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Hindu militia members accused of killing Muslim in Uttar Pradesh

NEW DELHI: Police have detained four members of a hardline Hindu militia founded by the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of killing a Muslim man who allegedly helped an interfaith couple elope, an investigating official said on Wednesday. A 60-year-old farmer was killed on Tuesday by a mob that included members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, or Hindu Youth Force, set up by Yogi Adityanath, a priest recently named by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead India's most populous state. Adityanath, backed by his…

India’s crackdown on abattoirs spreads, causing Muslim unease

NEW DELHI: A crackdown on unlicensed abattoirs in India's most populous state has spread to other states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, as Hindu hardliners press a political agenda that risks alienating the country's Muslim minority. The latest crackdown started after Modi appointed Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh following the Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide victory in elections there earlier this month. The demands by right-wing Hindu groups to stop the slaughter of cows,…

‘If we have to choose between the cow and development we will choose the cow’

BISHARA: When India's prime minister named a hardline Hindu known for his anti-Muslim speeches to head its largest state Uttar Pradesh this month, many saw it as a sign his party's huge election win had emboldened him to pursue a more radical agenda. But in the village of Bishara in Uttar Pradesh, where a Muslim man was lynched by his Hindu neighbours in 2015 triggering a national outcry, residents celebrated into the night by letting off fireworks and dousing each other with festive coloured powder. It was a sign of…

Hardline priest Yogi Adityanath’s elevation a sign Modi is moving toward Hindu India

NEW DELHI: A saffron-robed Hindu holy man was sworn in on Sunday to lead Uttar Pradesh, sealing what appears to be a shift in course by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could redefine the world's largest democracy as a Hindu nation. The choice as Uttar Pradesh chief minister of Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu ascetic with a history of agitation against minority Muslims, stunned observers who said it marked a departure from the platform of development for all on which Modi rose to national power in 2014. "Modi is…

India’s BJP picks firebrand to head Uttar Pradesh state

NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi's right-wing party BJP Saturday picked a controversial firebrand leader to head India's most populous state, where it won a landslide victory last week. Bharatiya Janata Party won an absolute majority in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home to 220 million people and seen as a bellwether of national politics, in a massive vote of confidence for the premier halfway into his first term. After an hours-long meeting with local BJP legislators on Saturday, senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu…