Mammen Matthew

Mammen Matthew heads the Bihar edition of Hindustan Times. He has nearly three decades of reporting experience on socio-economic issues and politics in Bihar and Jharkhand. He has specialised in health, Left Wing Extremism and issues of flood plains.

Articles by Mammen Matthew

Lalu gets 3.5 years in jail: Supporters say it’s too soon to write off RJD chief

RJD sympathisers and workers believe, the party would be strengthened by the incarceration of their leader, but detractors say it will wither

RJD supporters raising slogans outside Lalu Prasad's residence in Patna on Saturday .(HT Photo)
RJD supporters raising slogans outside Lalu Prasad's residence in Patna on Saturday .(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2018 08:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Return of Sushil Kumar Modi in Avatar 2.0

The BJP leader exposed one by one the role of former Union ministers from the RJD in fattening Lalu’s purse and expanding his landed possessions and how the RJD chief made his followers transfer land for a slice of pelf and power.

Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi (R) with chief minister Nitish Kumar after the oath taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Thursday.(AP Photo)
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi (R) with chief minister Nitish Kumar after the oath taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Thursday.(AP Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 06:06 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Here’s why ‘Bihari’ Nitish Kumar once again became friends with ‘Bahari’ Modi

Nitish Kumar had realised his fling with the RJD and rest of the anti-BJP parties was not going anywhere.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during a conference in New Delhi.(AP File Photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during a conference in New Delhi.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 04:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Midnight coup: When Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi redrew strategy to beat Lalu Prasad

Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi met Bihar governor Keshri Nath Tripathi a little after midnight to submit a list of JD(U) and NDA legislators and stake claim to form the next government.

Nitish Kumar with senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi at an oath taking ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Patna.(PTI Photo)
Nitish Kumar with senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi at an oath taking ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Patna.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 01:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

BJP the big winner in Bihar, ‘opportunist’ Nitish Kumar will struggle to explain U-turn

The grand alliance -- between Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress -- was a model that the opposition was keen to expand to take on the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls.

Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar for the sixth time.(PTI File Photo)
Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar for the sixth time.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 12:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

In overnight drama, Tejashwi Yadav, other RJD leaders march to Raj Bhavan, stage sit-in

Tejashwi Yadav led a large group of RJD leaders and supporters to the Raj Bhavan at around 2.30 am on Thursday, attempting to storm the governor’s official residence.

Tejashwi Yadav led a large group of RJD leaders and supporters to the Raj Bhavan.(ANI Photo)
Tejashwi Yadav led a large group of RJD leaders and supporters to the Raj Bhavan.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 09:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

As Nitish, Sushil meet governor, Lalu says RJD too will stake claim to form Bihar govt

Lalu Prasad says his party’s claim to govern stands because it is the largest party in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav at an event in Patna.(PTI FILE)
Nitish Kumar with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav at an event in Patna.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 01:15 AM IST
Patna, Hindustan Times | By

Explain source of wealth or Tejashwi Yadav must quit: Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) tells Lalu’s RJD

The JD(U)’s demand, dismissed by RJD chief Lalu Yadav, came despite attempts by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to broker truce among the allies.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad addresses a press conference with his son and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav at his residence in Patna after CBI raids at his premises.(PTI File Photo)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad addresses a press conference with his son and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav at his residence in Patna after CBI raids at his premises.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 15, 2017 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Opposition’s move to name Meira Kumar as presidential candidate puts Nitish in a spot

Nitish Kumar’s choice was hinged on the premise that Ram Nath Kovind is the first governor of Bihar to be chosen for the supreme seat and a Dalit.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with former PM Manmohan Singh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and other leaders at a meeting to select their presidential nominee, in New Delhi on Thursday. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was announced as their candidate for upcoming presidential poll.(PTI Photo)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with former PM Manmohan Singh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and other leaders at a meeting to select their presidential nominee, in New Delhi on Thursday. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was announced as their candidate for upcoming presidential poll.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2017 10:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Oppn split in sight? Speculations fly as Nitish picks Modi lunch over Sonia meet

JD-U spokespersons insisted that the Bihar chief minister’s acceptance of Narendra Modi’s invite was mostly out of respect for the Mauritian premier, in whose honour the lunch is being held.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar share a lighter moment at the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh at Gandhi Maidan in January.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar share a lighter moment at the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh at Gandhi Maidan in January.(PTI)
Updated on May 27, 2017 02:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Lalu shuts up as controversies test RJD alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U)

Not since 1997, when RJD chief Lalu Prasad was arrested for the first time in the estimated Rs 1,050 crore fodder scam case for fraudulent withdrawals from treasuries in undivided Bihar, has he been known to retreat into a shell.

