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When Lalu Prasad Yadav gets down to doing something, he either wins staunch supporters or sworn enemies.

The Union railway minister's decision to replace plastic cups at railway stations and canteens with the traditional kulhads has predictably evoked strong reactions.

Those who oppose the move say the clay kulhads are unhygienic and fragile. Its supporters say the move benefits potters, who have been economically devastated by the rampant use of plastic and paper cups.

Such is the enthusiasm among the potter community that many have rechristened kulhads as Lalu Ka Kulhad.

Photographs: Jewella C Miranda | Text: Vijay Singh
Design: Rahil Shaikh

Also see: Vigyan Rail

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