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    ...Jatland in western UP was a bit of an exception.The Jats of western UP had always been socially influential and rich.As the population of Muslims grew in the region, the two shared the riches.Collectively, they made western UP not only agriculturally but also industrially rich.With riches came political clout and ambition.Chaudhary Charan Singh used to be the undisputed leader of Jatland and had the acumen to hold Muslims close.Today, there is none who could replicate him.After Charan Singh's death in 1987, there were two claimants to his legacy: Mulayam Singh Yadav, who claimed to be his natural political heir, and Ajit Singh, his only son.The splitting of that legacy is the root cause of the Jat-Muslim divide today.Ajit, who now runs Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), claimed and strengthened the Jat identity, whereas Mulayam, who heads the Samajwadi Party (SP), struck a chord with Muslims. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 10, 2013, 2:27 a.m.