Critics accuse the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to silence media through violence and coercion, while the recent arrests of three journalists for "defaming" a monk-turned-chief minister triggered public outrage.
PM Narendra Modi sworn in for an historic second term along with his ministers, a week after the Hindu right-wing party's landslide victory in general election.
The BJP's re-election leaves India divided and gives an even broader mandate to a party accused of tearing apart India's founding principles.
With the new numbers in place, the ruling BJP is expected to achieve a majority in both houses in the next two years, paving the way for an overhaul of the laws, in consonance with the party’s Hindus-first ideology.
Senior figures from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party are using alarming election campaign rhetoric that alienates and endangers Muslims.
Indians are heading to the polls in the second phase of voting in the country's seven-stage general election. India-administered Kashmir is among the regions voting on Thursday. But as TRT World's Baba Umar reports, many are boycotting the vote.
With a population nearly Brazil's size, northern Uttar Pradesh sends 80 of the 543 lawmakers to the country's parliament, the highest among all other states, making it a game-changer turf.
"Nationalism is our inspiration," Prime Minister Modi says at the release of the BJP's election manifesto. Modi's BJP consistently advocates ending disputed Kashmir's special status, which prevents outsiders from buying property in the region.
India's PM Narendra Modi tags Bollywood stars, cricketers and politicians in a torrent of tweets, urging them to inspire people to vote in upcoming general elections. Meanwhile, opposition Congress promises jobs for women if it is voted to power.
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.
Experts say the anger and frustration among millions of Indian workers is likely to hurt the electoral prospects of the ruling BJP, as the countdown to the 2019 national election in April begins.
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.
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