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India’s ‘Dalit Queen’ Mayawati rises to challenge Modi

LUCKNOW: When Amit Shah, president of Narendra Modi's ruling party, meets with the Indian prime minister, he is sometimes asked a question he struggles to answer: "What is behenji thinking?" By "behenji", or "older sister", Modi means Mayawati, the enigmatic politician and former ruler of India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. Modi's keen interest in what the 60-year-old is up to reflects concern about his political prospects, amid an economic recovery that many poor Indians have yet to feel and rising social tensions…