Is Nitish message missing a political machine?

Sat Dec 07 2013, 15:45 hrs
For the Nitish Kumar government, the problem in the coming days will be not just to assess the fallout of the JD(U)'s June split with its partner of 17 years, the BJP, and to see whether Modi's challenge, amplified in BJP bastions like Sitamarhi, Nitish's real challenge is made up of this: the break-up, that slashed his numbers from a comfortable 206 in a House of 243 to 118, and hived off an aggressive opposition of 91 BJP MLAs midway into his second term, coincides with a moment of vaulting aspirations in a state where government is still the dominant if not sole provider of goods and services. A community living without electricity since ages in a village of Siwan district, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
For the Nitish Kumar government, the problem in the coming days will be not just to assess the fallout of the JD(U)'s June split with its partner of 17 years, the BJP, and to see whether Modi's challenge, amplified in BJP bastions like Sitamarhi, Nitish's real challenge is made up of this: the break-up, that slashed his numbers from a comfortable 206 in a House of 243 to 118, and hived off an aggressive opposition of 91 BJP MLAs midway into his second term, coincides with a moment of vaulting aspirations in a state where government is still the dominant if not sole provider of goods and services. A community living without electricity since ages in a village of Siwan district, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
A pedestrian at the Ambedkar Chowk in Dighwara, Chapra district, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
A pedestrian at the Ambedkar Chowk in Dighwara, Chapra district, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Young siblings from the Yadav caste in the Alipur village of Chapra district of Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Young siblings from the Yadav caste in the Alipur village of Chapra district of Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
A yet to be functional school in the Muslim dominated village of Karah, Nalanda district, Bihar. Even after seven years of its inauguration, the school is yet to start functioning. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
A yet to be functional school in the Muslim dominated village of Karah, Nalanda district, Bihar. Even after seven years of its inauguration, the school is yet to start functioning. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
To be fair, many of the expectations have been touched off by the Nitish government's first term achievements. A student rides her bicycle to college. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
To be fair, many of the expectations have been touched off by the Nitish government's first term achievements. A student rides her bicycle to college. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Apart from law and order, the bridge and the road were the undeniable success stories of Nitish's first term, abounding in evocative accounts of people connected and travel times slashed. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Apart from law and order, the bridge and the road were the undeniable success stories of Nitish's first term, abounding in evocative accounts of people connected and travel times slashed. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
There are other complaints about the new road  lack of maintenance and repair, or the failure to widen it. The road is cracking up, many allege, because it was "built by commissions".  (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
There are other complaints about the new road lack of maintenance and repair, or the failure to widen it. The road is cracking up, many allege, because it was "built by commissions". (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
The other side of the "one-man show" in Patna is that often, and particularly ever since Nitish Kumar walked out of the NDA, it seems that the Nitish message misses a political machine.  The first shopping mall, Kolkata Bazaar in Sitamarhi, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
The other side of the "one-man show" in Patna is that often, and particularly ever since Nitish Kumar walked out of the NDA, it seems that the Nitish message misses a political machine.
The first shopping mall, Kolkata Bazaar in Sitamarhi, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Women shop at the first shopping mall Kolkata Bazaar in Sitamarhi, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Women shop at the first shopping mall Kolkata Bazaar in Sitamarhi, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Complaints about the quality of teachers have grown now that the achievements of Nitish 1  of a large-scale recruitment of teachers, jump in enrollment and attendance of students, and regularisation of the midday meal  have lost their shine.  Children have their meal at a school in Siwan, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Complaints about the quality of teachers have grown now that the achievements of Nitish 1 of a large-scale recruitment of teachers, jump in enrollment and attendance of students, and regularisation of the midday meal have lost their shine.
Children have their meal at a school in Siwan, Bihar. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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