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Usurpation of the State Coal Mafia in Bihar

The close links between the notorious coal mafia, ruling politicians and the state administration in Bihar reflect the more fundamental nexus of clan, caste, class, crime and political power WHEN the co-operative mafia in Bihar was showing its clout and the government was giving in (sec 'Making Up with the Mafia', October 14), how could the notorious and equally influential coal mafia have sat back? Before the Azad government the coal mafia ran the coal region of Dhanbad. Like the co-operative mafia, most members of the coal mafia also belong to the Congress(l). The only major exception is Suryadeo Singh who, due to his relationship with the Janata Dal leader Chandrashekhar, has remained in the Janata Dal.

BIHAR- Making Up with the Mafia

ostracise it. Possibly this hardening of the revivalist posture is a bargaining counter and will be toned down soon. The question, however, remains whether the BJ P would have chosen such a brazen course as it has, had the Left stepped up their political offensive against the Congress(l) from a broadbased position including the latter's communal role. In such a case, not only would the BJP have found it embarrassing and counter-productive to appear in the role of the splitters of anti- Congress(I) votes, it may have found it wiser to water down its own communal poison.

Paharia Tribals Plight and Government s Indifference

even to a casual observer that most of the victims of the TNV were CPI(M) party cadres and supporters or members and sympathisers of the OMP. Members of the TUJS or Congress(I) were not attacked by the TNV. After the elections, new facts came to light which proved beyond doubt that the supposed link between the TNV and the CPI(M) was the fabrication of a fertile mind to achieve a nefarious end. Letters exchanged between Lalthanhawla and the TNV supremo, Bijoy Hrangkhawl, which were published in newspapers clearly established that the TNV was acting as an agent of the Congress(I) and the TUJS and had no truck with the CPI(M). Stationing the army and declaring the state a disturbed area without consulting the state government on the eve of the elections ostensibly to deal with the TNV menace even though the army did not fire a single shot against the TNV have left a bitter after-taste in the mouths of the people of Tripura. It may not be totally illogical to conjecture that on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections, the coalition government is trying to repeat the strategy adopted in the assembly elections to achieve its ends. It may even be conjectured that the TUJS, IN March and April this year at least 225 tribals died of a disease described till as late as the first week of April as 'mysterious' in the four tribal districts of Singhbhum, Gumala, Ranchi and Sahcbgunj in Bihar. The mysterious disease, later identified as pyogenic meningitis, first struck the Kolhan region in Singhbhum district and later spread to the neighbouring districts.

Jharkhand Movement Caught in the Electoral Morass

Electoral Morass Indu Bharti The history of the Jharkhand movement is full of instances when the tribals' interests and aspirations have been sacrificed at the altar of electoral politics. Judging by the trend of the talks between the government of India and the Jharkhand Coordination Committee, the same thing is apparently going to happen again.

Collapse of Sone Canal System and Farmers Plight

fulfil this ambition will require major investments in readiness and equipment. For example, if the Indian navy is to play a role in the final decolonisation of South Africa (as some ambitious and influential persons want), it will have to learn to operate at sea for 60-90 days at a time instead of sitting in port most of the year. Buying an aircraft carrier and its aircrafts is expensive, but operating it for sustained periods at sea is far more so.

Bihar Crisis Making of a CM

of the inferior cement. Given the tendency of the government to 'tailor' findings to its own convenience, regardless of the consequences, it is imperative that its partner in this venture, the World Bank be more forthcoming about proceedings in the construction if it is to avoid possible charges of being an accomplice to the fact. The veil of secrecy that at present covers the entire functioning of the project only serves to aid such flimflammery. The lifting of the Official WITH the installation of Satyendra Narain Sinha, the 'Chhote Sahab' of the Rajputs of Bihar, as the state's 23rd chief minister the Bihar drama has temporarily ended. The state Congress(l) Legislature Party (CLP) had earlier 'unanimously' elected him following "orders of Rajiv. Gandhi", replacing Bhagwat Jha Azad. If anything, the entire episode once again highlights the gay abandon with which Rajiv Gandhi and Co make a mockery of the system of parliamentary democracy.

BIHAR-Behind BJP s Vananchal Demand

Gandhi's 'commitment' to 'socialism', 'anti-fascism' 'garibi hatao' and so on, the CPI(M) leader still preferred to pin his faith anew in the Janata Party's solemn assurances. He also failed to note that side by side with the 'dismantling' of the dictatorial framework of the Emergency regime, the Janata government was itself engaged in the work of erecting its own dictatorial framework by bringing in bills like the ones on preventive detention and industrial relations, the latter still serving as a model for Rajiv Gandhi's endeavours in the same direction.

The Bihar Crisis

The Bihar Crisis Indu Bharti The so-called Bihar crisis shows how much the institutions of the State have been undermined by the politics and politicians of the Congress(I).

Differences in Jharkhand Movement

'lathaits' was killed and Nanhe himself injured. Later Nanhe killed the dalit leader, Chaturi Ram, terrorised the rest and forced the only witness to the murder not to give testimony.

Decay of Gram Panchayats in Bihar

Indu Bharti Bihar was the first state in the country to introduce panchayati raj in 1948. However, elections to gram panchayats have not been held in the state since 1978. A number of other factors and developments have also been responsible for reducing panchayati raj in Bihar to a completely defunct state.

Government Employees Strike in Bihar

Government Employees' Strike in Bihar Indu Bharti The 75-day long strike by the state government employees in Bihar has ended in a settlement which could have been concluded much earlier, if only both parties had sought a negotiated settlement instead of adopting a confrontationist attitude. As it is Bihar's population already suffering from the havoc of floods, will now have to contend with development programmes which have been stalled because of the strike.

Encounters That Never Were

get selected but could not pay the fees would be provided with loans from banks. Though reservations as per rules are to be implemented, it is not clear whether the 'reserved' candidates would pay from their pocket or the government would pay. "To maintain the higher quality of education", a sum of Rs 15,000 was recommended as the annual tuition fees, subject to revision every three years. It would be a five-year course, where a student spends about two hours daily in industry for which he would be paid. Persons of eminence would join the faculty where the average salary of a teacher would be Rs 5,000 per month. The pay structure would be open ended and employment would be on contractual basis. The subcommittee, which went into the Question of finances very minutely recommended the contribution of Rs 1 crore as equity to the industrial complex from government funds. The school of management would offer a five-year MBA course. It would also offer consultancy services. With an annual intake of 250, each student would pay a tuition fees of Rs 15,000 per annum. Since the school would be residential, the student would pay separately for boarding and lodging. Here a professor would be paid not less than Rs 10,000 per month as salary. Additionally he would be allowed to offer private consultancy. The sub-committe estimated that a sum of Rs 2.50 crore would be needed for the building, library, etc. It had asked for 200 acres of government land free of cost ON November 16, the Director General of Police, Bihar, J M Qureshi informed a hurriedly called press conference at Patna that three 'extremists' had been killed and a 'Sikh terrorist' arrested in two 'encounters' with the police in Azambigha and Pantith villages under Karpi police station of Jehanabad district. According to the DGP, the 'encounter' at Pantith took place when the extremists hurled a bomb at the police camp near a temple in the village, while the 'encounter' at Azambigha followed a raid by the police party.


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