Rai Atul Krishna

Rai Atul Krishna has been writing, editing and anchoring news reports and features for Hindustan Times on a wide variety of subjects for the past 30 years. He has also mentored many of his colleagues during this period.

Articles by Rai Atul Krishna

Now-friend, now-foe: How Nitish Kumar’s alliances helped keep him ahead of the curve

For much of the past 27 years, Kumar has lived to his image of an opportunistic politician. Since he hit Bihar’s political mainstream in early 1990s, when his ‘now-friend, now-foe’ compatriot Lalu Prasad first became the state’s chief minister, Kumar has also managed to set his own agenda.

Bihar CM and JD (U) national president Nitish Kumar broke away from alliance partners .(PTI File Photo)
Bihar CM and JD (U) national president Nitish Kumar broke away from alliance partners .(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2017 12:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

BJP counts on Yogi to exorcise ghost of Bihar assembly poll loss to Nitish-led alliance

The Uttar Pradesh CM will visit Darbhanga on Thursday to disseminate among party workers in Bihar some the effervescence generated by the BJP’s big victory in the UP assembly elections in March.

Yogi Adityanath will be in Bihar on Thursday to highlight the gains of three years of Narendra Modi government.(HT file photo)
Yogi Adityanath will be in Bihar on Thursday to highlight the gains of three years of Narendra Modi government.(HT file photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2017 07:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Half Girlfriend: Chetan Bhagat settles defamation case with Bihar royals, says sorry

Chandra Vijay Singh slapped the defamation suit against Chetan Bhagat claiming the male members of the family were maliciously portrayed as alcoholics and gamblers in Half Girlfriend.

Author Chetan Bhagat settled the defamation suit for slur in 'Half Girlfriend' .(File photo)
Author Chetan Bhagat settled the defamation suit for slur in 'Half Girlfriend' .(File photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2017 09:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Lalu ‘pulls up’ home minister Rajnath for ’ditching’ Patna meet

Home minister last minute decision to stay away from an official function to felicitate freedom fighters came in for sharp criticism.

RJD president Lalu Prasad speaking at the centenary celebration of Champaran Satyagrah in Patna on Monday.(A P Dube / HT)
RJD president Lalu Prasad speaking at the centenary celebration of Champaran Satyagrah in Patna on Monday.(A P Dube / HT)
Published on Apr 17, 2017 08:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

To keep India united, celebrate its diversity, says Prez Mukherjee at Gandhi function

The President felicitated 15 freedom fighters at the Akhil Bharatiya Swatantrata Senani Samman Samaroh, organised in Patna as part of the centenary year celebrations of Gandhi’s ‘Champaran Satyagrah

President Pranab Mukherjee honours freedom fighters during a felicitation function organised by the Bihar government to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagrah in Patna on Monday. Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, chief minister Nitish Kumar, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and RJD chief Lalu Prasad were also present on the occasion.(PTI photo)
President Pranab Mukherjee honours freedom fighters during a felicitation function organised by the Bihar government to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagrah in Patna on Monday. Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, chief minister Nitish Kumar, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and RJD chief Lalu Prasad were also present on the occasion.(PTI photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2017 10:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Freight equalization hit Bihar growth, says Prez

This is for the first time that a serving President, also a former finance minister, has admitted in public that the freight equalisation policy impaired the growth of mineral rich eastern states

President Pranab Mukherjee at the inaugural session of international conference in Patna on Friday.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
President Pranab Mukherjee at the inaugural session of international conference in Patna on Friday.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2017 07:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Justice Menon tipped to be Patna high court CJ

Justice Rajendra Menon is among 10 judges cleared for the post of chief justice of various high courts. The final approval of the appointment at the level of the prime minister’s office (PMO) is awaited.

The Patna high court.(File photo)
The Patna high court.(File photo)
Published on Feb 17, 2017 04:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Big lapses in Patna boat mishap that claimed 24 lives

No disaster mitigation processes was in place to rescue ill-fated boat passengers. Visitors also claimed much of the wherewithal was used to ferry bureaucrats, police officers and their families.

NDRF jawans undertake rescue operation at the Gandhi Ghat in Patna.(AP Dube/HT file photo)
NDRF jawans undertake rescue operation at the Gandhi Ghat in Patna.(AP Dube/HT file photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2017 01:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Radical leaders’ presence gave anxious moments during Parkash Parv celebrations in Patna

The presence at Takht Sri Harmandirji, Patna Sahib, of two ‘radical’ Sikh leaders along with their 200-250 supporters, very nearly marred the bonhomie and goodwill that marked the 350th Prakash Parv (birth anniversary) celebration of Guru Gobind Singh (January 1-5).