In this file photo, Lalu Prasad can be seen coming out of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna after receiving treatment for minor injuries. The top court’s Monday ruling comes as an embarrassment to the politician and will bolster the BJP in Bihar, where Lalu Prasad’s RJD is a member of the ruling alliance.(PTI File Photo)
In this file photo, Lalu Prasad can be seen coming out of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna after receiving treatment for minor injuries. The top court’s Monday ruling comes as an embarrassment to the politician and will bolster the BJP in Bihar, where Lalu Prasad’s RJD is a member of the ruling alliance.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2017 12:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By, Patna

Lalu shuts up as controversies test RJD alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U)

Not since 1997, when RJD chief Lalu Prasad was arrested for the first time in the estimated Rs 1,050 crore fodder scam case for fraudulent withdrawals from treasuries in undivided Bihar, has he been known to retreat into a shell.

In this file photo, Lalu Prasad can be seen coming out of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna after receiving treatment for minor injuries. The top court’s Monday ruling comes as an embarrassment to the politician and will bolster the BJP in Bihar, where Lalu Prasad’s RJD is a member of the ruling alliance.(PTI File Photo)
In this file photo, Lalu Prasad can be seen coming out of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna after receiving treatment for minor injuries. The top court’s Monday ruling comes as an embarrassment to the politician and will bolster the BJP in Bihar, where Lalu Prasad’s RJD is a member of the ruling alliance.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2017 08:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By, Patna

Kala azar case load down in Bihar

Bihar, which contributes 70% of the total kala azar cases in India, has witnessed 81% decline in the disease burden, with the case load coming down from 33,187 in 2011 to 6,245 in 2016.

A kala-azar ward.(HT representative image.)
A kala-azar ward.(HT representative image.)
Published on Mar 15, 2017 12:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Man of the moment Nitish Kumar: Master tactician, tough opponent

Nitish knew he could not out talk the charismatic Modi, but that it would be the aura of a cool, restrained, chief executive that he could draw to save himself.

Nitish Kumar signing the register after taking oath as the chief minister of Bihar at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday.(PTI)
Nitish Kumar signing the register after taking oath as the chief minister of Bihar at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 21, 2015 05:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Vote on Modi? PM’s Bihar campaign comes crashing down

The Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance appeared headed to form the next government in Bihar on Sunday, a verdict that comes as a huge blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for whom the election was seen as a key test of popularity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering at Chanderkote, Ramban, in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering at Chanderkote, Ramban, in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2015 03:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMammen Matthew and Vijay Swaroop, Patna

Bihar results: Congress, RJD gain big as Nitish trumps Modi’s BJP

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar registered an emphatic victory in the assembly elections on Sunday as his grand alliance inflicted a heavy loss on a BJP-led coalition, belying all predictions of a closely-contested poll battle in the politically crucial state.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar celebrate after the election results came out. Kumar-led Grand Alliance registered an emphatic victory over the NDA in the assembly elections.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar celebrate after the election results came out. Kumar-led Grand Alliance registered an emphatic victory over the NDA in the assembly elections.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2015 01:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMammen Matthew and Vijay Swaroop, Patna

‘The fear stays’: Muslims back grand alliance in Bihar polls

A new face evokes suspicion and Muslims tend to live in little ghettos in the small town that was once the capital of legendary Mahabharata warrior Karna’s mythical kingdom.

People at a Congress rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.(PTI Photo)
People at a Congress rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2015 08:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Congress finds itself marginalised in the 2015 race for Bihar

Once a force to reckon within Bihar, the Congress today is a humble presence in the so-called grand alliance, led by the Janata Dal (United) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, that has been cobbled together to take on the BJP’s growing might.

Updated on Sep 22, 2015 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar polls: BJP releases second list of 99 candidates

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its second list of 99 candidates on Saturday, accommodating its allies, senior leaders' kin and several rebels of the Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal (United).

BJP president Amit Shah with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha and other leaders during a press conference in New Delhi. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha and other leaders during a press conference in New Delhi. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2015 11:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMammen Matthew & Binod Dubey, Patna

Elitism, feudal outlook: The fall and fall of Congress in Bihar

Once a force to reckon with in Bihar, the Congress today is a humble presence in the so-called grand alliance led by the JD(U) and RJD that has been cobbled together to take on the BJP’s growing might.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad during the Swabhiman rally at Gandhi Maidan, in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad during the Swabhiman rally at Gandhi Maidan, in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2015 02:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar polls: NDA seat-sharing pact staves off HAM-LJP tussle

The BJP leadership has deftly staved off a major crisis among its allies that had threatened the party’s efforts to broaden its caste base and take on the grand alliance in the Bihar assembly election starting October.

