President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday desired that Bihar should once again become the best-administered state as it had once been and suggested that the political system, irrespective of its party affiliation, should work for the development of the state.
Addressing the “Global Meet for a Resurgent Bihar” after inaugurating it here on Friday, the President said, “India needs a developed Bihar.” He complimented the Nitish Kumar government for taking some initiatives in the light of his 10-point Bihar Mission unveiled during his address at the joint session of the state legislature in March last.
He said, “When people ask me if Bihar is on way to resurgence, I say, I hope it is. But it will be possible only when civil society gets enough strength and citizens get enough courage to go to schools and ask why there is no teacher.” The professor of economics at London School of Economics said Bihar was “never a stranger to globalisation” as reflected through its massive indigo cultivation. But the state has not learnt to respect its people and potentials over the years. “Why is there a talented person from Bihar in every part of the world?” asked the economist, saying the state has to be responsible and just not only claim to be “benevolent”.“Treat your people well or they will run away,” cautioned Lord Desai, describing globalisation as “just another phase of capitalism”.