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Jungle Raj Isn't Back, But Nitish Must Tame Bihar's Fears

There's been a widely covered spurt of crime in Bihar, with the BJP demanding the intervention of the governor following the shooting death of a jeweller on 16 January. However, the crime data doesn't back the BJP's accusations that Jungle Raj is back. The term "Jungle Raj" also implies a system in which no follow-up action is taken up after a crime. That is not the case under Nitish Kumar's chief ministership.
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Why The Bihar Elections Were Not A Victory For ‘Secularism'

In some intellectual circles, the Bihar verdict of 8 November 2015 marks the victory of the forces of secularism over communalism. In the annals of documented history, it will go down as the day in which the juggernaut of the mythical and invincible Modi was arrested. Half a century down the lane, these documented histories will be nothing more than mythological tales shamelessly hiding the biases and intellectual dishonesty of the intelligentsia/media/liberals. The truth is something else.
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Bihar Defeat Could Send BJP Down A Dangerous Path

In an ideal world, a chastened BJP would emerge from its Bihar defeat as a more conciliatory and inclusive party -- reaching out to emboldened opposition forces, and scaling back its communal rhetoric so that it can refocus attention on the economy. Unfortunately we don't live in an ideal world. Ominously, there is reason to fear that the BJP, post-Bihar, could emerge as a more divisive party and double down on its Hindu nationalist agenda.