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Gandhis most popular in violent Bihar

patna Updated: Aug 16, 2010 13:18 IST
Dev Raj

Independence Day quiz! Who is the most popular freedom fighter the state loves to remember by way of renamed organisations, roads, lanes and localities ?

As far as government and non-government societies and organisations are concerned, Bihar is in love with ‘Gandhi’. Registration Department’s data reveals that 112 organisations in the state bear the ‘Gandhi’ name. A majority of them have the name of Mahatma Gandhi, while some bear the names of Kasturba Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Seemant Gandhi. A couple of them are after Rajiv Gandhi, though he was no freedom fighter. The unregistered organisations run into hundreds.

The second place goes to the Nehrus. Jawaharlal Nehru and Kamla Nehru together account for 60 organisations in the state. Subhash Chandra Bose's name has been used by eight organisations while Kuer Singh, the Bihar hero has just one named after him, former president Rajendra Prasad’s name figures in nine, Aungrah Narayan Sinha’s in 20, while Sri Krishna Singh’s name has been used by three organisations.

However, the roads, lanes and mohallas present a better mix of freedom fighters. If we take the example of Patna, roads have been named after all the famous freedom fighters right from Kuer Singh and Peer Ali to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B R Ambedkar, A N Sinha and Jai Prakash Narayan.

You will have to try hard to find a few famous ones who have been left out, except Rani Laxmibai and Chandrashekhar Azad. There are instances of a single stretch of road having several names. Hardinge Road branches out also as August Kranti Marg, Veer Kuer Singh Marg, and Ali Imam Path.Beat, says Senior Superintendent of Posts Narain Jha.