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A Visit to Two 'Flaming Fields' of Bihar

Public hearings in two villages in Jehanabad and West Champaran districts of Bihar revealed that in an area that in 1986 was called the "flaming fields", the embers of discontent over agrarian issues were still smouldering.

I n 1986, a document was published by the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) CPI(ML) entitled Report from the Flaming Fields of Bihar. Vinod Mishra wrote the introduction to this report. Among the flaming fields were the districts of Gaya and Champaran. As the chairman of the Bihar Land Reforms Commission this author had the opportunity to be present at two jan sunwais (public hearing) held in two villages of Jehanabad (part of the old Gaya district) and West Champaran. A visit to these two districts showed that though there were no flames, embers of discontent and resentment over agrarian issues were still smouldering.

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