The cultural deficit in Bihar!!

bihar incidence

The very first news of today’s morning that popped up on a new channel  was the horrifying death of a school director Devendra Prasad Sinha in Nalanda district of Bihar. He might be in his late 60s as per the news channel and the video associated with the news displayed how brutally he was being lynched by the aggressive villagers who were furious over the death of two school kids studying in the school run by the murdered director. According to the news the kids were found dead at a nearby pond and the parent’s had the allegation over the principal and director of the school for beating those kid to the death and then dumping their bodies into the pond from where the bodies were recovered.

If any of the reader get a chance to see that video then you will surely realize the kind of cultural deficit Bihar is actually going through . You will see the few guys beating an old man with bamboo stick in between the crowd who were mere spectator or may be the participants. The humanity appeared to be tossed somewhere. They pricked out one of the eyes of the slain director before ensuring his death. His daughter is blaming the police department for her father’s death because he went to the village with Policemen to prove his innocence in the matter of the kid’s death, but then villagers went on rampant and killed the director in front of those policemen who preferred to stay aside and watch him die.

When the postmortem report came then it became very clear that those students died because of getting drowned in the pond. And so it was proved that the director was unnecessarily made to fall prey to those illiterate, uncivilized and uncultured villagers who got no understanding of the importance of education and the people associated to that. They simply needed a reason to display that how uncivilized that state is. Nalanda is the constituency for the CM of Bihar and so considered to be the VVIP district of Bihar. If the condition of a VVIP district is that bad and the people are so illiterate then we can simply think of the poor running of the entire state. The villagers who killed the director had nothing to do with the drowned kids. They simply killed an old man just to satisfy their deep rooted illiteracy which is transferred to them generation after the generation. That video is so disturbing that it can trigger the anger even in the most intellectual and civilized person. You will feel like beating that bamboo man with the same bamboo stick to death.

Few years back there had been an incidence at the Maruti manufacturing plant in Maneshar, Gurgaon. Global HR head of Maruti automobiles was burnt alive by the workers of that plant over some dispute with the management related to their salary and bonus. The case is still pending and some of the workers are behind the bars but yet to be convicted. If the stats are referred for such cases then one thing is very common is all of them. Most of the people who has been killed by mob are found to be unarmed and physically not capable to handle a situation like that. But, even if a person is armed then also fighting a mob of illiterates is nearly impossible in a country like India. The same mob can never have the guts to even touch the director’s or principal of the premier schools in this country. Most of the time such illiterate murderers are beaten and thrashed by the big business houses or by police on the instructions of such business tycoons. And so such crowd never looses the opportunity to display their power over the weak persons.

Over the YouTube you can look out for a video in which a mob of youth gathered outside the residence of Lalu Prasad Yadav(a popular leader of Bihar) to speak to him about their appointments as the teachers in the schools run by central government. The way the mob was abused and thrashed by Laluji in that video is the actual treatment those villagers deserves in this country. They consider themselves over the law because they know that no law or Police can take any actions against them due the weakness of the judiciary system in India. Police should also not be blamed for such incidences because they also comes with our own society. And so any society will have the policemen of their own category. I am not a judge or a journalist and whatever I am writing is based on the media reports and video that I have seen myself .

On one side PM Narendra Modi talks about the Yoga and meditation, but I would like to ask him that what Yoga he got to reduce the stupidity of this nation. Can anyone take the accountability of the director’s brutal death? I myself belong to Bihar and I have seen such hooligans a lot in my life during my frequent visits to Bihar. People climbs over the trains like creepers without having any tickets and also pulls the chain to employ the emergency break to stop the train wherever they want as per their own convenience. It appears like the train belongs to their fore fathers. I have seen an incidence of TTE(Travelling Ticket Examiner) getting beaten by the couple of guys in AC compartment simply because TTE asked them to get down of the train because they were not having any kind of tickets, not even the general class ticket. Some people interfered to protect the TTE getting thrown away out of the train by those idiots. Nobody wants to talk about that. And every time we try to hide under the facts of the number of IITians and Civil Service officers from Bihar.

I am not saying that Bihar is the only state with such hooliganism and idiotic acts of the residents, but surely it is on the top undisputedly. We have such stupidity in Bengal, Assam and southern states as well, but what I have witnessed today morning in that news is simply horrifying and something has to be done immediately to restore the cultural sensibility on the village area of Bihar. An old man got killed without any reason except the crippled mentality of the people who literally deserves to work as the migrant laborers in other states and get beaten by the fanatic political parties of those states.

Nilesh Ranjan

The death of journalism in India!!

