Is the world's largest democracy also becoming the largest source of extreme Hindu nationalism?
Prime Minister Modi's government on May 25 decreed that markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as ploughing and dairy production, affecting the livelihood of those working in the beef and leather industries.
Citizens in five cities protest against the targeted lynchings of Muslims by mobs that accuse them of killing cows or eating beef.
Critics see the elevation of a firebrand Hindu politician to the position of chief minister in India's most populous state as a move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards redefining the world's largest democracy as a Hindu nation.
The "Great night of Shiva" will be observed on Friday February 24 to honour Lord Shiva, one of the most important Hindu gods.
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