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.
“The toll due to floods triggered by rains in Nepal and northern parts of the state stood at 119 on Thursday and 98 lakh people in 16 districts were hit.”
JD (U)’s homecoming has cemented the Bihar chief minister’s position as an ideological partner of the BJP.
Former minister Ramai Ram, ex-MP from Sheohar Arjun Rai, former MLA Raj Kishore Sinha and ex-MLC Vijay Varma were among those suspended from primary membership.
Nitish Kumar seems to have forgotten the BJP’s communal propaganda cost it votes in Bihar.
By giving up on opposition unity and aligning with the BJP, which he criticised so intensely, Nitish Kumar has destroyed his own and the country’s future.
The meat is believed to have been obtained from an illegal slaughterhouse and has been sent for testing.
An Association for Democratic Reforms report has also found the average assets of 29 ministers in the Nitish Kumar-led cabinet to be Rs 2.46 crore.
The Wire brings you a breakdown of what’s going on in parliament – up front and behind the scenes.
The petitioner has sought cancellation of JD(U) leader’s membership as per the Election Commission’s order stating it is mandatory for candidates to disclose criminal cases against them in their affidavits annexed to nomination papers.
The Bihar chief minister also said that the opposition had no real agenda and that he had no option but to break his alliance with Lalu because of the corruption charges.
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.
A selection of the past week’s multimedia stories.
Kumar kept the portfolios of home, general administration and vigilance while giving the finance and commercial taxes portfolio to Sushil Kumar Modi.
When he harboured ambitions of being the opposition’s key to power at the Centre, Nitish Kumar made many a scathing comment against the BJP and its allies.
After his chief ministerial term ends in 2019, Nitish Kumar will have to deal with a BJP which is suspicious of regional leaders like him.
Nitish has always been careful to ensure that his amenable secular conscience does not come at the cost of his government.
The senior socialist leader’s refusal to back Nitish Kumar’s embrace of the BJP is the first sign of a crack within the Janata Dal (United)
The biggest casualty in the whole fiasco has been the sanctity of the voters’ mandate.
Vinod Dua talks about Nitish Kumar’s alliance with the BJP and RSS pracharak and national executive member Indresh Kumar’s plan to defeat China.
Rahul Gandhi would do well to remember that those who have shifted camps multiple times can always do so again.
There has always been a strange attraction between the socialists and the Sangh parivaar, and Nitish Kumar is no different.
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.
According to the BJP, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi and their children have acquired Rs 950 crore of benaami property over the last decade. Here’s a look at some of the specifics.
Let’s not harbour illusions about what constitutes corruption. Political corruption includes using the state to organise violence or doing nothing in the face of killings.
In less than 24 hours, Nitish has returned as Bihar’s chief minister, rekindling an old alliance with the BJP.
The Bihar CM’s resignation, which the RJD could have prevented, brings an end to not just the alliance in the state but also the idea of a grand coalition against Modi and the BJP at the national level.
“There is a genuine leader in India. That is Nitish Kumar. He is a leader without a party, the Congress is a party without a leader.”
Can Tejaswi Yadav be the leader Bihar needs? Does he have the courage to tell his party that despite the trust they put in him, he must resign because something much bigger is at stake?
The Congress has repeatedly been an obstacle to opposition unity, and it is time it comes to terms with the fact that it is no longer a national party, and thus no longer has the right to demand a pre-eminent position in a coalition of parties.
As India’s economy continues to grow without the adequate number of jobs in the formal sector, the state of exclusion that the vast majority of the country lives in is unlikely to ease.
Unwilling to support a candidate with an RSS background, the Left parties have shared their own list of candidates with the Congress, and the final decision will be taken at an opposition meet on June 22.
The likely success of grand alliance in the recent UP polls suggests that the parties the BJP defeated in 2017 will put in a serious effort to get one going at the national level.
While there are some striking similarities, the Netherlands’ participatory representative democracy highlights what’s missing in India, especially when the space for debate and discussion is increasingly under siege.
In the absence of any positive change, how long can a voter keep casting their vote based on false promises?
As the country remains preoccupied with the Uttar Pradesh elections, on women’s day, we look at some of the voices that didn’t find political expression in the campaign.
What the leaders of bahujan parties have done by asserting their backward identity and standing up to oppression is bring the millions that hail from the oppressed sections into mainstream political discourse.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have raised the communal temperature in the state from the fourth phase onwards, but it remains to be seen whether the party will be able to get its critical mass of Hindu votes cutting across various castes.
If an economic slowdown occurs due to demonetisation, the self-worth and honour of the extremely backward castes communities may be affected. How this plays out in the upcoming state assembly elections remains to be seen.