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Muzamil Jaleel


Bihar polls: In Jagannath’s bastion, his son Nitish battles other Nitish’s vengeful maha gathbandhan
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Jhanjharpur is divided not just along party lines. Its voters are not only choosing a representative but are participants themselves in a political feud.

Bihar polls: Struggling to survive, too proud to beg, they wish they weren’t Brahmin
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

They are Brahmins. Poverty has taken everything away from them — except the attitude of the upper caste.

Bihar polls: Away from broader poll rhetoric, caste comes first in Mithilanchal
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accusation that Nitish Kumar government was “sheltering terrorists” during a rally in Darbhanga has become a point of discussion.

Why Owaisi’s point man, Akhtar-ul-Iman, in Bihar left RJD, JD(U) to join him
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Akhtar-ul-Iman, chief of AIMIM in Bihar is recontesting from Kocha Dhaman, where he has been the MLA from here twice, having won on an RJD ticket in the previous two elections.

Bihar polls: His hunt for victory modest, Owaisi’s pitch is for a party for Indian Muslims
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Kishanganj Muslims largely wary of dividing their vote but AIMIM chief finds audience among youth.

Bihar student killed in Nepal crackdown on Madhesis at border, Modi calls Nepal PM
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Indian officials have been saying that the supplies of essentials were stopped due to the blockade by the Madhesis.

Border Ballot: In Raxaul, they vote for a Bihar govt that will ‘solve problem in Nepal’
Mon, Nov 02, 2015

Sympathy for the Madhesi cause is widespread among people living along the border, with their shared ties going back a long way.

Bihar polls: Hurt by ‘certain community’ remark, they ask: Aren’t we his responsibility?
Mon, Nov 02, 2015

Never has the Muslim community witnessed an election so bitter, a campaign so acrimonious, scattering seeds of distrust to pit faith against faith, caste against caste.

Bihar polls: People made me cry a lot, says BJP’s ‘pucca Musalman’
Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Abdul Rehman, 38, is one of the only two Muslim candidates fielded by the BJP, and the only one in Seemanchal.

People are saying Modiji is a factor in Owaisi’s coming here: RJD’s Abdul Bari Siddiqui
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Excerpts from Abdul Bari Siddiqui's interview in Ali Nagar, from where he has won two consecutive elections on an RJD ticket.

As Asaduddin Owaisi campaigns across Seemanchal, Muslims ask: Will he unite or divide votes?
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The fear of a split in votes and a Muslim community divided along strict caste lines are a big hurdle. His party is a serious contender in two constituencies — Kochadhaman and Kishanganj town.

They live in shacks, flooded with memories, fears
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

After the flood of 2008, there hasn’t been a major flood. Work to build infrastructure is on.

In village where Madhubani paints, art and Nitish Kumar smile at each other
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Brahmin ‘first family’ of Madhubani art talks of CM’s visit, the road Jitwarpur got and the museum set up

In Bihar Sharif, Nitish’s grand alliance faces JD(U), RJD rebels — and fears ahead of festivals
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Bihar Sharif is one constituency where Nitish’s camp is particularly worried in a season when the elections coincide with Durga Puja, Dussehra and Muharram.

The Buddhist voter in Bihar: Their election issue is if they get to run their temple
Wed, Oct 21, 2015

Priyapal Bante, a monk of the Chakma tribe and settled in Bodh Gaya, said they are waiting for a Supreme Court verdict. “We expect justice will be done. If not, we will go to the UN,” he said.

Bihar polls: A 10-yr-old clash, a returning memory
Mon, Oct 19, 2015

Villagers of Bisfi reflect how wounds that should have healed long ago reopen during every election

Bihar polls second phase: From seat to seat in Gaya, the RSS effort
Sat, Oct 17, 2015

In Gurua, the BJP replaced sitting legislator Surindra Sinha with Rajiv Nandan, who is from Tikari.

Bihar polls: In Jitan Ram Manjhi’s constituency, a deep divide
Sat, Oct 17, 2015

The division reflects the new caste combination that emerged after Manjhi’s party aligned with the BJP.

Bihar polls: BJP follows voters, rivals pray and hope
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

While the BJP prepares to follow the voters to the booths, maha gathbandan candidates have “left it to God and the janata”.

Nitish & I are together to emasculate Modi: Lalu
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

RJD leader Lalu Prasad told a rally Tuesday he had joined hands with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to “emasculate” Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

From one village to the next in Nawada, the mood changes with dominant caste
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Maghway village has three booths in its middle school, guarded by the BSF while the Bihar Police manned the gate. “Only central forces are on duty inside,” a policeman said.

Powerful Nitish minister versus rising BJP leader in battle of Bhumihars
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

The constituency has a high Brahmin population along with Rajputs, Yadavs, Chamars, Musahars, Mallahs and Muslims.

In last pitch before the start, Nitish Kumar describes what he is and Narendra Modi isn’t
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Nitish took on Modi for promises he has made and said he is 'only lying', citing the promises he had made before being elected last year.

Lalu Prasad Yadav sharpens attack on Narendra Modi: Delhi will be our next stop
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

The crowd, which was restless after a long wait, didn’t want him to pause — before he arrived, they had hooted out a local leader who tried to address them.

PM Narendra Modi calls Lalu Yadav ‘big boss’, Nitish Kumar ‘arrogant’
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

“If Bihar is ahead, it is ahead in apradh (crime), apharan (kidnapping), and in firing incidents and it is the sin of the governments here,” Modi said.

‘Muslims, please leave my rally, we don’t want your votes’: Meet this challenger to the BJP
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

“It’s good that Modiji has come to this battlefield. The ground for this Mahabharata is ready. People will tell him about me,” he said.

PM Modi breaks silence on Dadri lynching: President’s message our guiding principle
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Addressing a rally, four days before the first phase of polls in the Bihar, Modi said the country has to stay united as only communal harmony and brotherhood will take the nation forward.

Pind daan for Mohammad Akhlaq in Gaya temple
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

The prayers were organised by a local businessman and social activist Chandan Kumar Singh.

Bihar Polls: Between each party and victory, its candidates
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

While Lalu Prasad remains a major factor, the decision to vote or oppose a grand alliance candidate will not be based solely on favouring or opposing Lalu.

Why Bihar is tracking a group of protesters on a border bridge
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

As Madhesis dig in, a warning: ‘If the Central govt makes a wrong move, it will affect the BJP in the polls’.

Big picture: What’s caste for a youth in Bihar?
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

“Though it will be long before Bihar rises above caste politics, the younger generation has begun to think a little differently,"

At India-Nepal border, protests in no-man’s land, 10-km queue of trucks
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

Despite the uncertainty following widespread protests over Nepal’s new Constitution, the situation in Raxaul is calm as officials keep watch on a large group of people gathered in the middle of the bridge that forms the border here.

Bihar polls: From RSS shakha to jan sampark, ‘invisible’ ways to promote BJP
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

‘We don’t go around carrying BJP flag... RSS is mother organisation, any support for us is support for BJP’

Former aide counts 5 reasons for votes going against Nitish Kumar
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Raghupati Singh had been arrested and jailed with Nitish during the Emergency. In 2010, he contested on a Congress ticket from Manhar and lost.

In Nitish’s village, they praise his work but fear Lalu will bring a nightmare
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

As the assembly polls approach, a majority of people in the village and the nearby Harnaut market are offended when asked who they support. For them, voting for Nitish is a foregone conclusion.

Bihar polls: Muslim body sets terms to grand alliance
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Field Muslims in proportion to population or face low turnout: Imarat Shariah