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Vandita is The Indian Express National Opinion Editor

Bihar is our base…After me and Nitish, it is these boys: Lalu Yadav
Fri, May 06, 2016

Within the Mahagathbandhan, RJD chief Lalu Prasad is the more keenly tracked partner, and his son, Tejashwi, a first time MLA and deputy chief minister in the Nitish government, is increasingly being seen as an important stakeholder in, even guarantor of, the alliance's stability.

Why in working formula, Lalu Yadav is stay-at-home dad in Patna
Thu, May 05, 2016

At a moment when Nitish Kumar looks out at the larger political horizon, his old rival and competitor Lalu Yadav is being cast in the role of stay-at-home dad.

JD(U)-RJD alliance, six month check: From bastion, advice for Lalu son, learn from Nitish Kumar
Wed, May 04, 2016

The Yadavs of Raghopur acknowledge Lalu for giving them a voice and political power but in 2016, that gratitude is not an unmixed thing.

With BJP raising ‘the enemy within’, silent opposition pushed to the wall
Mon, Mar 07, 2016

As the BJP tries to draw a broader polarisation between “us” the nationalists and “them” the anti-nationals/ Leftists/ Islamists/ political opponents of the Modi regime/ Indian Muslims, non-BJP parties can be said to be looking on, at best.

Rohith Vemula-Kanhaiya Kumar link irks BJP as it brushes caste under the flag
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

As Kanhaiya and Rohith get twinned in the political discourse, what is also becoming visible is this: This linkage is causing discomfort in the BJP-ABVP.

Old meets new in riot shadow: ‘pro-minority’ seen as anti-national
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Today it’s India vs Pak within country, not just on borders, says BJP MLA.

Using JNU in Uttar Pradesh: In BJP rank & file, deshdrohi the new enemy
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

The Indian Express travels to Ayodhya, Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar to find a new, harder Hindutva.

Bihar polls: A to Z of one of India’s most watched elections
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

Arhar dal to khichdi, cow to quota, ‘jungle raj’ to vikas vote. Vandita Mishra lists the A to Z of one of India’s most watched polls.

Bihar elections: Why ‘fireworks in Pakistan’ are a damp squib in Araria
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

BJP chief Amit Shah may have misunderstood the nature of the political opportunity for the Modi-led party in Bihar

Where Nitish shows up in lantern flicker
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

In Lalu's stronghold, his ally's governance record could be a stronger factor in consolidating backward caste support for the Mahagathbandhan than insecurities stoked by opponent Bhagwat

Decision 2015: Why BJP is going to town in Bihar, literally
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Here, Nitish is damned by faint praise, there is an overriding fear of Lalu and unease with the policy of backward caste reservations

Why a murder convict calls the shots from jail: in new Bihar, meet the old
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

For both camps, it’s Shahabuddin who matters in Siwan; his former ‘shooter’ faces his current ‘choice’.

Nitish Kumar has worked a lot for Bihar but…
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

That’s how poll talk begins before it touches on the price of dal, asks why Lalu, shows a new Nitish vote bank — and pits Modi 2014 vs Modi 2015.

Meet Vijay Chauthaiwale, the man behind Narendra Modi’s ‘Madison Square template’
Tue, Sep 15, 2015

A swayamsevak who trained and worked as a molecular biologist until he joined the BJP, Chauthaiwale heads its foreign policy department.

Looking for Lalit Modi in Vasundhara Raje backyard, finding angry girls
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The schoolgirls of Pipalda were demanding more teachers and said they would call off their demonstration only if the 'shiksha mantri' himself gave them a hearing.

Search for Lalit Modi in Vasundhara Raje’s bastion, you will find angry schoolgirls
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The schoolgirls said they would call off their demonstration only if the 'shiksha mantri' himself gave them a hearing,

Sunday Story: The Leader and his machine
Sun, Jul 05, 2015

A room in 7 Strand Road, Patna, is the nerve centre of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s election campaign. This is where a core team is working on a strategy that is focused on Brand Nitish, without the distractions of party and ideology.

Har Ghar Dastak: Nitish’s Bihar strategy is old fashioned door-to-door campaigning
Tue, Jun 30, 2015

The ambitious campaign, designed by team that worked for Narendra Modi, will kick off on July 2, simultaneously from 10,000 locations in Bihar.

Forces that can crush democracy are stronger…I don’t have the confidence it (Emergency) cannot happen again: BJP leader LK Advani
Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Civil society raised hopes only to disappoint...(it’s) the judiciary (that) is more responsible than the others, says BJP veteran L K Advani.

Partition was British guilt. The Emergency is ours, says LK Advani
Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the imposition of the Emergency on June 25, L K Advani remembers it as the crime that has not yet been confessed to.

Book Review – ‘A Mirror to Power’ by M J Akbar: Who’s the Most Powerful of Them All?
Mon, May 04, 2015

MJ Akbar turns a merciless eye on those in power, except when he looks at Modi.

Jitan Ram Manjhi’s exit draws new faultlines in Nitish’s backyard
Sun, Feb 22, 2015

Mahkar's gains have sparked some envy, even resentment, in this area of deprivation.

‘Our long-term plan is to be the principal and the principled opposition nationally’
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Yogendra Yadav and Adarsh Shastri talk about why their sweeping victory is a sign of changing politics and about AAP’s future plans.

‘BJP wants a crisis but I won’t let that happen,’ says Nitish Kumar ahead of Bihar trust vote
Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Nitish Kumar, looking to come back as Bihar CM with today's trust vote, discusses Manjhi, Modi and Kejriwal.

It’s not wrong to trust; Manjhi’s is an unprecedented betrayal: JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar
Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Nitish claims the support not just of the Janata Parivar, but also of other opposition parties.

While Rahul stood still
Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Kejriwal has surged ahead, filling up Congress space in Delhi. Can Congress still pick up the pieces?

Delhi polls 2015: Where they all talk Congress but many may walk AAP
Thu, Feb 05, 2015

Here, Congress candidates are serial winners and larger-than-life figures with established patronage networks.

48 hrs to go, the battlelines harden — between Aam Garib Aadmi and rest
Wed, Feb 04, 2015

Between those who say they will vote for the Aam Aadmi Party — and the rest.

How Not to Read an Election
Sat, Jan 03, 2015

This mix of second-hand gossip and first-hand conspiracy theories tells you zilch about Verdict 2014

In Srinagar, PM connects — with those who aren’t exactly the aam flood victim aadmi
Sat, Oct 25, 2014

Those who met the PM Narendra Modi at the Raj Bhawan were 'the elite'.

Narendra Modi announces Rs 740-cr Diwali gift to rebuild Valley
Fri, Oct 24, 2014

PM meets delegations of hoteliers, houseboat owners, fruit growers; some want Assembly polls delayed.

If PM Modi listens, he may find a weary Srinagar asking for a hearing
Thu, Oct 23, 2014

FLOOD WRIT LARGE: Could be moment for Naya Kashmir, Naya Modi: Mehbooba.

If Adityanath spoke in Bihar like he did in UP, we would have contradicted him: Sushil Modi
Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Signalling separate course, Modi promises that the BJP will give “a good number of tickets to Muslims” in next year’s Assembly elections.

That man next to Lalu
Thu, Aug 28, 2014

For now, he has reason to smile. But does Nitish model need rescuing from Nitish?

Could Nitish have rocked own boat?
Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Lok Sabha polls weren’t about Nitish but bypolls are, voters say. However, tie-up with Lalu is a problem.

Nitish is tragic hero in Bihar bypoll drama
Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Nitish-Lalu-Congress campaign’s message and hype are all about uniting the forces of “samajik nyaya (social justice)” and “secularism” to combat Modi.