How can a non-Bihari understand Bihar politics? This post will answer you.
We normally don’t write about politics, especially North Indian Politics, but this answer we found on quora is too good to ignore. Hence, we are sharing it. Well done Samir 🙂
Read & enjoy if you are a Game of thrones fan.
Question : Why are Bihar polls so intensely covered by the media? How can a non-Bihari understand Bihar politics?
Bihar politics is like Game of Thrones. There are no ideologies, no principles and certainly no ethics. Its pure politics, unadulterated and unsparing to the weak.
Everyone fights for that one ultimate thing, capturing the King’s landing (Chief Minister’s Office) and sitting on the Iron Throne.
Let me make it more clear to you. Just like Game of Thrones, there are multiple political houses (caste combinations) in Bihar and no one owes any loyalty to anyone.
Mahagathbandhan (The Great Alliance).
Just like King Robert, he never cared about his Kingdom and the kingdom was reeling under corruption and injustice while he enjoyed his time on the Iron Throne. And now with his conviction in the fodder scam, he has been left incapacitated to rule, and hopes that his children will take carry forward his legacy, good or bad.
Meet the Cersei Lannister of Bihar politics. Nitish Kumar of the House Janata Dal United is the first of His Name, King of the Republic of Bihar and Protector of the Realm. Nitish Kumar became the Chief Minister of Bihar after Lalu’s rule( or misrule). He is the most smart, conniving, and shrewd politician in the Kingdom and has no hesitation in allying with the left, right or the center to keep his Iron Throne intact.
And now this guy. Sonia Gandhi is trying to teach him the skills of the Game, but the fact is she herself doesn’t know anything. Her kingdom is shrinking day by day and Rahul Gandhi like Robin Arryn is heavily dependent on her mother and is new to the game. Desperately wants to rule, but is too immature for it.
National Democratic Alliance
Narendra Modi is the Lord Commander of the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Lok Janashakti Party and the RLSP, Prime Minister of the Great Country of India, Breaker of Stereotypes, and the Hope of Millions. He now plans to capture the King’s Landing. He started alone, started winning and making allies. Just like our Khaleesi.
His most trusted ally in Bihar is Sushil Modi, just like Missandei. Sushil Modi owes complete loyalty to him and is his local counsel. He understands the local politics well and reports everything to him. High chances that if Narendra Modi wins, he will rule the kingdom on his behalf and Narendra Modi will march ahead to win other kingdoms like Assam and Uttar Pradesh.
No one else deserves to be Tyrion Lannister of Bihar politics. Ram Vilas Paswan, he was initially with the Lannisters and the Baratheons but now sensing the change of winds has joined Team Targaryen or the Team BJP and is now a major Advisor and has got a key position on the Narendra Modi’s Council . He has taken a solemn oath that whosoever forms the Government, he shall keep on taking oaths.
This guy, Jitam Ram Manjhi once occupied a Key position in the Nitish Kumar’s Council, just like Lord Vayrs did on Queen Cersei’s Small Council . But now he has shifted his loyalty to Narendra Modi and hopes to get his reward in case team BJP wins.
Upender Kushwaha, this guy was a nobody and was in exile until Narendra Modi allied with him. Earlier an ally of Nitish Kumar, he now has joined Team BJP and hopes to regain his lost respect. Just the way Ser Jorah was to Cersei and now desperately wants to reinvent himself.
Now, the Others:
This gentleman, Pappu Yadav was once an ally to the Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar, the Lannisters and the Baratheons of Bihar of Bihar politics. He was till recently accused in Ajit Sarkar murder case and has been acquitted for the lack of evidence. Now, he has ditched the Alliance and is alone and wandering and wants to have some pie.
As if this was not enough, Asaduddin Owaisi has entered Bihar politics like the High Sparrow and is punishing Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav just like the High Septon punished Cersei in Walk of Shame.
And yes, if you want to know who is the Lord Eddard Stark of Bihar politics. It was this guy, Jai Prakash Narayan, principled to the core. He could have gotten the throne to himself, but he did not want it. Those close to him have betrayed his ideologies and his principles.
So, tell me whether you find Bihar politics interesting or not.
And which House are you rooting for, The Targaryens or The Lannisters and more importantly who will occupy the Iron Throne.
Brace Yourselves, Winter is Coming.
Source of article: Quora