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Millions vote in test for India’s Hindu hardliner

Millions voted on Thursday in India’s Gujarat state where Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi is seeking a big win to spur his prime ministerial ambitions, 10 years after religious riots on his watch.

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 4:56pm

India’s Modi faces vote as he eyes national leadership role

One of India’s most divisive politicians, Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, faces elections this week that are expected to secure him a platform to become a future national leader.

Modi, whose links to some of the India’s worst religious violence make him a hate-figure for many Muslims and secularists, has been chief minister of western Gujarat state since 2001.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:37pm

Britain ends boycott of Gujarat leader Narendra Modi over 2002 riots

Britain held talks yesterday with Indian regional leader Narendra Modi, ending a 10-year boycott over deadly religious riots in Gujarat that left more than 2,000 dead, including three Britons.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:45am

Goddess who's a bloke was jobless in Big Smoke

Steven Cooper is proof that reincarnation can take many forms. The unemployed transvestite from Tooting in south London is now relishing his new life - being worshipped as the goddess of Indian eunuchs.

Mr Cooper, or 'Pamela' as he likes to be known, has been the local deity in the temple in Becharaji, a remote village in the state of Gujarat, for the past two months.

12 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Night courts take bite out of backlog

Evening sittings clear up 39,000 cases in 3 months

Special 'night' courts have been set up in the western state of Gujarat to help clear some of the more than 20 million cases choking the Indian legal system, which is notorious for its delays.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Where wounds refuse to heal

The slight young woman pulls a dust-covered suitcase from under her bed and rummages through it. She smiles briefly as she takes a photograph out of the clear plastic cover that has protected it for the past five years.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Film ban hampers search for son

Roopa and Dara Modi are devastated that an acclaimed film about their son's disappearance in the Gujarat riots five years ago is being turned away by cinema owners in the state. They had hoped it would offer clues to finding him.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Fair treatment in Gujarat

Regarding the letter 'Gujarat riot justice' (Sunday Morning Post, March 14), it is a travesty of truth to say that the retaliation was backed by the government.

21 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

The other side of the Gujarat riots

I am disappointed at the bias of 'Finally, justice is a prospect for Gujarat riot victims' (February 29).

A significant part of Hong Kong's Indian community hails from Gujarat and we are concerned about such negative reporting. Let's get the facts straight:

7 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Hindus cleared over riot deaths

A court in Baroda, India, has acquitted all Hindus charged with burning alive 12 Muslims in a bakery, citing lack of evidence.

It was the first verdict in a case relating to the Gujarat riots which shocked India last year.

30 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Hindu kite festival takes its toll on birds in India

A kite-flying festival in western India is posing a grave threat to birds, prompting demands by animal rights campaigners to regulate the popular sport.

Activists say the glass-laced thread used for flying kites during the annual Hindu festival of Uttarayan has injured thousands of pigeons, sparrows, owls and vultures in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

20 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Accused leaders named to contest Indian state poll

Several leaders accused by an independent panel of leading Hindu mobs in violence against Muslims in Gujarat this year have been nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for next month's crucial elections for the state assembly.

25 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Riot victims tell of distress at poll plan

Pitchforked into a controversy over whether elections can be held in the troubled state of Gujarat, India's Election Commission has sent a team to make an on-the-spot assessment. Now into its third day, the team has been listening to victims pleading for food, shelter, and compensation instead of a poll.

3 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Forensic tests shake train blaze theories

The mystery over the cause of the train fire at Godhra that triggered massive violence and bloodshed in Gujarat has deepened. Forensic experts say it is unlikely a mob outside the train could have thrown enough flammable liquid into the affected compartment to start the fire.

4 Jul 2002 - 12:00am