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Does Lalu still hold sway over Yadav votes — that’s the big question in Bihar this time

Since 1990, Muslims and Yadavs have constituted the core support base of the RJD barring 2014, when a section of the Yadavs backed the BJP.
Nitish Kumar in a catch-22 situation after pulling out of Congress-RJD-JD(U) allliance | PTI

Once Bihar’s rising star, Nitish Kumar is a shadow of himself & losing support on the ground

Nitish Kumar, the Bihar CM, was once seen as a potential PM but his recent public meetings have been far from impressive and he is missing on the ground.
PM Narendra Modi during an election rally in Coimbatore | PTI

Balakot air strikes make big holes in Bihar’s caste politics

Modi's narrative of nationalism blended with welfare is getting a lot of traction in Bihar while the voter is betraying an increasing fatigue with Lalu brand of politics.
elections

Bihar records 58.92% voter turnout for 5 Lok Sabha seats in phase 4

Begusarai witnessed the highest turnout of 61.27%, while Samastipur recorded the second-highest 60.80%.
Narendra Modi

In the Bhojpuri music world, Modi has become ‘balma chowkidar’ this election season

Politics is the flavour of the season and Bhojpuri music stars and newcomers are cashing in on it.
Kanhaiya Kumar

Stars, students, SUVs: Kanhaiya’s Begusarai is Woodstock 2019, but he’ll need more to win

Shabana Azmi to Swara Bhaskar, Sitaram Yechury to JNU students have all turned up for CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar. But that’s unlikely to help beat caste & religion factors.
File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi with RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav

‘It’s strategic’: Tejashwi, absent from Rahul Gandhi’s rallies, dismisses talks of rift

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav's absence from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's rallies, triggering talk of a fissure within the opposition alliance.
Democracies may grow slower at times. But at least they grow right (Representational Image)

Second phase voting begins slow, EVM glitches experienced in Bihar & Tamil Nadu

In this phase, 11 states and one union territory will cast their votes for 95 seats on Lok Sabha.
Kanhaiya Kumar

Why Kanhaiya Kumar can successfully crowdfund Rs 70 lakh but Bihar’s Raju Yadav struggles

It’s important to know people, but in the case of crowdfunding, what’s more important is who knows you.
Narendra Modi

Nitish and Modi are allies but you wouldn’t make that out from their speeches

Observers say Modi & Nitish have similar approaches to governance & their party colleagues, but couldn’t be more different in the contents of their campaigns.

On Camera

File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
imran khan

With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

Defence

IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.