Many analysts and political watchers say that Nitish Kumar has won a whopping second mandate to rule Bihar on the developmental plank.
I say that Nitish is an extraordinary example of an anti-development man.
For example, if you go to Nitish’s ancestral home in Kalyanbigha in Nalanda district you will find that it is no different from the houses nearby. In fact, instead of developing his properties he has donated part of his land for an ITI institute he has got opened in his village. Obviously a man who is against (self) development.
I will give another proof of Nitish’s anti development stance. He has not done anything to ‘develop’ his son Nishant, who is a graduate from BIT, Mesra (BIT ,near Ranchi, the capital of Jharkand, encourages excellence in technical education). It is crystal clear that unlike many development oriented chief ministers who encourage their sons and daughters to develop themselves by occupying high ministerial posts, Nitish is anti development.
Nitish is anti progressive and anti intellectual development on another score also. The son of an ayurvedic doctor who contested in assembly elections on a ticket from Rajaji’s Swatantra Party, he allies with the BJP, which axiomatically is an anti progressive, communal party to the swollen-headed intellectuals of our country.
I will give you the worst (or best) example of his being anti development. If you think that after his landslide sweep of Bihar he has grown big and ‘developed’…you must hear what he said after his momentous victory became evident. The thrust of what he said is that the first step to undoing would be to think that he had grown bigger. In the present elections, a greater number of voters have reposed their faith in him. If you divide Nitish by the astronomical number of people who have opted for him you get a lesser Nitish…a smaller man who now can devote himself utterly to the all-too-small and till-now invisible ordinary denizens of our great country.
To the smallest but greatest man of my country today, Nitish Kumar ji, I bow my head and wish him a thousand victories in making Bharat Mata and her millions of children equally happy and equally prosperous. .