Hopes of a Generation Ride on Indian Vote (368 images)

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In the end, though, it was Mr. Modi who managed to connect with this aspirational India. He did this in part by proudly holding up his own humble origins as the son of a tea vendor — mostly omitting the Hindu nationalist organization that shaped him profoundly — and by heaping disdain on the aristocratic Nehru-Gandhi family and the elites who surround it. He has so widely promoted his achievements in Gujarat, the prosperous and industrialized state he has led since 2001, that...
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