Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar is not known to be a risk-taker, but those who know him say he's playing a risky game. He's keeping all his options open. He is venturing out of Bihar in small expeditionary moves. His last big engagement was in Delhi to address the Adhikar rally last week - when it is in Bihar that his party really needed him.

He is making the most extraordinary statements: recently, reacting to the Bihar Budget, he shied away from making the usual sarcastic, loaded references to his bitterest rival Lalu Prasad, instead observing contemplatively that it was "we (the Bihar socialists) who made Laluji the chief minister of Bihar". Read More