A group of supporters gather at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears on course for a major victory in the world’s largest election, with early trends suggesting an even bigger win for his Hindu nationalist party than in 2014.
Rahul Gandhi, leader of India’s main opposition Congress party, says he wishes Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘the best’ after Modi claimed victory in India’s general election. SOUNDBITE
People celebrate in New Delhi after India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party claimed victory in the country’s elections after vote counting showed it heading for a majority in parliament. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
BJP fans celebrate in Guwahati, Assam as Narendra Modi looks on course for a major victory in the world’s largest election, with early trends suggesting an even bigger win for his Hindu nationalist party than in 2014. IMAGES
Supporters celebrate as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on course for a major victory in the world’s biggest election, with early trends suggesting his Hindu nationalist party will win a bigger majority even than 2014. IMAGES
Sri Lanka was dominated for decades by the sharp divide between the majority Sinhalese, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist, and the minority Tamil, who are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.
The Tamil minority formed into a group called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and dedicated to the fight for Tamil independence. They were crushed in a 2009 government offensive.
After the civil war ended, a religious divide quickly took hold, with hard-line Buddhist monks rallying Sri Lankans against what they argue is a pernicious threat: Muslims, who make up roughly 10% of the country’s population.
In 2018, anti-Muslim violence flared across the hills of central Sri Lanka, fed by rumors spread over social media about attacks on Buddhists. Mobs of Buddhists swept through small towns, attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops.
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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.
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.
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”.
Villagers in northeastern India prepare coloured powders ahead of Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colour.