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At long last, the Dalit queen of Indian politics has tamed the brash Yadavs

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15.01.2019

The symbolism of Yadav chieftains bending before Mayawati could alter the future of politics in UP and Bihar.

The image of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav’s heir apparent Tejashwi bending and touching Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati’s feet is one for the albums.

After Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, his Bihari counterpart too bowed to the Dalit queen of Indian politics. This could have far-reaching repercussions.

Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav are both older than Mayawati. The relative youth of Akhilesh and Tejashwi allows them to treat Mayawati with the respect accorded to an older person. Akhilesh gave her the moniker of Bua – paternal aunt – long before he usurped his father’s throne.

And yes, it matters that Lalu Yadav’s political career is over, insofar as Tejashwi building a bridge with Mayawati, making her his Bua too. But make no mistake: age is just a number, age is just an excuse.

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The generational change in the Yadav parties of UP and Bihar comes with a historical challenge. Both the RJD and the SP thrive on a Yadav vote bank that will always keep them relevant.

Yet, the brash, assertive, dominant Yadavs of the Gangetic plains alienate others so much that nobody wants to vote for and with them.

The only exception is Muslims, who have no choice except to give in to the........

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