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Dr Shaibal Gupta on caste, politics and Bihar
Bihar expert Dr Shaibal Gupta tells Sheela Bhatt why the upcoming assembly election is a benchmark in the state.Dr Shaibal Gupta, director of the Patna-based Asian Development Research Institute,......
Dr Shaibal Gupta on the Bihar elections
The man who has studied Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar from a vantage position in Patna's corridors of power speaks to Sheela Bhatt. Rediff.com begins its coverage of the upcoming Bihar......
Why is Nitish Kumar helpless?
Rampant crime challenges the chief minister's promise to maintain law and order.But some say there are other forces at play, notes Satyavrat Mishra. In Bihar, it seems the more things change the......
How Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav won Bihar
'The clearest interpretation of the November 8 mandate is that the backwards, Dalits and minorities, and a huge proportion of women cutting across caste and class, displayed massive......
Caste no bar in Bihar's politics
Association of caste with the way people have tended to vote in Bihar has somewhat weakened, says Mayank Mishra. Sahdev Rai, popularly known as Mukhiyaji in his Musepur village, used to be an......
Is Rajan panel report a setback for poor states?
The Raghuram Rajan committee report for evolving a composite development index of states, submitted to the finance ministry today, has a note of dissent from member Shaibal Gupta. The six-member......
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