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Mayawati: the great dalit hope

In the latest edition of Prospect, novelist and economist Meghnad Desai argues that no one has more to gain from India’s coming general election than Kumari Mayawati, the country’s most powerful dalit (untouchable) politician.

Mayawati has already had a remarkable career: she was the first female dalit to become chief Minister of an Indian province, and one of the first in a generation to convincingly mobilise dalits into a political movement to be reckoned with. With this election, she…

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