Uttar Pradesh State (India)

In India, a Bellwether for Narendra Modi as Voters Head to Polls

MEERUT, India — An election now underway in India’s most populous state is being closely watched as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eight years in office, during which he has often pursued a Hindu-first agenda that observers say has empowered his supporters’ polarizing emphasis on religious identity. Voters in Uttar Pradesh, a largely […]

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As Hindu Extremists Call for Killing of Muslims, India’s Leaders Keep Silent

Hundreds of right-wing Hindu activists and monks rose in unison at a conference this week to take an oath: They would turn India, constitutionally a secular republic, into a Hindu nation, even if doing so required dying and killing. “If 100 of us are ready to kill two million of them, then we will win […]

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