Firstly, some barrage of stats : Average growth (GSDP) between 1994-02 was 3.6% Average growth (GSDP) between 2001-12 was 6.3% Per capita income in 2000-01 was Rs. 9,980/- Per capita income in 2011-12 was Rs.21,734/- For further comparisons related to bifurcation of Bihar see Did Jharkhand progress after getting separated from Bihar? In terms of … Continue reading Daily Takes: On The Thought That Stable Government Can Bring Substantial Changes In Ranchi
Sadly, the policies pursued by state governments in the states like Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh are inimical to the substantial Adivasi populations there.
A small village in the hinterlands of Jharkhand “It’s simple child. You go there, pick up some coal, return & we pay you five rupees every day” said the stout middle-man, Vishnu beamingly. “So, children pick up your shovels & get to business we’ve enough work at hand” added Vishnu as he looked towards the … Continue reading The Black Diamond
One of the glaring flaws of democracy is, many a times 'popular sentiment' ends up hijacking relevant issues of poverty, education & job creation. In nations like India hamstrung by 'policy paralysis' of successive governments, popular sentiments can easily turn insidious. They are often put to use by beleaguered governments to cozen the masses as … Continue reading What’s In The Identity?
As the political cauldron in India continues to simmer; the left pitted against the right, the centrists up in arms against a government many of whose representatives are regularly accused of stifling civil liberties & setting communities against each other to further their Machiavellian motives. At such ominous times (pun intended!), it's never late … Continue reading Tracing The Origins Of Naxal Movement
Tribal history & society in India is by far the least understood, surely it doesn't merit much popular attention. I'll surely try construct a compendium on this vast topic, first dealing with origin & then coming onto history of tribes. 1.Origin: The tribes of Jharkhand consist of vastly different groups & by no means represent … Continue reading Tribal History Of Jharkhand
Imagine one fine day on a brisk morning walk as you prepare yourself for an enervating schedule, you encounter a band of children in soiled rags frantically pacing on dilapidated bicycles stuffed with sacks of coal. For many amongst us this surely is a 19th century throwback, a desi gold rush with our own forty-niners … Continue reading The Less Told Story Of India’s Adivasis
I’ll tell you a story so do bear with me & it goes like this: 1. One thumb rule of society is, “Violence begets even more violence”. Once it ensues, you just can’t overcome this fiendish cycle. One fine day Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal & Jangal Santhal let loose Pandora’s box when they chose to … Continue reading The Charade Of Naxalism
The very question that, what did Jharkhand achieve post bifurcation of Bihar? is sufficient to elicit passionate replies. I, in my personal capacity, shall try to put forth a reasonable answer. In hindsight, why’d things come on to bifurcation? While writing for my blog I tried stitch some reasons: “The state of Jharkhand(formerly south Bihar), … Continue reading The Conundrum Of Separation
Elections in India often inspire a festive fervor amongst the masses; surely they call it the dance of democracy, unending & eternal in a nation that prides itself in the vibrant democratic institution it has continually upheld for the past seven decades. Home of 29 states & 7 Union territories implies, elections turn a perennial … Continue reading A Utopia In Making: The Enigma That Is Jharkhand