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May 14, 2014

In Modi’s India, a case of rule and divide

AHMEDABAD, India, May 14 (Reuters) – Ali Husain is a
prosperous young Indian Muslim businessman. He recently bought a
Mercedes and lives in a suburban-style gated community that
itself sits inside a ghetto.

In Gujarat, it is so difficult for Muslims to buy property
in areas dominated by Hindus even the community’s fast-growing
urban middle class is confined to cramped and decrepit corners
of cities.

May 9, 2014
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‘Election’ massacres of Muslims darken India immigration debate

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(Villagers from Muslim communities wail upon seeing the body of a woman at a relief camp in Narayanguri village in Baksa district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam May 4, 2014.REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)

From his hiding place in a cowshed, Sefaqul Islam watched as masked gunmen moved through his village, shot women and children dead with automatic rifles and tossed wounded survivors into the blazing remains of their homes.

May 9, 2014

“Election” massacres of Muslims darken immigration debate

NARAYANGURI (Reuters) – From his hiding place in a cowshed, Sefaqul Islam watched as masked gunmen moved through his village, shot women and children dead with automatic rifles and tossed wounded survivors into the blazing remains of their homes.

The cattle herder’s sister and seven-year-old nephew were among 41 Muslims killed by suspected tribal militants last week in Assam, the latest atrocity against people accused of being immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Apr 25, 2014

Top economist Jagdish Bhagwati eyes role in Modi government

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Eminent Indian-born economist Jagdish Bhagwati, who is positioning himself to advise Narendra Modi if the opposition leader becomes India’s next prime minister, would urge him to allow more foreign investment and trade to spur slow growth and curtail government spending.

Modi is favourite to become prime minister for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has a strong lead in opinion polls. He is running on a platform of reviving an economy going through its worst slowdown since the 1980s.

Apr 25, 2014

Top economist Bhagwati eyes role in Modi government in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An eminent Indian-born economist positioning himself to advise Narendra Modi if the opposition leader becomes India’s next prime minister would urge him to allow more foreign investment and trade to spur slow growth and curtail government spending.

Modi is favorite to become prime minister for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has a strong lead in opinion polls. He is running on a platform of reviving an economy going through its worst slowdown since the 1980s.

Apr 24, 2014
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Thousands mob India’s Modi as election race starts in Hinduism’s sacred city

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(Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), waves to his supporters as he arrives to file his nomination papers for the general elections in the northern Indian city of Varanasi April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi )

India’s Narendra Modi received a hero’s welcome from thousands of orange-clad supporters as he launched his election campaign on Thursday in the religious city of Varanasi, a show of strength for the Hindu nationalist tipped to be prime minister.

Apr 24, 2014

Thousands mob Modi as election race starts in Varanasi

VARANASI (Reuters) – Narendra Modi received a hero’s welcome from thousands of orange-clad supporters as he launched his election campaign on Thursday in the religious city of Varanasi, a show of strength for the Hindu nationalist tipped to be prime minister.

India is halfway through the world’s largest-ever election, in which 815 million people are eligible to vote over 10 stages. Modi will stand for the parliamentary seat of Varanasi on May 12, four days before results are due.

Apr 24, 2014

Thousands mob India’s Modi as election race starts in sacred city

VARANASI, India (Reuters) – India’s Narendra Modi received a hero’s welcome from thousands of orange-clad supporters as he launched his election campaign on Thursday in the religious city of Varanasi, a show of strength for the Hindu nationalist tipped to be prime minister.

India is halfway through the world’s largest-ever election, in which 815 million people are eligible to vote over 10 stages. Modi will stand for the parliamentary seat of the Ganges river city of Varanasi on May 12, four days before results are due.

Apr 22, 2014

In Indian mining town, nexus between politics and crime plays out

BELLARY, India (Reuters) – Stooping to feed grain to a black cow as a religious offering at his unfinished mansion, Indian politician and rags-to-riches millionaire B. Sreeramulu may need help from the gods if he is to win a hard-fought race for the parliamentary seat of Bellary.

He faces criminal charges, including attempted murder in a case dating back to 2007, and has close links with a jailed mining tycoon from the southern Indian town where the scandal has put thousands of miners out of work.

Apr 22, 2014

In Bellary, nexus between politics and crime plays out

BELLARY India (Reuters) – Stooping to feed grain to a black cow as a religious offering at his unfinished mansion, politician and rags-to-riches millionaire B. Sreeramulu may need help from the gods if he is to win a hard-fought race for the parliamentary seat of Bellary.

He faces criminal charges, including attempted murder in a case dating back to 2007, and has close links with a jailed mining tycoon from the southern Indian town where the scandal has put thousands of miners out of work.