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How Nitish Kumar Turned Bihar Into a Model of Indian Reform – TIME

In Bihar on November 1, 2011 at 4:59 am

In Patna, the noisy capital of India’s northern Bihar state, a crowd gathers early for the weekly janata darbar, the “people’s audience.” Many have traveled for hours, even days; some stop for a bit of fortification — sticky sweets and fried snacks from vendors on the lawns outside — before they enter the makeshift meeting hall. By 10:30 a.m. hundreds are standing under the whirring ceiling fans and corrugated metal sheeting. They form an impeccably ordered queue. Nearly all are men, most are poor, a few are barefoot, and each one has showed up for the same thing: to present their grievances directly to Bihar’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar, the man at the end of the line.

In a spotless white cotton tunic and pants, Kumar, 60, sits at a desk with a clear view of the only clock in the hall. The desk is bare except for a microphone and a pen, and Kumar glances briefly at each petition as it’s placed befor

 

 

more at  Breaking Free: How Nitish Kumar Turned Bihar Into a Model of Indian Reform – TIME.

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