Timeline of Bihar

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Magadh Empire[edit]

Pala and Harshvardhan rule[edit]

  • 600 - 650: Harsha Vardhana empire expands into Magadh from the Haryana region
  • 750 - 1200: The Bengali Pala Dynasty Expands into Magadh

Islamic Pashtuns (Afghans)[edit]

  • 1200: Bakhtiyar Khilji's army destroys the Buddhist universities at Nalanda and Vikramshila in Bihar. Start of the Afghan-Muslim Era.
  • 1200-1400: Sharp decline of Buddhism in Bihar and northern India in general
  • 1250-1526: Magadh becomes a core part of the Delhi Sultanate e Hind (Hindustan).
  • 1526-1540: Mughal Emperor, Babur, defeats the last Sultan of Delhi, Lodi, and establishes the Mughal Dynasty in Delhi and Agra

Islamic Sur Dynasty[edit]

  • 1540-1555: Sher Shah captures empire from Mughals.
  • 1540-1555: Building of the Grand Trunk Road, Introduction of the Rupee and Custom Duties
  • 1556: Mughal dynasty restored in Agra after the Battle of Panipat.

Mughal Rule[edit]

East India Company[edit]

  • 1764: Battle of Buxar: Tax collection becomes the duty of the East India Company.
  • 1764-1920 Migration of Bihari & United Provinces workers across the British world by the Company and later British government.

Civil War and Rebellion[edit]

  • 1857: Period of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. East India Company Sepoys from the Bengal Army (80% Hindu according to William Daryample in the book "The Last Mughal") declare Bahadur Shah Zafar II Emperor of Hindustan. The region becomes the centre of resistance to the East India Company. End of the Muslim Era.
  • 1858: Mughal Sultanate-e-Hind reorganised to form the new British Indian Empire after the British Government abolishes the East India Company.

Bengal Presidency[edit]

Bihar Province[edit]

  • 1935: 1935 Government of India Act federates the Indian Empire and creates a new Bihar.
  • 1936: Sir James David Sifton appointed the first Governor of Bihar.
  • 1937: First Democratic election of Bihar in March, 1937.Congress emerged as largest political party, Muslim Independent Party headed by Barrister Muhammad Yunus stood second.Barrister Mohammad Yunus formed Government and became first Premier(April- July, 1937 )of Bihar province.
  • 1937:The first[3] Congress ministry is formed in Bihar under provincial autonomy granted by British rule,Dr.Sri Krishna Sinha sworn[4] in as Premier and Dr.Anugrah Narayan Sinha became[5] Deputy Premier cum Finance Minister.Other two ministers inducted were Syed Mehmud and Jaglal Chaudhry.
  • 1942:Launch of Quit India Movement.Prominent Bihar leaders like Rajendra Prasad, Anugrah Narayan Sinha & Sri Krishna Sinha imprisoned.

First Government[edit]

  • 1946:First Cabinet of Bihar formed; consisting[6] of two members, Sri Krishna Sinha as first Chief Minister of Bihar and Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha[7] as Bihar's first Deputy Chief Minister cum Finance[8] Minister (also in charge of Labour,Health,Agriculture and Irrigation).Other ministers are inducted later.The Cabinet served as the first Bihar Government after independence in 1947.
  • 1947: Indian Independence; Bihar becomes a state in the new Dominion of India.
  • 1947-1949: Hindu-Muslim religious violence leads to the migration of millions of Bihari Muslims to Pakistan (West and East)
  • 1952 Indian Government adopts symbols of ancient Imperial Bihar (Ashoka Chakra added to the Indian flag, the Lion Pillor is made the symbol of the central government of India, all state governments, reserve bank, and the military, whilst the Rupee, introduced in Bihar, is retained as the currency)
  • 1950 Dr. Rajendra Prasad is appointed the first President of India.
  • 1952:Many development projects needed for the all round development of the state initiated, be it on irrigation front or on industrial front by the state government.[9] It included several river valley projects right from Koshi, Aghaur and Sakri to several other such river projects.[10]
  • 1952-57:Bihar rated as the best administered among the states in the country.[11]
  • 1955 The Birla Institute of Technology(BIT) is established[12] at Mesra, Ranchi.
  • 1957-62:Second five-year plan period, Bihar government brought several heavy industries like Barauni Oil Refinery, HEC plant at Hatia, Bokaro Steel Plant, Barauni Fertiliser Plant, Barauni Thermal Power Station, Maithon Hydel Power Station, Sulphur mines at Amjhaur, Sindri Fertiliser Plant, Kargali Coal Washery, Barauni Dairy Project, etc. for the all round development of the state.[13]

Indira Gandhi[edit]

