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Modi can’t be everywhere in India. Cutouts of him can

Modi can’t be everywhere in India. Cutouts of him can
The prime minister’s visage has long appeared on signs throughout India, but now, in an election year, the cutouts are popping up across the country. (Image: AP)
The Wall Street Journal
By Tripti LahiriEverywhere you go in India these days, Prime minister Narendra Modi is there, gazing at you with a slight smile.His image has long appeared on billboards and signs throughout India, but now his visage, in board, is popping up at train stations, airports, monuments and parks as national elections approach. The government calls them 3-D selfie points. At a park in central New Delhi on a recent weekday, Muzzamil Raza, an 18-year-old high school student, took a photo of himself embracing a cutout of Modi, flanked by two el...

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