The state govt.has finally woken up to the plight of the house where writer Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George orwell, was born.
The house where the author of masterpieces such as Animal farm and NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR was born on june 25, 1903, has now been declared a protected site by the Bihar government.
Eric's father, Richard Walmesley Blair, worked in the opium department of the Indian civil service and was posted in Motihari for a while.In 1904, Eric's mother IdaMabel Blair took the one-year old to England.
Located in Bihar's Mothari town, around 160 km north of Patna, Orwell's house had earlier been given to a local high school on lease, which was using it fir residential purpose.Nothing much,however, was done to keep the house in good shape and at present the premises are in a shamblrs. The lease period has come also to an end.
The process of declaring the premises protected started in February this year when the art and culture department sent a team of experts to Motihari to assess the ground realities.