty was Katarni Basmati rice.

“How is Mansoori?”

“It is almost on the verge of extinction”.

“And Sonam Shobha….?”

“Farmers are no more interested to grow.”

“Why?”

“It is very low yielding. This is the reason that the acres of land of Jagdishpur Anchal, Sighman and Madhay are either barren or flooded. And the excess use of pesticides has eaten away the purity of the seeds and soil. Above all, they are not much aware of know-how technology of agriculture. The incentive for the farmers is almost nothing… skilled field laborers are fleeing to other places like Punjab and Haryana. They are not seen either at the time of sowing the plants neither at the time of harvesting… local farmers are not happy…”

I myself reminded of those farmers who committed suicide in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh only because they were under heavy debt and had not been harvesting their crops for long.

Our agriculture based economy is shocking, I said.

Bereft and confused I couldn’t ask any more. The smell of Katarni was still coming to me. I asked him to make a small bag of Katarni rice to be carried as part of my luggage on my way to Riyadh, the beautiful capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I wish to share with a handful of rice but in an exchange to a solution of the problem:

Will the smell of Katarni keep coming from its home land?
 

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Apropos to this article, I commend Mr Ahmad for bringing this brutal reality in such a heart-touching manner. While the lure of quick bucks in Punjab/Assam/Delhi reduces the tenacity of our farmers in Bihar to struggle and learn new things in these times, their emigration from roots and Bihar as such are creating bigger social and economic challenges. It is important for us to recall in these times what Gandhiji said: we should embrace the changes but not get swept by the winds of change. - Ajay Jha, Patna & Virginia - Oct. 3, 2007


I have not heard of this smell of Katarani. But as a lover of rice, in good days I liked the smell of Sonachur and Kasturi. My grandfather and great grand mother used to carry the rice to Calcutta where I did my schooling just for me. Last summer my wife went to her village home and she brought some real good smelling rice but that was no where near Kasturi and Sonachur. I miss it but no one can help me. Here in Noida I get only broken Basmati rice rice. And I get content out of it some how. - Indra - Oct. 3, 2007

 

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Bureaucracy, Thy Name is Bihar

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA

Aug. 27, 2007

 

The long awaited 60 days vacation matters. This is what every NRI thinks of. I am one of them and did the same. Holidaying or busy with some work particularly paper work is disturbing or rather scaring. Big or small, red-tapism alongside 'baboogiri' is a dangerous virus that frightens everyone regardless of place or region. Several nonsensical questions beyond one’s imagination will start hovering, the moment a needy steps in and approaches the concerned government authority. I too couldn’t be spared from a ghost of this character.

Happy and jolly with necessary documents of proof, I enquired the location of the office of the Dy. Secretary, Bihar School Examination Board (B.S.E.B), Patna which is responsible for ‘correction in name’ in the matric certificate of the candidate. Gracefully I placed my papers (attested copy of my misplaced matric certificate, an application bearing remarks from the present headmaster where I did my schooling requesting for correction in the mis-spelt incomplete name of my father along with an affidavit etc.).

“Where is your admit card?”

“Madam, I took my matric exam in the year 1979… It couldn’t be possible for me to keep that till now.”

“My sister still keeps her admit card safe. Its possible!”

“Its an outstanding example. Appreciating!!”

I maintained silence for the later part of the situation. What I found was a heap of files being opened with a lot of hiss sound coming from the paper on turning them. While outside her office a never-ending queue with so much of hiss-hush were waiting for their turn to contact her regarding the same for which I was in. Then a huge number of students and guardians from different parts flocked in the corridor of the building. Most of them were carrying briefcases which meant that they had traveled a long way to reach there. Certainly they were all restless. After sometime, the situation worsened when some of the waiting persons tried to enter the office forcefully. The other personnel of the Board Office took notice of the of the situation and interfered with high pitch of their voice:

‘Keep apart… go there… come here… come tomorrow… what is this… you don’t know how to follow the procedures… don’t crowd this place… consult the clerk of your respective area… Siwan, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Champaran...", and so on.

