PM urges voters of Bihar to rise above caste divide


As Bihar prepares for Assembly polls, PM Modi reached out to the people of Bihar. The PM today said he was committed to the development of the state and urged the people to rise above the caste divide failing which it will lead to “decay” in public life.

The PM was addressing people on the occasion of renowned poet Ramdhari Dinkar’s golden jubilee celebrations.

“The western India may be prosperous, but unless the wisdom of the east complements it, India will not be able to achieve its full potential. Once ‘Lakshmi’ (Goddess of money) and ‘Saraswati’ (Goddess of learning and wisdom) unite, the world will see how fast India progresses,” he said.

Referring to a letter written by Dinkar in 1961, Modi said the poet was of the view that Bihar will have to “forget” the caste system and “follow the virtuous”.

“You cannot rule with the help of one or two castes. You need support of all. If you do not rise above caste, Bihar’s public life will decay,” he said, quoting Dinkar’s letter.

Reminiscing Dinkar’s works, PM stated that the poems acted as a “bridge” between the ideals of Jaya Prakash Narayan and the youth of the country.

“He had fire within. But it was not meant to burn but work as a light for generations to come,” he said, noting that Dinkar’s works are relevant even today.

The Prime Minister said development of states like West Bengal, Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and the northeast was critical to the overall development of the nation.