This refers to the article “Why Biharis are despised” (Open Page, March 23). A major reason for the backwardness of Bihar is the low level of literacy which has a multiplier effect on the quality of life. Education not only helps to develop skills but also improves awareness on critical issues relating to health, political rights and governance, besides empowering women. A better educated populace is less tolerant of political mis-governance and bureaucratic apathy.
The exodus of Biharis from their State has a parallel in the migration of Keralites to other States and the Gulf countries in search of jobs. The more educated migrants from Kerala find better jobs, adapt easily to their places of work and do not face any social ostracism whereas the average Bihari has to be content with low-paying jobs and also put up with discrimination.