Does Bihar’s kidnapping industry embody “Jungle Raj”?

In a fiery election speech in Munger, Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the coming state election was a choice between "Jungle Raj" and "Vikas Raj", with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance representing the latter. https://twitter.com/TOIIndiaNews/status/652025659343024128 Modi cited widespread kidnappings in Bihar as an indicator of how lawless the state has been under Nitish …

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Could prison save your life?

The 62nd anniversary of the death of the Bharatiya Janata Party founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee while in custody in Srinagar sparked discussion about the party's alliance with the quasi-separatist Peoples Democratic Party. But a more interesting tangent for me is the still grim reality of custodial deaths in Indian prisons and police stations. The numbers …

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