Nitish Kumar

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…

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Corruption and Communalism: No False Binary please!

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

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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.