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.
The polls are taking place in seven stages and will end on May 19. The third phase is the largest and be closely watched for the governing BJP's performance in Modi's home state Gujrat, although the prime minister is not on the ticket.
Twenty warmest years "all in the last 22," scientists say in a UN report, with weather extremes in 2018 including wildfires in California and Greece, drought in South Africa and floods in Kerala, India.
India's Supreme Court ruling to allow women entry into a revered Hindu temple in Kerala is exposing the country's communal and political fault lines.
Police brace for more trouble after Hindu hardliners shut shops and businesses and clashed with police in southern Kerala state for two days in protest against entry of first two women in one of Hinduism's holiest temples.
Police say one person, part of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party protests, died and another 15 were injured in violence after two women defied a centuries-old ban by entering Sabarimala temple, provoking right-wing and traditionalists' anger.
Two Indian women made history by entering a Kerala temple where females between 10 and 50 years old were previously forbidden. Here’s what you need to know about the incident.
Two women entered a Hindu temple in Kerala early on Wednesday, a day after thousands of women formed a human chain across the southern state. India's Supreme Court last year voided the ban on women aged 10-50 from entering the temple.
A court order overturning a partial ban on women entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples has triggered weeks of protests by opponents and supporters of the ban in Kerala state.
The floodwaters have now largely receded and fewer than 10,000 people remain in temporary camps, down from 1.4 million at the height of the crisis but people face several disease outbreaks.
The monsoon storms in South Asia have devastated the Indian southern Kerala state, with farmers worrying they might not get the government aid that would get them through the year.
Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace.
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