All stories by Satyavrat Mishra
Nitish Kumar's biggest challenge at the momentRediff.com25 May 2020
Around 275,000 migrant labourers and their family members have returned to the state. According to the state government, this number could exceed 1 million by the end of this month. As the NDA government in Bihar is scheduled to face polls at the end of this year, providing livelihoods to these people is on the top Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's agenda.
Lalu's absence makes family feud grow strongerRediff.com17 Sep 2019
The feud in the family -- brother versus brother, sister versus brother, and daughter versus mother -- is an open secret. In the absence of the patriarch, there is no one to compose their differences, reports Satyavrat Mishra.
How Bihar failed its childrenRediff.com2 Jul 2019
An entirely preventable disease claimed the life of 173 children -- thanks to state apathy.
Strategically controversial: Prashant KishoreRediff.com25 Jun 2019
The now active member of the Janata Dal-United has been approached by Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Janata Dal-Secular in Karnataka to help them in the upcoming elections, reports Satyavrat Mishra.
Caste out of Bihar equation as NDA wins stateRediff.com24 May 2019
Lalu Prasad and his Muslim-Yadav line has completely gone off track.
Will Tej Pratap vs Tejashwi feud cost RJD in polls?Rediff.com9 Apr 2019
'Tej Pratap doesn't have votes on his own. But should he want, he can always rock the RJD's boat because of his antics.'
Polls a litmus test for Tejashwi YadavRediff.com8 Apr 2019
The young RJD leader is yet to earn the trust of the crowd and many senior party members believe he is no patch on his father.
2019 poll result will decide Prashant Kishor's future in JD-URediff.com6 Nov 2018
From devising a seat-sharing formula for the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha election to wooing young voters, the former poll strategist has ensured his position as number 2 within the party.
How Prashant Kishor is helping Nitish's JD-URediff.com9 Oct 2018
JD-U leaders believe Prashant Kishor's entry would benefit its case for contesting a larger number of seats in Bihar in next year's general election.
'Had Nitish done his job, the girls would have been safe'Rediff.com4 Sep 2018
'The government failed. The officials chose not to hear the pleas of these helpless children.' 'Nothing can make things right for those girls now.'
Can Nitish escape blame for Muzaffarpur scandal?Rediff.com20 Aug 2018
'These children are wards of the State. They were exploited because the state government and its officials didn't do their jobs.'
Under siege, Nitish plans to tweak Bihar's prohibition lawRediff.com2 Jul 2018
Under siege, Nitish plans to tweak Bihar's anti-booze law
Has crime reduced in Bihar?Rediff.com13 Mar 2018
Nitish Kumar and his officials maintain that Bihar has one of the lowest crime rates in India. Bihar police crime data indicates otherwise.
'We will sweep polls if we don't make silly mistakes'Rediff.com14 Sep 2017
'Our priority will be to settle land disputes in Bihar, which I believe is the root cause of almost all crime in the state.'
The Huge Bihar Scam: Rs 1,000 crore and countingRediff.com3 Sep 2017
The scam has offered Lalu Prasad an opportunity to point fingers at Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi.
Rahul's 'non seriousness' broke up Bihar's Grand AllianceRediff.com17 Aug 2017
'This is the first time since Independence that we are facing such a despairing situation.'
Nitish keeps his distance from Mulayam, but for how long?Rediff.com4 Aug 2017
But he doesn't want to shut the door completely on the Yadav family as that could create problems for him in 2019.
'Lalu is finished in politics'Rediff.com31 May 2017
'Nitish Kumar thinks the matter will keep Lalu in check and that he will remain in power without any challenge from the RJD.'
A new 'scam' taints Lalu and familyRediff.com27 Apr 2017
The so-called soil scam has left Lalu alone in the Mahagathbandhan.
Bihar becomes dry state again, Nitish implements harsher booze banRediff.com3 Oct 2016
The state government has introduced a new, more stringent law by which offenders could be jailed for up to seven years and make them poorer by Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
Face to face with the dreaded Mohammad ShahabuddinRediff.com27 Sep 2016
For the moment, Siwan is once again Shahabuddin's home.
Bihar's liquor problems: Far from overRediff.com13 Sep 2016
Prohibition is resulting in prisons getting overcrowded.
Are Bihar floods a man-made disaster?Rediff.com7 Sep 2016
Year after year, floods cause mayhem in Bihar but the government is not paying adequate attention to water management.
Bihar's midday lunches: You may find cockroaches, lizards, rats, even snakes!Rediff.com30 Aug 2016
On Monday, August 29, a court in Saran, Bihar, sentenced the headmistress of the school where 23 children died after eating a mid-day meal to 17 years in prison. Three years after that tragedy, discovers Satyavrat Mishra, the state government has failed to learn its lessons.
Bihar struggles to pay the price of liquor banRediff.com16 Aug 2016
Incentives for industries have been rolled back and teachers have gone without salary for months as the state grapples with the after-effects of the ban
Bihar topper scam: A well-oiled networkRediff.com20 Jun 2016
The reputation of Bihar's schools has taken a knock. Satyavrat Mishra explains how a student-teacher nexus has gamed the system to produce toppers by the dozen.
Why is Nitish Kumar helpless?Rediff.com23 May 2016
Rampant crime challenges the chief minister's promise to maintain law and order. But some say there are other forces at play.
Crime in Bihar: Numbers that Nitish can't boast aboutRediff.com24 Aug 2015
The political turmoil in Bihar has pushed the law and order to the back burner.
Parcha pe charcha, horse drawn carts: Nitish, Lalu's new ways to woo votersRediff.com26 Jun 2015
While the RJD has decided to deploy 50 tamtams, the JD-U has hired PM Modi's former campaign advisor to engage voters and counter the BJP.
Why BJP, JD-U & RJD are not ready for fierce Bihar battleRediff.com18 May 2015
While the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United are busy fighting each other, the BJP is trying not to repeat the mistakes it made the last time out, says Satyavrat Mishra
JD-U, Nitish will face the wrath of anti-incumbency: Sushil Kumar ModiRediff.com16 Nov 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi talks to Satyavrat Mishra about the prospects of the party in Bihar. Modi says only the assembly elections or general elections are the true barometers of popularity. Edited excerpts:
'Coalition with RJD is not on the cards right now'Rediff.com2 Jun 2014
There are no permanent friends or foes in politics. It's true that the RJD supported us on the trust vote, but it doesn't mean we needed them, says Bihar new chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Salt at Rs 150-200 a kg in BiharRediff.com15 Nov 2013
Rumours of acute scarcity of salt triggered panic buying in half dozen districts of Bihar