• BACKWARD CASTE POLITICS: BIHAR ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2015

    Authors: Sanjeev Kumar & Raushan Kumar Sharma Scholars and analysts have highlighted the possible reasons behind the Mahagathbandhan’s (Grand Alliance between RJD and JDU) victory and NDA’s defeat in Bihar assembly election 2015. Factors such as Nitish Kumar’s development model, uncontroversial image Nitish as declared Chief Ministerial candidates; regionalism of Bihari versus Bahari; Muslim-Yadav combination and aggressive stand of Laloo Prasad Yadav against anti-reservationist propaganda and communalism worked in favor of Mahagathbandhan. BJP’s negative communal campaign to mobilize/communalize Hindu voters; tactical alliance with Manjhi-Paswan-Kushwaha to mobilizeDalit, Mahadalit and Extremely Backward Caste voters; and Modi’s Gujarat model of developmentdid not succeed.…

  • BIHAR ELECTION DIARY

    I was getting more and more impatient to go to Bihar from Delhi in order to study the Bihar election. Finally, I boarded the train and started my journey to see and understand all the election liveliness. I can see the real reflection of the idea that famous Social Scientist Arvind Das once quoted that “the Bihar is not a state but state of mind”.  This ‘state of mind’ kind of Bihar has been examined by various people where everyone has tried to weigh and interpret the Bihar differently. Where Lalu Prasad’s goverment has given name ‘troubled state’ or the…

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