Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking reelection as 900 million Indians cast their votes to elect a new parliament. Ever since he came to power in May 2014, critics have accused him of exacerbating communitarian divisions.
These past five years, ultra-nationalist Hindu militias have become more visible and emboldened.
Those who defend sacred cows even carry out police-style operations, actively hunting down beef traders – a majority of whom are from India’s Muslim population.
- “You Can’t Spread Terror, Stoke Hindu Muslim Tensions”: Family in Trilokpuri Resists Efforts to Communalise Cow Deaths. (May 10, 2019, The Citizen)
- Another Case of Cow Vigilante Violence; FIR Lodged Against Victim (May 6, 2019, Sabrang India)
- Cows found dead: Residents cautious, cops work to prevent rumour mongering (May 9, 2019, Hindustan Times)
- Manufacturing Islamophobia on WhatsApp in India (May 10, 2019, The Diplomat)