  • 1975 - 1977: Suspension of the Republican Constitution. Bihar is the centre of resistance against the Emergency.
  • 1977: Janata Party Came to power at Centre and in Bihar;Karpoori Thakur became CM after winning chief ministership battle from the[14] then Janata Party President Satyendra Narayan Sinha.
  • 1984: Indira Gandhi Assassination leads to deadly anti-Sikh Riots in northern India, including Bihar.
  • 1985: Mr. Chandra Shekhar Singh sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister after Congress's victory in assembly elections. Kanti thermal power station started operations as the second thermal power plant in Bihar,after Barauni Thermal Power Station,with the help of efforts by the then MP of Muzaffarpur, George Fernandes.[15]

Lalu Prasad[edit]

  • 1990: Janta Dal wins Bihar election,Laloo Prasad becomes Bihar Chief Minister defeating former Janata Party CM Ram Sundar Das.
  • 1990 - 2005: Social injustice
  • 1995: Janta Dal's second electoral victory.
  • 1995- 2000: Economic stagniation, state GDP contracts.
  • 1996: Lalu Prasad appoints wife, Rabri Devi, as Chief Minister.
  • 1997: Split in Janta Dal, Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan create Janta Dal (United).
  • 1999:President's ruled is imposed in Bihar because of complete denigration of governance;lifted because it is not endorsed by the Rajya Sabha;Rabri Devi is back as CM.
  • 2000: Bihar divided into two states by NDA central government.
  • 2000: Lalu Prasad's split Janta Dal wins elections.
  • 2000:Nitish Kumar becomes Bihar Chief Minister for seven days;resigns after his government fails to garner majority.Janata Dal is back in power.
  • 2002 - 2004: Deadly crime wave grips Patna and Bihar.
  • 2003: Maharashtra railways exams attacks, Assam ethnic conflict.

Nitish Kumar[edit]

  • 2005: In Feb, Lalu Prasad/ Rabri Devi lose power after 15 years
  • 2005: In November, Janta Dal (United) with the BJP wins the state election.
  • 2005 - 2007: Nitish Kumar is declared the best Chief Minister in India by the India Today magazine
  • 2007: Bhojpuri cinema hall complex bombed in Punjab. 6 UP and Bihari migrant workers killed.
  • 2008: Second Bihari-Bhojpuri Immigrant Worker Crisis: Migrants and students attacked in Maharashtra, Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland. Economic revival Q1 2008, resulting in labour shortages in Punjab, Maharashtra.[17]
  • 2008: Floods in Mithla region kill 3,000 people, displace millions.
  • 2010:Nitish Kumar again becomes Bihar Chief Minister after a historic mandate.
  • 2014: Nitish Kumar resigns after historic debacle in 2014 Lok Sabha elections; Jitan Ram Manjhi is Bihar's new CM
  • 2015: Nitish Kumar sworn in as Bihar CM for the fourth time [18] after resignation of incumbent Jitan Ram Manjhi

References and footnotes[edit]

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  2. ^ aicc. "SATYAGRAHA MOVEMENT". aicc. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ S Shankar. "First Congress Government:1937". website. Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Dr. S K Sinha". official website. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  5. ^ Kamat. "1937:A N Sinha,Finance Miniater". Kamat's archive. Retrieved 2004-01-04. 
  6. ^ S Shankar. "The Sri Babu-Anugrah babu government". website. Retrieved 2005-04-08. 
  7. ^ Kamat. "Anugrah Narayan Sinha". Kamat's archive. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  8. ^ Dr. Rajendra Prasad's Letters to Anugrah Narayan Sinha. First Finance cum Labour Minister. Rajendra Prasad's archive. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  9. ^ . TOI. 1998-01-01 (Fifty year special issue).  Check date values in: |date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help);
  10. ^ "Bihar's first exemplary government". The Times of India. (Fifty year special issue).  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  11. ^ "Bihar was once best administrated state during first government's tenure under sri babu:Nitish Kumar". The Hindustan Times. 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  12. ^ Official Website BIT. "1955:BIT Mesra is founded". BIT. Retrieved 2008-10-20. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Bihar's first exemplary government". The Times of India. 1998-01-01 (Fifty year special issue).  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  14. ^ Bihar chief ministership battle 1977. Website. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  15. ^ "The Times of India: Latest News India, World & Business News, Cricket & Sports, Bollywood". The Times Of India. 
  16. ^ A.J. Philip. "A gentleman among politicians:Chhote Saheb". The Tribune. Retrieved 2006-09-05. 
  17. ^ Goswami, Urmi A (2008-06-17). "Biharis get work at home, bashers realise their worth". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  18. ^ http://ibnlive.in.com/news/back-as-bihar-cm-for-the-fourth-time-nitish-kumar-has-his-task-cut-out/529994-37.html