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Tough Times Ahead for Nitish Kumar in Bihar

Nitish Kumar’s latest tenure will be very challenging because he will have to face not only an emboldened block of opposition parties but the restless and angry mood of the people who are no longer prepared to be ruled by old methods, writes Anish Ankur from Patna.   Political drama runs high in Bihar even […]

“I don’t intend to retract my tweets or apologise for them”: Kunal Kamra

Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra refuses to apologise or retract his tweets criticising the Supreme Court and its judges during and after the hearing of bail petition of Arnab Goswami in a suicide abetment case.  The highest court has granted bail to Arnab, citing his personal liberty. The Attorney General on Thursday gave his consent to […]

Nitish Kumar will form government amid allegations of rigging

The election in Bihar got concluded amid allegations of rigging during counting, fraud and widespread cancellation of postal ballot votes. After a closed, thrilling and a nail-biting fight, which continuing till late midnight, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) crossed the magic figure of 122, necessary to form government. Most of the exit polls, once again, like […]

“We want a change in government so that our children can get employment.”

A GroundXero Report on Bihar Assembly Elections.     The last phase of Bihar’s legislative assembly elections was held today (November 7). GroundXero visited Mahua and Patepur assembly segment where votes were being cast. The Mahua assembly seat was represented by Lalu Prasad Yadav’s older son Tejpratap in the 2015 assembly election, but this year he […]

‘সবার পিছে, সবার নীচে, সবহারাদের মাঝে’ বিধানসভা নির্বাচন, বিহার: কয়েকটি অসম্পূর্ণ সংলাপ 

বিহারে জাতপাতের রাজনীতির বিভিন্ন প্রকারের হোলসেলার আছে। তথাকথিত নিচুজাতির অধিকারের জন্য গড়ে উঠেছে রকমারি রাজনৈতিক দল। ব্রাহ্মণ-ভূমিহার-রাজপুত মৌরসিপাট্টায় আঘাত হানতে নিম্নবর্গের উত্থান ছিল কাম্য। যাদব, কুর্মি ইত্যাদির উত্থান (যথাক্রমে লালু ও নীতীশ রাজের কল্যাণে)হলেও অবশিষ্ট প্রান্তজনের ক্ষেত্রে কয়েকটি নেতা ও তার পরিবার খেয়েছে ক্ষীর। সূর্য এবং তার রোদ্দুর থেকেছে দূরে। রামবাবু বা মুন্নি দেবী বা […]

‘Development didn’t reach us due to our caste’: A Report from Bihar

‘GroundXero’ visited various constituencies which are going to poll on November 3, in the second phase of assembly elections in Bihar. Different localities, mohallas, and communities have different expectations from the political parties. They expect the political parties will raise their issues and concerns. Sometimes their grievances are heard, while most of the time, representatives […]

“Our priority is to defeat the communal force of BJP” : A Report from Bihar

The first phase of the Bihar assembly elections began today (28 October). 71 assembly constituencies, having 243 seats, are involved in this process. A Groundxero representative visited several villages in the Bikram, Paliganj and Arwal constituencies, and tried to reach out to different communities in order to get an overview of the public opinion.   Katrahi, Bikram […]

Manifestos hogging prime importance in Bihar assembly elections

BJP’s attempt to impose its narrative of nationalism and communal polarization seems to be not working in this election in Bihar. The people, reeling under the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown, want to hear about the real issues affecting their lives. The manifestos of the contending political formations has gained more importance among […]

“কাশ্মীরের মানুষ শেষ পর্যন্ত লড়াই চালিয়ে যাবেন, তাঁরা জানেন তাঁদের ভূমি দখল হয়ে রয়েছে;” প্রফেসর এস. এ. আর. গিলানি

২০০১ সনের পার্লামেন্ট হানার ঘটনায় বন্দী হয়েছিলেন দিল্লী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের অধ্যাপক এস. এ. আর. গিলানি। দীর্ঘদিন আটক ও নির্যাতিত হওয়ার পর তিনি আদালত থেকে বেকসুর খালাস হয়েছিলেন। ২৫ অক্টোবর ২০১৯-এ গিলানি হৃদরোগে আক্রান্ত হয়ে মারা যান। গিলানির দেওয়া শেষ এই সাক্ষাৎকারটি অত্যন্ত গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। এতে এসেছে কাশ্মীরে কয়েক যুগ ধরে যে রাষ্ট্রীয় সন্ত্রাস চলছে, তার কথা। ভারতের গণতন্ত্র, […]

Changing Dalit politics in the electoral landscape of Bihar

In the 2020 Bihar elections, how Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) confronts the LJP’s challenge is being keenly watched by poll analysts. One question now everyone is asking is, will Chirag Paswan play the same role after the election which his father played during the 2005 assembly election? Ramvilas Paswan’s role in 2005 was instrumental in […]

Bihar Assembly Elections: Infighting Within Alliances

Bihar is the only Hindi speaking state of India where the BJP has never been able to win an election on its own strength. In the upcoming assembly election, BJP’s main enemy is not outside the NDA alliance but within the alliance. In BJP view without Lalu Prasad, Grand Alliance is not a big challenge […]

Lightning took more lives than Coronavirus in Bihar 

More people have been killed by lightning strikes than by the Coronavirus in Bihar. Till now 134 people succumbed to Coronavirus infections in the last three and half months while lightning strikes took the lives of more than 200 people across the state in between June 25 to July 12, reports Anish Ankur from Patna.     […]