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Light at the end of the tunnel

With no electricity at home, some students go to the busy railway station to study.


Amid the hustle and bustle of one of the railway station’s in Bihar’s Sasaram district is an unusual sight a group of children huddled on the platform and studying.

Even as the clock strikes nine and amidst the cacophony of vendors selling their wares, trains whistling in and out of the station and blaring announcements, these youngsters are busy pouring into their books and helping each other.

This is where some students in Sasaram gather every night to study. They have no electricity in their homes.

Most places see barely ten hours of electricity a day, almost never in the evenings.

The much-touted development efforts of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has strangely missed this railway station area.

However, Sasaram had a glorious past. It was the birth-place of famous 16th century Mughal King Sher Sah Suri.

The monarch is better known as the original architect of the Grand Trunk Road from Chittagong, now in Bangladesh, to Peshawar in Pakistan.

Till one year ago, Rajesh Kumar was a 23-year-old who also studied at the platforms here. He passed his exams and went on to become a train driver.

As he passes the children busy with their books, he tells them to keep at it.

According to the Bihar government, the central government does not supply adequate power. This is the reason power crisis is worse in Bihar, it says.

But with the state’s youngsters getting their priorities right, surely there is light at the end of the tunnel.


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