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Ruled or Misruled: Story and Destiny of Bihar Hardcover – 29 Sep 2015
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This is a factual account of the deeds and misdeeds of the people who ruled the state of Bihar in India over the last 40 years or so. This is an account not just of the people who ruled Bihar, but also of the people who manipulated the rulers and the people who were manipulated by the rulers. This is an account of why the state of Bihar has for so long been so miserably underdeveloped, why the state has such a large proportion of people who subsist at way below poverty level and why the state has been afflicted with an advanced stage of lawlessness. This book will tell you a lot about why the State of Bihar has progressed little since Indian independence, in comparison with most of the other states of India.
The author tends to be very painstaking and repetitive about data, and so, can irk the reader at times. However, as an author writing a book about the political scene in India, I found much of the data interesting, even absorbing.
The book concentrates on two politicians: both in their own ways have held important roles or even dominated Bihar’s political scene. Both have been enemies and strange bedfellows. One is full of noise and show and little of substance while the other is dourer, but has the far better track record as a leader. The author’s insider stories, written in staid, no-nonsense English, of who did what and why taught me a lot of useful lessons.
This book is very worth a read if you are not looking for a fast moving story line. The keyword here is, I think, instructive.
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