If Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, the BJP, doesn't win the election, there are still no guarantees that society will be able to moderate itself.
In one case a father visits three graveyards to offer prayers for his son. In another, a broken tooth became the only way to identify a slain rebel.
The country's political opposition say they are losing faith in federal institutions, especially the investigating agency CBI, and accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP of using them for political vendetta.
The latest example of what critics say is a clampdown on free speech follows more than a dozen similar arrests last year in a clampdown on those attacking the Hindu nationalist premier's policies or ideology.
Suspected Indian militants shoot dead Bengali-speaking Hindu men, police say, as tension grows in the northeastern state over a controversial citizenship test to identify illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.
India is the second-most populated country, and is home to roughly 172 million Muslims who form the third-largest Muslim population on earth. The marginalised community is among the most economically deprived sections of Indian society.
Opposition parties moved their lawmakers to luxury hotels outside Karnataka, and reportedly confiscated their cellphones, to make sure they were not tempted to switch sides ahead of a vote of confidence in the state assembly.
The death of 8-year old Zainab Ansari's has sparked outrage and protests, prompting Pinjab's chief minister to fire the police chief.
Muslims make up almost 10 percent of Gujarat's population, but since the rise of the BJP's Hindu nationalist politics the community has been vilified.
Penang's chief minister warns residents to stay at home as more rain is expected in the northwestern state.
Nawaz Sharif has appeared in court in a corruption trial, only for the hearing to be delayed to next week.
The 40-year-old building in Mumbai's eastern suburb of Ghatkopar housed a nursing home on the ground floor and three to four families on each of the other floors.
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