Advertisement
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021
Outlook.com

Cycle Of Life: Nitish Kumar Shows How To Win Over Women And Win Elections

The humble bicycle has become the abiding image of Bihar CM’s efforts to give women the power to carve their own paths in elections.

Cycle Of Life: Nitish Kumar Shows How To Win Over Women And Win Elections
Perception Shift | Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Cycle Of Life: Nitish Kumar Shows How To Win Over Women And Win Elections
outlookindia.com
2021-09-24T16:05:03+05:30

2006: Nitish Kumar, who has taken over as CM a few months ago, is invited by Patna district administration to distribute bicycles to girls from underprivileged ­sections under the centrally-sponsored Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojna. As the girls take turns to receive the keys, Nitish notices the glint in their eyes and the happiness on their faces. That gives him an idea. “What if all schoolgirls get a bicycle of their own?” he thinks. The rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

2015: Barely a few months before assembly polls, Nitish is addressing a programme of Jeevika, the World Bank-aided Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, at S.K. Memorial Hall in Patna when Sushma Devi from Nalanda gets up to ask him when he would enact a law to stop people from consuming alcohol? There is thunderous applause from the crowd, mostly women, and Nitish senses the sentiment. He announces he will ­implement prohibition if voted to power.

Nitish Kumar’s detractors often dismiss him as ‘CM by circumstances’...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

 India 'Steadfast Partner' In Global Fight Against Covid-19: PM Modi

India 'Steadfast Partner' In Global Fight Against Covid-19: PM Modi

As wishes pour in from various countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks world leaders for hailing India's feat of crossing 100 crore Covid vaccine doses.

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Effective For Kids: FDA

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Effective For Kids: FDA

As per FDA scientists, Pfizer vaccine's benefit for preventing hospitalisations and death from Covid-19 would outweigh any serious potential side effects in children.

ENG v WI, T20 WC 2021: Black Lives Matter, Teams To Take The Knee

ENG v WI, T20 WC 2021: Black Lives Matter, Teams To Take The Knee

According to England skipper Eoin Morgan, the players feel strongly for the cause and support, and also want to be a part of making a change.

Rajasthan Shuts Internet As 15 Lakh Candidates Appear For Patwari Recruitment Exam

Rajasthan Shuts Internet As 15 Lakh Candidates Appear For Patwari Recruitment Exam

Business of taxi services, food aggregators, home delivery services come to a standstill.

Advertisement