The chaos remained for another 10-15 minutes which I never experienced over 18 years of teaching career particularly at a high office of educational institutions. That was indeed a show of wanton disrespect for the students and the guardians. I was told that these things happen usually which amounts to insurmountable problems.

I once again drew the attention of the lady officer and asked:

“What shall I do next?”

“I have put up my remarks and forwarded the case to the Secretary (B.S.E.B).”

The day after was the 60th Independence Day. Of course the holiday mood on her face was obvious. On the other hand, I found myself hard pressed as I was scheduled to leave for Delhi by Sampoorna Kranti on 16 August at 6.00 pm. At last I left the office bearing in my mind a number of ifs and buts conjoined with apprehensions.

Thursday morning. The office reopened and I reported to it sharp 10 am. And I was right. The lady officer didn’t turn up till 12 noon. Since I had to approach the Secretary via Deputy Secretary, I consulted the clerk/concerned dealing person. Till then the office had already been crowded and later transformed into a chaos. The office was jam-packed. They were inaccessible.

I made up my mind to see the Secretary directly which I did.

“This is a very old case… It will take time… We have to follow the rules… I will put up this before a committee…

“Sir, besides the affidavit I have submitted the necessary documents of proof, here is my passport, driving license issued at Delhi, voter’s ID, and other government and non-government documents all contain the correct name of my father. A mistake has taken place in the full name and spelling of my father which I want to be corrected.”

“Where is your admit card?”

This question was a poison to me which I took. But how long? How much time does it take to become a Neelkhanth?

Well, on this, I am still meditating.

 

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Nothing new. Why blame the bureaucracy in Bihar? Our embassy in Washington is not doing any better. Make a call, nobody picks up the telephone. Try to leave a message, the message box is full. Write a letter, no response! This is the Indian way. Thank you. - Satya - Aug. 29, 2007


When I finished reading this story (with sad ending), my mind started quarrelling with my soul, asking again and again a simple question - KAB TAK and KYON? This is not just a story of Mr. Ahmad. This is not only HIS personal grievances, but it's OUR problem as well. We all are having similar type of problems almost everywhere. Every department is having similar type of mess. It's very difficult to blame anyone. What is the remedy and till when we have to wait for a hassle-free official environment in this SUSHASAN regime? - Saroj Ray, Village Kkharouna, Bhojpur (Ara), Bihar - Aug. 29, 2007

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In Memory of Ustad Bismillah Khan

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
Riyadh, KSA

Aug 21, 2006

 

Inna Lilah-e wa Inna alaih-e Raje-oon (Allah has sent us here and we all shall return to Thee).

We all will be taken away by the cold hand of death. It's an absolute truth. Still, someone's death is unbelievable. And it is Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan. I still remember his interview with a foreign TV journalist. An excerpt of the conversation is as follows:

TV Journalist: Khan Saheb, the US government will be happy to settle you, anywhere in the State... with all luxury of your choice... what you wish will be brought to you.

Bismillah Khan: Can your government bring the Ganges from Banaras? (Bismillah Saheb used the word "Banaras" as a metaphor meaning readymade natural juice/divine one).

THIS was the insight of Ustad's Indian-ness; a devout follower of Indian culture and civilisation, a semblance of binding force of Hindu-Muslim unity. His service to the nation through Indian classical music will always remind of the countrymen, his immortal ragas infused with rhythmical intuition will always echo in the minds and hearts of millions. His is all that will never end. He is a living gem/Ratna of Bharat.

 

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Dear Mr. Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad, let God take what He has given us and let us in all circumstances praise His great name. Imagine the torture that birth would be if there were no deaths! The true value and greatness of a man is recognized after his departure from this wicked world of ours. - Omar Luther King - Aug. 21, 2006


Generations of sweetness that flowed through his Shehnai suddenly seems lost. I feel left alone and lost in a dark room with no sound at all, not even the sound of my own breathing.

His last words to me some months ago "Aap fikr na keren Janab, Inshallah agar tabyat nein saath diya toh hum aap ke liye Bambai mein zaroor bajayeinge".

For years I've been listening to him religiously every night before sleeping or else I could never sleep. Be it Raag Madhuvanti, Tilak Kamod or any of his Kajri's, every note he ever played was magical. His music touched the chords of the deepest part of one's heart and one would instantly feel a sense of peace.

