CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. Political Morass. 3. Bihar Economy: From Stagnation to Resilience. 4. Affirmative Phase: From Chaos to Semblance of Order. 5. Bihar Raj: Corruption, Crime and Cops. 6. 'Nootan' Bihar: An Alternative Model for Development. 7. Conclusion.
The study provides a comparative appraisal of 15 years; regime of RJD and seven years of rule by the JD(U)–BJP–led coalition government in Bihar. This appraisal is facilitated by focussing on political developments, performance of economy from stagnation to resilience, role of the police in maintaining internal law and order, Naxal and Maoist violence, private militias, rampant corruption, caste-based violence, and the cumulative impact of these and other related developments on the people of Bihar.