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The rise and fall of Lalu Yadav

Lalu Prasad Yadav is undeniably one of the most interesting and intriguing characters in Indian politics.

In his 15 years in power, directly or indirectly, he saw his state Bihar go from communal strife to communal amity to caste violence, underdevelopment to rabid underdevelopment.

It was a source of great wonder to the rest of India how Lalu ruled Bihar as the champion of minorities and the downtrodden, mastering the complex caste equations of vote bank politics. Can the Lalu conundrum ever be understood?

Here's a quick look at the highlights of the Lalu era in Bihar.

Also see: Bihar Elections 2005

Copy: Sumit Bhattacharya
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

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