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India: Narendra Modi faces a rural backlash as election looms

A prime minister who appealed to the urban middle class must now confront discontent among farmers

Standing amid mounds of dried soyabeans and chickpeas at Ujjain’s agricultural market, Rahul Chauhan, a 27-year-old farmers’ son, sheepishly recalls his optimism back in 2014, when Narendra Modi, whom he ardently supported, was elected prime minister of India. A graduate, Mr Chauhan was eager to escape the arduous, uncertain life of a farmer and find…

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