Bangaon village is all what the state of Bihar is not..
When the world is increasingly relying on security system and burglar alarms, villagers of Bangaon in Saharsa does not even need a lock and key. The last case of theft in the village was registered in August 2002. The Police is surprised that not a single criminal case has been registered since 2002.
Bangaon is a paradox in Bihar, which was adjudged the most corrupt Indian state by Transparency International and Center for Media Studies. The village of 35,000 people has motorable roads, electricity supply and 3,000 telephone connections, and is an example in communal harmony. Brahmins come to Muslim’s home for Muharram and Brahmins will go to their homes to celebrate Holi.
The Panchayat and the Sarvopakarinee Sansthan Dharma Sabha sort out disputes. The Dharma Sabha was the birth child of a Babua Khan, the father of Bangaon, who opened a school 98 years ago Bangaon’s literacy rate (70%) is more than double the district average of 29%, and the village has produced three IAS and two IPS officers, hundreds of other government servants, and 30 doctors. Four of its villagers have struck it rich in the US and Germany and have built impressive Dollar houses in Bangaon.
The Dharma Sabha’s influence is all pervading. Babua Khan taught people to respect elders by touching their feet, a system that is still in. Social evils like dowry are a taboo in the village. Boys and girls seldom marry outside the village. A man Ram Narain Khan a retired major, have 13 children; 11 married in Bangaon. The title Khan is common among Brahmins and they believe that Muslim rulers conferred it to reward bravery of two Thakur brothers or some others who defended the honour of their women.
The Buddha had visited Bangaon after he attained enlightenment. He chose two disciples. The village is called Aapan Nigam in Buddhist literature later it became Bangaon because of it being surrounded by ban (jungle). Adi Shankaracharya, too, is said to have set his foot in the village, but Baba Laxminath Gosai is a more popular saint and wrongdoers. According to Freedo Struggle of Saharsa by Abhaya Shankar Khan, people here unfurled the Indian flag on August 13,1947 itself.
The villagers are aware that freedom comes from collective responsibility. Major decisions ever on whom to vote for are by consensus. They were never forced to vote for any candidate, but they follow the decision. No wonder the politicians feel lucky to preside over a function here.
A smale joke - in Tanglish.
Oru paiyan kattan yennada indda pattasu maala konjondu Paper suthieruku? adukku antha paiyan sonna, aathu Namitha vadi da nu.