Presented in Break the Stereotype Series (Topic 1)
How do you imagine a bihari in your mind? Casually, Bollywood’s portrayal of ‘Bihari’ is as a gutka chewed man who is an aggressive, a molester or a rapist. Movie like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur is example of it. Since, society consider them. Being Bihari has been a stereotype from several years. You belong to Bihar. It means you only would be an illiterate. You can’t speak English language. Plus, you can’t look beautiful, wear western clothes and many more stereotypes related to this. If you keep any of these qualities, then you are staggering people by these sophisticated qualities which a bihari can’t access. If you are a bihari then, you would feel it in some phase of your life, definitely.
Biharis are always demonstrated as goons, abusive, pervert and conservative in movies. So, commoners ponder that picturisation is reality. Nonetheless, Bihar had been a prominent culture rich capital of ancient era’s dynasties. Nalanda University has been an educational hub of India. In addition to this, it has endless brilliant mind. E.g. Aryabhatta (Inventor of zero), Chandragupta Maurya (the first emperor of ancient India), Chanakya (the first economist of India) etc. Though, it is known by too fewer people.
Bihari and Bhaiya used for the people who belong to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, respectively, word have become ‘slur’ in the society which is mostly used by the Mumbai’s localities. Bhayani words demonstrate the girl or women who belong to Uttar Pradesh. Moreover, it is mostly used to embarrass a girl or women concerning their appearance. Plus, ‘Bhayani’ illustrate a girl who has no fashion sense and all. It sounds humorous to others; however, it is too embarrassing for the people who relate to UP or Bihar. Moreover, Bihari’s character is always used for comic relief by illustrating their abusive dialogues or present illiterate personality.
Called Bihari or Bhaiya are periodically blot for their citizens. Some people use to consider UP and Bihar interchangeably. Nevertheless, they are thoroughly different states. People’s ideology regarding UP and Bihar is exceedingly quixotic.
In the year 2008, this detests presented a massive destruction towards the honor of biharis. Some maharastrians did stone pelting on Biharis who came for their livelihood. They strongly believe that people of up and bihar would take their place in works. And, it would be reason of their unemployment. They coerced to vamoose Biharis. This elaborate loathsome of some Maharashtrians in gigantic way. Some states want to avoid giving chance to other state’s citizens, plus they create the emotion of despise in their citizens towards other state citizens. This is disgusting to treat people like that.
Usually, citizens of UP and Bihar refer to one another as’ Bhaiya’. Thus, after this casualty, ‘Bhaiya’ word became a slur.
What’s the ground level reality?
You would ponder Bihari is devoid of talent, however, the explanation of Biharis in Bollywood is a bit wrong. Rather than talent or skill, Bihar is bereaved of chance. The condition of Bihar demonstrates the failure of Government, not of people. In every field, Biharis are proved their spontaneous talent. The gem of bihar shines everywhere in India as well as foreign countries. We can picture some gems of Bihar Pankaj Tripathi, late Sushant Singh Rajput, Manoj Bajpayee, Shatrughan Sinha, Tabish Kher, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar are the names which erase the blot that Biharis are only perverts, illiterate and conservative.
Two imperative reasons of undeveloped Bihar are Division of Bihar and Freight Equalization Policy. Freight equalization policy benefits India. However, it degraded Bihar. The division of Bihar and Jharkhand was equally harmful for Bihar as freight equalization policy. Bihar has no source of income. Since, the citizens of Bihar have to move to another state for their bread and butter. No source of income and education has cast them into poverty. Moreover, the high crime rate of Bihar is also induced by poverty. Because of some criminals, people consider all Bihari criminal plus they contemplate that Biharis are abusive or optimistic.
All things considered, a glance of government can heal biharis from their deep wound. Bihar government has yet to do countless works to simplify the life of their citizens. Government should bring schemes for mending their condition. Nonetheless, people should not conventionalize anything. Grounded on caste, class, religion, race, nationality, community or anything, none has the privilege to marginalize any soul. This is on youngsters hands to not to put down any human. Thus, break the stereotype of ‘Biharis are illiterate’. Give them chance to attain esteem.
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Jotted down by Mansi Vishwakarma aka Poesyfairy
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