The international centre goa. has come up with Patrakar, a concept for interaction with journalists who are also published authors. This time round it Sankarshan Thakur, who the editor of The Telegraph
The talk discussed the books by Mr.Thakur, particular his biographies on Nitesh Kumar and Laloo Prasad Yadav. The focus was of course his newest book, “The brothers Bihari” he called it the Bihari’s take on Bihar its politicians and politics. The two giants of Bihar, Laloo Yadav and Nitish Kumar. Chalk and cheese.
Laloo Yadav the muse of Thakur’s Subaltern Saheb and the making of Laloo Yadav, populist but tainted. Nitish Kumar the muse of Thakur’s Praise for single Man:The life and Times of Nitish Kumar of Bihar which by the author’s own confession was not truly his.
Mr.Thakur talked of the times when the men were young and complimented each other, gradually drifted and today they stand as foes. Taking turns to lead the waltz of Bihar’s destiny.
He was talking of the ground realities of liquor ban which has only added to creating a new career for the young of bihar, bootlegging. The liquor ban in Bihar has made it lucrative for youngsters to deliver liquor bottles clandestinely which brings them an income of 1500-3000Rs/day. People step over to Jhumri Telaiya for their drink.
As Mr.Thakur has spent a large spans of time at Kashmir, the conversation had to go there. He says the average Kashmiri is as courteous as ever, but fear has vanished from the valley, military vehicles no longer inspire awe or terror. Just resignation.
He was sharing the insight of a senior Kashmiri writer,(I forgotten his name) who felt what is happening to Kashmiri is it has got walled with only opening left. The opening is to the south, while the orientation of Kashmir is inclined towards central Asia.
Through the interaction, Mr.Thakur gave us a ring of sincerity and passion. It was not just about the Saga of the despair of Bihar or Kashmir, it is the saga of what the dream of 1947 stroke of midnight has crumbled to. We seem to have lost the understanding that to disagree does not mean non- acceptance. To voice a contrary opinion is not being anti-national.
Thakur’s conversation was not funny, it was terrifying. Some insights that stayed with me
Kashmiriyat has left Kashmir… does that sound familiar Goankarpon has left Goa. We are all becoming “Indian”
We want Kashmir but not Kashmiri’s.
Kashmir is currently hurt that the mothers sing wedding songs at their sons funeral as there are no more weddings.
It is time for us to sit up and read the subtexts and understand what we allowed ourselves to become, very far from where we were to go.
The official conversation between Bihari Brothers Sankarshan Thakur and Dr.Pushkar Launch event Patrakar.