Khan Sahab's departure leaves a hole in my heart and a vacuum in my life. I so needed him to play here in Mumbai for my wedding next year. I believe some wishes left unfulfilled last a lifetime and chase you till heaven, maybe mine will.

The whole nation mourns the absence of its finest legend. No sound can ever replace his sweet music. - Fahad Khalil Pathan, Mumbai - Aug. 22, 2006


He came into this world in a less than a well to do family, just like an average child born in Bihar. He was not particularly beautiful, but to his parents he was a gift from God and they named him accordingly - Bismillah!

Bismillah Khan grew up and learnt to play the one instrument whose beautiful sounds could easily evoke both the pathos of grieving and the momentous joy of weddings - The Shahnai.

The Persians found the Shahnai in Hindustan and honored it by calling it the King of their own instrument the 'ney', a flute like instrument that is played in Persia till this day. So the Shah-ney over the centuries came to be known as the Shahnai.

After reaching great heights, the great maestro Bismillah Khan bowed out of the mehfil of life. While I pay this tribute to him, it pains me to say that of late the Indian youths have become so mesmerized by the galactic tones of the Synthesizers and the discordant music of the composers who promote their insipid fare by propping it by things like hair braids or their whacky appearances.

Bismillah Khan has moved on. He had lost his patrons. The plaintive notes of his Shahnai had ardent fans who were ageing. Many young people did not even know him. In fact, many Indians today can not tell the difference between a Santoor and a Sarod. It can not be denied that we, as a society, did not compensate him adequately for what he gave us.

Today Hindustan mourns a man who came into this world empty handed and left empty handed. He picked up the Shahnai while he lived and left his legacy like few do... in his melodious music and this mastery of a complex art form that many of us will hopefully begin to appreciate - now that this maestro of Hindustani Classical music has taken the bow, and left the stage. - Aarcee - Aug. 22, 2006


Good things always remain and the receptive minds preserve them for generation to come. Perhaps, every thinking person keeps a notion of this sort and moves forward towards a singular purpose. What wakes up to realize is: live in the unity of pathos.

I find Omar Luther King Saheb's comment and others very enlightening. It shows that good works don't die because we remember them in one sense or the other. A very long or short gap between life and death decides the meaning of human life.

Let Bismillah Saheb live in our heart. It means 'begin in the name of Allah' where life gets its meaning. - Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad, Riyadh , KSA - Aug. 22, 2006

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Empowering Police

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
KSU, Riyadh, KSA

April 2, 2007

 

Empowering the Bihar police under the constitutional framework by Nitish Government shows that the government is keen to revamp the law and order system in the state. Intention is that the normal functioning in view of the efficiency and the working condition of the Bihar police as of now is not satisfactory enough. Hence this strategy i.e. empowering the Bihar police so as to enable them to function with more confidence and accountability. If this is the fair approach to assess and overview the functioning of the Bihar police, then undeniably, this special provision might fetch substantial results. Secondly, as it has been claimed that Bihar as such is the first to follow the apex court guideline in this regard. It doesn’t mean that the rest of the states if not all, need such special provision to function effectively for maintaining law and order in the states. Every police department has to comply with and that is under the constitutional provision though it might not be with the optimum positive results. The time only will tell us. Because, police personnel too are human beings and to err is human being. But the fact is law has nothing to do with emotional part of the people and the society. It means repairing is fine if something is wrong with the society but it is extremely a cumbersome task if we talk of the maintenance of law and order.

Substantial academic touch to the problem like seminars and research on the functioning of the police has been taking place across the country over the time and ended always with a big question mark. And those are many. Some of them can be seen in the Bollywood films particularly in the films of Ram Gopal Verma and Prakash Jha. Certainly, these dramatized naked facts are painful for a civilized society where we can satisfy ourselves by raising several ifs and buts, but of course with no positive results.

How to handle the criminals and keep watch on the rising crime is not the prime concern of police but the society as well who is equally responsible. The only line of demarcation is that policing is a paid job while society is never. The priceless job of the society is that it takes care of itself where people flow as blood in the veins of civility. Bihar has once been declared as the best administered state which shows that the people were committed and accountable towards the rule of law and the police found that law and order were in good health. Yes it happened not absolutely but rarely.

