By Salil Gewali
In this age of sophistication, the academic excellence is achieved in various ways. Well, the light of knowledge can come in different ways, and from many sources but it should always be free from the mist of falsity and the glitter of illusion. But in Bihar the story of academy is pretty gloomy for past some years. It has earned its distinction of having been steeped in such academic humbug.
It is often noticed that the education has literally been strangulated in this state. Heaven forbid, the one who has topped the chart of merit does not know how many subjects she had appeared in the examition. Prodikal Science is the subject that teaches the skill of cookery for the topper Ruby Rai of Vaishali who earned high praises for her achievement. While, Saurabh Sresh, who scored the highest marks in the intermediate science, shocked everyone as he could not answer the basic questions of chemistry. The pictures of wall-scrambling by cheat-facilitators in Bihar, which went viral in the social media some months back, had drawn intertiol ridicule.
Why has the education in Bihar reached this sorry state of affairs? Is it not quite illogical to put the blame on the students alone? Are not those leaders who ruled this Bihar with the brute force of lawlessness responsible? One needs not dig deeper to smell the stench of political sewage and the subsequent rise of crimes in Bihar for over two decades. This has practically corroded the social and academic fabric that now we are witnessing such shameful instances. Here we have noticed how some political leaders contest the election from inside the confinement of the prison. Laloo Prasad Yadav, RJD’s Chief, who has been topping the chart of goondaism for last two decades, is still holding this state to ransom. He has a whole bunch of followers who know no other law, but the dhom dhom of guns and pistols. Just a few weeks ago a jourlist Rajdeo Ranjan was murdered allegedly by an RJD’s gangster. The crimility in politics seems to have again come back with a vengeance in the present setup where RJD claims its pound of flesh.
No strange, Laloo Prasad pushed for his son Tejashwi Yadav to become the Deputy Chief Minister of the state who is just a IX passed student, besides another son Tej Pratap Yadav as the Minister of Health and Environment. Here the big question is that how come his RJD is not derecognized by the judiciary court that has taken Bihar to the abyss of regression with the alarm of jungle raj for so many years. Here commoners do not fear the wild animals such as lions, tigers or bears but they are afraid of the ferocious members of political parties who shoot the vulnerable opponents like one shoot the birds for fun. One can check out the crime charts and know for himself who and how of the crimes perpetrated for last twenty years.
In the first place, it’s tural for any layman to point the accusing finger at the constitution and the judiciary system of the country that allows the crimils to form any number of parties and contest the election. Why are the strong clauses not etched on the body of constitution that prevent the devious characters from contesting the election and holding the seat of power? Didn’t it occur to our constitution makers that giving a sharp dagger to the inexperienced will be disastrous. Daggers should only be wielded by the skillful knights whose job is to protect the weak.
Look at the list of the recently elected Ministers in Bihar, their portfolios, and their academic qualifications. One can’t help but laugh in disbelief. Again, the fact that such ineligible rookies and jailbirds in the ministry does not make the mainstream media sit up is a classic case of mystery.
Of course, one cannot ever doubt that there are countless exceptiolly brilliants students, scientists, technocrats, administrators who are being produced by this sacred land of Buddha’s enlightenment. Where there is a will there is a way. At one stroke the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did a work of Messiah by banning the alcohol which has dramatically brought down the crime rates in Bihar.
So, it is much expected now that without any further delay the state’s administrative machinery and politicians should pull together to plug the gap. It is landa University of this holy Bihar that had for thousands of years attracted the knowledge seekers from the far off lands. Let the past glory be restored before it is too late.