Few weeks back I was watching a Hindi movie named “Tevar” starrer by Manoj Vajpayi, Arjun Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha in which Sonakshi’s brother was a journalist and was killed by the goons led by Manoj Vajpayi on the streets of Varanasi with the assistance of the cops who sold their moral the very first day they wore the Police Uniform. I actually suspected that scene in the movie because I always had a believe that nothing is more powerful than media in this country. But, I was actually wrong or rather forced to be wrong by the recent incidence of killing of a free lance journalist Jagender Singh in Allahabad for his active involvement to bring the crime being done by a UP cabinet minister Ram Murti Verma.

The minister did use his influence to order local police to burn the journalist alive and the five policemen including a sub inspector poured kerosene over Mr.Singh and burnt him alive. He was 60% burnt when admitted to the government hospital where he succumbed to death on 8th of June,15. All the five policemen has been suspended and the minister is absconding from the time his name appeared in the FIR. Now the question arises on the kind of journalism we follow in India specially in the states like UP, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu where criticizing a political person is a clear attempt to suicide. These days Indian media like Times Now , Aaj Tak or NDTV are mostly focused to criticize the BJP government in center or in any states like Haryana, Madhya Pradesh or Chattisgarh where you hardly hear any such news of killing of a journalist for criticizing the government or their policy. The journalist like Arnab Goswani who use to have the high respect for his charismatic presentation of the most serious issues in the country. But, recently I have realized he is also gutless like many other in that industry . How will they protect the society when can’t protect themselves?

Somewhere in 2013 when UPA was in power with congress as the ruler for the country then I saw a press conference by the then Foreign minister Salman Khursid. In that press conference I saw him openly threatening a journalist just because he asked him a question which Mr.Khursid was not comfortable with. He told the journalist ” You are finished now”. That’s the standard of our politicians in the country from the political parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party , DMK, AIDMK or the new Telanga Samiti. I haven’t seen Narendra Modi or any of his cabinet ministers behaving so rudely to the media in spite of being target all the time from all the corners of media for Gujrat riots or for Babri Mosque demolition. But, they never shown their aggression on media in any way because most of them understand the importance of media in democracy. Attacking the media will lead to the autocracy in this country and that should be protected at any cost. Most importantly its the people of this country who do not understand the basic concept that if you elect a criminal for the momentarily gain or for short term gain then tomorrow they will set the equation to you very well. When they can burn a journalist alive then think of the common man? We are almost at the mercy of such politicians.

I always use to think from a very young age that why almost all the political parties in India do not want the rise of BJP as the superpower in this country. And I got the answer after seeing them in power in full majority. If they continue in power in every state and center as well then they will permanently remove the culture of political autocracy from this nation. They will literally uproot the VIP culture in long term and media will be more powerful. The concept of politics in India is like having an absolute power to do whatever you want and nobody can even question you. The BJP leaders have ensured to take the criticism in the best of the spirit. The desperation of the parties like congress, SP, RJD or JDU for keeping BJP in check can be seens more clearly with the kind of coalition they are forming ahead of the elections in Bihar.

For me BJP is the true party because of their clear agenda for the betterment of this country. Whatever they do however they do, most of their acts are the best in the interest of this nation . I have seen Narendra Modi’s speeches and interviews when he is a PM now and also when he was not. I do not see much difference except he appears little more responsible and careful with his words but still one thing is common that he never targeted the media for anything in his speech even in the worst times of criticism. And that’s the real quality of a true leader who do not get provoked or carried away in worst to worst condition because he truly understand that media is doing their job and he has to do his own. Both are having the basic purpose to work for the nation . When I as an ordinary person can understand it so well then why can’t the media? Not a single electronic media channels have shown the news of the killing of that journalist with gravity. Rather they are giving full coverage to the stupid ministers of UP who are giving stupid comments to protect the accused and absconded minister Ram Murti Verma.

Time has come for the media to be little responsible in this country because nation truly needs them rather than knowing them and their capability to shout loudly on a news show. Time has come for the media to sideline the parties like Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janta Dal and many others in this country who pose a very serious threat to the freedom of speech and the freedom of media. If you see the condition of South India states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh or Telangana then you will hardly find any media house effectively covering them . Recently the CM of Tamil Nadu Smt. Jayalalita got acquittal in the disproportionate asset case and her party workers distributed money openly on the streets of Chennai in the presence of all the media person but none of them were having the guts to display that on a national television news because they could have been massacred. Similar is the case in Telangana as the CM of the state himself says ” Those who criticize Telangana will be buried 20 feet below the ground. Now think of the society who chose the persons like them in power.

I don’t have much complains from Tamil Nadu or AP or Telangana because that’s the choice people have made for themselves but the state like UP and Bihar where people do not want to see the criminals into the power again but still they are for whatsoever reasons. Everyone in politics there wants to control the Police and media houses. Its very obvious that if you chose a criminal as your leader then its much likely for them to kill you also for the fun or atrocities . Media should now take a lesson and should open the front completely against the Samajwadi Party and expose them for the all crimes they do by misusing the public trust in them.

Nilesh Ranjan