Protest by the opposition may sound reasonable provided it refuses what has been taking place in the past: nexus between the police and the politicians, engineering communal riots, harboring the dens of the antisocial elements and considerable rise in big or small crimes - all these do not take place without pointing the suspicion of needle on both, the police and politicians. The people therefore have got to bear the consequences in one sense or the other. Democracy is a responsibility with optimum commitment. Autocracy or anarchy is lawlessness. Execution or implementation of any type of law has never been a problem in the history of free India. If the intention is good every law is good, every system is good provided it serves the people in its possible purest form. Else a law is made and it is broken.

शक्ति जो चेतन थी, अब जड़ हो गयी है। बचपन में जो कुंजी मेरे पास थी, उम्र बढ़ते बढ़ते वह कहीं खो गयी है। - दिनकर

 

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Your eloquent comments are right on. I could not agree more. - Ronald Harrison, Syracuse, NY - Apr, 2, 2007


Only those people and parties who have extensive criminal records are opposing this Act. They are afraid soon the long hand of law with come to grab them. - Mahmud Ali, Kuwait - Apr, 2, 2007

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Renaming Patna

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
KSU, Riyadh, KSA

Feb. 5, 2007

 

Perhaps renaming Patna as Pataliputra will not only improve the socio-economic condition of the Muslims but the all-round development of the entire State and her people. Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand may once again think of the ancient Pataliputra in order to improve their international politics and transcendental education. And the students in Greece may once again indulge into a discussion on Chanakya, a name which is not astonishment to them.

Because today’s Patna needs industrialization, educational reformation, more health educational institutions, liberalization from the clutches of sick and rotten casteism: rather a kind of revolution in every walks of life. Earning name and fame without action, devotion and dedication to the service for the people and the land, is just a fantasy. Language has no religion, caste or creed. Every language works even beyond the utmost political boundary or boundaries. The word Azimabad meaning the Great Land of the people is meaningful only when we achieve something substantially in terms of our lost glory of the Bihari context. Else, it is a false imagination , a misconception and a political gimmick which doesn’t mollify even a certain class of society.

 

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Renaming Patna will not serve any purpose, instead it will create trouble. The time is to revive Bihar from its lost glory, do development work for the benefit of people of State and also to bring glory for all those who have migrated to US, UK etc. Hope politicians will look for development and crime free state. - T.S.P. Sinha - Feb. 5, 2007


Any Bihari can understand the demand of changing Patna's name to Patliputra but changing her name to 'AzimaBad' is kind of 'too much'. This is called height of political bankruptcy.

Changing name of Patna to promote Urdu? Its hard to digest, literally! - Naren Singh, India/USA - Feb. 5, 2007


Laluji is truly a great man ! When Michael Jackson created 'Neverland' to molest kids, Laluji, made Bihar "Lalualand" to graze on the 'mithi ghaas' of Bihar's treasury.

Now he wants Patna to be named "Something-bad". Well Laluji, during your time you did make Patna "Barbad" and "Go! barbad! (gobarbad) " became your rallying cry !

Now Bihar is Nitish Kumar's headache. Now there is meat in the samosa of Bihar. Don't look for Aloo in it anymore, Lalu. It is time for you to ride your bhains into the sunset.

"Tere hathkande 'jaat' ke
Tere karnaame raat ke
Hindu the ya Muslim -
mar gaye sar kar jail mein
sun ne wale teri baat ke."

How's that? - Aarcee - Feb. 5, 2007


I am unable to draw any connection between the leader Ghulam Sarvar and Azeemabad. Azeemabad is one of the many names of Patna. But why name it in honour of Ghulam Sarvar? Beats me. - Ramjee Yadav - Feb. 6, 2007


I say leave Patna's name alone! What's wrong with Patna? It's short and simple and even Lalu and Sadhu can spell it. Besides, who are these idiots to decide what should be the name of the city, or the city does, in fact, needs a name change? They will change it to Pataliputra or Kusumpur or Azimabad and then 30 years from now, another moron politician will come along and want it changed back to Patna! What a bunch of idiots we are dealing with! - Aninda Bose - Feb. 6, 2007


This is height of Chamchagiri. I understand Lalu cannot do any good to Bihar but then leave the Patna as it is. Why he wants to please Muslims for the vote bank? If Patna is renamed to Pataliputra we can understand as this was its original name and has a great history and heritage. But renaming to Azimabad nowhere reflects the greatness of this city.

