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

Manjhi-Nitish floor test: No matter who loses Bihar, BJP may win

On Friday, the power warriors of Bihar are going for a floor test to decide who gets the CM’s chair — former chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar or Kumar’s rebel protégé and self-declared Mahadalit messiah Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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Updated on Feb 20, 2015 11:12 AM IST

NDA pins hopes on Manjhi’s Dalit card

The Jitan Ram Manjhi versus Nitish Kumar fight has Bihar and political parties riveted which are carefully calculating how Manjhi’s new found stature as a ‘Dalit icon’ could be to their benefit.

Updated on Feb 11, 2015 11:54 PM IST

A sharp, political mind behind a subtle, humble persona

Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, 70, may not have the aura of more charismatic leaders who have preceded him.

Updated on Feb 10, 2015 07:51 AM IST

Why is Dalit icon Jitan Ram Manjhi's own party pushing him out

Why was the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) so determined to remove Jitan Ram Manjhi as chief minister of Bihar? It was a question on everybody’s lips as Manjhi, though virtually unknown, was Kumar’s pick to lead the state last May.

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Updated on Feb 08, 2015 09:16 AM IST

BJP presents united face as JD(U) seems to come apart

BJP president Amit Shah’s arrival in Patna on Friday set the war drums rolling for a party aiming to wrest a majority in assembly elections this year as it faces a grand Janata alliance that seems to be coming undone even before taking off.

Updated on Jan 24, 2015 01:14 AM IST

Jharkhand results project trouble for Bihar's grand alliance of Cong, RJD, JD(U)

The BJP sweep in Jharkhand cannot but raise serious fears of the political future of the JD(U) and the RJD in Bihar.

Updated on Dec 23, 2014 10:09 PM IST

JD(U), RJD tie-up doesn’t shake Bihar politics

The coming together of the erstwhile Janata Dal family members with the promise of merger has created a stir but hasn’t shaken Bihar politics as the RJD chief Lalu Prasad and the JD(U) boss Nitish Kumar may have expected.

Updated on Dec 05, 2014 07:19 PM IST

Bihar: Lalu-Nitish win may make state polls exciting

The sudden braking of the BJP bandwagon in Bihar, after the impressive gains in the Lok Sabha polls, has raised quite a few eyebrows in Bihar and the states that will to go to the polls in the next one year.

Updated on Sep 11, 2014 12:16 PM IST

Can Nitish-Lalu's 'grand alliance' tame BJP in Bihar?

Arithmetically, the alliance is an overwhelming social formation. They were splintered during the Lok Sabha elections. Added up, they polled more than 10.07 million votes, which is 44.3% as against BJP-led NDA’s 38.8%. Poll: Do you think the Nitish-Lalu alliance will pose a challenge to the BJP?

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Updated on Aug 12, 2014 12:40 PM IST

After poll jolt, sleeping with enemy is new political mantra in Bihar

Although still shocked, sworn enemies RJD patriarch Lalu Prasad and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar have joined forces to clear the immediate hurdle — placing Kumar’s men in the Rajya Sabha with RJD backing since the rebels of his own party refused to play ball.

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Updated on Jul 03, 2014 12:58 AM IST

After resignation, the work has just begun for Nitish Kumar

Former Bihar CM Nitish Kumar may have quelled the rebellion in the JD-U ranks and passed on the mantle to a successor without much ado but the political future of his party remains perilous without his brand name to power it.

Updated on May 20, 2014 07:57 PM IST

Nitish Kumar picks Mahadalit Manjhi as his successor

The JD(U) legislature party agreed to accept Nitish's resignation and empowered him to name his successor, but with the rider that he would continue to act as the facilitator between the govt and the party.

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Updated on May 20, 2014 10:25 AM IST

Nitish keeps JD(U) united, to take call on resignation today

With 117 members of the JD(U) legislature party on Sunday asking him to take back his resignation, the CM has managed to re-unite the party and taken the wind out of the BJP’s bid to poach on his men and bring down his government.

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Updated on May 19, 2014 01:41 PM IST

Few takers in JD(U) for Sharad plan to ally with Lalu’s RJD

What will the JD(U) legislative party decide at its 4pm meeting on Sunday? That was the big question in Patna in the wake of the sudden resignation of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar a day earlier.

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Updated on May 18, 2014 03:25 PM IST

BJP landslide in Bihar buries 'resurgent' Lalu

A Narendra Modi-driven saffron wave swept through Bihar flattening identity and caste politics, wiping out wholly the Nitish Kumar led Janata-Dal (U) and Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress combine on Friday.

