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Borrowed Leaves

A JNU student’s work metamorphoses as a book by the Bihar CM

Borrowed Leaves
Jitender Gupta
Borrowed Leaves
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By all accounts, the synopsis that Atul Kumar Singh wrote on Bihar in 2006 for a PhD at the Jawaharlal Nehru University was outstanding. His supervisor, economist Praveen Jha at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, said it was indeed excellent. Even the paper he prepared in the course of his research, titled ‘Special Category Status, A Case for Bihar’, came in for critical acclaim when he spoke at a seminar on progressive fiscal policy two years ago. In 2009, however, Singh’s research paper emerged as a book, but with one crucial difference. Its author was shown to be Nitish Kumar, the honourable chief minister of Bihar. An elaborate legend in the foreword declared: “This book is the outcome of a rigorous academic exercise, under the overall guidance and stewardship of Shree Nitish Kumar, justifying the grant of special category status for...

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