It's high time Lalu listens to Rabri and QUITS politics. It will be good for his health and we Biharis will be spared from his LALUGIRI. We had enough of him in last 15 years, we don't need more of Lalu and his LALUGIRI. - Samir Kumar Mishra, Brisbane, Australia - Feb. 6, 2007


As rightly pointed out, the name Patna is short and simple and Even Rabri Devi can write it with some months of practice. So why change it to something complex. If at all Lalooji feels a name change would be good for is sagging political graph and revive his MY card, how about changing his own name to Md. Laloo Khan Yadav, Rabri Devi can be renamed as Rabri Khatoon Yadav. That should please both ingredients of Laloo's MY formula. - Rajesh - Feb. 6, 2007


When Lalu went to USA and met president Bill Clinton, he boasted about how Bihar is reforming under Rabri regime because of him and his wife. "Why don't you think of changing the name of Bihar, if you have changed the face of Bihar so much"? Clinton asked.

"Ya, you are right, I have already thought of two names for it - Lalubad and Rabribad, and now you tell which one suits more?" Laluji asked.

Clinton shocked and asked, "If you guys have done so good for Bihar, why do you want to rename it as "Lalu Bad" and "Rabri Bad"??

Then he dropped the idea of renaming and we are fortunate today not to have that ;).

Since then he was restless and now it was the end of his restlessness. He has two motives for renaming the Bihar into Azimabad.

(i) Bihar will convert into Azimabad and the coming generation will NOT be able to say "Oh, Bihar was ruined by Lalu and Rabri".

(ii) Bihar is already taking a new shape under Nitishji, and Laluji wants to grab the credit for a developing Azimabad.

Lage rahiye Laluji ;) - Anand Singh - Feb. 6, 2007


Yes Lalu did forget one thing, the ultimate proxy name he had given to Patna, "Bar-bad". So he can keep on rattling anything senselessly now whatever comes in mind.

For Pataliputra, there is a sense. It was the first name of Patna (Patligram, Pataliputra) with whom not only Bihar's glory but India's glory was associated. It was Pataliputra, capital of the era when India was called the Golden Bird. It was the capital of strongest India ever, the proudest moments of Indian history in the form of Mauryans and Guptas, father of mathematics, Aryabhatta, or Kalidas in nearby, Budhdha and Mahavir.

But above all of them Lalu Yadav's logic felt that a forgetful brutal governor of Aurangzeb was more graceful and renowned thing to remember!

Lalu has become handicapped in every sense now. Since he can't do anything, he is doing these sort of old model political gimmicks. But please some intelligent sycophant of him let him know that evolution in society is occurring in fast pace and he is now on the verge of becoming an extinct species. These old model caste religion politics can no more give him return. And same time he is incapable to work for state development positively.

So in nutshell, desperation of Lalu is reflecting well. Nitish Kumar should book a cell ready for Lalu in Kanke, Ranchi, soon. - Ravi Shankar, Mountain View, CA - Feb. 6, 2007


I only want to raise one question: "what is wrong with Patna itself?" Is it like some major cities/capitals have undergone change in names, so we are also going like Bangaluru, Mysooru..? If it is the case then also we should go with "Pataliputra" rather going for Azeemabad. - Ashutosh Kumar - Feb. 6, 2007


The name of the Prestigious Medical College was changed from Prince of Wales Medical College to Patna Medical College possibly to bring it in line with Patna University, Patna Science College and Patna Women’s College. What did it achieve? The name change possibly accelerated rate of its deterioration.

With the change of the city name will we be changing the names of the Institutions to Azimabad so and so.

