AS the battle-hardened drill sergeant for prime minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah has long been considered India’s second most-powerful person, and his appointment Friday (31) as home minister elevates his position to leader-in-waiting.

While Modi is the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) people person, firing up rallies and mastering Twitter, Shah has for years made sure that Modi’s orders are carried out to the letter while turni...
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