Almost a century after Bihar was granted separate statehood by the British empire on March 22, 1912, the state celebrated its foundation day for the first time with great pomp and show.
While the main function was held at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan here, around 25,000 other venues across the the state hosted various celebrations to mark Bihar Diwas.
“We decided to celebrate the occasion to arouse Bihari pride among people, irrespective of their caste and religious affiliations,” chief minister Nitish Kumar said as hundreds of colourful balloons went up the sky to spread ‘Bihari-ism’ soon after he inaugurated the three-day function at the Gandhi Maidan.
Bihar Day is also being celebrated in the USA, the UK, Dubai, Doha, Qatar and Singapore, among other places, where a good number of Bihar born people live.
“Bihar is growing and with active participation of every Bihari, the state will become a developed state with a GDP rate of 15% by 2015,” Nitish said. Whatever identity Biharis have, pertains to either their caste or nationality but such occasions will definitely help create a Bihari identity, he said and added, “caste identity breaks the society, Bihari-ism unites.”