110th Mithila jagaran yatra_Munger-Forbesganj-Purnea- History of Maihtili introduction at Clacutta University- Bhagalpur
110th Mithila jagaran yatra concluded or Mithila jagaran yatra without awakening Mithila was concluded by me is difficult to say at this instance being under heavy turmoil to continue with the same or not on which a comment may not be apprppriate at this time.
Anyway started under the said circumstances, reached Kiul on 10th morning and had a breath in jamalpur passenger where one sharma from Urain working at Asansol said that Lakhisarai(munger) had been a part of Mithilanchal for millennia. The way in winter in the area suggested birds could be invited from far if sanctuary was made there. The womenfolk with heavy fodder bags created a scene till jamalpur I reached.
Had a trekker for Mumger the town I had been in 1970 for a month- and exactly at that Model School a teacher Choudhryji was waiting for me. Went to Maithili Parishad office where some neghobouring lady cooked simple roti sabji for me.
Went to dalhatta with Amolji to meet Indu daughter of late laxmikant Mishra, the doyen of Maithil community there who passed away recently.
Had a glimpse of Yoga sansthan from the outskirts and then to lallupokhar office for maithili meeting which seconded a Mithila state conference soon there.
Though they insisted stating at night –in the morning 5 there was a chance of theft a on raod9though position has improved in this govt.) and hence I decided to take 730 train for Bhagalpur and had a talk with passengers on Mithila state.
Many have wrong notions of ill development on the Jharkhand’s happenings.
At bhagalpur though advocate sadhana jha arvibnd Jha;s house I passed and listened kartik Purnima matra chanting thought not to disturb them abnd went to my relativ’s house which I had forgotten once Vinay Tarun was introduced.
The wife of my younger cousin a teacher had made several dishes and sweets.
In the morning of 11th I walked to nearby bus stand and had a bus for Purnea and then crossing River Koshi reached Purnea and immediately I got a slow moving bus to araria(rather having big halts with fast speed) and crossed Araria remembering its many workers, some of whom have left us for no reason.
Reached my native town Forbesganj and then a tempo to M the Mithila Public School I had to speak – the town has changed in decades I left. I tried to catch glimpse and record video on Sony’s instrument. The locality was known to me but new building had come up- yet there was a board of JK I had once mentioned to its owner Raghupati sSinghania and so was the Mahavir Mill.
Doctors’ clinics are everywhere- people are unhealthy but specialists are available. The funeral ghat I saw besides the Sita dhar.
Reached Mithila Public School and was welcomed by its Principal Putul ishra who provided a heavy lunch, talked many luminaries of the district who had come there. And in the evening boys assembled to listen to me on their career and health and I also tipped for prevention from suicide(seeing rampant news in ranchi papers). A boy’s question on Dream? Was fascination- The boy Abdul could say Abdul kalam, Maulana aAbul kalam*(whose burthdayw as eductation day that day) ato which I added aAbdul Rahim Khnakhana..the great Rambhakt poet..( to be concluded..)
MIthila Public School(MPS) is run by a Maithil family from Bhadreshwar late Saryu Mishra’s scion (whose son Pradeep was my classmate at the Lee academy , Forbesganj). While going to that school I was thinking I should have contacted my Alma mater too for such a talk.
This MPS is a private institution with some 1500 students and its roll of honour shows many students of over 90% and later I was informed one had 8th position in Bihar PMT(I was 19th only).
In the evening assembly of the borders (some 150 students) I started with offering a copy of my >MaithiligadyaGita/ to the Madam principal, Ms. Putul Mishra.
I asked for the significance of the day and somebody said it was 11.11.11 but one boy could say that that was Guru nanak Dev’s birthday and the other that it was a Poornima of Kartik.
I started ,with asking a question my teacher Agmalal Saha had asked in 1966
Araria Court- Court= ?
A boy stood and replied’ Court.’
I said the same mistake my friend had done and was slapped by the teacher but in the modern scenario Madam Principal will be afraid of slapping(corporal punishment) to any boy.
I told them that then the teacher had said= Simaraha dhatta ( khali maidan) and then that teacher of mathematics started explaining in that geography class causes of Population at a place that after there was a court at Araria people started gathering for different work.
