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Nitish Kumar And The Rise Of Bihar

Nitish Kumar And The Rise Of Bihar

Arun Sinha
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The conventional wisdom in Bihar’s political circles was that development did not win votes. Nitish Kumar challenged that assumption and changed the face of the state. Born into a humble family in Bakhtiyarpur; Nitish joined the Lohiaite Socialist Party and built his constituency; literally day by day; forgoing a stable job to travel to distant villages; suffering both financial hardship and ridicule for the eight years it took him to win people’s confidence.

Veteran journalist Arun Sinha tells the story of Nitish Kumar’s rise against the larger canvas of social and political upheaval in Bihar; exploring the emergent desire for equality that drove progressive movements from late 1960s onwards and brought about a regime change by the 1990s. After an initial association with Lalu Prasad Yadav; Nitish Kumar rejected identity politics; recognizing that Bihar had to transcend caste if it was to grow.
Nitish Kumar and the Rise of Bihar is a clear-sighted study of Indian electoral politics that unfolds with the pace of a political drama; offering hard facts and an incisive analysis of the state’s turbulent trajectory. Sinha steers the narrative deftly through the complex groupings of Bihar’s political arena to reveal Nitish Kumar’s acumen in bringing law and order; roads; education and health to the fore of governance. From feudal politics to caste identities; and finally to development—Bihar could prove to be the model for India’s post-Independence journey.

Imprint: Penguin Viking

Published: Jan/2011

ISBN: 9780670084593

Length : 408 Pages

Nitish Kumar And The Rise Of Bihar

Arun Sinha
Overview

The conventional wisdom in Bihar’s political circles was that development did not win votes. Nitish Kumar challenged that assumption and changed the face of the state. Born into a humble family in Bakhtiyarpur; Nitish joined the Lohiaite Socialist Party and built his constituency; literally day by day; forgoing a stable job to travel to distant villages; suffering both financial hardship and ridicule for the eight years it took him to win people’s confidence.

Veteran journalist Arun Sinha tells the story of Nitish Kumar’s rise against the larger canvas of social and political upheaval in Bihar; exploring the emergent desire for equality that drove progressive movements from late 1960s onwards and brought about a regime change by the 1990s. After an initial association with Lalu Prasad Yadav; Nitish Kumar rejected identity politics; recognizing that Bihar had to transcend caste if it was to grow.
Nitish Kumar and the Rise of Bihar is a clear-sighted study of Indian electoral politics that unfolds with the pace of a political drama; offering hard facts and an incisive analysis of the state’s turbulent trajectory. Sinha steers the narrative deftly through the complex groupings of Bihar’s political arena to reveal Nitish Kumar’s acumen in bringing law and order; roads; education and health to the fore of governance. From feudal politics to caste identities; and finally to development—Bihar could prove to be the model for India’s post-Independence journey.

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Arun Sinha

Arun Sinha was born in 1953 in Patna and studied engineering at Patna University. He started his career in journalism with reports from Bihar fo rthe Economic and Political Weekly and went on to work for the Indain Express ( 1979-85) and the Times of India, Bihar edition. in Patna (1985-87), and the Free Press Journal in Mumbai ( 1990- 92). In 1980 his expose of the Bhagalpur blindings proved a turning point in investigative journalism in India. In 1983 he became the first fellow of the Reuters Foundation from India to research at Oxford University for his first book, Against the Few: Struggles of India's Rural Poor. He was assistant director to the well- known film - maker Shyam Benegal for his acclaimed television series Bharat Ek Khoj, from 1986 to 1990. He is currently editor of the Navhind Times, Panaji, Goa, which he joined in 1993. He has published a novel, The Hedonist Empire, and acritical portrait of post- Liberation Goa, Goa Indica. His scholarly articles are part of several anthologies.

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