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Divide and win

Print edition : October 03, 2014

Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP from Gorakhpur, who symbolises aggressive Hindutva, addressing the media in Lucknow on September 10. His elevation as the chief campaigner for the mid-September byelections in Uttar Pradesh aggravated the communal polarisation in the State. Photo: PTI

A veiled Christian woman, who was converted to Hinduism, at her home at Asroi village in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. She was part of a group of 72 Christian Valmikis who were converted on August 28. Photo: ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

Celebrations in Patna after the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance won six of the 10 Bihar Assembly seats for which byelections were held in August. The results are being seen as a reassertion of caste politics over the BJP's pan-Hindu thrust. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Residents of Sirsiguda village gather for the special gram sabha which passed a resolution banning the entry of non-Hindu religious missionaries into the area. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A Christian family in Sirsiguda, which was allegedly attacked by Hindutva activists. Photo: PAVAN DAHAT

The Sirsiguda sarpanch with the gram sabha's proposal. Photo: PAVAN DAHAT

Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister . Photo: PTI

A delegation of Kashmiri Pandits submits a memorandum to Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, at the party's National Council Meeting in New Delhi on January 19. Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits is being turned into a communal agenda by the BJP. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

One of two rhino poachers killed by Assam Forest Department personnel in an encounter at the Kaziranga National Park on August 10. Bengali-speaking Muslims, often indiscriminately labelled as Bangladeshi immigrants, are usually blamed for poaching of the rhinoceros. However, eight of the 18 poachers killed in encounters could be identified and were found to belong to different communities. Only two of the eight were Muslims. Poachers who have been artrested since 2013 hail from different communities. Photo: PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Muslim religious leaders at a function in Kolkata in April 2012. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

A wall drawing by the Students’ Federation of India depicts Mamata Banerjee leading BJP to the electoral arena. Photo: RATNA DAS

Suresh Bhat Bakrabail, Dakshina Kannada district president of the Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike. He was smeared with cow dung by two men in Mangalore.

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