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Jungle Raj comes back in Bihar? Dark days ahead

Has ‘jungle raj’ come back in Bihar? This is the question everybody has been asking after watching the disturbing video showing state ADM (Law & Order), KK Singh thrashing a protester blue and black. The boy who along with others participated in a protest by CTET and BTET qualified candidates demanding 7th phase teacher’s recruitment at Dakbangla intersection in Patna. The visuals are enough to explain situation in Bihar.

The social media has been abuzz condemning the Janata Dal (United) -Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance government.

JD(U)-RJD alliance has exposed itself on Monday. This incident is a warning to the protesters so that they will not raise their head. Somebody should tell the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) that dreams of coming to power in 2024 to be little constraints as such inhuman activities will not be tolerated. Nitish Kumar has perhaps forgotten that Assembly elections are due and if this remains the attitude of his government then people will take no time to kick out the alliance government in the state. However, whether it will come to power or not in the state is still vague as RJD regime was the dark phase in Bihar as ther was no social security and safety of locals. Abductions, murders, rapes, gang-rapes, extortion bid were at rampant.

The barbaric act was condemned by opposition and Congress that is one of the alliance members in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’.

The Bihar BJP condemned the incident in a Twitter post, “Is this government blind, which uses lathis on Tiranga (tricolour)? Is this government deaf, those who fire cartridges are given pens.” It further said, that “while it is a hobby for some, fun for another but for the public it is helplessness.”

State Congress spokesman Asit Nath Tiwari, whose party is an ally of the ruling coalition, issued a strongly worded statement condemning the episode. “The official is K K Singh, an additional district magistrate with a reputation of high-handedness. During the Covid epidemic, he had commanded citizens to produce videos of themselves beating utensils failing which their applications will not be considered,” Tiwari alleged.

Former Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad slammed the ruling Mahagathbanthan government and asked authorities to take strict action against the ADM.

Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav said, the lathi charge was done to control students during a protest march. However, he condemned the incident of thrashing and said, “such behaviour by any anybody is not acceptable, An enquiry committee has been formed to look into the barbaric incident. Strict action will be taken against the him (ADM) if found guilty”. The opposition has questioned Yadav’s saying “if found guilty” as the visuals are enough to explain.

Meanwhile, Patna District Magistrate said the administration has set up a two-member inquiry committee to look into the allegations and examine the video footage. The committee will submit its report in two days and action may be taken accordingly, he said.

Jagannath Ratha Yatra rolls amidst devotees chanting ‘Jai Jagannath’

The devotees were seen filled with excitement outside the iconic Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri ahead of the annual Rath Yatra or chariot festival. The Rath Yatrab which is regarded as one of the biggest festival across the world draws huge number of tourists to Odisha both international and domestic. Due to the COVID pandemic spread, the festival was carried out at a very low level past two-years with just the minimum rituals of Rath Yatra taking place like travelling from main temple to Gundicha temple.

With the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra were brought out from Puri Jagannath Temple for the Rath Yatra the devotees standing alongside the Boro Danda (the road in front of the temple going towards the Gundicha Temple or Mashir Maa Bari) chanted ‘Jai Jagannath’. The panda (priests) were seen giving the last-minute touches to the decoration of the three chariots.

The three Raths of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra have been stationed in front of the Sinhadwara or the Lion Gate of the Shreemandira since Thursday. Nandighosh is the name of Lord Jagannath’s chariot, Devi Subhadra’s chariot is Darpadalana, and Lord Balabhadra’s chariot is Taladhwaja.  

The festival of Ratha Yatra takes place every year on the second day of the Shukla Paksha in the months of June or July. There is a huge task in the back end from collecting the special logs, building the chariots as per the special specifications, and finally decorating the three Raths. The preparations for the next year’s Rath Yatra starts almost immediately after the Rath Yatra is over.  As the construction of the chariots begins on Akshaya Tritiya, that falls on the third day of Vaisakha. If you visit Puri then you must have seen artisans alongside Boro Dondo busy crafting wood for the chariot wheels.  

The Odisha police has made elaborate security arrangements anticipating the huge footfall. However, devotees and organisers attending the ritual Rath Yatra were seen grossly flouting the COVID protocols. Incidentally, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had distributed over 1.2 lakh face masks and requested all to follow the protocols and be safe.