Takht Harmandirji, Patna Sahib(HT File Photo)
Takht Harmandirji, Patna Sahib(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2017 11:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar land deals before demonetisation put BJP in a spot

The Bihar BJP reportedly purchase plots across the state days before the Prime Minister announced that Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes were no longer legal tender from November 9.(AFP FIle Photo)
The Bihar BJP reportedly purchase plots across the state days before the Prime Minister announced that Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes were no longer legal tender from November 9.(AFP FIle Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2016 11:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Union min Upendra Kushwaha ‘walks out’ of NDA press meet

The patience of Kushwaha apparently wore thin as leaders continued to speak. About 75 minutes into the programme, Kushwaha suddenly made an exit.

The patience of Kushwaha apparently wore thin as leaders continued to speak. About 75 minutes into the programme, Kushwaha suddenly made an exit.(PTI File Photo)
The patience of Kushwaha apparently wore thin as leaders continued to speak. About 75 minutes into the programme, Kushwaha suddenly made an exit.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2016 08:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar health min Tej Pratap Yadav seen with yet another murder suspect

For Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, two photographs, which surfaced on two consecutive days, are causing quite a bit of trouble.

Bihar health minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son Tej Pratap (right) photographed with Javed Mian, a suspect in the murder of a journalist.
Bihar health minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son Tej Pratap (right) photographed with Javed Mian, a suspect in the murder of a journalist.
Published on Sep 15, 2016 08:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

With 11,000 volunteers, RSS quietly makes its mark on Bihar flood relief

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar visits a flood relief camp in Katihar on Monday.(PTI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar visits a flood relief camp in Katihar on Monday.(PTI)
Published on Sep 02, 2016 03:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Out to meet King Khan, Bengal kids land in Gaya juvenile home

Four kids from Asansol in West Bengal, who set out for Mumbai in the hope of meeting their idol - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, have landed in a rescue home for juveniles in Gaya in Bihar.

Aged between eight and 10 years, the children were found loitering at the Gaya railway station , and it was learnt they had set out for Mumbai to meet the superstar.(File photo)
Aged between eight and 10 years, the children were found loitering at the Gaya railway station , and it was learnt they had set out for Mumbai to meet the superstar.(File photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2016 11:48 AM IST
By, Patna

BJP Muslim leaders at crossroads post Bihar poll defeat

Eight months after the BJP’s drubbing in the Bihar Assembly elections, there is a palpable sense of disquiet among a handful of the party’s Muslim leaders who insist that it needs to do more to gain the community’s support.

A BJP supporter waves the party flag at NDA’s Parivartan Rally in Bhagalpur.(PTI File)
A BJP supporter waves the party flag at NDA’s Parivartan Rally in Bhagalpur.(PTI File)
Updated on Jul 22, 2016 01:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Aurangzeb, not Babar, built Babri masjid, says new book

HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jun 20, 2016 09:44 AM IST

Ayodhya dispute: Aurangzeb, not Babar, built Babri masjid, says new book

The book, Ayodhya Revisited, has been authored by former IPS officer Kishore Kunal who, as Officer on Special Duty in Ayodhya from 1990 to 1992 to the then Union home minister, had an insider’s view of the goings-on in the dispute.

Birds fly at sunset over a temple in Ayodhya.(AP File Photo)
Birds fly at sunset over a temple in Ayodhya.(AP File Photo)
Published on Jun 20, 2016 09:03 AM IST
By, Patna

Post liquor ban, women emerge as Nitish’s prime constituency

Nitish Kumar’s strong advocacy of prohibition in his home state of Bihar, addressing it as a social evil, has an almost Gandhian ring to it.

The move to ban liquor has carved out a unique constituency that owes its allegiance to Nitish alone: The women vote bank(HT File Photo)
The move to ban liquor has carved out a unique constituency that owes its allegiance to Nitish alone: The women vote bank(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2016 08:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

‘Dry’ Bihar to plug gap in law to make liquor possession illegal

The Bihar government is considering bringing an ordinance to plug a gap in the law that allows people to keep or possess alcoholic drinks in the state where sale and drinking of liquor is prohibited.

The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar is mulling to bring an ordinance to plug a gap in the law that allows people to keep or possess liquor.(HT File Photo)
The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar is mulling to bring an ordinance to plug a gap in the law that allows people to keep or possess liquor.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2016 07:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar Rajya Sabha nominees are all crorepatis

Eminent lawyer Ram Boolchand Jethmalani (RJD) is almost 24 times as rich as his JD (U)’s Ramchandra Prasad Singh, who is the “poorest” of the five, as per details provided in the affidavits filed by them.

