Police and People

Police personnel baton charge at a protestor in Tuticorin. Credit – The PTI & The Wire

NK SINGH

Frontier, 22 May 1971

Police atrocities are not uncommon in India. And Bihar is a part of India.

However, police atrocities have grown in number and become more sophisticated in nature since the Naxalite growth in the State. Now and then operations are launched, the ‘miscreants’ escape and innocent people got caught in the large-scale, massive operations, often assisted by the para-military forces. Sometimes even army helicopters are used. Continue reading “Police and People”

Serious Drubbing for Communalists & Reactionaries in Bihar

                 Indira Gandhi
                Credit – Time magazine, National Portrait Gallery,                          Smithsonian Institution

NK SINGH

Secular Democracy, June 1971

Though in theory there were two main fronts in the mid-term election for the fifth Lok Sabha from Bihar — the Congress-led combination of the CPI, the PSP and the Horo faction of the Jharkhand Party; and the constituents of the ruling Samyukta Vidhayak Dal comprising the SSP, the Syndicate, the Jan Sangh, the Swatantra, the Janta Party and the Bagun Sumbrai faction of the Jharkhand party — but in practice no front really existed. Continue reading “Serious Drubbing for Communalists & Reactionaries in Bihar”

A post-mortem of Daroga Rai Government in Bihar

Daroga Rai (1922-1981)

NK SINGH

Frontier, 9 January 1971

Bihar too has taken to the path of U.P. At this rate, as a Congress (O) leader put it, it would soon be a centre without circumference.

The downfall of the Daroga Rai Ministry was inevitable; it was the writing on the wall. The moment Mr Rai assumed office, ten months ago, on February 19, 1970, people started looking for the day when the Government would fall.

But in the speculation on timing all the political observers proved wrong. Continue reading “A post-mortem of Daroga Rai Government in Bihar”

Bihar: Spectacular Victory for Indira

‘Garibi Hatao’  slogan helped Indira Gandhi in 1971 election

                                           NK SINGH

Young Indian, 1 April 1971

In theory, there were two main fronts in the mid-term election for the fifth Lok Sabha from Bihar — the Congress led front that included the CPI and the PSP and the four-party alliance of the Congress (O), the Jana Sangh, the SSP and the Swatantra.

But in practice, no front really existed. Continue reading “Bihar: Spectacular Victory for Indira”

1971 Lok Sabha Election: Poll Prospect in Bihar

“It is election time. You should tell them that 3 votes are marooned. May be, they will rescue us early.” This scathing cartoon by Kirtish Bhatt illustrates how politicians have been exploiting poor voters in Bihar. Credit – BBC

N.K. SINGH

Secular Democracy, February 1971

Bihar goes to the poll in the first week of March to elect its 55 representatives to Lok Sabha. There are two rival political constellations in the State in the making: one headed by the Indira Congress and the other by the Syndicate Congress. Continue reading “1971 Lok Sabha Election: Poll Prospect in Bihar”