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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

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.

For Bhumihars of Begusarai, candidate before ‘consolidation’
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Popularly known as Bogo Singh, Narendra Kumar Singh is the sitting MLA of Matihani Assembly constituency in Begusarai district.

Lalu abusing Yaduvanshis, my people: PM Modi
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

At the Begusarai helipad, he did not touch upon the lynching of a man in Greater Noida’s Dadri for allegedly consuming beef. He chose to hammer home a very specific electoral point.

Rahul Gandhi takes credit for making Narendra Modi quit wearing suits
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Rahul spoke at Begusarai, Sheikhpura and Rohtas districts, his muse being Narendra Modi, his motif the suit.

Jitan Ram Manjhi’s birthplace still hopes all will ‘vote for bhaiyya’
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Jitender Choudhary, of the Mahadalit caste Pasi, insists he will vote “for Manjhi”. “He was a former chief minister; that makes him a bigger leader than Paswan any day,” he reasoned.

From boatman to Rs 15 lakh suit, Rahul Gandhi harps on old tunes in Bihar
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

"Have you seen Modiji with the labourer, the unemployed, the farmer? But you might have seen him flanked by people wearing suit-boot," said Gandhi.

In affidavits, Lalu’s elder son is 25, younger 26
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Lalu Prasad had held back Tejashwi from contesting the 2014 general elections saying he was one year away from being eligible to contest elections.

Terming Gandhi his ‘inspiration’, PM Narendra Modi bats for saving environment
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

However, massive crowds greeted him at both venues, giving an indication of how robust the BJP's organisational machinery remains, as well as the PM's popularity in the state.

Ranchi: Police detain 45 people for communal violence
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

The police officers speaking on condition of anonymity said about 25 of the arrested individuals are Hindus while the rest are Muslims.

Ranchi: Meat found outside 2 more places of worship, firing overnight
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Meat was found outside two places of worship in Ranchi on Monday: outside the Kali Mandir off Mandir Road and outside a masjid in Ormajhi, on the outskirts of Ranchi.

Meat found outside 4 temples in Jharkhand, police order probe
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

"Three people - all Muslims - were arrested after they were named in the FIR, but we prima facie think they were not involved. Investigation is ongoing," said SP.

Hardik Patel hints at support for Nitish Kumar in Bihar polls
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

"He is from our community....We have to support someone in the (assembly elections).....We will support someone from our community," said Patel, when asked his stance on extending support to the Bihar CM.

Ranchi simmers after communal incident
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

Police spokesperson and ADG said 65 people have been detained; no arrests had been recorded at the time of filing. Prohibitory orders have been issued for the city.

Jharkhand govt withdraws two proposals in a day after protests
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

While Chief Minister Raghubar Das had to put on hold the film shooting regulations, his cabinet decided to alter a proposed diesel tax hike later in the day.