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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar addressing a rally in Begusarai Saturday | Photo: ANI

With each passing rally, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is losing his ‘Mr Cool’ image

Nitish has lost his temper at hostile sections of the crowd, and launched vicious attacks on his rival Tejashwi Yadav, his father Lalu and their family.
Aishwarya Rai (extreme left) with Tej Pratap Yadav, Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav at her wedding | File Photo

Bihar election battle gets personal as Lalu daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai campaigns for Nitish

At a rally Wednesday, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar referred to the insult Lalu’s family allegedly lobbed at Aishwarya Rai, who has accused her in-laws of domestic violence.
Hemant Soren will take oath as Jharkhand CM on 29 December | Photo: ANI

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren meets Lalu Prasad, says will fight Bihar polls together

RJD is a partner in the coalition government headed by Soren in Jharkhand. Besides JMM, the Congress is also part of the government in the state.
Anant Singh

Bihar MLA Anant Singh booked under UAPA. Those who know ‘bahubali Robin Hood’ not surprised

Mokama MLA Anant Singh was booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act following the alleged recovery of an AK-47 from his home in Barh near Patna.
Tejashwi Yadav speaking at a rally

Tejashwi Yadav, forever middle-order batsman, is forced to open for RJD in Lalu’s absence

With RJD facing an existential crisis, 29-year-old Tejashwi Yadav battles BJP, uncle Nitish Kumar and his own family members.
RJD leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav (L) with RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha (R) | ANI Photos

Yadav dynasty in Bihar is facing an existential crisis as Tejashwi vanishes

Tejashwi’s sulking act has RJD leaders in a tizzy. And many MLAs are already busy negotiating when and how to switch over to BJP and JD(U).
File photo of Tej Pratap Yadav

In latest Tej Pratap-Tejashwi rift, an old family hand makes an appearance

There is a belief in the RJD that the revolt by Tej Pratap has the backing of his infamous uncle Sadhu Yadav.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with newly elected CMs, Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel and other leaders in Gandhi Maidan | PTI

Congress firms up Bihar alliance, shows strength at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan

Amid a turnout of about 1.5 lakh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi shared the stage with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and took the attack to PM Modi and CM Nitish.
George Fernandes with Arun Nehru (C)

How a ‘viral’ image helped Mangalore’s George Fernandes win Bihar poll in absentia

Former Defence Minister George Fernandes served seven terms in the Lok Sabha as an MP from Bihar.
Praveen Jain explains the story behind his photograph

Praveen Jain’s photo exhibition is a journey through India’s modern political history

The exhibition, titled ‘200 & One’, traces photojournalist Praveen Jain’s 34-year journey from the 1984 riots to the rise of Narendra Modi as PM.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.