“It’s amazing. I love Bihar. I love you guys,” Keshri Pragg of Trinidad and Tobago thus gushed about Bihar and Biharis.
The 24 year-old is one of the 37 young overseas Indians currently on a tour to the land of their forefathers on an invitation from Bihar Foundation. Hailing from 13 countries, these youngsters have come to the land of Buddha for the first time and would be winding up their 10-day visit later this week.
“The real Bihar is contrary to what media reports say about it.” Pragg, a final year student at the University of the West Indies, said and added international media reports usually associate India with hungry beggars waiting to ambush the guests the moment they get out of their hotel. “But I found Bihar is as lovely as any other lovely place outside India.” said Pragg, a professional Hindustani classical dancer whose ancestors migrated to Trinidad and Tobago 150 years ago.
Andrea Santos, who lives in the coastal city of Vancouver nodded, “Prior to my visit, I thought I was going to an unsafe state. But no sooner did we reach than we saw cops on roads. And nobody came to snatch my belongings,” she said. The 23-year-old, who like many others in the group prostrated in worship at the Mahavir Mandir near Patna junction, said she was awed to see people waiting in serpentine queues just to pay obeisance to the Lord. “I haven’t seen such a grand display of devotion anywhere in the world. It’s unique to Indians,” said Andrea, an international studies student at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
“I love my India…I love Bihar,” Sanam Isseri, a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal [UKZN]. The 20 year-old professional Indian classical singer, who has performed at several shows in South Africa? Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi poses for a snap with the visiting overseas students in Patna on Friday. NDA-2 and UPA-2 Governments should encourage such types of visits our Indian origin students to learn more about our country’s grand cultures, especially Bihar may play a very big roles in this directions. This type of efforts will yield many benefits to Bihar and India in many areas, like tourism, cultural activities, higher education’s and greater recognisation of Bihar on International forums. Bihar should create scholarship schemes to attract the kin of our old Indians for technical& higher education as in ancient times Nalanda was famous for such studies and to bring the old glory of Bihar state.