Illiterate, Uncultured, socially retarded. These adverbs are often associated with the word ‘Bihari’. This has been going on for so much time now that it does not really affect anyone.
It does make sense when you are being called a Bihari because you are from Bihar but it doesn’t make sense when it is being related to all possible atrocities. This article is all about “Being Bihari” and how to interject a sense of pride with this.
I am not going to rant the Old Wives tale of how great Biharis have been and how much they have contributed in the History Books. It’s not about that. It’s all buried in the sand anyway.
No one wants to hear the same old repeated tale. It’s just that some people have managed to create a bad impact on the whole lot which doesn’t cease to erase.
“Being Bihari” is all about reversing that impact and inserting another set of belief in them which removes all the existing prejudices about Bihar and its people. The onus of this huge task lies in our hands, the youngsters.
Every Year lakhs of students set their feet outside Bihar for higher studies and what they face is really disturbing for them. The stereotype is just mind-disturbing. This leads to another bigger problem- people usually disassociate themselves from being called a Bihari to save the trouble
This is truly not the solution. The moment you stop taking pride in what you are, you are set to give your state a bad name. It’s a common scene where people get to the extent of changing their language and completely avoiding it to surpass the shame associated with it. This is exactly the thing you should not do.
“Yaar, tum to Bihari ki tarah bolte ho!” a friend once told me.
I was quick to add “I am from Bihar, what else am I supposed to sound like?”. Rather than taking shame in what we are, we should take the responsibility of being the ambassadors of Bihar anywhere we go. The onus of improving the image of Bihar lies in our hands and our activities.
It’s high time we break loose all the existing stereotypes about Bihar and we give them a new one. This can only be done when we create a positive vibe about being ourselves, being Bihari.
Take pride in whatever we do, and make your name in the country for positive causes. Every positive impact counts here since the image is down in the guts.
Let’s make a vow here. Every Bihari citizen should take the responsibility of giving back the glorious image it once had. Let our work speak for us, not our words.
It’s not easy removing all the prejudices set already but it can be improved slowly and steadily, taking every step with caution. The change should exist not only outside Bihar but inside Bihar too.
How we treat our tourists also makes a lot of impact in carrying the positive vibes forward. Each small step can take us to the giant hill, where we shall not be looked at with prejudice and each Bihari can say their name with pride.
That’s what Being Bihari is about. It’s the set of beliefs we should adopt to make the world a better place.