The Un­mak­ing of Lalu Ya­dav

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Mod­esty is a term not usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with Lalu Prasad Ya­dav. Im­pe­ri­ous, unc­tu­ous and ruth­lessly out­spo­ken, Lalu’s as­ton­ish­ing ar­ro­gance stems from the con­vic­tion that he is the true mes­siah of Bi­har’s poor and down­trod­den. Once com­pared to Lord Kr­ishna and flat­tered by an in­tel­lec­tual into be­liev­ing that he pos­sessed “Napoleonic wile and Bis­mar­ck­ian guile”, Lalu com­bined the roles of God, folk hero and vil­lage bully and used it to dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect. In a state bereft of wealth, op­por­tu­nity and even hope, Lalu be­came Bi­har’s sole point of cer­ti­tude. INDIATODAY, MAY31, 1997

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