Religion and politics in India are so deeply intertwined that it’s hard to tell one from the other in many cases. In the last decade of increasing economic prosperity and exploding media, the reach and character of India's religious institutions have changed. They are now global, moneyed and deeply interested in India's politics: Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Islamic. Holy Politics will look at religious sects and leaders who influence electoral politics in different parts of the country.

Raut calls PM impotent, protesting Sikhs want him booked

After the clash with industries minister Narayan Rane’s camp during the polls in coastal Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency, another police complaint was filed against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday, for allegedly calling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ‘namard’ (impotent), reports Susamma Kurian.

‘Lalu has told Babri half truth’

KS Sudarshan, former chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in an article in a local Nagpur daily, wrote that Lalu Prasad Yadav has disclosed only half the story. Pradip Kumar Maitra reports.

Muslim outfits are the fashion of election season in UP

Muslim political outfits are the vogue during elections in Uttar Pradesh. Every election has seen Muslim outfits trying to win the support of the community, which makes up 20 per cent of the state's population. But the common man does not consider it fashionable to vote them to power.

1984 riots ‘non-issue’ in coming polls: Sajjan

Breaking his long, self-imposed silence on the anti-Sikh riots, Congress MP Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday said that the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs was a non-issue in upcoming elections.

Development creeps into Bihar's political lexicon

For a state where caste identities have played an overriding role in politics, development is inching its way into the political lexicon of Bihar for the first time.

Agra's candidates wary of taking on monkeys

Monkeys may be a major menace for the citizens of Agra but the candidates seeking votes are wary of taking them on as they feel their action could offend those who see the animals as holy.

Kalyan forgets Babri tune, Mulayam pals remind him

Former BJP leader Kalyan Singh’s move to make himself acceptable to Muslims by aligning with Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh received a big jolt on Saturday.

Sikhs won’t spare 1984 riots’ accused

Manish Tiwari talks to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his election campaign in Bathinda.

Everyone was in dark about Babri demolition: Uma

After former BJP leader Kalyan Singh's claim that he was kept in the dark about the Babri masjid demolition, another temple movement leader Uma Bharti said that "everyone" was in the dark about the demolition.

Varun doesn't deserve a Gandhi affix: Maya

Accusing BJP nominee from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi for promoting commualism by giving inflammatory speeches against a particular community, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday said he has no moral right to affix Gandhi in his name.

‘EC has turned us into Pappu’

More than 600 people from J Prabhu Market in Lodhi Colony would not be able to vote on Thursday as their names have been deleted from the voters’ list after a Commonwealth Games related project displaced them earlier this year.

Can SP exorcise Babri ghost?

 In earlier elections Kalyan Singh, 77, twice chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, crisscrossed the length and breadth of his state by helicopter addressing half-a-dozen rallies each day. This time, having quit the BJP and contesting as an Independent from Etah — his election symbol a forlorn empty glass — Kalyan was not seen campaigning until the third phase. Brajendra K Parashar reports.

It’s a race to the finish for left, right and centre

What is common between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kalyan Singh? A good deal from their dressing styles to the way they walk and talk. The architects of backward caste politics in the state are envied for their poll management skills.

No shifting their desire to vote

Voting gives those who’ve moved out of their states a sense of belonging, reports Avishek G Dastidar.

A village votes to remove ‘stigma’

The locals of Garhi Chaukhandi village vote as one to avenge the “stigma” their village got after 11 of its “boys” were arrested for having allegedly raped an MBA student in January this year, reports Abhishek Sharan.
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