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Lower caste key in Uttar Pradesh

One of the most important states in the Indian elections is the densely-populated Uttar Pradesh, where a large number of lower caste Indians live.

Conditions and prospects for people from the lower castes have improved greatly, and the state's ruler, a lower caste woman, has become a powerful symbol for them.

Karishma Vaswani reports from Allahabad.


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