Bihar is witnessing several young leaders this time on the frontline as it elects its next government in the three-phased polls, the country's biggest amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Actor-turned-politician Luv Sinha, following his father and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha's footsteps, is one such leader.
Jitan Ram Manjhi has spent the better part of his four-decades-long political career as a leader of parties in power. From the Congress to the undivided Janata Dal, and later its splinter groups - Lalu Yadav's RJD and Nitish Kumar's JDU - he has jumped from one party to another whenever a shift in power took place.
Former Bihar minister and six-time MLA Chandrika Rai, whose daughter Aishwarya has filed for divorce from Tej Pratap Yadav, Lalu Yadav's son, and who was a senior RJD leader, will now defend the Parsa seat as a JDU candidate
Mukesh Sahani's Vikassheel Insaan Party, or the VIP, is the newest entrant to the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar. The "son of Mallah or boatman", as Mr Sahani is known, has been given 11 seats by the BJP from its share of 12
Shreyasi Singh, a Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shooter, is a BJP candidate in the Bihar assembly election. The 30-year-old entered politics only recently and joined the BJP earlier this month.
Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister, has been the quintessential organisation man with formidable clout as the BJP's tallest leader in the state.
Six years after his debut in politics, quitting a career in films that failed to take off, 37-year-old Chirag Paswan is becoming the mascot of right-wing politics in Bihar. Ditching the secular credentials of his father Ramvilas Paswan, a leader tempered in the JP movement of the '70s,
BJP MLA Niraj Kumar Singh alias Bablu is contesting the Bihar legislative assembly election from Chhatapur constituency. He has been an MLA since 2005. Till 2015 he was with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's party Janata Dal United. But in August 2015 he rebelled against the JDU along with eight other MLAs and joined the BJP.
He may be leading an opposition front called the "Grand Alliance" that includes three major political blocs, but Tejaswi Yadav's arsenal in this election looks nothing like his opponent Nitish Kumar's.
Nitish Kumar's "Sushasan Babu (Mr Good Governance)" tag is at stake as he fights for a fourth straight term as Bihar's Chief Minister. The heckling at his rallies and pro-opposition slogans raised during his tours should deeply worry his campaign managers.
In politics people you support may forget you sometimes but if you attack a group, then they will never forget and forgive you, Ram Vilas Paswan once said in an informal get-together when someone prodded him on the secret of goodwill and warm equations he enjoyed across parties of contrasting ideological hues and communities.
Paying rich tributes to renowned radio astronomer Govind Swarup, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday described him as an "exceptional scientist" while expressing grief at his death.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee, the elder statesman of Indian politics, described by many as the "best Prime Minister India never had" , has died at 84. He had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been on ventilator since a surgery to remove a brain clot earlier this month.