After RJD president Lalu Yadav hinted at technical roadblocks delaying merger of the newly formed Janata Parivar, his another Bihar ally Nitish Kumar appealed to the figurehead Mulayam Singh Yadav to remove the stumbling blocks as early as possible. But this is obviously not going to be easy even for an experienced alliance creator Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Politics is all about imponderables. On Jan 19, 2013, the Congressmen clapped and cheered Rahul Gandhi after he was declared the vice president of the grand old party. They saw their future in him. A day later, his emotional speech made many literally cry. Read more
Dramatics, antics come naturally to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav. Discuss roads and his comment on ‘building Bihar roads as chikni (smooth) as Hema Malini’s cheeks’ becomes the metaphor. Read more
Why no one is bothered about migrants’ votes?
Though the candidates would want all communication and travel lines from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh to remain open for the next few months to bring migrants home to cast their vote during the assembly elections, no effort is actually made by political parties or the Election Commission to engage them in the biggest democratic process in the country. Read more
Corruption is the catchword in the country today. Many in the intelligentsia attribute heavy turnout in the ongoing polls to Anna Hazare, who turned corruption into a potent electoral issue. The mood is no different in the North of India. Read more
When a whiff of freshness envelops the state and when dreams and aspirations deluge its people, we all know its New Year time. Read more
As scams were tumbling out of cupboards in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and at the Centre, I noticed with glee that all was quite well in the Hindi heartland, at least in Bihar where Nitish Kumar’s development mantra triumphed in the recent elections. Read more
It was quite a shocking scene. Three girls gyrating to Bollywood music on the streets of Bihar on the day (July 5) Opposition had waged a war against the UPA government on the burning public issue of Inflation. Read more
After all the hugs and honeymoons in full public glare, has come the objection on a poster that shows them simply smiling with their hands locked in a handshake. Read more
Yeh, it’s time for celebrations. Not because democracy has finally evolved. Not because people voted for stability. Not because coalition era is coming to an end, not because power brokers have been shown the door— et al.
The most heartening message for the country has come from the bhaiyaland. No grins please! The nation can’t march ahead till two of its largest and heavily populated states are pulling it back. Read more