I said that only the examiner of Dr. Rajendra Prasad was honest to declare’ examinee is better than examiner’ though in every class there are one or more better than their teacher who would be doctors, engineers etc. while their teachers could not go to that extent.
I also given them few tips on health like nail chopping weekly and hygiene and on foods and fruits and vegetables etc.
I also explained them that success is enjoyed by all but the personality rests in fighting any failure where suicidal attempts are serious as many times even examiners were wrong in judging the students. A courageous stand to fight eventualities is the need which I chose to speak because recently I came across many such suicide cases at Ranchi.
AMP Meeting at Forbesganj
I had several calls by Prof NL Das and Sudhirji and I concluded quickly. The school provided a vehicle to post office chowk , my home hardly 2 km from there where meeting of the AMP was in the Mohan Smriti Bhawan.
I could stop hardly for a minute at my home though informed that the roof of the home was broken I could not view.
The meeting was as usual attended by a few Maithils who were divided in opinion to start an AMP unit or some other organization. I asked them to run AMP unit as it had an umbrella but Maithils are egoistic everywhere (even within the AMP and do not want to follow any other and so I was there instead a conference at a distant Agra).
After meeting Prof. NL Das, a recipient of the Translation Award of the Sahity Akademy of 2010 and AMP vice=president asked me to go to his house for night stay. The rickshw puller took Rs. 30 while to go to Purnea it is merely Rs.40 by bus and Rs.11 by train?
I had an enquiry at railway station for the morning train and thought to catch 7.13 am train. At Dasji’s house his co-brother had expired previous day and it was a gloomy night. In 2008 also I had the news of my mother’s demise at ranchi when we had returned there from Hulas camp of the AMP.
There was a teacher from Jamui joined recently Shishu Vatika at the Vidya Bharati, Forbesganj.
The next morning I could take some of the photos of the award Dr. Das had and some receptions on that account and tours to Kerala and Delhi for that.
I reached Purnea junction and by auto RN Sah Chowk from where a rickshw pulled me to Bhattha chowk, Arabia Masjid line, Madhopur and Teachers’ colony- where young journalist Vinay Tarun’s father and sister Pinki lived with whom I had an accidental introduction in 2008.
There one Maithil could talk his brother Dhirendra Mishra, ex-IAS when I give his number to him.
Though Pinki had told me that a meeting of local will be organized she could return and I had to start for Brajmohan Thakur Law College.
Principal was outstation and so the director but the in-charge principal Ashutosh recognized me and soon we had a good meeting in the library hall.
I explained them the historical course of Mithila since English advent and a progress sheet in the road of statehood and its necessity.
It was pleasing that a law student Aman Khatoon put a question why Mihtila was named? I tried to reply satisfactorily. The other student Pratik Sanyal, hailing from North Dinzpur(WB) explained Mitakshara and daybhag systems of law of which Mihtila school was one where the person doing last rites of any heirless person becomes the master of the property of the deaceased. Among students Poonam Kumari, Kanchan Kumari,Priya Mahto Amardeep Kr. Yadav, Reena Kumari were present. Among staff and teachers Prof. RN Thakur, Vijay Kr Mishra, Vinod Kr. Thakur,Yogendra Mohan Thakur, Saketanand Jha, nagendra Mohan Thakur, Himanshu Prasad Varma, Sikendra Kumar Mahto, Arun Kumar, Pappu Kumar, prashant Kumar Sinha, Chandeshwari Kumar, Jnaneshwar Prasad, Vijay Kumar Jha, Kshitish Mohan Thakur etc. were present.
Earlier also I had been also in this college but every time I visit that place I get energy for the movement.
Maithili introduction at the Calcutta University in 1919
I had thought to stay there itself but Ashutosh took me to his house where his father Birendra Mohan Thakurji came late but we had an important session of interview on his father Pt. Brajmohan Thakur (14.2.1989-9.12.1977)’s initiation of the Maithili education at the Calcutta University when Babuaji Mishra and he talked for it and approached Sir Ashitosh Mukherjee who said if 2500 Rupees could be deposited he may start a chair for Maihtili. Then BM Thakur approached Raja Krityanand Singh etc. of Purnea and raaura, Durgaganj and could collect Rs.11000.
