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Did economics triumph in Uttar Pradesh?

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The BJP’s landslide victory in this populous Indian state reflects a potentially combustible mix of old and new, write Pawan Singh and Jonathan Balls The unexpected landslide victory in this month’s Uttar Pradesh elections by the party of prime minister Narendra Modi has fuelled a debate about whether politics is changing in North India’s populous […]

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Jayalalithaa: death of a political mother goddess

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India’s most populous state, Tamil Nadu, faces uncertain political times following the death of its charismatic chief minister, Jayalalitha, writes Peter Mayer The unexpected death of J Jayalalithaa1, five-time chief minister of India’s populous Tamil Nadu state, evoked an eruption of mass grief. Four hundred and seventy people are reported to have died of shock […]

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Eastern Himalaya abuzz with ethnic revival

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The people of eastern Himalaya are turning ethnic politics to their advantage Starting in 2009, eggs were declared as contraband items for almost three years by the government of the eastern Himalaya state of Sikkim, India. Imposed at the height of the avian flu pandemic in 2009, the ban turned many ordinary people into temporary […]

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‘Sacred cows’ fuel India’s booming beef industry

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India’s cow protection policies have little to do with animal rights or ethics Most Indian states criminalise the slaughter of the cow, bull and progeny, and beef sourced from them, based on a core Hindu ethic of reverencing the cow as sacred. The blind spot in the politics and legislation of India’s cow protectionism, however, […]

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Mixed record calls Modi’s reform credentials into question

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After a bold start, there are signs India’s prime minister Narendra Modi may be taking a more cautious approach to reform The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Narendra Modi, was swept to a massive electoral victory in May 2014. In a very presidential-style campaign, Modi promised parivartan (change) and vikas (development). Modi held up […]

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Coal fuels dreams of Naga prosperity

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Nagaland’s hills are home to two vibrant and competing cultures Nagaland is a hill state in Northeast India. It attracts a multitude of tourists and visitors to the annual Hornbill Festival, the most important state festival, and the mountains comes alive with its vibrant colours, textiles, dances and cuisines. So crucial is the display of […]