LALU PRASAD YADAV has held many portfolios successfully over the years. He has been Chief Minister of Bihar twice, Union Railway Minister (2004?09), and Member of Parliament for Saran (Chhapra) in 2009, and Madhepura in 2004. He is the National President of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. During his stint as Railway Minister, Yadav steered the Indian Railways from being mired in losses to posting a surplus of nearly ?90, 000 crore. He holds the unique distinction of being a Member of all four Houses of the Indian political system?Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad. More importantly, Yadav has been a champion of social justice and has fought relentlessly for the empowerment of the weaker sections of society. NALIN VERMA is a veteran journalist who has worked in senior editorial positions with The Telegraph and The Statesman. He began his career as a journalist with Hindustan Times in the late 1980s. He has written extensively on society, politics and governance in Bihar for nearly three decades, and contributes to several national and international journals as well as digital media platforms regularly. Of late, Verma has shifted to teaching and research. He is part of the visiting faculty at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, and other institutions of mass communication.