Then BM Thakur was asked to collect books etc. for teaching and syllabus formation, the dairy of which I was shown on 26.4.2008 night during XVII International Maithili Conference. I photographed and video recorded all those matter(his diary, question papers and mark allotment paper of 1932 etc. signifying that at Kolkata Maihtili was a subjet till 1932 at least though Ashutosh said that it was till 1942 and was closed when the money BM Thakur had deposited was exhausted.
I feel sincerely had Mihtila been in Bengal(instead of Bihar) Maihtili’s progress would have been undeterred as it was eclipsed since 1940 when the great Dr. Sachhidanand Sinha and Dr. Rajendra Prasad thwarted the move of Dr. Amarnath Jha for basic teaching of Maihtil children in Maihtili.
I am a vegetarian and hence again food was cooked for me(as they had made fish-rice).
In the night I was tormented over some happenings in the AMP and was thinking to move away from the work altogether, if system was not restored.
In the morning I was ready and after breakfast I went to catch a bus for Bhagalpur. There was a jam just before the Kursel’s Koshi bridge which took many hours to be clear by four cranes.
An advocate of Purnea had many interesting accounts on the fate of old persons quoting sayings from some scriptures also. Some other were discussing diabetes and its cause and prevention and treatment by Yogic methods- though I interrupted on unscientific talks I did not reveal that my MD thesis was on diabetes itself or I was a qualified doctor. We must be scientific in our approach.
When bus started the boy besides me was introduced from Ranganj who was knowing Abhay Jha, a teacher and Maithili worker whose son was the boy’s frind working with the State Bank of India at Delhi(I could get Abhayji’s number from him later on).
I also talked Dinesh K Mishra on Koshi river while crossing that bridge as Bhojpuri Dinesh, an IIT Kharagpur alumini has devoted his entire life for the flood victims of Koshi bed.
It was interesting to talk with him on Ganga’s further course in India and Bengladesh where it is called Padma and later with Brahmputra is known as Meghna.
Bhagalpur meeting of the AMP
My train from Bhagalpur was at 455pm but I was not sure whether jam could be relieved by that time not to talk of the scheduled meeting form 3 pm at Burhanath mahadev premises. Luckily I could reach Bhagalpur around 3 pm and by other auto the place crossing Tilakmanjhi chowk once more.
At Burhamnath some Maihtils were assembled Dr. sadanad Jha, Shyamanad Mishra, Mahesh Jha, Anil Jha, jay prakash Jha, Shya,akant Jha, Ram Bilas Jha and Mihtilesh Jha. They were enthusiastic for an international conference there but after seedling of a committee with due membership. They also liked my rendering of Gita.
The temple premises is mostly filled with prospective bride and grooms’ paries for negotiation.
It has a Sanskrit college as well there.
As the doors of Lord Burha were not opened till 415 pm I had to leave for taking my train.
I purchased some chura and bananas etc. and in the train(where I was wait listed 10) on a TTE seat took my food of varied materials. Soon came a young boy to occupy the seat but he accommodated other passengers and me but then 2 dadas(musclemen, maybe in police) came and chided and even assaulted the bioy who protested that TTE had said him to seat. TTE from the AC coach came and I said that though probably I was the most qualified person in the train and also on highest Govt. cadre and connected to several top ministers of the states of Bihar and Jharkhand, I had removed my little luggage to go somewhere else ; I felt the matter be closed otherwise if I have to give witness it will go against dada(the muscle man). The musclemen changed there attitude and not only they allowed me and other passengers to seat they asked and pampered the boy(who was a Muslim and soon the dadas could get connectivity from his father, a police inspector).
At Chittaranjan I could get space to sleep and did not notice when that lady leader got down at Katrasgarh and could awake at Ranchi. While getting down I chided a child for not clapping over tobacco (khaini) but he retorted ferociously. It is better to keep mum.
Dr. Dhanakar Thakur
Antarrashtriya Maithili Parishad