India’s general election reaches a climax on Monday as opposition challenger Narendra Modi seeks an individual mandate in Varanasi, the holy city around the river Ganges, to control by his modernized make of Hindu nationalism.
Modi may be the first prime ministerial candidate to face within the 3,000-year-old city where several religions mingle. Varanasi is an ancient center of Buddhism, but one in six voters are Muslim Hindus think that to die here brings salvation by getting away periodic reincarnation.
A triumph within the city body of 41 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal that are voting around the last day’s India’s five-week general election – would crown an unrelenting campaign through the 63-year-old chief minister of Gujarat to guide his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to energy following a decade in opposition. Continue reading