Nalin Verma

is journalist, author and teacher. He is also Patron of eNewsroom India. The senior journalist loves writing on the rural India's folklore and on Indian politics. He has co-authered Gopalganj to Raisina Road with Lalu Prasad Yadav and The Greatest Folk Tales of Bihar

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An Open Letter to Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar

Dear Nitish ji, Big congratulations for taking the oath as the Chief Minister for the seventh time—it’s a rare feat that few leaders have achieved. And thank you for taking care of Chhath devotees at Patna...

Gunning For The Godman not only tells about the clout of Asaram but also that a few good officers are still around – who...

When the “Gunning For The GodMan” authored by the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Ajay Lamba and editor-writer, Sanjeev Mathur was delivered to me last month, I was busy covering Bihar elections for various news...

Covid Curtails Congregations but Takes us Down Memory Lane

The Covid-19 caused lockdown and norms of physical distancing have robbed the people of the opportunities to congregate and celebrate their festivals. Many religious and cultural events have passed unnoticed in the last over five...

Saga of Justice: Then and Now

The story of a judge shaped my initial consciousness about our judicial system. The Patna High Court had a judge belonging to Gangpalia in 1960s or early 1970’s. Gangpalia was a kilometre away from Daraili Mathia—my...

Folklore and Mandir-Masjid politics

Akbar and his favourite courtier, Birbal were once strolling in a farm field. Akbar had an upset tummy which, he thought, was caused by the vegetable of eggplant that the Mughal emperor had eaten the...

Nitish loses will to act in crisis situation

“Why has Chief Minister Nitish Kumar become inactive when he is supposed to be super active with the Covid-19 playing havoc in Bihar?” This is the paramount question occupying the mind of those who have watched...

Bihar DGP: A Mystic in Uniform

It was a hot summer evening in 1983. The sun had faded out but there was no relief. The table fans creaked and blew hot air; our rooms at the PG Hostel Ranighat had turned...

NRC And ‘This Earth of Mankind’

A poor Muslim barber, Subedar Mia, from the non-descript Daraili Mathia village in Bihar’s Saran district worked for a living on the streets of Dhaka ahead of the partition of India in 1947. Subedar unknowingly...

Open Letter to My Muslim Friends– “Do not build mosque on the 5 acres land”

My dear Muslim friends, Honour the Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya. Let the Ram temple come up at the place where the Babri mosque stood till 1992 but don’t accept the five acres of land to...

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आदिवासी समाज के आंखों का खुलना ज़रूरी है

यह दो संस्कृतियों की लंबी लड़ाई है। एक संस्कृति जो पूरे इतिहास में मानवता के खिला़फ रही है, प्रकृति के खिला़फ रही है, आदिवासियों...

Kolkata’s First NRC Victim to Walk Out ‘Stateless’ of Detention Camp in 2020

Kolkata/Guwahati: Fifty-year-old Asgar Ali, a carpenter by profession, will be reuniting with his family in 2020 after completing his three-year-detention in Goalpara detention centre,...

मिथुन कोबरा हैं, किसान आतंकवादी हैं, दीदी की स्कूटी गिर जाएगी

कोलकाता में प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने ममता बनर्जी के बारे में कहा कि हम हर किसी का भला चाहते हैं, हम नहीं चाहते कि किसी...

Retelecast of epics during lockdown: Orchestrated nostalgia or soft radicalisation?

Kolkata: Last weekend, shows depicting Hindu mythological epics ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ started airing on Doordarshan and DD Bharati. And in the ensuing week ‘Ramayan’...