Nitish Kumar

Sushant, Caste, Covid Or Vikas; What Matters Most To The Bihar Voters
Sushant, Caste, Covid Or Vikas; What Matters Most To The Bihar Voters?

The Election Commission of India has announced the schedule and the dates for the Bihar…

Sushant Rajput’s Death Becomes Political Row, What’s Its Link With Bihar Polls?

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is “willing” to recommend a CBI probe into the death…

Corruption and Communalism: No False Binary please!

“We are coming together to defend secularism by defeating Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and the…

The six lies of Bihar

No political journalist’s education is complete without understanding Bihar. If Mumbai’s business is business, then…

Lalu-Nitish joshi: twist in a Bihar tale

There is a wonderfully poignant story, possibly apocryphal, about the original Hindi cinema ‘phenomenon’ Rajesh…

Modi, Bihar And Reforms

A year is an eternity in Indian politics: a year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

Modi vs Nitish secularism debate: Both types are old stereotypes

It was a picture that perhaps best captured the angularities of Indian secularism: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien in a topi even as Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and vice-president Hamid Ansari preferred to be bare-headed. The occasion was an iftaar party organised by the Delhi chief minister. Perhaps Kejriwal and O’Brien (an Anglo-Indian from Kolkata) had taken their cue from Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who once said, “To run the country, you have to take everyone along … at times, you will have to wear a topi, at times a tilak.”

Feeding on Breasts

I have met Deepika Padukone just once: it was the CNN IBN Indian of the year awards last year when she won the special achievement prize for having acted in a series of hit films. She cried on that occasion on receiving the award from her father, the legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone.