Deepu Sebastian Edmond



Deepu, a 2015 Asia Journalism Fellow, has been based in Ranchi since 2012 as the newspaper’s Jharkhand correspondent. He tweets at @deepusebastian

Jharkhand: An LWE leader, his two politician wives and a struggling outfit
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

The change in PLFI tactics is a reflection of the fall in its clout over the past year. “From eight targets last year, we are now left with three PLFI targets,” said Anish Gupta, Khunti’s SP.

Police arrest at least 100 over voice phishing in Jharkhand
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

IG Meena said that the Action Taken Report that has reached her office in Ranchi mentions 26 arrests. Jamtara is located in the Santhal Pargana division and is about 250 km from Ranchi.

A voice, under 35: Siras and I
Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Our final conversation was about him leaving the country so that he could be ‘free to be gay’. This was probably the most political statement he had made.

Shatrughan Sinha talks of Bihari-Bahari, says ‘captain’ must take blame
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

If I was made the chief ministerial candidate, the party would have got more seats. I don’t know if we would have won, but we would have won more than this,” Shatrughan Sinha said.

Congress cut into upper caste vote bank
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

But, the unkindest cut for the BJP in this election came from the upper castes of Bihar, who voted for bitter rival Congress.

Shatrughan Sinha meets Nitish, Lalu, says those behind BJP’s defeat must get lessons
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Sinha did not spend much time with both Kumar and Lalu; he spent more time talking to journalists outside. The template went: arrival, hug in public, whisper in the ear and back to car.

Patna sends a message to Delhi: BiHAAR for BJP
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

As the Nitish-Lalu-Cong alliance records a landslide win, it powers the Opposition ahead of Parliament and five state polls next year.

Bihar polls: Bhagalpur denies BJP once again
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Arijit Shashwat polled 59,856 votes in to Sharma’s 70514 votes. The biggest vote splitter remained Bijay Sah, who turned against the BJP after the party gave the ticket to Ashwini Choubey’s son Arijit.

Bihar Polls: BJP office not quite deserted, party workers express anger
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

At various points during the day, journalists and RPF personnel threatened to outnumber party workers at the BJP office, but a group of youths saved the day.

Bihar Impact: From wooing Yadavs to polarisation, BJP poll strategy failed
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

The last two phases, which had seats with significant Muslim population, saw aggressive communal remarks by the BJP.

Bihar poll to have national implications, says Nitish Kumar, pitches for Oppn unity
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

In his first press interaction after the massive victory, Nitish said Bihar results reflected the mood of the nation and described it as a "milestone election".

Five indicators on how to read the Bihar Election
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

Top indicators to understand 2015 Bihar Election.

Bihar Counts: Lalu predicts 190 seats for Grand Alliance, BJP expects at least 140
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

Follow #ExpressBihar on Twitter from 7 am onwards.

Bihar: Traders selling poll campaign material say business on a decline
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

The high-decibel campaign to capture Bihar may have ended leaving no definitive answers as to who won, but Ranjit Kumar is not impressed. Leaning back in his chair he declares, “Dum nahi tha.” No one would have guessed. At the office of his Jyoti Printers on Beer Chand Patel Path, Ranjit sits like a trader […]

BJP’s caste card: ‘99% Chandravanshis’ onboard in Bihar polls, says Jharkhand minister
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

Ramchandra Chandravanshi, Jharkhand's health minister, camped for almost a month in Bihar attending close to 50 rallies. He even shared the stage with Narendra Modi at multiple rallies.

Film on Maoists to be screened today in Ranchi
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

The film, produced by the Jharkhand Police Nayi Disha Creative, will be screened at a multiplex in Ranchi on Thursday.

Jharkhand police to screen film on Maoism scripted by former DGP
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

Titled Pratyavartan, the 2.4-hour film is about how there is "no point pursuing the flawed ideology of the Naxals which is totally perverter as it stands," said Kumar.

Day after youth’s death, ties strained on ‘Friendship’ bridge on India-Nepal border
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

The protesters said they belong to nobody. “We are independent, we have nothing to do with India,” said Nur Alam Ansari, who was on the bridge when Nepal police cracked down.

Bihar polls: Congress’s man on the ground in Riga seeks to emerge above caste equations
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

Amit Kumar aka Tunnubhai is a Rajput but said, “As far as I am concerned, I need everyone’s vote to win. Which is why I am with the Congress — as far as they are concerned, my caste does not matter.”

This Congress candidate is more JD(U) than Cong
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Anil Kumar, twice MLA as well as Rajya Sabha member, is effectively a JD(U) candidate in Congress colours.

Bihar polls: Narendra Modi counts his three rivals, wonders why Nitish sang from ‘3 Idiots’
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

"Does India need mantra-tantra or loktantra?" the PM asked his audience, with them shouting out their support for the latter.

Modiji, RSS trained you to tell lies… but stop, you are PM: Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Oct 27, 2015

In Motihari, Rahul used the same theme: “Modiji, stop telling lies and do your work. I know RSS has given you this training... but you are the prime minister.”

Backwards vs backwards in Islampur: Where Yadavs, Kurmis must differ
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Almost half the 2.7 lakh electors are either Kurmis or Yadavs, the former outnumbering the latter. Both sides admit they have never voted for the same candidate.

Narendra Modi picks on ‘Loktantrik’ Nitish, Lalu’s ‘Rashtriya Jadu-tona Party’
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Modi, who addressed a series of rallies, asked his audience in Hajipur if they could support Nitish when he believed in superstition.

Modi taunts Lalu’s sons, asks if they even know how to write Rs 1,25,000 cr
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had not used Modi's caste identity explicitly, but voters of certain EBC groups and "vaish" communities in the state had identified with his OBC status.

Bihar polls: As Nitish Kumar calls Tej Pratap ‘my candidate’, Rabri Devi says he will remain CM
Sat, Oct 17, 2015

Nitish Kumar said, "He is not merely the RJD candidate, he is my candidate", a comment that would have been considered political fiction a year ago.

A seat that never agrees with the rest of Bihar
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Som Prakash had barely stopped being a policeman when he became an independent candidate.

The sangathan mantri whom the BJP is wary of ‘talking up’
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Rajendra Singh himself tries to douse the chief ministerial talk, at least in public. “Bhaiyya, chodo. Bahut ho gaya,” he told this reporter at Baripur village in Rohtas district.

Six Paswans may spoil the party for Manjhi
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

Yadav’s list is a measure of the fear in Makhdumpur, that Manjhi may fall to his former comrades. “If the Yadavs, Koeris and Muslims gang up on us, we will be in trouble,” he says Yadav.

‘JP insulted on birthday’: Modi picks on ‘bribed’ minister
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

A video had surfaced allegedly showing Excise Minister Awadhesh Kushwaha accepting Rs 4 lakh from individuals not identified.

Bihar minister Awadhesh Kushwaha quits over ‘bribery’ video
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav told reporters that Kushwaha's resignation has been received and forwarded to the Governor for acceptance.

In Begusarai, ‘comrades’ include Bhumihars
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Bihat, so large it comprises four panchayats within, turned communist largely under the influence of former MLA Chandrasekhar Singh and to protect its Bhumihars’ interests.

Bihar polls: Before reservations, build toilets, says Sadhvi Jyoti
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

It could have made the preface to Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste if it were not for the fact that Sadhvi Jyoti was at Chandpura village precisely because of her caste identity.

Nitish Kumar takes on PM Modi’s ‘hit-and-run tactic’, armed with facts and figures
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

This fight is a matter of Bihar’s swabhimaan, Nitish Kumar said.

Bihar polls: This fight is a matter of Bihar’s swaabhimaan, says Nitish Kumar
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

"I have always maintained that if the media does not do its job, then politics is in trouble....Hitler's minister Goebbels has said that if you say a lie repeatedly, people will come to believe it," said Kumar.

Nitish Kumar’s new line: Bihar, choose Bihari (me) over bahari (Narendra Modi)
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Accusing the BJP of wanting to divide society, Nitish Kumar claimed that meat production in Gujarat had gone up 234 per cent during Narendra Modi’s reign as chief minister.