As the commentariat finishes with SSR and now goes to town about BJP-JDU-LJP, a look at some of the REAL issues in Bihar not getting attention. 1/15
Arsenic levels in water have been as high as 3,880 parts per billion in parts of the state. Pollution standards cite 50 parts per billion as harmful.https://scroll.in/pulse/835431/ignored-arsenic-contamination-in-bihars-water-has-led-to-an-explosion-of-cancer
Doctors, epidemiologists and residents have witnessed a change in the kind of infections in the state.https://scroll.in/pulse/837083/lessons-from-bihars-2016-dengue-outbreak-migration-poverty-garbage-are-spreading-new-diseases
Like many other states in the country, Bihar’s administrative capacities are unequal to the challenge.https://scroll.in/pulse/837091/bihar-cant-even-count-how-many-dengue-cases-it-has-had-let-alone-fight-the-disease
Guards armed with rifles escort Dr. Kumar Gaurav as he makes the rounds at his hospital on the banks of the Ganges River.https://in.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-india-doctor-specialr/last-doctor-standing-pandemic-pushes-indian-hospital-to-brink-idINKCN2590B8
The state is still underperforming when it comes to reforms crucial to the poor.https://scroll.in/article/839031/bihar-is-struggling-to-improve-the-lives-of-the-poor-even-after-27-years-of-backward-caste-rule
His government has eased off on Dakhal Dehani, which seeks to help Dalits reclaim their occupied land, allegedly to please his ally’s upper caste support base.https://scroll.in/article/868266/in-bihar-a-land-programme-for-dalits-improved-many-lives-until-nitish-kumar-allied-with-the-bjp
Two women from an NGO also placed under arrest for helping her, charged with obstructing proceedings of the court.https://theprint.in/india/bihar-court-sends-gang-rape-survivor-to-jail-for-contempt-while-recording-statement/461368/
That applies to #BiharElections . What do they know of politics that only politics know?
I will now say SIGH.