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

Bihar polls: PM Modi woos women voters, promises education

Ahead of the November 5 final phase of polling in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday singled out women as a class of voters to seek a big mandate for the NDA in Bihar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Bihar’s Madhubani.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2015 02:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Madhubani/madhepura/katihar

‘Bihari vs bahri’: Is Sonia an outsider too, Modi asks Nitish

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked chief minister Nitish Kumar if he considered Congress president Sonia Gandhi an “outsider” too, ramping up the ‘Bihari vs bahri’ battle ahead of the crucial fourth round of polling.

Lalu Prasad (R) and Nitish Kumar (L) are contesting the ongoing Bihar elections together, as part of a Grand Alliance.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2015 08:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Modi calls ‘grand alliance’ of JD(U)-RJD-Cong ‘3 Idiots’

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday advised chief minister Nitish Kumar to consider a new career as a poet, predicting an ‘impending defeat’ for the RJD-JD (U)-Congress ‘grand alliance’ in the ongoing Bihar assembly poll.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meeting in Sitamarhi, Bihar on Tuesday.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2015 01:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Sitamarhi /bettiah

Bihar polls: BJP’s Shatrughan says ‘teething troubles’ in party

Patna Saheb MP and BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha posted a series of tweets on Saturday, seemingly questioning NDA’s prospects of winning the ongoing Bihar assembly polls.

File photo of BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2015 05:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar polls: Nitish’s return will mean ‘jungle raj’, says PM Modi

“Ruling parties do not talk about what they did for Bihar, they only speak about me and find ways to abuse me every day,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Banka, Bihar.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 09, 2015 06:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPrasun K Mishra and Rai Atul Krishna, Sasaram/aurangabad/patna

Bihar poll papers reveal defaulting candidates

The Election Commission may have resolved to curb the use of black money during the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, but a recent report reveals that many candidates have failed to even disclose mandatory financial information.

Published on Oct 07, 2015 10:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar polls: In war of words, BJP MPs end up embarrassing party

RK Singh and Shatrughan Sinha, Lok Sabha MPs from Ara and Patna Saheb respectively, are not the only Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers to have embarrassed the party.

RK Singh (left) and Shatrughan Sinha (right) had earlier raised questions at the BJP leadership.
Updated on Oct 05, 2015 01:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Disgruntled BJP MPs spelling trouble for party ahead of Bihar polls

As the crucial Bihar assembly elections draw near, voices of dissent from within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seem to grow louder.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a memento from BJP MP RK Singh.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2015 03:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Political consistency not a virtue of grand alliance: BJP

The BJP on Thursday said that ‘political consistency’ is not the virtue of any of the participants of the grand opportunistic alliance, referring to the alliance of Congress, JDU and RJD for Bihar polls.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley with BJP Bihar in-charge Ananth Kumar and party senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi releasing the party’s vision document for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections in Patna on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 01, 2015 08:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Demons to pythons: Poll-speak touches new low

From describing a rival formation as ‘rakshas sena, an army of demons, to comparing a senior politician to Putana, a villainous figure in Hindu mythology, poll-speak in Bihar’s new electoral season has been acrimonious, to put it mildly.

Published on Sep 26, 2015 03:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Manjhi matters: New Dalit icon in Bihar may change equations

In a close election, the 70-year-old Dalit leader may well give the NDA an edge over the rival RJD-JD (U)-Congress alliance.

HAM (S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi addressing a press conference in Patna. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2015 03:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

EC underscores security concerns with staggered Bihar poll

The adversarial positions of the rival formations in this election – the BJP-led NDA and the RJD-JD (U)-Congress ‘grand alliance’ is such it even extended to the number of phases each side advocated this poll be held in.

Updated on Sep 10, 2015 04:27 PM IST
None | By, Patna

Bihar rally: Parties united against PM, but stick to their own agenda

Despite the shared thrust of the need to stop PM Modi in the Bihar elections in October, the speeches of the top three leaders- Nitish Kumar, Sonia Gandhi and Lalu Prasad- were remarkable for their differences in emphasis - representing the main issues on which each party is fighting this election.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad during the Swabhiman rally at Gandhi Maidan, in Patna. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2015 01:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Sops abound in Bihar for govt workers as polls approach

Bored government employees in poll-bound Bihar, many of them engaged on contract basis, suddenly have a spring in their steps. With state elections round the corner, it is raining sops and thousands of faceless staff is soaking in the extra attention that is being lavished on them.

