Okay – I should have written this long ago. I never realized how dangerous it was to live in Bihar, until I came out from there!
A cousin brother rightly described people’s attitude – “They think as soon as you get out of the train in Bihar, you will be face to face, not with the normal people waiting to board the train or for someone to get down, but people with masks on their faces, bands around their foreheads, AK-47 in their hands ready to shoot just you!”
Well readers, that’s not the case. Leaving apart the statistics and press for a while, in Bihar, people live as normally as you do. Till what time at night can you go out, is hardly a function of state. Its a very local phenomenon. In my home-town (Purnea), you can stay out till much later than in Lucknow and still find shops and markets open. And Purnea is the Purnea of infamous “Pappu Yadav”. Yes, there are problems; still people do not go around killing people randomly!
Yeah, and a word about the much dreaded naxalites. Their activities are more prominent in South Bihar (in fact now Jharkhand) and there too in villages (not to say that it means one should not care, just to tell you the region of problem).
Humans live there! You are welcome to visit some places there There are some good ones.