Published on Jun 02, 2016 12:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Patna | By

Bihar royals want to stall shooting of Arjun-Shraddha’s Half Girlfriend

Bihar royal wants Mohit Suri to stop working on his film, featuring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, based on Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend. Chandra Vijay Singh of Dumaraon, who had slapped a Rs 1 crore defamation suit on author Chetan Bhagat, claiming men of the royal family were maliciously portrayed as alcoholics and gamblers in the latter’s novel, is trying his best to stall Suri’s movie.

Mohit Suri is making a film on Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend. Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor will play the lead roles in the movie.
Mohit Suri is making a film on Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend. Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor will play the lead roles in the movie.
Updated on May 31, 2016 02:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Unfazed by notice, RJD Muslim MP gives big thumbs up to PM

HT Image
HT Image
Published on May 24, 2016 07:19 AM IST

RJD Muslim MP gives big thumbs up to PM Modi

“The Modi Government has given Rs 500 crore for a railway line in Araria which had been pending for almost 10 years and the work on it is about to start. The PM surely deserves my praise,” Taslimuddin told HT on Monday afternoon, in his first reaction to the party notice.

Unfazed by the show cause notice slapped on him by his party for praising Narendra Modi, RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin on Monday strongly endorsed the Prime Minister for the ‘salutary work’ he was doing in the ‘Muslim hub’ of eastern Bihar.(Hindustan Times Photo)
Unfazed by the show cause notice slapped on him by his party for praising Narendra Modi, RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin on Monday strongly endorsed the Prime Minister for the ‘salutary work’ he was doing in the ‘Muslim hub’ of eastern Bihar.(Hindustan Times Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2016 07:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Expedite long-pending court cases, PM Modi urges judiciary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called upon the judiciary to facilitate early disposal of long-pending cases so as to serve the cause of justice and bring relief to those affected by the delay in disposal of such cases

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CJI TS Thakur, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Union law minister Sadanand Gowda at a function at Patna high court.(AP Dube/HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CJI TS Thakur, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Union law minister Sadanand Gowda at a function at Patna high court.(AP Dube/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2016 01:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

In JNU, we are fighting for India’s democracy: CPI-ML General Secretary

Counted among the country’s top left ideologues, Dipankar Bhattacharya, 55, has already served 17 years as head of the party, which has risen from its extreme left moorings to emerge as a mainstream communist party in the country. In a chat with Rai Atul Krishna, he spoke of what is at stake in the arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar on the charge of ‘sedition’.

File photo CPI-ML (Liberation) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya.
File photo CPI-ML (Liberation) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya.
Updated on Feb 21, 2016 10:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

In Shatrughan Sinha’s biography, he is ‘Anything but Khamosh’

Someone who has shown a knack for firing away googlies to keep India’s political class in a thrall, actor-politician Shatrughan Singh is once again set to deliver a prodigiously spinning ‘wrong one’.

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha’s biography is set to enthral both Indian politicians and observers, a testimony to his penchant for making controversial comments and his ties that span the political spectrum.(PTI Photo)
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha’s biography is set to enthral both Indian politicians and observers, a testimony to his penchant for making controversial comments and his ties that span the political spectrum.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2016 07:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Despite concessions to ally Lalu, Nitish remains in charge of affairs

Contrary to the impression he conceded too much ground to the dictates of Lalu Prasad, chief minister Nitish Kumar has held his own in his cabinet formation.

Nitish Kumar signing the register after taking oath as chief minister of Bihar at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Nitish Kumar signing the register after taking oath as chief minister of Bihar at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2015 03:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Friends, foes and friends again: The Lalu, Nitish partnership

One is labelled Viru, the other Jai -- and together they have spirited the three-party grand alliance between the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (United) and Congress to a historic win in one of the most crucial political battles of their careers.

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar after the results of the Bihar Assembly elections in Patna.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar after the results of the Bihar Assembly elections in Patna.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2015 01:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar poll results: NDA defeat casts shadow over Bihar package

The BJP-led NDA’s stunning defeat at the hands of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress ‘grand alliance’ in the Bihar assembly election appears to have cast a shadow over the devolution of central funds for the ‘special package’ announced for the state.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Koilwar near Ara.(PTI photo)
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Koilwar near Ara.(PTI photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2015 02:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Modi taunts Cong: ‘They talk tolerance on 1984 riots anniversary’

A combative Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned persistent Opposition fire on Monday, saying the Congress had no right to lecture his government on intolerance in the country because the party presided over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Bihar.(PTI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Bihar.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2015 07:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRai Atul Krishna/Aditya N Jha, Purnia/forbesganj/darbhanga
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