The voices from Bihar’s key communities, particularly Hindus, reveal an unmistakable soft corner for Modi. But they also reveal a stunning diversity of political views even among members of the same caste group.
Darbhanga is not a microcosm of Bihar, but a minority pocket in this township does give a peek into the Muslim mood in north Bihar.
For 40 years, his father was the mukhiya of Mohanpur village in Madhubani, the heart of Mithilanchal in north Bihar. He gave up a successful transport business in Darbhanga to return to his ancestral village and get elected as the mukhiya (village head). But today, Ram Kumar Yadav struggles with a political dilemma shared by many in his community.
Senior journalist Siddharth Varadarajan and political scientist Jyotirmaya Sharma have cancelled their contracts with Penguin India to protest against the publisher’s decision to pulp Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History.
From a subtle use of Narendra Modi’s backward caste and humble class origins, BJP has decided to aggressively sell these elements of its PM-candidate’s identity in key electoral states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.