23 September, 2020

Bookaneer Babus

Bihar's bureaucrats are pen-pushers of a different sort

Prashant Ravi
Bookaneer Babus
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Looks like Arvind Pandey's Bihar Bhakti Andolan has taken off. Remember the IPS officer's crusade to revive pride in Bihar? Other Bihar bureaucrats seem to be taking his cue, if their literary interests and output is anything to go by.

Shairi runs in Vishwa Ranjan's blood, as he is the maternal grandson of legendary Urdu poet Firaq Gorakhpuri. But his lineage alone didn't wake the poet in this IPS officer of the 1973 batch and joint director of the Intelligence Bureau: "My profession and my vocation too enriched my sensibilities." He has already won critical acclaim for his 1996 collection of poems Swapn ka hona bahut zaroori hai (It is Essential to Have Dreams) and is ready for more with his upcoming title, Saheb, Club Ghar, Bazaar. Quoting Boris Pasternak, he says, "With slippery hands I am trying to put a star in the bag."

Love of the Urdu language and the literary atmosphere during his days as a student of the Allahabad University nurtured the muse in Abhay Kumar Upadhyay, another IPS officer, of the 1984 batch. He learnt Urdu to pen his ghazals,...
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