Modi woos voters ahead of Indian election

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to woo Hindu voters and farmers with an election manifesto he hopes will help him seal a second term in office. India’s mammoth elections kick off on Thursday 11 April.

India colours up for Holi festival

Indian families cover each other with coloured powder to celebrate Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colours, during a traditional gathering at a temple in New Delhi.

Hindus in Pakistan celebrate Holi festival

Pakistan’s Hindu community in Karachi celebrates the Holi festival. The festival, which marks the arrival of spring, is also known as the “Festival of Colors”.

India prepares for Holi festival

Villagers in northeastern India prepare coloured powders ahead of Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colour.

Lost and usually found at humanity’s biggest gathering

In the cacophony and chaos of India’s vast Kumbh Mela festival, it’s easy to get lost among the millions upon millions of Hindu devotees. But help is at hand: There are 15 lost and found centres around the Kumbh grounds, a dusty maze of tents the size of Manhattan thronging with people from mid-January until early March.

Today in History for January 30th

(30 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: Tet Offensive begins:Nazi leader Adolf Hitler becomes Germany’s chancellor; Franklin D. Roosevelt is born;Hindu extremist assassinates Mahatma Gandhi;as “Bloody Sunday” begins;”The Lone Ranger” airs

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India’s transgenders take first Kumbh Mela splash

Dozens of transgenders in India splash in the sacred waters of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers alongside top Hindu ascetics at the world’s biggest religious gathering, the Kumbh Mela. It was the first time that members of India’s estimated two-million-strong transgender community have been allowed to do so at the festival.

India: drone images of spectacular Hindu festival

The largest religious gathering anywhere on earth began on Tuesday, with tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims congregating in India to bathe in sacred rivers for the Kumbh Mela.

Millions in India gather for world’s largest religious event

The largest religious gathering anywhere on earth gets under way, with tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims congregating in India to bathe in sacred rivers for the Kumbh Mela.