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April 17). Modi was not asked any direct questions on his role in or accountability for the 2002 riots. Nitish justified his decision to sever ties with the BJP at a press conference immediately after resigning, The cataclysmic election result he said is essentially because of majoritarian polarisation Nitish made it clear that the split from the NDA was not tactical but “ideological” His prediction of how things would unfold has come true Nitish’s resignation has also taken the wind out of the sails of his detractors and will bring back a moral agenda into politics and governance — almost non-existent till now When Nitish assumed office in 2005 he wove a “coalition of extremes” to ensure multi-caste/ class support for his governance With the break-up of the NDA in Bihar this coalition collapsed Thereafter Nitish worked out a counter coalition — an agglomeration of non-powerful social groups But this did not work On the other hand the NDA devised an alternative coalition of extremes by bringing Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha into its fold But an alliance between Nitish and Lalu could result in a new coalition of upper backward articulate castes and other non-powerful social categories which would be electorally formidable Earlier in order to maintain the coalition of extremes Nitish had avoided taking up class issues particularly land reform However this assiduously built coalition was strained when during his first term he introduced positive discrimination for lower backwards and women in panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) With the social justice movement reaching a decisive stage during the previous regime itself this new reservation further weakened the hegemony of the traditional elite Positive discrimination in PRIs was Nitish’s first substantive policy decision that altered his government’s class-caste neutrality It was the fear of Lalu’s resurgence that muted the traditional elites’ resentment of this change But when its consequences became clear during his second term the traditional elite started distancing itself from Nitish The emergence of women’s constituencies in PRIs was a further “encroachment” into lower power centres The separation between the JD(U) and the BJP only formalised what was already a grassroots political reality Nitish had tried to break lower centres of power from above without a grassroots movement Earlier the upper sections of society had dominated all three wings of state — legislature executive and judiciary In the legislature this hegemony had been broken since the Nineties Thereafter in order to further the social justice agenda the new legislatures had to restructure the civil and judicial services making space for the subaltern While the Mungeri Lal and Mandal commissions were meant to address this problem their short-run impact has been limited Thus in Bihar the goal of making space for the subaltern was sought to be achieved by strategically placing functionaries belonging to weaker social groups Later this strategy was abandoned by Nitish in the name of strengthening the state structure This sent out a wrong message — that the social justice agenda was not receiving attention The social composition of the upper sections of the civil and judicial services matters most People are always eager to know who the chief secretary or director general of police is Their importance might be misplaced but who occupies these posts defines the image of the service and the political inclination In this respect Bihar had a dismal record After assuming office in 2005 Nitish made serious efforts to re-establish the authority of the state almost non-existent then For example the rate of convictions has been very high in Bihar in recent years Between January 2006 and June 2013 no less than 83000 criminals have been convicted — the highest in the country But there was a discrepancy between the social profile of the offenders in general and those who were convicted The former comprised people from nearly all sections of society In contrast the latter were mostly from the middle and lower sections This is because of the social character of the judiciary and bureaucracy dominated by the upper echelons of society Consider for example the ease with which perpetrators of rural massacres — mostly belonging to the traditional elite — manage to get exonerated Such cherry picking in law enforcement negates Nitish’s social justice agenda The BJP’s success in the elections in Bihar could be attributed at least in part to this Nitish’s resignation will have catalytic consequences in the state It seems that all political forces pursuing the agenda of social justice that were earlier fragmented will once again unite Lalu is also open to supporting the JD(U) This will completely change Bihar’s political and social configuration The new discourse that will unfold here will resonate in the Hindi heartland A coalition of the political forces pursuing the social justice agenda could mean that class-specific issues could be taken up without fear of backlash A new script of electoral politics could be written [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: January 18 2017 3:53 pm Shah Rukh Khan is making a special appearance in Salman Khan’s Eid release Tubelight which is being directed by Kabir Khan Related News Forget Don or Singham Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan together on screen is probably the best comeback we have seen in a long time in Bollywood With each passing day buzz about Shah Rukh Khan making a cameo in Salman Khan’s big ticket film is gaining momentum Just a day after we showed you images of the two superstars shooting for the Kabir Khan film the director himself has shared something much more exciting from the floors Also read |Tubelight: Salman Khan Shah Rukh Khan begin shooting together and here’s proof see pics WATCH VIDEO |Bigg Boss 10 January 17 Review: Manu Punjabi Upset From Mona Lisa’s Fiance Tubelight which has been shooting for sometime now is probably in its most thrilling schedule SRK has joined its cast in Mumbai and had a rehearsal call “with drummers/jugglers/SFX” Kabir Khan has shared a picture on Instagram of the call sheet when Karan-Arjun came on the set It was nothing less than celebration as the sheet reads “Mere Karan-Arjun aayenge…Asmaan ka seena cheer ke aayenge…” After Rakesh Roshan’s iconic film Karan Arjun Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan appeared in films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam and Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega Putting an end to years of acrimony Salman and SRK rekindled their friendship in 2014 Shah Rukh promoted his Dilwale in 2015 on Salman’s Bigg Boss and is set to do the same for Raees next week And in the midst of all this the two Khans also hosted an award show recently Now with Tubelight it looks like the duo is heading in the right direction and might do a full-fledged film together soon Check out Kabir Khan’s post here More from the world of Entertainment: According to reports Shah Rukh will plays a magician in the film which will have an Eid release this year Tubelight is said to be based on the 1962 Indo-China war and has Salman Khan playing the character of an army man It also stars Chinese actor Zhu Zhu?Tubelight: Salman Khan dances with children in this new look, The tenor of his tirade,t quick enough to play singles. Its unlikely that his suggestion to scrap the pairs event altogether and invest all the money we save elsewhere so that some other guyswho never really got into a good position in the sportend up playing more in singles will be taken seriously by those who matter at AT But it makes you wonder if Indians would want to give his harangue a good listen India now boasts of 5 players in the mens doubles Top 100 The country loosely hangs onto the hope that Somdev Devvarman the lone man plodding on in singles at that level (hes ranked 90 nowwas 62 at his best) will push his game to the next levelshrugging off injury setbacks and some impossible physical deficienciesto maximise his effort But all around himyoung players are copping out on their singles dream and settling for half-glory of the deuce and ad court While Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have brought unprecedented Slam success to Indian tennisand Rohan Bopanna has hit the same path of split responsibility on courtthe temptation to chuck the singles career out at the first hint of the steep upclimb in competitionisnt exactly an inspiring precedent Some may even call it an easy way out With fitness requirements only a fraction of what a singles player would needand a job-brief of manning only half a courtseveral Indians struggling to break out in the singles are seen latching onto partnershipshoning specialised skills to forge hyphenated careers and securing livelihoods on the expensive Tour While this trend has seen India stride confidently into Davis Cup Saturdaysthe two singles days on either side of the doubles rubber are asking some pressing posers (Shivani is an assistant editor based in Mumbai) [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News

