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May 17, 2014

Hero’s welcome awaits India’s Modi after landmark victory

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A hero’s welcome awaited Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday after the Hindu nationalist leader thundered to victory in India’s general election, trouncing the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that gives his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.

A brass band struck up early in the morning at the capital’s airport as crowds awaited the arrival of Modi from the western state of Gujarat, where the night before he had addressed a sea of jubilant supporters chanting his name.

May 17, 2014

Hero’s welcome awaits India’s Modi after stunning election win

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A hero’s welcome awaited Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday after the Hindu nationalist leader thundered to victory in India’s general election, trouncing the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that gives his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.

A brass band struck up early in the morning at the capital’s airport as crowds awaited the arrival of Modi from the western state of Gujarat, where the night before he had addressed a sea of jubilant supporters chanting his name.

May 17, 2014

Hero’s welcome awaits Modi after stunning election win

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A hero’s welcome awaited Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday after the Hindu nationalist leader thundered to victory in India’s general election, trouncing the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that gives his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.

A brass band struck up early in the morning at the capital’s airport as crowds awaited the arrival of Modi from Gujarat, where the night before he had addressed a sea of jubilant supporters chanting his name.

May 16, 2014
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In Modi’s India, a case of rule and divide

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(Muslim boys play cricket in a ground in the Muslim dominated Johapura area in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood )

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.

May 16, 2014

Even in Muslim heartlands, Modi racks up gains

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – He has been pilloried for horrific riots in which hundreds of Muslims were killed on his watch in Gujarat 12 years ago. He is vilified by many as a fearsome Hindu supremacist.

And yet, a Reuters analysis of Friday’s sweeping election victory for Narendra Modi shows that many of India’s Muslim voters appear to have put aside their fears and backed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has promised to bring jobs and a revival of the economy.

May 16, 2014

Even in Muslim heartlands, India’s Modi racks up gains

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – He has been pilloried for horrific riots in which hundreds of Muslims were killed on his watch in western India 12 years ago. He is vilified by many as a fearsome Hindu supremacist.

And yet, a Reuters analysis of Friday’s sweeping election victory for Narendra Modi shows that many of India’s Muslim voters appear to have put aside their fears and backed his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has promised to bring jobs and a revival of the economy.

May 14, 2014

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

AHMEDABAD, India (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.

Apr 27, 2014

Everest tragedy exposes big business behind noble pursuit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Blogging from Everest base camp after 16 sherpas were killed by an avalanche, American climber Ed Marzec lamented: “I am shamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion.”

Expressions of sympathy and regret were not enough, however, for the Nepali guides who take breathtaking risks to help Western clients scale the slopes of Everest and realize the ultimate conquest.

Apr 27, 2014

Insight – Everest tragedy exposes big business behind noble pursuit

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Blogging from Everest base camp after 16 sherpas were killed by an avalanche, American climber Ed Marzec lamented: “I am shamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion.”

Expressions of sympathy and regret were not enough, however, for the Nepali guides who take breathtaking risks to help Western clients scale the slopes of Everest and realise the ultimate conquest.

Apr 23, 2014

Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week’s deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed.

Two Western expedition organizers said tension was running high at the camp among the roughly 400 Sherpas there, with many demanding that all climbs to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit be abandoned for the rest of the season and others keen to continue.

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      "John Chalmers is the Reuters' Bureau Chief for South Asia. He was previously a correspondent in London, Paris, Hanoi, New Delhi and Brussels."
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