The role of Maithil and Mithila in the promotion and growth of Jharkhand," is a widely discussed topic in Jharkhand while we are doing agitation for the second language status of Maihtili in Jharkhand on several grounds.
Maithili is the language of Devghar, and around of Santhal Pragana as per the Linguistic Survey done by George Griesrson and it has been accepted by the Patna High Court as well in its decision.
Maithils have been always in favour of Jharkhand- in 1992 when Babu Saheb Choudhary came Ranchi and I organised his meetings our support to Jharkhand movement had appeared in the Ranchi express(I have that news cutting even now).
Maithils have contributed a lot in all spheres of Jharkhand- its movement and development on which we are planning a seminar in the near future.
It has been said that the first martyr for the Jharkhand movement was led by NokheLal Mishra of Jamshedpur who went to jail demanding Jharkhand..
DR. JC Jha had his thesis on tribal movement before Birsa Munda from the London University which is probably first thesis on the tribal life of Jharkhand.
There is hardly any good school/college of repute or University where Maithils had not taught and in a way the educational world of Jharkhand is in debt of Maithils.
I witnessed in one Vidyapati Parva at Muri Sudesh Mahto local MLA and now deputy CM, Jharkhand had come late and on the dais he caught his ears before Anil Mishra of Damodarpur, Madhubani saying,'Sir, I was always late in your class and again today I am late, please excuse me."
Surprisingly his party MLAs at Ramgargh(Chandra prakash Choiudhary )and Chandankiyari (Umakant Rajak) had opposed Maithili in Vidhan Sabha for second language.
At Chandankiyari whole village is Maithili speaking for some 250 years called Satgharia Maithils and I had been there on 2.12.2007 with Tulababu, Ardhnareeshwar met old Sushil Jha who told us that for the first time they were visited by any Maihtil since they left Mithila and settled there. He informed us that Shaligram is since then is daily worshipped with Bhog in their house.
Near Bahragoda many Maihtils families are settled –once a MLA of CPI lady some Sharma was a Maithili Likewise near Daltonganj a village Kishanpura is settled by Maithil Brahmins.
These areas are on the way of Babaidyanath dham to Jagannathpuri and Maithils are settled in between.
Whole Santhal Pargana is Maithil dominated- Motoa Dumaria is called Koilakh of Godda district and Godda district is called Mithilanchal of Santhal pargana.
Hemant kumar Jha was other MLA and many other like Shudhhadev utpal, Budhhinath Jha ‘Kairav’ and in fact any staltwart from Santhal Pargana has been a Maithil and many among them were non-Brahmins also.
Present Governor MP HE Rameshwar Thakur hails from santhal pargana and is a Maithil Brahmin.
The word ‘Angika,’ can be better said as Dakshini Maithili a soer my own views.
Dr. Jaikant Mishra had retorted at the Budhanath Temple, Bhagalpur,’Are you call yourselves as Angika Brahmin? And everybody was mollified.
The area south of Ganga till Jamtara is an extension of Maithila is historically proved.
From Deoghar Vinodanad Jha was a member of the Constituent Assembly who became second chief minister of undivided Bihar.
From Deoghar Bhavpreetanand was agreat Maithili poet on which Sahitya Akademy has published a monograph.
Maithili is taught in colleges of Jharkhand since 1960s and the first recipient of Sahitya Akademy award since the formation of Jharkhand was in Maithili(Vivekanand Thakur) and the present representative of Maithiulki in Sahitya Akademy is Dr. Vidya Nath Jha ‘Vidit’ who taught maithili at the S>P College, Dumka and is famous for his book on “Maithili and Santhali- Sambandh o Saaampya.’
In fact Nagpuria is closest resembling to Maithili spoken in Ranchi mofussil.
It was said by any Dr. Guneshwar Jha , ex-Dean Faculty SDcience, ranchi University and president, Antarrashtriy maithili parishad, Jharkhand, in a speech that our Maithils not only spread education in Jharkhand they also sold salt to the interiors.
In industrial field , Maithils have been contributing in every central and or state PSUs- they are the brain and labour of any such industry and many have been CMDs/CEOs in CIL, SAIL etc
Now Maihtils are in every sphere of Jharkhand from a peon to the Chief secretary of Jharkhand Mr. SK Choudhary and so as a group we are those who had contributed to the life of Jharkhand.
Not only my uncle Kshemkar Thakur was a headmaster of Rungta HE School, Chibasa for many years I have met many Jharkhandi persons in the train who owed to some or other Maithil teacher.
I personally came here in 1970 as a student and during Durgapuja of 1980 had been to village Anjan(where Lord Hanuman was said to be born to Mother Anjana) with a medicos team and was the first doctor to go to the tribe of Asurs and Korbas knowing which Gandhian Subba Rao congratulated me at Raipur during October 26-28,1980 in the ABVP conference(he had this information from some source that I had visited there sometimes back).
Dr. Dhanakar Thakur