Uncommon Ground – Next Wave of Voluntarism?
For India’s sake as much as its own, Bihar needs to be strong, less vulnerable to forces that deny democracy.
In parts of Bihar, such as the district of Gaya, ironically famous for its Buddhist tourism, Maoists have threatened to chop off the hands of anyone who dares to vote. This is slightly more of a deterrent than the rainstorms most of us can expect. For Maoists in Bihar, such threats are routine but necessary. They have much to lose from a free and fair poll. Especially in these elections.