It is high time we get on with serious business on hand and sort out the mess, rather than dare messing up with the name. There is lots to be proud of the name’ Patna ‘ itself. Genuine Patna'ites know it . Because Patna we have known had have enough of amenities even as recently as 1960-70, peaceful, secure environment, Beautiful ghats, Boat clubs, excellent educational institutions, Libraries (Khuda Baksh, British Council, USIS, Sinha Library) clubs, shopping malls, before the new breed arrived there.

Patna is fine. Leave it alone please! - Neel Kamal - Feb. 7, 2007


Renaming Patna with some Muslim name is just a political game of getting minority votes without doing anything for them. Renaming a city does not bring anything good to city or the minority community. It will only result in a large extra expense which can be utilized better by using it for social welfare.

If leaders are keen to honor any person they should organize social service events on their birthdays or anniversaries. A "shramdan" by high & mighty to clean the city or similar effort will generate peoples' interest in improving civic conditions. If Patna has to take the pride of place among Indian cities, it needs to be clean & roads in best conditions, traffic in disciplined condition. Big wigs & their chamchas should not be exonerated from following rules, rather they should set an example. - Mithilesh Kumar, Delmar, NY, USA - Feb. 7, 2007


It is an absolutely absurd suggestion to appease and fool a particular community to garner vote and get a second chance to loot Bihar. There is nothing wrong in Patna and if at all one wants to change, change it to Pataliputra.

If the suggestor is so fond of changing names, he should himself change to Lalubuddin Ahmad Bukhari. - B. M. Mishra - Feb. 7, 2007


I am supportive of renaming Patna to Pataliputra, but not now. It will be useful only if outsiders (people not from Bihar) start thinking that Bihar has really changed. This time they will think that we are trying to escape. - Satya Prakash - Feb. 7, 2007

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Viva Bhojpuri Films

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA

May 16, 2006

 

Better late than never. Here comes the long awaited Bhojpuri panorama; doing very well on the box office and above all a news that makes every Bihari proud of, a great achievement in the world of entertainment. Satyajit Movies and Jeet Creations deserves all praise for this maiden endeavour. Still, miles to go… The work of Bhikhari Thakur is unforgettable, Bhojpuri folk songs like Chaitaa and Birha are on the verge of extinction, regional festival songs are getting replaced by unmusical noises even on the eve of religious fetes or cultural occasions.

True, music as of now has been commercialized but it shouldn’t be at the cost of social, cultural and social values. Any film is a strong medium of communication amicably accessible to a large mass of the people. There is a class of society which is looking for decent movie watching, a class of society which is hungry of good poetry/songs. Bhojpuri is a rich language.

Unfortunately, it is not being used in its real literary taste:

Hansi hansi paanwan, khiole Gopichanwa (Bhikhri Thakur)

Sonwan ke pinjara mein band bhaile hai Ram, Chiraii ke jiyara udas…

Nain lar jayihein to manwan mein kasak hoibe kari…..

These are evergreen and the finest form of composition in Bhojpuri. Linguistically, this language has paved ways to a great success for Bollywood films like G .P. Sippy’s SHOLAY or Dilip Kumar’s GANGA JAMUNA; those couldn’t had been super hit had BHOJPURI not used extensively in the film.

My hearty congratulations to the maker of MAI-BAAP. I wish I'm in Bihar at the earliest. I'm impatiently curious to watch this movie only in the theatre. The title of the movie will itself be a medicine to my feelings, I hope. Because, my MAI-BAAP are not any more with me.

 

Comments:

Madaniji, you have touched most emotional chord of our life. Bhojpuri is a language of big-hearted people. In Mumbai, every year we can find dozens of Biraha competitions arranged. The most favored competition is between Vijay Lal Yadav (Dadhiwaale) of Ghazipur and Anita Raj of Patna.

The folk songs during marriages, shaamiyana, Naach... oh.. There is no second match to it in this entire universe.

My favorite songs are "Niman na kaila Shyam Mathura mein jaayee ke" by Bharat Sharma, "Du go roti khaatir bachawan mein maar ho jaala", "Kahe ke ta sabhe kehu aapan, aapan kahawe waala ke ba", "Ganga kinaare mora gaon", "Chaahe jiya da saiyan chaahe mua da, tohare bharose baani kiriya kheeya da".

