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Repression in Jharkhand

While speaking at the Jharkhand Conclave 2025, organised by Prabhat Khabar on 13 August 2017 in Ranchi, economist and social activist Jean Drèze was heckled and shouted at by sitting ministers of the Jharkhand government, and was forced to discontinue his speech. In a video now available on the...

Where is Caste in Development?

A starting point for the new Maha Gathbandhan government in Bihar can be revisiting some of its own earlier proposals including implementation of land reforms , strong action against caste militias and ensuring justice to thousands of Dalits in the state, common schooling system and creating strong and equitable public service infrastructure delinked from the neoliberal obsession with growth.

Nitish Kumar's Honourable Exit

Nitish Kumar's exit from the National Democratic Alliance may be an honourable one, but he will have to shed his neo-liberal "developmentalist" leanings if he wants to fight the feudal and communal forces that have taken root in Bihar. This article presents a brief history of the politics in Bihar that have led to this break between Nitish Kumar and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA.

Nitish Kumar's Honourable Exit: A brief history of caste politics

Nitish Kumar’s exit from the NDA maybe an honourable one, but he will have to shed his neoliberal “developmentalist” leanings if he wants to fight the feudal and communal forces that have taken root in Bihar. This article presents a brief history of the politics in Bihar that have led to this break between Nitish Kumar and the BJP-led NDA.

A Class Analysis of the 'Bihari Menace'

Migrants from Bihar are accused of taking over urban areas and jobs, most recently in Mumbai. Bihar has come to represent a cultural symbol of backwardness, "dirtyness" and trouble, which is almost impervious to "development". This article attempts to understand the class and caste locations of these prejudices and analyses the reasons why Bihar and Biharis are the target of such singular chauvinism.
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