It was the evening of Saptami pooja of Dussehra in 2004. Dussehra is one of the most enthusiastically celebrated festivals in Bihar. That day isn’t etched in my memory because of the celebrations but a horror that I cannot erase.
Few gundas or rangdars, as they are called in my homeland, entered one of the houses in my colony and slit the throat of a 14-year-old kid. The reason was simple to understand and unbelievable to comprehend – the kid’s father was a Doctor, and he didn’t pay the rangdari tax, the extortion money to the local don.
The incident was shocking but not unbelievable. In fact, if you choose a random Bihari guy of my age and narrate him the incident, he will not even be shocked to know that. We saw it all under the beloved RJD government.
That was the day my parents decided that I was to leave the city as soon as my 10th boards are done. I complied, without protest. My mom missed me terribly, I was very dear to her, every son to every mother is.
I vividly remember the mid-2005 phase when even my stubborn father. Stubborn – to give you a perspective, he let go of 3 highly lucrative jobs just so that he could live in the city he loved, Patna. Mid-2005 was a phase that even my father had decided that if the election doesn’t overthrow the goon on the chair, Respected Laloo Prasad Yadav, he will apply for a transfer out of state.
The 2005 Bihar elections brought smiles, relief and hope to all the faces who wanted order, safety and a better life. Such was the hope pinned on Nitish Kumar.
10 years later.
My twin kid brothers appeared and got through the 12th board exams in 2015 with flying colours. From the time I left Bihar and now, it has been 10 years. 10 years of ‘su-shashan’ or good governance as Mr. Nitish Kumar was projected a messiah of.
Sadly, it is the same story with my brothers after 10 glorious years of Nitish Kumar’s governance. Apart from a few still in progress Flyovers and a ‘comparative’ better law and order situation, I see nothing else has changed. Still hoardes of meritorious students leave the state for higher studies with no hope of returning to the place they called home.
All of us thought that ten years of Mr. Kumar would turn the fate of the god-forsaken land. But almost nothing happened.
Today, all we can see is a hyper-egoist in once Bihar’s favourite leader. Everybody knows why he broke away from the 17 year old coalition because NDA chose Narendra Modi instead of him in the PM race.
The whole episode of Jeetan Ram Manjhi being made the CM of Bihar was to blame the Lok Sabha results on the poor guy and then came the part, where he lost the last spec of respect – joining hands with the Joker.
The mere thought of Laloo Yadav returning to the helm of affairs sends shivers down to my body, and I believe it does to most of the progressive Biharis all over the world.
All I can do is go back to Patna and vote against them – a two-faced-power-hungry-egoist and Laloo Prasad Yadav. My vote alone won’t change things but maybe ours will.
As a parting note, a dig by Pawan on the holiest alliance and brotherhood of them two: