Just when the failed policy ensemble called ‘good governance’ had run through its course nationally both under the NDA and the UPA, Mr Nitish Kumar’s NDA government in Bihar breathed new life into it. Seven years into sushasan, there are gaping holes in this faith based lore.
Barmeshwar Mukhiya, the self-proclaimed chief of Ranvir Sena, is a free man now. How does it reconcile with the rhetoric of Nitish Kumar? This post analyses the class-caste basis of Nitish-led coalition and attempts to reach an answer.
The Bihar assembly election results have to be seen in Nitish Kumar’s careful moblilization of several caste groups and formation of a coalition of ‘extremes’. Added to the above mobilization, have been his attempts in initiating some welfare schemes in the state. The result needs to be seen in terms of these two broad factors and any attempt to ‘disproportionally’ ascertain the importance of the second factor over the first is to miss the history of politics in the state of Bihar over the years.
A blog post on the perception of good governance and "anti-crime" NDA government led by Nitish Kumar in Bihar