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Modi versus Lutyens

Indian prime minister's failure to win over elite highlights national divide

| India
The members of Modi's Lutyens elite includes those who can enter privileged watering holes like the Gymkhana Club. (Hindustan Times/Getty Images)

The Indian elite is nothing if not clubby. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the quintessential outsider.

Born in a nondescript town attached to a wayside railway station, in a tea-seller's backward-caste family, Modi left home when he had barely finished school.

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