Shumita Sharma Deveshwar

Director, India Research
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India: Hindu hardliners on the ascendant


The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s appointment of a controversial priest-cum-politician as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, where the party registered a landslide electoral victory earlier this month, signals Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move towards Hindu nationalism. Media and opposition parties widely criticized Hindu hardliner Yogi Adityanath’s swearing-in at the weekend even as Modi underscored that his party’s “sole mission” remains...

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