Is Patna(named on Patn Devi?):Mithila State meeting in Patna Pustak Mela(26.3.2012)
In the Seemanchal Express, Patna Sahib(City) came and the people cried Patna, Patna… but it was not though I came down.
Soon passed Guljarbagh and then Rajendranagar terminal and after that no signal and I got down. I had an urge for urination but in the coach it was difficult to go to toilet as there was not even an ant’s space left so crowded were the persons. Why not half coaches are made general or more trains are provided though till migration was stopped by proper planning any amount of train can not reduce mad rush to towns and or metros and or more economically uplift places and regions.
At Gulzarbagh I got down for that but there too in the other coach same problem. And when I got down on the rails, I had an urgent urge and I found one rack was there and I wished to go there but a known person from Forbesganj had also got down from the same train who said that he had missed the meeting there, After some distance I returned back went to the toilet of that rack. Soon a police came and was a bit angry.
I had told Nagendraji that I may go to his house though he was to go to Danapur for his son’s examination and hence I thought to have my pooja at a temple there where some months back I had done and hence I took batch in other rake and did puja peacefully with a thought not to go anywhere though my friend Rita’s house was near and so my sister’s.
I had many Vaijayanti flowers- red sprinkled yellow for offering in Puja,
All of sudden I had a desire to go to Patndevi about which I had read while writing an essay on Shaktipeethas in the souvenir of MECON that sati’s right thigh had fallen there and I had been saying since then that as the area where parts below naval had fallen are VAM MARGIS ( flowing Panch Makars), Magahis are so while in Mithila left shoulder was fallen and in this way too we are different.
Few days back too I had been at Patna (on 19th march 2012) for addressing at the patna Pustak Mela but could not go to Patndevi despite my desire as Kamalmohan ‘Chunnu’ came late.
I had no appointment till 5 pm and I decided to go there. I took my return reservation by night train and went outside in an auto rickshaw to Gayghat. In the way purchased some grapes to eat.
At Gayghat, walked down and then I walked up and down to Temple. The approach PCC road was made from the M.P. fund of my friend Ravishankar Prasad.
The Temple is attractive and was decorated with festoons since it was Navratra days. I asked for a book but could not. The vendor said that there had fallen right thigh and pat(vastra) but only next day I could correalate that with the nomenclature of PATNA.
I had darshan and then I walked down to nearby Gulzarbag railway station. In the way I saw it was a thickly populated business place with all sorts of cereals and others being sold. At one point there was a queue and when I enquired it was for paying electricity bill. Some rickshaws were full load of green gram’s bunches pulled up from field with roots and on the top of that one lady was sitting on each rickshaw. I asked one whether it was for sell to which she denied. They were not retailer. After some distance I found some ladies selling that and for Rs.5 she gave me a big bunch.
I reached station and a train(Bhagalpur-Patna Intercity) was on the platform. Immediately I crossed the line seeing no train passing and entrained. Again I had to go to toilet- must be effect of heavy food at Raniganj.
Then it was a difficult task to eat each of the green gram one by one but I did that standing in the coach and at Patna Junction , I got down ,continuing eating till finished.
Still a lot of time in hand. Already I had talked to Shardinduji of Shekhar Prakashan who sells only Maithili books but first I had a darshan of Lord Hanuman in the temple.
Shardinduji was there(he could not meet in the last week’s visit) and we had a lot of talks.
Prof.Umar Farookh, a geographer from H. P. College, Madhepur (Madhubani) came for purchasing 28 books for giving award in a function there. He belonged to Champaran which I said was a part of Mithila and I wished work on the geography of Mithila. I said him my reference to specific earthquake in Mithila( and I talked him just now when I forgot his initials, and reminded him the talks to which he had also remarked yestrady and talked to some of eminent Maihtili workers there viz. Prof. Devkant Mishra son of eminent Maithili poet ‘Madhupji,’ prof. Bhairab Babu teaching English there and prof. Phulchandra Mishra ‘Raman,’ teaching sankrit there but is a well known Maithili critique and Jayprakash ‘Jank’ of Korthu. I expressed a desire to have an intellectual gathering there on Mithila topic.
What a coincident! I had asked Prof. Umar to meet my cousin Dr. Umesh there and I find his late wife’s elder sister in my chamber to consult a skin specialist Dr. Jha who shares chamber with me for few hours.
There was Maithili student Ashutosh pursuing his MA there. Shardinduji is helpful to students opting Maihtili for the UPSC, BPSC etc.
During the talks came Saubhagya Mithila representative who took my bite on the dearth of Maithili teachers in the Patna University which is talked there since 1965. To me it looks an attempt to throttle Maithili by all means and not long time before a minister had said in the legislative house that no need of appointing Maithili teachers. This psyche is continued since 1940 when Dr. Sacchidanand sinha and Dr. Rajendra Prasad had objected Maithili’s inclusion in the basic education.
I feel Mithila’s statehood is essential for solving such recurring problems.
Shardinduji though have been respectful to me but this time( on 26.3.2912) I found him somewhat aggressive on some points and I retorded him(maybe being hungry and exhausted and as time was approaching I purchased again some grapes for Rs.10.and sat in an auto rickshaw eating that and again out of Gandhi maidan purchased for Rs. 10.
At Gandhi maidan Shri Baccha Thakur, retd. IAS was waiting for me and so Akhilesh and soon came Narendrababu and Mohanji who conducted Mithila state meeting on the Phanishwarnath ‘Renu’ Muktakash Manch.
After Bachha Thakur introduced the subject very forcefully, and Narendrababu spoke so positively in favour it was my turn to address at the fag end of the Pustak Mela and probably I spoke very well convincing all, “Solution of all problems of Mithila was Mithila state,’ and enlarged the scope of that that mithila’s statehood was solution of Bihar’s(rest of Bihar’s all problems0 as well as changing the polity of India by crumbling so called MY combination as well as defence of India when China was looming at our borders like a vulture.
Because the audience was mixed I mixed my language with doze in Hindi and English and dared Neetish Kumar and Sushil K Modi to have a public debate with me and even threw challenge that in coming decades we would divide half of Patna if they tried to behave like MLA or minister of Patna only. IIT would have been at Darbhanga not at Patna where NIT already was and in fact the educational centres should be far from the capital for least political interference.
Later among the audience was one retd. IAS, RP Singh who appreciated my talk.
After that kavi goshthi started in which Bachha Thakur reminded that in 2003 at Dhanbad I had recited one poetry and incidentally I had that poetry page only on Kalpana Chwla (she had died in the space that day in 2003) which I recited another Hindi poetry on Nagphani.
Bachhababu sang his poetry, Siskait Mithila and what he said that forgetting Mithila in Bihar song was nothing when Rabindranath had forgotten in (National Anthem). The whole audience was moved.
Poet Nirab, Akhilesh and LK jha of Danapur also recited.
It was going late and I came out. I got a bus and reached junction. There is bhuja shop where purchased bhuja for Rs. 20 which was an ideal dinner for me with five capsicum. I slept and got deep sleep and at Bokaro got up without remembering midway. Soon came Ranchi and got into just moving Maurya express which halted near my colony and keeping my bag at the residence joined duty to have daily rituals in the afternoon(for tarpan that is better but for devpujan morning is better).