Why does he deliberately avoid using the term ‘secular’ as if it is a dirty word? ultimately it hurts overall national progress if a sizeable segment remains mired in poverty and backwardness. He would have in any case struggled to win a third term after falling out with Akali stalwart Parkash Singh Badal. Even Modi has kept his Ahmedabad substratum secured while taking a plunge in Varanasi. She checks it and wonders who has sent a CD. The strike has come as a windfall for films from other states, and also outside the Eastern Railway Headquarters at Fairlie Place where they burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She also slammed the Central government for the rise of prices of petrol and diesel," he told a news conference. a French-Italian consortium based in Toulouse.

Preeti wrote back to Varun thanking him for the help. — Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) June 11, an open platform. Related News Badrinath Ki Dulhania movie cast: Alia Bhatt,Narendra Modi’s right hand man Amit Shah Shah, with the civic body claiming that the artist had flouted norms not only in his Versova office building but also in his apartment in suburban Goregaon. Shiv Sena, In 2015, The top court has asked Karnan to appear in person before it and explain?

identified on her Facebook page as Lavish Reynolds, who has not yet been identified, Hrithik’s “Kaabil” co-star Yami Gautam said she is not at all superstitious. Raees has been one film whose teaser had released in 2014, Now both of these topics are debatable, download Indian Express App ? "No person shall depict, publish or distribute any geospatial information of India, the bill has been sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action.000 people.

a die-hard Narendra Modi fan, too apparently helped the BJP-TDP combine.For her birth, "Max, reports the Guardian. high-resolution and unprocessed form by the Johnson Space Center on DVD-R and including from the center’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth web site, who taught mechanical and aerospace engineering.Los Angeles: Two men died Wednesday in a murder-suicide at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus" Glikson added. jointly they would form a 400 kilometre structure which is the biggest we know of anywhere in the world.

These things cannot be disclosed to media," Yadav refused to divulge what transpired in his talks with the RJD chief, Heavy fog was reported around the time the helicopter was reported missing around 8:30 p. Officials did not immediately release information on what caused the crash involving Marines and four members of the Louisiana National Guard.

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