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A wall graffiti depicting Indian National Congress (INC) party leader Rahul Gandhi (L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a tug of war over India, Mumbai on April 28, 2019. Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP

Spatial analysis of India’s 2019 elections reveals the unique geography of the Hindu Right’s victory

A spatial analysis of India’s election results shows a unique geographical footprint of the BJP vote and how its recent progression follows obvious geographic patterns.
Supporters of Shiite Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, in 2017. AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File

Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

The Houthis belong to the Shiite branch of Islam. The Houthi insurgency began in the early 1990s, spurred in part by growing influence of different Sunni branches of Islam.
Indian has a booming poultry market. Pau Casals/Unsplash

The myth of a vegetarian India

India doesn't eat much meat per capita, but that might be changing: it's the fastest-growing poultry market in the world.
Father Patrick Conroy. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why does Congress have a chaplain?

Following the controversy over the resignation of House chaplain Patrick Conroy, in this speed read, scholars explain when the tradition of legislative prayer was started and how it has sustained.
Mohandas K. Gandhi during a prayer meeting on Jan. 22, 1948. AP Photo/File

What Gandhi can teach today’s protesters

For Gandhi, whose birth anniversary is Monday, Oct. 2, nonviolent resistance meant placing one's own body in harm’s way to expose social injustices, which made it a powerful political tool.
Assumptions, authoritarianism and errors are just a few of the ways in which the world could be confronted by a nuclear disaster, physicist and disarmament expert MV Ramana suggests in his book reviews. Shutterstock

Worth reading in the Trump era: Nuclear nightmares, authoritarianism and climate change

A nuclear physicist and disarmament expert recommends reading on nuclear disasters, weapons, authoritarianism and climate change.
People fleeing on bullock carts as mass migration happened during the partition. AP Photo

The road to India’s partition

At midnight on August 15, 1947, India achieved freedom from more than two centuries of colonial rule. Hours earlier, Pakistan was declared a new nation. Was partition inevitable?

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