By Chitranshu Tewari: One doesn’t need to go far to understand why Bihar Elections are possibly the most important elections since the 2014 General Elections. You can easily trace it in PM Modi’s announcement of a financial package worth 1.25 lakh crores and the rhetoric of #TakeBackYourWords – an online campaign, led by Nitish Kumar’s […]

By Anwesha Dhar: While pursuing his degree from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Somil spent most of his days volunteering for various social causes. He could not see himself working at a multinational, being one of those people who want to pursue a career that makes an impact on the lives of others. He then […]
bihar cheating scandal.

By Itika Singh: About this time last month, a photograph of cheating in Bihar went viral. It showed people scaling the walls at an examination centre so that they could pass on answers to students inside. The general response was to treat it as an isolated shocking incident, but how true is that evaluation for […]
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By Ajitha Menon: Kishanganj – The Health Sub Centre (HSC) at Marwatoli village, which falls under Mahingaon gram panchayat in Kishanganj district of Bihar, is spacious, neat and well-equipped with a separate labour room. Stationed on duty are two Auxillary Nurse Midwives (ANMs), who take turns to carry out immunisation as well as monitor and […]
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By Anju Anna John: Mamata Kumari had always dreamt of being a nurse when she grew up. But she was married off at the age of 17, and she knew absolutely nothing about the person she was going to marry or the family to which she was being sent to. This was the end of […]
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By Akhil Kumar: Dashrath Manjhi, also known as the ‘Mountain Man’, carved a road through a 360-foot mountain armed with only a hammer, chisel, and crowbar. He worked tirelessly for 22 years to achieve this stupendous feat, even when he was constantly ridiculed for this ‘madness’. Dashrath was born into a poor labourer family in […]

By Abhishek Jha: Filling my news feed and timeline for the past couple of days have been photos and videos of mass cheating during the tenth standard Bihar Board examinations. The first reaction of most people to it, was of amusement. It is, in fact, bewildering to see so many people climb a wall to […]
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By Ajitha Menon: Kishanganj – Masooma Begum had her first child at 16. That was in early 2012. Even today, the horror of that experience is clearly etched in her mind. Emotionally vulnerable and physically weak, this resident of Mahesmara village that falls in Jahangirpur Gram Panchayat (GP) in one of Bihar’s most backward districts, […]
Nitish and Manjhi

By Jai Prakash Ojha: The political drama finally ended in Bihar on 20th February when Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi resigned from his post before facing the trust motion in the House. Nitish Kumar, his mentor-turned-bête noire, has taken up the reins of administration. Manjhi may be down, but is not yet out, and has […]
bihar politics

By Jai Prakash Ojha: The recent political developments in Bihar have upset all the political permutations and combinations in the state with the supporters of Nitish Kumar and Chief Minister Manjhi coming out on the streets in Patna and other towns to settle political scores. What has surprised political pundits is the resilience manifested by […]

By Bhanvi Satija: It seems like February is an eventful month for politics in our country. While last year Delhi saw an interesting move by its chief minister during the same time, this year elections were conducted in the region. Meanwhile, the state of Bihar is also struggling to keep its political affairs stable this […]

By Jai Prakash Ojha: After the decimation of the JD(U) in the parliamentary elections at the hands of a reinvigorated BJP, Nitish Kumar stepped down from the post of chief minister of Bihar and installed his protégé Jitan Ram Manjhi, a mahadalit on the hot seat. For many, it was a political masterstroke from Nitish […]
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By Jai Prakash Ojha: “Upper castes are foreigners and they are descendants of the Aryans. Dalits and the tribals are the original inhabitants of the country”. “The dalit youths must marry within and outside their castes to increase the population. Dalits and tribals constitute around 22 percent of the population and it’s time for them […]
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By Artika Raj: He’s the Pied Piper of Hamelin. He’s the Dark Lord Sauron. The saffron winged Icarus to some and the Titan Atlas holding up this country to others. Call him what you will, but there is no doubt that our PM is definitely a very smart man. Clear evidence of this is in […]
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By Rahul Gaurav: The much talked about ‘secular alliance’ between Lalu and Nitish, marking their reunion after 20 years, has finally shown a positive result for the former chief ministers of Bihar. The alliance bagged 6 out of 10 seats, with BJP reduced to 4 seats, from the previous 6 seats, in the recent bypolls. […]
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By Harsh Mander: India has been conspicuously less successful than many other emerging economies in the scale, speed and depth of its reversal of poverty. But many scholars say that whatever one’s measures of poverty, young people on an average have better educational and economic prospects today than those of their parents and grandparents. They […]

By Mayank Jain: Bihar is the fastest growing major state of India, with a 10% plus growth rate in recent years and a renewed interest of the industry in setting up plants in the state which has been stereotyped as ‘backward’ for a long time. The state witnesses a critical juncture in the making of […]

By Amit Kumar:  Any serious political writing on general election 2014 cannot be complete without a thorough analysis of Bihar’s political dynamics. The state sends 40 MPs to the Lok sabha and hence, it is important for all the parties to create an atmosphere in which they would gain the maximum. The bitter political rivalry […]

By Hemant Kumar: In the last few years, ‘the rise of the states’ phenomenon has been the main feature of our new pro-growth polity. Credit should go to those laggard states (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha) which understood the fiscal as well as the political incentives of good governance and growth. Once feared good economics become […]
Super 30

It is said, ‘teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.’ Anand Kumar, who founded the ambitious and innovative educational program, ‘Super 30′, in the hinterlands of India, is doing just that. Armed with little else other than the courage of conviction and a will to persist, he selects 30 […]
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By Sukant Khurana: The far from perfect union of India, as it stands today, makes for an ideal playground to conduct divide and rule politics. This kind of politics comes from the conflict-ridden history of South Asia. In 1947, the far right communal Hindu and Muslim ideologies, combined with the weakness and eagerness of Congress […]
Members of the Bihar Ambedkar Students' Forum hold sessions with Dalit students to engage them in discussions on contemporary politics so that they can keep all the relevant issues in mind when they vote.

By Manisha Prakash: Patna (Women’s Feature Service) – Not too long ago, Ashok Paswan, a BA Part I student of R. Lal College in Lakhisarai district of Bihar, believed that politics was “evil”; a platform where the corrupt and power hungry got together to cheat innocent people of a life and a future. Today, this young […]

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