Hindustani Avam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi with BJP president Amit Shah at his Delhi residence. (Arun Sharma/HT)
Hindustani Avam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi with BJP president Amit Shah at his Delhi residence. (Arun Sharma/HT)
Updated on Sep 17, 2015 03:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

After Samajwadi Party exit, Grand Alliance on a shaky ground again

Barely a week ago, the so-called Janata Parivar looked set to beat the BJP and romp home to victory in the Bihar assembly election.

Combination photo of Lalu Prasad of RJD, Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and CP Joshi of Congress. RJD, JD(U) and Congress have announced an alliance for the Bihar elections, due later in 2015. (Photo credit: Agencies)
Combination photo of Lalu Prasad of RJD, Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and CP Joshi of Congress. RJD, JD(U) and Congress have announced an alliance for the Bihar elections, due later in 2015. (Photo credit: Agencies)
Updated on Sep 27, 2015 09:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

BJP banking on Modi magic for this Bihar election

A giant cut out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi looms over Patna’s busiest IT Circle. “Modi ney diya, wadey sey jyada” (Modi gave more than he promised), the giant banner alludes Modi’s Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for Bihar.

Updated on Sep 17, 2015 05:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

BJP looks for caste fillip for Bihar polls as Modi magic fades

With the JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad shaking hands to form the Mahagathbandhan to take the BJP at loggerheads in Bihar, the saffron party is now calculating the odds, after its Modi trump card seems to be fading.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at Parivartan rally in Gaya, Bihar. (PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at Parivartan rally in Gaya, Bihar. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2015 06:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

In Bihar, Modi targets raw wounds, chants growth mantra

With the unveiling of a Rs 1.25 lakh crore special development package for Bihar on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi effectively took the NDA battle to the opposition camp on Tuesday, drawing ‘a bigger development line’ than what Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar could ever have hoped to make.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves during laying of the foundation stone of four-lane Patna-Buxar road and a bridge parallel to the Abdul Bari bridge over river Sone at Koilwar near Ara on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves during laying of the foundation stone of four-lane Patna-Buxar road and a bridge parallel to the Abdul Bari bridge over river Sone at Koilwar near Ara on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 19, 2015 03:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

PM Modi talks development in Bihar but subtly plays caste card

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked mostly development on Saturday but subtly played the caste card by repeatedly invoking Yadavs and Mahadalits, who together make up about a third of the state’s population, as he opened campaigning for the state polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Dharmendra Pradhan at a function for the launch of a number of government schemes in Patna on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Dharmendra Pradhan at a function for the launch of a number of government schemes in Patna on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2015 08:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Nitish struggles for a ‘new identity’ via Arvind Kejriwal

Facing a crucial assembly polls, shaping up as a do-or-die political battle for all, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is keen on projecting himself as truly ‘clean’, ‘secular,’ and ‘pro-poor’.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal. (Delhi government handout photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal. (Delhi government handout photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2015 10:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar elections: Sushil Modi tops BJP’s list of CM probables

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi is likely to become Bihar’s chief minister if his party wins this year’s assembly election though it has refused to announce a candidate for the coveted post, sources say, with the eastern state’s complex caste equations tilting the odds in his favour.

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Sushil-Modi-arrives-for-the-Party-s-National-Election-Campaign-Committee-meeting-PTI
Updated on Jul 11, 2015 09:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Return of Chanakya in Bihar: Nitish back after outfoxing Manjhi

As senior Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar prepares for a third term as Bihar’s chief minister, he faces the onerous task of navigating the choppy sea of state politics before he goes into election mode within the next five months.

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After-Jitin-Ram-Manjhi-s-resignation-JD-U-leader-Nitish-Kumar-is-likely-to-become-Bihar-s-new-CM-PTI-Photo
Updated on Feb 20, 2015 05:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Jitan Ram Manjhi, protégé who tried to be a man on his own

Mahadalit leader resigns as Bihar chief minister after rebelling against mentor Nitish Kumar.

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JD-U-leaders-demonstrate-outside-the-residence-of-Bihar-CM-Jitan-Ram-Manjhi-in-Patna-on-Saturday-PTI-Photo
Updated on Feb 20, 2015 12:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna
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