Swati Yadav had lost count of the number of village campaign stops she had made since her morning began — was it 27, or 28?

She was doggedly stumping for a parliamentary seat through 37-degree temperatures in the northern Indian state of Haryana this month. But the biggest struggle in many places for Yadav, 30, was to get the crowd to focus on her own campaign as much as on the political fortunes of the men at the top of her party, Jannayak Janta.

"I am not asking for your vote because I am young, or because I am a

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