The Bhojpuri ascent itself acts like an antidote towards depression. Whenever I call my family members and relatives back in India and speak in Bhojpuri, the moment appears as if I am in my Hara Bhara Gaon in Bihar. - Tarakeswar Dubey - May 17, 2006


It is really nice to see the rise of Bhojpuri movie again. Even I am a fan of old classical Bhojpuri Movies Like _ Ganga Kinare Mora Gaon, Dharati Maiya, Dulha Ganga Paar Ke” etc – I want to watch all the new releases in Bhojpuri. Unfortunately I am not getting these movies here in local video shop. But one of my friend from India sent me two recent movies – It was very emotional moment for me to watch both of them at same day.

I was also searching hard for the online Bhojpuri songs. Finally I got one site – most of you must be aware of this site but I am putting the link here for the rest. I guess this is a person site of someone named Madhu – she is doing a great job.

http://madhu90210.tripod.com/id26.html - Nawin Kumar, NJ, USA - May 17, 2006

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Understanding the Bihari Mind and Bihar

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
KSU, Riyadh, KSA

March 20, 2007

 

The name Bihar is derived from the Sanskrit ‘vihar’ meaning abode. Over the time it got magnified and turned into a cosmic form by multiplying itself and culminated into viharas which were the abodes of Buddhist monks in the ancient and medieval periods. The same Bihar was called ‘Magadha’ and the capital Pataliputra was the center of the Mauryan empire which ruled the Indian subcontinent from 325 BC to 185 BC. The cosmic teachings during those periods were on its height with the spiritual enlightenment of Lord Buddha who was born and brought up on the soil of Kapilwastu, Kingdom of Nepal. But he achieved his life-fulfillment in today’s Bihar. His disciples scattered like anything that revolutionized the minds of the millions and it prevails today in various forms: some of them are transcendentalism greatly practiced in Germany and North America. The power of non-violence and peace is the slogan of today’s world civilization and has been put up as the top agenda of the United Nation Organization. This originated from the teachings of Buddhism after the great Kalinga War during the reign of the Magadh Samraat Ashoka. On the verge of the medieval period, Bihar remained an international place in terms of power, culture, and education. The Vikramshila (Bhagalpur) and Nalanda Universities were the hub of intellectual activities for the international students.

Vardhaman Mahavir, the founder of Jainism was born in Vaishali and the Lichchawi Nagar of Vaishali, gave birth to ‘democracy’ the first of its kind in the world. The followers of Jainism practice how to get control over the senses ( which lead to sensuality and violence). The influence of Jainism can be traced into the world renowned Swiss psychologist Fred. Harshvardhan, Emperor Ashoka, Kautilya (Channakyya), Aamrpali and gems of ancient Bharat were mostly from today’s Bihar of India. Their service to mankind was not confined to one region or race or community. They selflessly served the cause of humanity and today nobody can deny this fact on this living planet.

Six years rule of Sher Shah Suri of Sasaram (Shehsharam) who built the longest road of the Indian subcontinent, the Grand Trunk Road which starts from Sonargaon in Bangladesh and ends at Peshawar in Pakistan, was from Bihar. He fought against the Mughal Empire and established his own governance and served selflessly and peacefully the entire territory of Bharat. His contributions are many and today’s people of India are equally reaping the fruits.

Babu Kunwar Singh of Jagdishpur (Bhojpur,Bihar) and his army contributed to the India’s First War of Independence 1857.

Raj Kumar Shukla of Champaran invited Mohandas Karamchand just after his (MK’S) return from South Africa, to protest against the atrocities on the forced farmers/peasants under an oppressive system established by European indigo planters to cultivate indigo which later became a nationwide movement called the Champaran Satyagraha. This marked Gandhiji’s entry into the India’s Struggle for Freedom.

Bihar was at the forefront of India’s struggle of independence. Right from the 1857 of independence to the 1942 Quit India movement, the whole country looked to Bihar for providing direction to its freedom struggle. Gandhiji became a mass leader only after the Champaran Satyagraha and the way to freedom was paved by Raj Kumar Shukla of Bihar.

