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Setting aside 15 years of bitter rivalry, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav came together to take a stand against the Bharatiya Janata Party, which ultimately counted. Along with the Congress Party, their coalition has trounced the BJP and its allies in the Bihar State Election.
Notwithstanding a string of losses that began with the defeat in the 2005 assembly polls, when his party was ousted from power after 15 years and a court ruling, which will keep him out of the electoral fray for six years, RJD boss Lalu Prasad has made a resounding comeback on Bihar's political stage.
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Sartaj, Mohammed Akhlaq's eldest son and a corporal in the IAF, said the Bihar verdict is a tribute to his father and that people had united against the gathering forces of communalism.
With his spiky gelled hair, classic black rim glasses, kurta-pajama teamed with sneakers, the articulate and cerebral Prashant Kishor is quite the new-age political strategist.
The Bihar defeat will weigh on Amit Shah, who has however promised his seniors that he has the energy "to work for two more lives."
The lone exit poll that got the Bihar results right and was never broadcast, finally had its last laugh as the grand alliance won Sunday.
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An Indian state election has rarely received as much international attention as Bihar this time, with the results viewed largely in their implications for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi trained his guns at Narendra Modi on Sunday after the party posted its best result in Bihar in 20 years, saying the people would throw the Prime Minister out if he didn’t press on the accelerator.
A calendar coincidence - or conspiracy - ensured that two of the biggest scalps under Lalu Prasad's belt were under one roof in New Delhi when news of his latest conquest broke.
Ramchandra Guha says that when scientists protest, it is characteristically different from that of writers or film-makers. "Unlike writers and artists, scientists are not prone to signing petitions or to seek out the press. That they sought fit to draft and issue a public statement is a reflection of their deep concern as citizens, and as scientists."
Sanjay Kumar says that the Bihar elections isn't a rejection of Modi as much as an acceptance of the promise of development that Nitish Kumar offered. "The victory of the Grand Alliance is sure to open possibilities of a coming together of non-BJP parties, specifically in the four States that go to the polls next year. At the same time this defeat will open the gates for discussion within the BJP about what went wrong with the party campaign."
Pratap Bhanu Mehta analyses the aftermath of the Bihar election. "It is the peculiar dignity of Indian democracy that it so often provides a new dawn. Kishan Pattnayak once called Bihar the graveyard of all revolutions. Now it is a source of hope. It is up to Nitish to consolidate what is already a stunning legacy in the annals of Bihar politics.
Saikat Majumdar explains the paradox of Singapore, a state known to frown upon dissent by individuals, now investing in liberal arts educational programmes. "Singapore knows well that a messier kind of democracy is not too far off in what is known so far as an efficient and sanitised police state. To fling citizens into a rough-and-tumble democracy without adequate preparation would be to invite chaos. A vigorous liberal arts education, with its ingrained culture of difference, discussion and dissent, is the best preparation for this not-too-distant future."
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