20 January, 2021

The Arrow Has A Point

Nitish sends across a victorious message of development, one that reaches the worst-off

The Arrow Has A Point

For five years, as head of a backward state that was thought of as ungovernable, Nitish Kumar put his nose to the  grindstone, working away at development schemes. Then, as assembly elections got under way in Bihar last month, he took his report card to the electorate—which, convinced by his record, gave his party, the JD(U), and its ally, the BJP, a victory splash across Bihar. It was an epoch-making victory for Nitish, a crucial one for the NDA: a formidable 206 seats for the combine, 63 more than the 2005 tally of 143. Individually, too, the parties strengthened their hold on the state: the JD(U)’s tally was 115, 27 more than in 2005; and the BJP’s was 91, 36 more than in 2005. Clearly, Nitish’s business-like helmsmanship has scripted a new story for Bihar—and, it seems, for the nation.

Central to this story is Nitish himself. An engineer-turned-politician, he has paved his own path to success, in the process making even Laloo Prasad Yadav, a rival of no mean force of personality, eat his words and...



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