One of his failed attempts include standing for election against Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, in 1989. He lost the elections and remained officially dead. He founded ‘Association of the Dead’ that has over 20,000 members today. As of 2004, 4 of these members have been declared alive including Lal Bihari.
Muharem Serbezovski is a Macedonian Roma singer who has lived in Bosnia since the 1970s. This is one of his songs in Romani with Indian influence. When this song was released in former Yugoslavia, India and Yugoslavia had very good relations and Indian cinema was very popular among the Yugoslav Roma. Serbezovski wrote this song inspired by Indian music and the Hindu epic poem Ramayana. In 1978 he travelled to India to attend the Roma festival in Chandigarh, where he met the prime minister Indira Gandhi and posed with her and her son Rajiv Gandhi dressed in the same Indian clothing as him to highlight the resemblance between the Indian and Roma peoples. There he sang his song “Ramajana”.