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Appointment of Hardline Hindu Leader in India’s largest State Raises Concerns

The appointment of a controversial Hindu religious leader, Yogi Adityanath, as Chief Minister of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has surprised many and raised questions about whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is moving toward a hardline Hindu agenda.   The 44-year-old saffron-robed priest turned politician, known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric, took office on Sunday, a week after the BJP won a resounding victory in the state.   After...

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