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India's election: last laugh for the voters


In the end the Indian voter had the last laugh. In the last edition of Prospect I wrote an essay about the chances of Mayawati, a regional dalit politican in northern India, surprising everyone to become India’s next prime minister. Along with many other commentators, and all the self appointed experts, I had thought we were heading for a repeat of the fragmented results of 1998, 1999 and 2004, if only worse. The spectre of…

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