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Ranveer Sena and 'Massacre Widows'

The ongoing conflict between the landlord-backed Ranveer Sena and the Naxalites in Bihar acquired a new dimension during the 1999 Lok Sabha election season with the Sena fielding a candidate and parading 'massacre widows' before the electorate. Given the background of massacres in the state widowing many more dalit women than upper caste ones, the campaign ploy has provoked a debate centered of class, caste and gender.

Bihar : Lok Sabha Election: Playing the Semi-Finals

This election in Bihar is unique in more ways than one. The rapidly changing political equations have finally given way to the bipolar contests between the two main coalitions: the Congress, the CPI(M) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal as one pole and the BJP and the Janata Dal (United) as the other. With the People's War and the MCC boycotting the elections, the state is not likely to see a peaceful time in the weeks to come.

State, Class and Sena Nexus-Bathani Tola Massacre

Bathani Tola Massacre Arvind Sinha Indu Sinha The recent Bathani Tola massacre in Bhojpur district of central Bihar again highlights the ongoing suppression of the struggles of the underprivileged by private armies of upper castes in alliance with the middle caste state apparatus.

BIHAR-Setback to Political Arrogance

Setback to Political Arrogance Indu Sinha Arvind Sinha The performance of the BJP in the 1996 elections described as unexpected by the media, was not really so. It was a fallout of the increasing arrogance of Laloo Prasad Yadav and his government's anti-people policies.
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