Low Caste Leader with Hindu Nationalist Roots Frontrunner in Race For India’s New President

A low-caste candidate handpicked by the Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to emerge as India’s new president and seal the grip of Hindu nationalists on power. Ram Nath Kovind is expected to win the nation’s highest, although largely ceremonial, post, following an election Monday in which legislators cast votes. The choice of the low profile, 71-year-old Kovind, is seen as an effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party to woo India’s Dalit or low castes before the 2019 general...

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