Dr. Mansoor Ahmad Ajazi

The history of India is a witness that whenever India faced a crisis, Bihar always stood  up to lead the nation out of trouble. Way back in 1764, in the battle of Buxar (Bihar) the British East India Company under Lord Munro defeated the combined forces of Mughal king Shah Alam I; Mir Qasim Nawab of Bengal, and Awadh King Shuja-ud-Doulah.Thus East India Company secured a permanent foothold which paved the way to consolidate British paramountcy in north-east India and finally for establishment of British suzerainty over whole India.If the combined forces of Mughals had won this battle the history of India might have been different.

During the first war of independence in 1857, Bihar’s Babu Kunwar Singh fought shoulder to shoulder with the rest of India. Peer Ali was first to be  hanged for mutiny.A police jamadar, Waris Ali revolted and sacrificed his life. In Sadiqpur (Patna) hundreds of ulemas were hanged and  houses were  destroyed.

The freedom movement gained momentum after Gandhiji launched it from Champaran (Bihar).Battakh Mian Ansari, was a cook who was forced by Britishers to offer Gandhiji a glass of poisonous milk. The patriot Battakh Mian offered the milk to Gandhiji, but disclosed the truth to him and thus  Gandhiji’s life was saved.The  Britishers not only dismissed Battakh Mian but also confiscated his property. Dr.Rajendra Prasad was an eyewitness to this episode. When he became President of India, he met Battakh Mian and directed authorities to allot him land which was never complied with.

Countrywide the JP movement of 1975 and struggle against Emergency and beginning of a non-Congress era at the Centre in 1977 was was outcome of a movement launched from Bihar.

In the dark days of communal frenzy in1990 Advani’s rath was stopped in Bihar by Lalu Prasad government and the whole country was saved from  worst ever communal strife.  

Once again in 2015 when the country is passing through  a fascist phase, Bihar has led by defeating the agents of discord. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2015 on page no. 2

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