The list of legendary freedom fighters of Bihar is a long one who championed the cause of India’s struggle for freedom: Swami Sahajanad Saraswati, Basawan Singh (Sinha), Dr Anugrah Narayan Sinha, Maulana Majharul Haque, Yogendra Shukla, Sheel Bhadra Yajee, Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chaki.

The Non-cooperation Movement, a call given by Gandhiji attracted a great number of people from Bihar. Shiekh Mohiuddin (1898-2004) of Mairwa (Siwan), an activist of Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) under the guidance of his seniors spread the powerful message of the movement in and around the region.

And who will forget the simplest and the most scholarly the first President of India Republic, Dr Rajendra Prasad and his services to the drafting of the Constitution of the Republic in which the Preamble says… ‘We the people of India…’? Till date no answer sheet in the country bears a remark “the examinee (Rajendra Prasad) is better than examiner”.

Over the last four decades, the Indian polity has been getting shapes and reshapes due to farsightedness of the Indian politicians of Bihari origin most significantly the JP Movement which was the prime cause for the downfall of the autocratic rule during the regime of Indira Gandhi: started by Loknayak Babu Jai Prakash Narayan. This movement reshaped the Indian democracy to its full meaning. Great leaders of socialist school of thoughts of Bihar origin including the chief minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumar still occupy a bigger size of place in the politics of the country and working hard for the betterment of the people with dedication strengthening the every fragments of the unity and integrity of the country.

The railway budget 2007 presented by the Union Railway Minister Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav, one the disciples of the Loknayak Jai Prakash, has been accepted and welcomed with a lot of praise across the country. He was born and brought up at a remote village of Phulwariya, Gopalganj. He has made a history in the ministry of railway by not raising fare hike with a huge profit of rupees 20 thousand crores. The top bureaucrats of the past and the present of Bihar origin have shown bright career graph of their remarkable services in their various nature of works over the times. India’s most respectable examining authority UPSC which is the kidney of producing personnel to the various departments of the government of India of which remarkably, 20% of them are from Bihar. Super 30 in Patna, unlike Kota of Rajasthan, a non-funded educational institution have trained the poorest of the poor and many of them got through the prestigious IIT entrance. This achievement gained popularity not only within the country, but internationally. An actress and one time Miss Japan has decided to make a film with a purpose that it might inspire the youth of Japan.

BHARAT is our home. It belongs to the people of Bharat. Disintegrating and narrow mindedness will be fought back especially by the people of Bihar and by the PEOPLE of India in the right sense of Indian.

शक्ति जो चेतन थी, अब जड़ हो गयी है। बचपन में जो कुंजी मेरे पास थी, उम्र बढ़ते बढ़ते वह कहीं खो गयी है। - दिनकर

 

Comments:

Though precisely, but perfectly explained the contributions of Biharis in national development. We have shown light in the past and we shall keep doing so in future as well. You have also very rightly concluded your article; Bharat is our home and any attempt of causing disintegration and narrow mindedness should be fought back in the right way in true spirit of nationalism. - Najam Gilani - Mar. 20, 2007


Very nice article, thank you very much. - Rajiv Chandra - Mar. 20, 2007


Thanks to PatnaDaily and Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad, a very nice article! - Ranjan Rituraj Sinh - Mar. 21, 2007


'Understanding the Bihari Mind' is a nice article. But the author has mentioned Vardhman Mahavir as the founder of Jainism. It is proven by Indoligical scholars that Jainism existed even before Vardhman Mahavir in Bihar region. Both Mahavir and Gautam Buddha were followers of the Shraman tradition of Parshwnatha. Parshwanatha was 23rd Teerthankar of Jainism. There are followers of Parshwanatha's Jain tradition even today in Bihar which are known as 'Saraks'. - Mahavir Chavan, Pune - Mar. 21, 2007


Excellent article! The writer deserves applause for his contribution. - Shwetabh Kumar, Hyderabad - Mar. 21, 2007


This is really a very nice and full of facts article. - Dhiraj Jha, ITM Business School, Chennai - Mar. 21, 2007


Very nice sketching by M M Ahmed to recall our history and due transitions. It compels us to think on the line of Rashtra Kavi Maithili Sharan Gupt:



Rajkishore Prasad - Mar. 22, 2007

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