Updated on May 17, 2014 07:44 AM IST

Nitish faces uphill task as Modi, Lalu battle it out

Nitish Kumar, the successful chief minister of Bihar, is in a strange situation: He is watching a Narendra Modi-powered BJP, and old rival Lalu Prasad, battling - to eat his lunch.

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Updated on Apr 17, 2014 12:48 PM IST

I am as good as any PM candidate: Nitish Kumar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday appeared to suggest that he was more qualified to be the Prime Minister than those 'roaming around' for the post.

Updated on Mar 07, 2014 10:10 AM IST

Smart games Lalu plays

Lalu Prasad is past master at drawing attention to himself and wrenching victory out of a difficult situation. And what the RJD chief is trying now by holding a rally on the same day and in same location as the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi is a fresh trick.

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Updated on Feb 13, 2014 01:06 AM IST

LS poll: Lalu's freedom spells trouble for Nitish, BJP

After the JD(U) and the BJP ended their 17-year-long alliance as NDA partners in June this year, both had hedged on breaking the RJD. Lalu’s imminent release from jail is bad news for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Lok Sabha dreams. SC grants bail to Lalu Prasad in fodder scam case

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Updated on Dec 14, 2013 09:17 AM IST

Modi’s Bihar essay gunned down all rivals

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi delivered an adroitly crafted message to Bihar and India on Sunday before a huge crowd even as eight bomb blasts left five dead and 40 injured.

Updated on Oct 28, 2013 01:29 AM IST

Modi slams Nitish in Patna, woos Yadavs, calls for Hindu-Muslim unity

BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi tore into Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and signalled a new social alignment for his Hindu nationalist party in an adroitly crafted address to a mammoth rally in Patna. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Nov 01, 2013 09:04 AM IST

BJP's Hunkar rally: it will be Modi challenging Nitish

Sweeping UP will prove tough, but a four-cornered contest in Bihar will help BJP, aiding Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial bid. The real battlefield will, in many ways, be Bihar and not Uttar Pradesh. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Oct 27, 2013 12:07 PM IST

Lalu: from saviour of minorities to battered and lonely

A man of quick wit, native intelligence and keen sense of politics, Prasad is a man who is loved or hated with equal passion. And that makes him a formidable foe – even if he is inside a jail. The mother of a scam | Lalu's journey

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Updated on Oct 03, 2013 04:59 PM IST

17 yrs after fodder scam, Lalu goes to jail, set to lose LS seat

The verdict against the former Bihar chief minister cast a shadow over the future of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and will have a bearing on the course of state politics. Will run RJD as 'Sonia, Rahul guide Cong': Rabri | An uncut diamond, Lalu was prone to invent his own curse

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Updated on Oct 06, 2013 10:53 AM IST

Excavations show how Nalanda University selected its vice chancellor

Exploratory excavations in Biharsharif district of Bihar have laid bare exquisite statuettes that show, for the first time, how appointments were made to the Kulapati or vice chancellor’s post at the ancient Nalanda University.

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Updated on Sep 07, 2013 03:04 PM IST

Mid-day meal tragedy: Nitish stumbles from one crisis to another

Hardly had the state recovered from the political drama of a split in the NDA, the international tourist and pilgrim site of Bodh Gaya was hit with serial bombs on July 7. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jul 17, 2013 07:14 PM IST

'Cannot rule out Maoists' role in Bodh Gaya blasts'

Even as the central agencies gun for the IM, police officials are not ruling out possible Maoist involvement in the Bodh Gaya temple complex serial blasts carried out Sunday. Mammen Matthew reports.

Updated on Jul 08, 2013 02:01 AM IST

Red imprint on Bodh Gaya serial blasts?

Even as the central agencies gun for the Indian Mujahideen (IM), police officials are not ruling out possible Maoist involvement in the Bodh Gaya temple complex serial blasts today. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jul 07, 2013 06:12 PM IST

Nitish thanks Singh for ‘secular’ remark

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “from the core of his heart” for calling him a secular leader and appreciating him for quitting the BJP and the NDA. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 19, 2013 01:15 AM IST

Split means little for Congress

The Congress, on the downhill in Bihar since 1989, got an opportunity to secure tangible gain at the recent Maharajganj bypoll, for which it fielded Jitendra Swami, the son of RJD MP Umashankar Singh, whose death caused the election. Mammen Matthew reports.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2013 01:10 AM IST
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