Dalit leader sworn in

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NEW DELHI: Ram Nath Kovind was yes­ter­day sworn in as In­dia’s 14th pres­i­dent, be­com­ing the first mem­ber of a pow­er­ful Hindu na­tion­al­ist move­ment to as­sume the high­est public of­fice in the world’s largest democ­racy.

The 71-year-old’s el­e­va­tion also boosts the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of his Dalit com­mu­nity, which ranks at the lower end of In­dia’s an­cient caste hi­er­ar­chy, po­ten­tially help­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ex­tend his voter base in a 2019 gen­eral elec­tion.

Kovind, a vet­eran politi­cian and lawyer, is a long-time Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh mem­ber, a move­ment that helped launch Modi’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. Reuters

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