Himanta Biswa Sarma has leveraged xenophobic Assamese nationalism to peddle a Hindutva agenda in the troubled north-eastern Indian state.
Tensions on the border between India's Assam and Mizoram states have elevated since last month, when Assam's police allegedly took control of the hilly area of Lailapur.
Indian PM Narendra Modi's Hindu right-wing party BJP fails to strengthen its stranglehold in several eastern and southern states where elections were held in the shadow of coronavirus crisis.
Assamese flautist and entrepreneur Partha Protim Neog produces thousands of bamboo flutes a year. Despite the toll of the pandemic, he uses music to bring smiles to people’s faces.
PM Narendra Modi's right-wing BJP, accused of stoking religious polarisation and discriminating against minorities, faces stiff challenges in both West Bengal and Assam, two northeastern states with sizeable Muslim populations.
At least 84 people and nine rare rhinos have been killed in flooding in the northeastern state, officials say.
The incidents come in light of an intense campaign of anti-Muslim hatred, in which India's Muslim minority has been blamed for deliberately 'spreading' the coronavirus in the country.
The ongoing brutality in New Delhi dubbed 'communal violence' is the live unfolding of a pogrom against Muslims.
This is the first real, widespread challenge to its policies the BJP has faced.
Rights groups say the citizenship law, combined with poor urban development, could lead to the forced eviction of millions of people living in poverty. Meanwhile, Muslim women continue to occupy New Delhi's streets in resistance to the divisive law.
Supreme Court gives four weeks to the Hindu nationalist government to reply to about 143 petitions, challenging the decisive Citizenship Amendment Act.
Demonstrations continue against controversial law seen anti-Muslim even as leader of volatile northern state and hardline Hindu monk, Yogi Adityanath, defends mass arrests, sealing of properties, and heavy fines, to quell protests.
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