Arun Kumar is Senior Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He has spent two-and-half decades covering Bihar, including politics, educational and social issues.
Articles by Arun Kumar
Two-time Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur, known for championing reservation benefits for OBCs, has been awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. The move is seen as an outreach by the BJP ahead of upcoming general elections, where caste is expected to play a major role. Thakur's legacy on affirmative action continues to have an impact in Bihar, and his award is seen as a recognition of his contribution to social justice and equality. The announcement comes as Bihar's government plans to celebrate Thakur's legacy and as the state emerges as a battleground for social justice politics.
The education department on Saturday wrote to the DMs of several districts, asking them to revoke an order in which they have invoked prohibitory orders to direct schools to suspend lower classes due to cold wave conditions prevailing in the state. The Patna DM has shoot back, saying no.
The cabinet rejig shows that the RJD wants to play it safe, as seat-sharing issues are yet to be settled. Bihar's triangular politics gives it little elbow room
The DMs of several districts in Bihar have issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC to direct schools to suspend lower classes due to cold wave conditions prevailing in the state
The BJP said allotting the Miller School ground earmarked for the party for January 24 to the JD(U) is murder of democracy
It will be first budget after mega announcements of jobs, recruitments and financial incentives to over 9.4 million families found below poverty line in the caste-based survey conducted in the state, all of which require huge financial support.
A week after additional chief secretary heading the education department in Bihar proceeded on earned leave, relinquishing his charge, the officer has now extended his leave till January 31.
Chirag Paswwan began his campaign in Hajipur, the seat his father Ramvilas Paswan represented eight times between 1977 and 2019 and is presently a bone of contention with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras
Congress should have been more proactive in taking INDIA bloc forward, but a message went down the line that it wasn't ready to cede space to regional parties
A letter to this effect, dated January 9, sent by director, administration (education department) to chief secretary and others, has been circulating on the social media.
Modi’s expected rallies are part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership’s focus on the only heartland state where the party has been unable to form the government on its own
The Governor, who is also the Chancellor of state universities, also asked the VCs to act in a manner that their dignity is not compromised.
Bihar governor Rajendra V Arlekar said he could appoint vice-chancellors of state universities on his own but wanted to do it in consultation with the CM
The Bharatiya Janata Party said the RJD MLA’s poster was aimed at hurting Hindu sentiments with provocative remarks
A delegation of 25 MLCs alleged that the Bihar government’s education department through its actions seems to be bent upon destroying the academic environment in the state
Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary said that during interaction with party leaders at the state guest house after chairing the Eastern Zonal Council in Patna on Sunday, Shah told them all the leaders should be sent to the field with the objective of educating people about the work done by the Modi government.
The Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is a nationwide campaign that aims to raise awareness, especially among rural populations, about government schemes
In 2021 too, the CIABC had written to the Bihar government and leaders from all constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state to end prohibition in the state.
Bihar prohibition and excise minister Sunil Kumar has said that prohibition was a policy decision of the state government after being unanimously passed by both Houses of the state legislature and there was no chance of it being withdrawn
Nitish Kumar was the prime mover behind the formation of the anti-BJP bloc INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) earlier this year.
Kumar is the second senior opposition leader after his West Bengal counterpart, Mamata Banerjee, to likely stay away from the December 6 INDIA meeting
On November 9, the Bihar legislature had unanimously passed the two bills, which later received gubernatorial assent.
The matter escalated after the education department issued orders on Wednesday to stop the salary and pension of Federation of University Teachers’ Association of Bihar (FUTAB) working president Kanhaiya Bahadur and general secretary Sanjay Kumar, also an MLC (member of the Legislative Council), for their remarks against the order that college and university teachers should also mandatorily take five classes each day and strike off names of students remaining absent for more than three days.
BJP leaders said that holidays on Hindu religious festivals have decreased while Muslim holidays have been increased in the Bihar education department’s new calendar
The nine-judge bench had delivered a unanimous verdict on January 11, 2007 in Coelho v. State of Tamil Nadu and others case, upholding the ‘Basic Structure Doctrine’
The BJP leader and union minister urged the Bihar CM to take a leaf out of the book of the Yogi Adityanath government in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, which has banned such products.
Singh said in a secular democracy like India, halal business is “not only against the Constitution but also treason”
“When the 14th Finance Commission has rejected the very concept of ‘special category status’ and it cannot be given to any state, the cabinet nod to send proposal to the Centre is a mere political stunt”
To be sure, the total quantum of reservation in jobs and educational institutions will stand at 75%, after taking into account the 10% quota for economically weaker sections
Under the new provisions, based on the findings of the landmark caste survey in the state, the quota for scheduled (SC) goes up to 20%, while that of scheduled tribe (ST) to 2%, extremely backward classes (EBC) to 25% and other backward classes (OBC) to 18%.