Updated on Aug 25, 2015 10:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

After PM's grand package, Nitish announces sops for poll-bound Bihar

Government employees in poll-bound Bihar, many of them engaged on contract basis, suddenly have a spring in their steps. With state elections around the corner, it is raining sops and thousands of faceless staff is soaking in the extra attention that is being lavished on them.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during Bihar Samman Samaroh in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2015 12:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Nearly 70% of Bihar struggles below the poverty line

Niranjan Kumar’s life seemed to improve as soon as he migrated to Delhi. The 32-year-old from Bhagalpur landed a job with Ola Cabs and now makes over Rs 15,000 a month, working for only as many hours as he chooses.

Nearly 70% of Bihar struggles below the poverty line (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2015 11:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar elections: Manjhi’s party finally gets EC recognition

After securing recognition as a political party from the Election Commission of India (ECI), former Bihar chief m

Updated on Jul 30, 2015 01:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRai Atul Krishna/HT Correspondent

Bihar: AAP's top leaders break away to flag off new party AAU

Already under severe strain owing to infighting and embarrassing revelations about its ministers, including the ‘fake’ degree controversy involving its former law minister Jitendra Singh Tomar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now suffered a body blow in Bihar.

Updated on Jul 06, 2015 09:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

These two Muslim girls from Bihar want to teach yoga to PM Modi

Reshma Khatoon and Bismillah Khatoon, both teenage yoga experts, say they now want to give lessons to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee.

Updated on Jun 20, 2015 01:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Officers on loan: Bihar DGP rejects Delhi ACB chief objection

The festering war of words over the legality or otherwise of the Arvind Kejriwal government’s decision to induct five Bihar officers in the Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), got another boost, this time from the chief of the Bihar police.

Updated on Jun 13, 2015 07:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Forbidden fruit: No 'in-house' litchi for Bihar ex-CM Manjhi

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and members of his family appear to be at the receiving end of ‘vigilance’ of an unprecedented kind – at the hands of the security detail purporting to be deployed for their protection.

Updated on Jun 04, 2015 10:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Acid attack victim in HT award winning series threatened again

An acid attack survivor in Bihar has allegedly come under attack again from the accused ahead of a court hearing, two years after her case prompted the Supreme Court to bring in stringent measures against perpetrators of such crimes.

Updated on May 19, 2015 02:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

'Great quake overdue': A study had warned just two months ago

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal and vast part of northern India came less than two months after a team of scientists had predicted "a great earthquake" in the geographical region around the central Himalayas.

Updated on Apr 27, 2015 11:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar royal slaps Rs 1cr defamation suit on Chetan Bhagat

A scion of the erstwhile princely state of Dumraon in Bihar has slapped a Rs 1 crore defamation suit on author Chetan Bhagat, saying male members of the royal family had been maliciously portrayed as alcoholics and gamblers in his bestseller novel 'Half Girlfriend'.

Updated on Apr 23, 2015 07:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Manjhi does a Modi, calls FB followers for chai pe charcha

Barely two months after Bihar’s former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi made his debut on Facebook, he is now offering his followers on the social media page a chance to meet him for a ‘tea and photo session’ on April 18.

Updated on Apr 13, 2015 12:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Trending at 70: Former Bihar CM Manjhi logs into social media 'for dalits'

Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, a reluctant mobile phone user till recently, has taken to technology and social media at the ripe old age of 70. He now has an official Facebook page with a WhatsApp number that his friends, followers and well-wishers can use to interact with him directly and share their ideas and concerns.

Updated on Apr 04, 2015 01:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar: Manjhi refuses to vacate CM house, Nitish regime fumes

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has put the Nitish Kumar regime in a bind by refusing to vacate the CM's official bungalow at 1, Aney Marg in western Patna, even though 37 days have elapsed since Manjhi had to step down from the state's top post (on February 20).

Updated on Mar 30, 2015 08:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Pappu Yadav, once accused of murder, now among 'best performing' MPs

One spent over five years in jail as a life term convict in a murder case before he was acquitted by the Patna high court and returned to electoral politics.

Updated on Mar 22, 2015 02:22 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | By, Patna

Thai army men turn Buddhist monks for 13 days at Bodh Gaya

From the battle hardened routine of the army to 13 days of penance in absolute Buddhist monkhood, it has turned out to be quite a journey of self discovery for a group of men from Thailand.

Updated on Mar 21, 2015 09:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Digvijaya Singh's son in alliance with Bihar's ex-royalty

As AICC general secretary in charge of Bihar (2005-07), his penchant for 'social engineering' had kept the Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance afloat even after the two allies were trounced by the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance in the 2005 assembly poll.

Updated on Mar 17, 2015 03:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna
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