Bihari Mentality Shift, Progress Begins Within

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In the pursuit of achieving the true essence of Jan Suraaj in Bihar, there’s a crucial factor that beckons our attention—a profound transformation in Bihari mentality. No government, policy or leader alone can take Bihar to the path of growth, unless the people change their Bihari mentality. This blog takes you on a journey through everyday moments, like sharing a seat in an auto-rickshaw, and bigger stories from places like Tadoba and Bodh Gaya. It’s all about showing why this “Bihar mentality” needs a reboot and how it can bring good things for everyone.

I am sharing this heartfelt concern from my diverse experience in Bihar from different aspects of life. Bihar with all its rich history and potential, stands at crossroads where the power to uplift only lies in the hands of its people. At its core, Bihar’s urgent need is a shift in its typical Bihari mentality – a mindset oriented towards progressive thoughts, a mindset that not only concerned about financial security but equally considers moral values.

Current Bihari Mentality

In Bihar, when two individuals unknown to each other share a seat in auto-rikshaw, there’s often a common thought: “I’ll take up the whole seat, others will adjust.” People aren’t willing to move or care about fellow passengers. Even if someone asks to make a bit of room, they pretend like they can’t hear . This behaviour is pretty common in Bihar. A similar scenario plays out in Delhi’s metro on daily basis, where Bihari individuals often face criticism due to this mentality.

This small incident speaks volumes about the need for a significant change in the way people think in Bihar. Just by sharing a seat, we can see a bigger issue – the focus on benefiting oneself, even at the expense of others. This mindset is like a roadblock that stops us from growing together. It’s time for a big change, a new way of thinking that’s about helping each other and moving forward as a united community. This way of thinking isn’t just about sharing seats; it’s all over Bihar. In this blog, I’m talking about the urgent need to change this Bihari mentality.

Tadoba Tourism – An example

Tadoba is a small village in Maharashtra. In 2020, it got famous for tiger safari. Local people there understood tourism’s importance and changed how they think. They learned about being friendly and realized that being helpful brings more tourists.

In Tadoba, the change was amazing. People there started welcoming visitors warmly and taking good care of them. This helped their money and culture both. They stopped being selfish and started caring about others. This made more tourists come and helped them have jobs and money for the future. This can be a big inspiration for folks in Bihar. It shows how changing how you see things can bring good things. This small village attracts more than 1.7 lakh tourists every year.

Now, look at Bodh Gaya in Bihar, a place famous for being spiritual. Here’s where the tale takes a twist. Instead of nurturing the roots of tourism as a means of growth, some locals seem to have missed the essence. It’s as though the concept of “Atithi Devo Bhava” took a backseat, replaced by a more transactional approach. The irony, you might say, is that while the spiritual seekers come with hearts open, they’re sometimes met with doors that are not quite as welcoming.

If the people of Tadoba had adopted the same exploitative mindset, would they have been able to attract 1.7 lakh tourists every year? Why does Bodh Gaya have such a low number of tourists, despite the fact that China has a substantial 200 million Buddhists, yet only a modest 30,000 to 40,000 actually visit Bodh Gaya?

These stories go beyond just places – they show how changing our way of thinking can make a big difference. They make us think: Can people in Bihar change how they see things, and go from normal to extraordinary? Can they treat each other and visitors with kindness and respect, thereby setting an example that Bihar has rarely been associated with? The tales of Tadoba and Bodh Gaya aren’t just stories about those places; they’re like guides for any group of people. They point to a future where everyone can be stronger, have more money, and keep their culture alive. But to get there, people need to change how they think. It’s a big change, and it’s time for Bihar to start making it.

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