Two factors now seem to guide the nation – vigilante groups working to ensure the supremacy of a ‘Hindu’ way of life and a stony silence from the political leadership. Bihar has now achieved both.
In the eighth episode of Media Bol, Urmilesh discusses the media coverage of the recent political upheaval in Bihar with Jai Shankar Gupta, editor of ‘Deshbandhu’, and senior journalist Neerja Chowdhury.
The PILs said that the formation of the new government was “unconstitutional” as chief minister Nitish Kumar had won a mandate as part of a grand alliance against the BJP.
The biggest casualty in the whole fiasco has been the sanctity of the voters’ mandate.
Nitish Kumar’s supposed popularity in Bihar is not borne out in electoral numbers. So how has he been chief minister for nearly 13 years since 2005?
Rahul Gandhi would do well to remember that those who have shifted camps multiple times can always do so again.
The opposition will have to go back to the drawing board to review how it must respond to the developing political dynamics as the BJP tightens its vice-like grip.