The former chief minister of the country's most populous Uttar Pradesh state tells TRT World that the ruling BJP ‘has created a wall of hatred,’ which like-minded alliances must demolish.
The polls are taking place in seven stages and will end on May 19. The third phase is the largest and will be closely watched for the governing BJP's performance in Modi's home state Gujrat, although the prime minister is not on the ticket.
At least 86 percent of eligible voters in the Kashmir valley abstained from voting, although in the southern Jammu belt, where Muslims and a sizeable Hindu population doesn't shy away from casting votes, a 70 percent turnout was recorded.
Sacred structures have become the repeated scenes of trauma from Iraq, New Zealand, France to Sri Lanka.
Some 2,000 Sikhs travelled to Pakistan from neighbouring India despite recent tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
While years of government neglect caused the antagonism between the state and the local population, a fusion of international actors fuelled the conflict.
Amazon said it would close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals.
A small number of Kashmiris have joined India's ruling party but most Kashmiris fear the threat it poses.
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.
Media watchdog Reportes Without Borders (RSF) warns political leaders' hostility towards the media have "fuelled an unprecedented level of fear and danger for journalists".
The embattled airline said it was halting all operations after lenders rejected its plea for emergency funds.
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