Celebrating Bihar: The Charm of Champaran

Hardcover | July 15, 2012

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The book highlights the history, natural beauty, art, culture, and recent development of Champaran and the adjoining region. The first part ('Nature') focuses on the natural wealth of Champaran: the Valmiki Nagar Tiger Reserve, Udaipur Bird Sanctuary, 'Saraiya Mann' lake, and other well-knownnatural habitats. The second part ('History, Art, and Culture') covers the history, art, and culture of Champaran, which lies on the Buddhist trail (majestic stupa and pillars at Kesaria, Lauria Nandangarh, and Rampurva) and on the Ramayana trail (Valmiki Ashram and Chankigarh) and on the Gandhiantrail (Gandhi Ashram at Bhitiharwa finds vivid mention in My Experiments with Truth). This section includes rare photographs relating to the Bettiah Raj Dynasty (including that of Sheesh Mahal) and priceless Moonga statues, and will also cover the unique Tharu Tribal Culture (a matriarchal tribe who had migrated from Rajasthan long back). The third part ('Infrastructure') focuses onthe recent infrastructural developments that Bihar has witnessed: from a recently constructed barrage, new roads, and the Gondak Canal to the growth of sugar industry. With a Foreword by Shri Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, the book will include a short introductory note by the Secretary,Human Resource Development Ministry setting the context for the book.

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The book highlights the history, natural beauty, art, culture, and recent development of Champaran and the adjoining region. The first part ('Nature') focuses on the natural wealth of Champaran: the Valmiki Nagar Tiger Reserve, Udaipur Bird Sanctuary, 'Saraiya Mann' lake, and other well-knownnatural habitats. The second part ('History,...

Nishant Tiwari, an IPS, is currently serving Bettiah district (Champaran) as Superintendent of Police. He was the best probationer of 2005 batch of IPS officers, and awarded by the Hon'ble President of India with the Best Zonal Award of Election Commission of India; awarded by the Prime Minister of India with Home Ministry's Pistol, PM...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:104 pagesPublished:July 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198083750

ISBN - 13:9780198083757

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Chief Minister of Bihar: ForewordSecretary, Human Resource Development: Introductory NoteAuthor's NoteNATURE Valmiki Tiger Reserve: The Wild WonderBhikhna Thori: The Beatific BeautyGaunaha: The Great GreensSariaya Mann: The Sublime SerenityKehunia: The Birders' BlissHISTORY, ART, AND CULTURE:Kesaria: The World's Tallest Buddhist StupaLauriya Nandangarh: The Relics StupaRampurva: The Twin Ashokan PillarsValmiki Ashram: The Realm of RamayanaChankigarh: The Mystery and the MythHetukunwar: The Hill Top Temple and CavesBettiah Raj: The Regal RemainsEarly Christian Institutions: The Messengers of PeaceGeorge Orwell: The Millennium WriterBhitiharwa and Motihari: The Seats of SatyagrahaNeelaha Kothi: The Stain of IndigoTribal Tharu Culture: The Enchanting ExperienceINFRASTRUCTURE Valmiki Nagar Barrage: The Symbol of Indo-Nepal FriendshipSugar Industry: The Sweet SurgeGandak Canal: The Life Line of the LocalityRoads: For the Future